Cody Rhodes has been doing various interviews telling all on his history with WWE since leaving the company, and the latest is a story sure to make you sad if you didn’t know about it already: they almost brought back War Games for that incredible Rhodes Family vs. Shield match at Battleground 2013.
“There is so much about that time period that touched me and was really something that will stand out as a favorite memory of my father and what he was able to do the day of Battleground. How we were able to get people to see what we couldn't, but it's not even in my top five of the things I did with WWE. The reason being, when I got into WWE I wanted to be anything other than Dusty's kid. I didn't want to have any connection with Dustin either as far as Goldust, not because I don't love them; it's just nostalgia if I was paying tribute to them. So I wanted to be very different than the three Rhodes on paper. I never really saw us as having that family moment, but we did.
"There are so many things about that match and people might know this, but Battleground was originally designed to be War Games. War Games was going to come back and somebody — and I don't actually know who so not I'm not trying to be vague — but somebody said 'No it takes up too much ticket space so we aren't going to do the War Games.' So then it became a tag match. Before it was ever a tag match, it was to be me returning in this cool drifter-like Midnight Rider mask that I had commissioned and paid for and was all excited about. So many things didn't happen for it to just be a family match, but I'm glad people loved it. When I look at it now, I wonder ‘what if’ about all the other things, especially with the War Games portion."
That was arguably the “Match of the Year” despite the fact that WWE made the very bad decision not to bring back one of the best gimmick matches in pro wrestling. If there was ever a time for it, and ever an angle that would make sense to do it, it was that one.
We may never see War Games again, folks.