Cage of Death. A match stipulation that has become a staple of Deathmatch wrestling for well over a decade. A match of bloodshed, bone-breaking and, above all else, violence for the sake of it. To survive this match stipulation, one must forfeit any notions of playing with any sense of honor or code. Inside the cage, the better wrestler doesn't win. The toughest man survives.
This match came about after Enon effectively ended the career of D.C. Wiland at Chapter II with a piledriver on the stage before their match could even start. Following this, Vernon Tressler made it clear that this level of unprofessional conduct was going to be met with zero tolerance, although there was nothing he could do about it in a sanctioned match. Enon later picked apart Clinton Stone who hasn't been seen since his match with Enon, once again pushing the line and raising the ire of Tressler. His son Jason, who had been pleading for chances to be on the VANGUARD Pro roster, tried stepping up for his father despite his fathers wishes by challenging Enon to a match, a match that Enon elected to be first blood. Jason would win the match using a concealed box-cutter knife, but was demolished by Enon during and after the bout. Erik Holland, last seen defeating Jason Tressler earlier in the year, came to his aid and attacked Enon with a wooden baseball bat that he broke on Enons back. Rumor had it Vernon had rehired Holland to protect his son and to help remove Enon from VANGUARD. Tressler called for both competitors to sign a contract for the contest to take place, Enon through his attorney trying to opt out of the match as it was clear Tressler was playing favorites and was siding with Holland. Holland forced his attorney to sign the contract on Enon's behalf and set the match to take place as Tressler revealed the dreaded stipulation.
The match being announced raised several questions as well as concerns. Chapter VII will see the stipulation make it's VANGUARD Pro debut and the promotion has forced both sides to sign liability papers concerning the match. Enon, originally not wanting anything to do with the match, following the events of Chapter VI stated he intends to depart from VANGUARD Pro by taking the head of Erik Holland with him. Holland, in retort, stated he came back to prove that Enon was never the most dangerous man in VANGUARD, hence why he targeted him upon his return to the promotion. The location for the Chapter VII event will also be taking place outside its usual Globe Theatre venue. This is due to the cage taking up too much space in the Globe Theatre and not wanting fans to be too close to the cage in the events that their well-beings could be endangered. The event will be taking place inside a shipping warehouse at the end of Peer 82B in Los Angeles, California. At least, that is where it is billed to be. Only consumers who have purchased the tickets will be given coordinates to the event location with the stern warning that if they are at all squeamish they are to accept a refund before opening bell time.
With that, however, the rules for the match itself are as stated below.
- The ring will be surrounded by a 15-foot high Octadecagon wire cage with ten-feet of walking room on the floor. They will be locked inside to start the contest.
- Weapons will be supplied for both competitors to their preferences. Fans may also supply weapons for the match, though they will be confiscated if they are seen as deadly weapons such as guns, knives or anything of the sort.
- As of writing, the weapons included are; Steel Chairs, Tables, Light Tubes, Razor Boards, Thumbtacks, Barbwire web replacing the aisle-way pane of the cage, among more possibilities before then. The only restricted options, beside the aforementioned deadly weapons, is any inclusion of fire as the cage would prevent ringside attendants from putting it out should something go horrifically wrong.
- The match can not end by pinfall or submission. The only way to win is for the ringside doctor to declare one competitor absolutely unable to continue.
- VANGUARD's board have agreed to have Vernon Tressler not attend the event in the case that he gets involved per Enon's attorney's request.
- Any other competitor that tries to involve themselves in the match will be fined, suspended and any fan that tries to be involved will be arrested.