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A Lions Den match is a wrestling match type where two or more opponents must escape a steel cage (Which is called the "Lions Den" to become the victor, though sometimes the rules are bent where they may also win via pin or submission as well.

The reason for the name "Lions Den" is based off old roman times where a gladiator (Representing a Wrestler) would fight a Lion or Lions (Representing the Opponent) in a Lions Den (Representing the Cage). The only way to win was to kill the Lion or Lions (In this case, pin them or make them submit) or to escape the Den (in this case, finding your way out of the cage).


The structure of "Lions Den"

The Lions Den is constructed of Steel Bars and Chain-link fencing weighing together 4 tons and stands at 15 feet tall. Per special request of head bookers, the chain-link fencing cage can be replaced for special conditions such as a very heated rivalry or special occasion. The replacement that can be made is another form of cage that is still 15 feet tall but weighs 5 tons instead of 4, and instead of chain-link fencing and steel bars there is solely steel bars. Although not much of a difference can be seen, the all steel bar cage is easier to escape and packs a heavier hit if an opponent is a victum to any assault assisted by the cage.

Match Rules

currently there are four ways to win: Pinfall, submission, exiting through the door, or climbing over the top of the cage and down to the arena floor. For both of the latter, both the wrestler's feet must be planted firmly on the floor, or the escape doesn't count. There are no disqualifications in this match, anything goes.