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Extreme Rules: What is a Fight Pit match?

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On the September 19, 2022 edition of WWE RAW, the rivalry between Matt Riddle and Seth Rollins continued to evolve to the point where Riddle challenged Rollins in a Fight Pit Match for Extreme Rules. A challenge that was quickly accepted and formalized by WWE.

But what is a Fight Pit match? This is a stipulation that has only happened on the WWE NXT side since the concept’s inception and coincidentally Riddle competed in the first ever match against Timothy Thatcher on May 27, 2020.

The stipulation is rather simple: the ring is surrounded by a steel cage where it is possible to climb on the sides of the cage and jump from the platforms which are above. The cage makes it possible to replace the ropes which are generally around the ring. Also, the Fight Pit is different from a Steel Cage Match since it is impossible to win by getting out of the cage. Victory in a Fight Pit is only by knockout under the referee’s count of ten or submission, which makes for an MMA-flavored match.

Excerpts from the first Fight Pit at NXT:

This first main roster Fight Pit will take place at Extreme Rules on Saturday, October 8, 2022. You can view the event map at this link.

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