Kurt Angle believes that WWE made the right decision to change the format of Survivor Series to two WarGames matches.
The WWE Survivor Series pay-per-view started in 1987 as WWE introduced a concept where teams of four or five wrestlers worked together in elimination tag team matches to find out who would be the “sole survivor” in the match. While WWE didn’t always do elimination matches at every Survivor Series, they did happen at most of them over the last 35 years.
At this year’s Survivor Series event in Boston, WWE is taking an old concept from the minds of Dusty in the NWA in the 1980s, which led to WCW in the 1990s and NXT in the 2010s. As announced by Triple H in September, WWE is bringing the two-ring double cage WarGames match to the main roster for the first time with Women’s and Men’s WarGames matches set to take place.
As WarGames approaches, WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle talked about how he thought Survivor Series was the weakest of WWE’s “big four” pay-per-views referring to it along with WrestleMania, Royal Rumble and SummerSlam. This is what Angle said on his Kurt Angle Show podcast:
“I mean, you know, Survivor Series was always the four-on-four. I do get it, you do want to change it up. I mean, I think that Survivor Series is probably the most unimportant top four pay-per-view of the year and I think because the four-on-four, it’s not that appealing.”
Angle went on to say that since there’s no World Title on the line in a Survivor Series tag team match, it hurts its appeal, so he supports WWE doing WarGames instead.
“You know, there’s no World Championship going on in that match. It was just four vs. four, and the WarGames match was from WCW. I thought that was a great idea. It’s a great gimmick match. People love it, you want to do what people love.”
While Angle didn’t participate in a WarGames match in his career, he did compete in TNA Lockdown matches, which involved a smaller cage, but it had a similar concept where tag teams competed inside of a cage.