Be it a rivalry born out of mutual hatred, desire to win a title, or mere competitive spirit, many of wrestling’s best feuds have ended with a rubber match. A final, definitive contest to decide who is the better competitor once and for all. As the saying goes, third time’s a charm.
The trope has been around for decades in wrestling, and given that two of 2015’s most high profile matches were, at their core, rubbers, proves that they remain popular to this day. There were plenty others – some memorable, some less so – but last year’s booking alone tells us that the concept has stood the test of time.
A few ground rules for this one. Strictly speaking, a rubber match would be the third match in a trilogy of matches, acting as a tiebreaker to prove who the best competitor is. For the sake