Thought of the Day: Gimmick Match Overload Isn’t Anything New

I know people say that gimmick matches dominate wrestling today, but let’s look back to the 80s.Looking at the first few Starrcades, here’s what you have:

1983 – eight matches, two gimmicks

1984 – eleven matches, three gimmicks

1985 – eleven matches, six gimmicks

1986 – twelve matches, six gimmicks

1987 – seven matches, three gimmicks


In the old NWA days, there were two Starrcades with at least half of the matches being gimmick matches.  This is hardly a new thing.


  1. M.R. says:

    I just don’t like the same gimmick multiple times on the card. Seeing the chamber twice in one night completely deflates the aura the chamber is supposed to present.

  2. chris says:

    It’s nowhere near the overkill it is now. Your going to see at least 5 ladder matches this year. 2 chambers. 3-5 cage matches. Over saturation makes it seem so much less important.

  3. deanerandterry says:

    Gimmick Matches have always been around, often in abundance. Technically the first 4 survivor series were 100% gimmick matches. I think the reason fans notice it more these days is because gimmick matches don’t just happen at Starrcade, they happen almost every week. I guarantee if you watch Raw, Smackdown and Impact every week you will see at least 1 gimmick match every single week, it wasn’t like that before. In the 90’s you had The Royal Rumble, War Games, Uncensored and World War 3, 4 PPV’s yearly out of 24 that were built on gimmicks, now you got The Rumble, Elimination Chamber, Extreme Rules, Hell In a Cell, TLC, and night of champions, half the WWE PPV’s in a year are built on gimmicks, that’s why people say that.

    There have always been a lot of gimmick matches but they weren’t so over saturated as they are now.

  4. chris says:

    It also doesn’t help that gimmicks matches aren’t feud finishers anymore. Instead of a hell in a cell to settle a feud once and for all. We have a hell in a cell because it happens to be October.