WWE ‘Raw’: What Is a Kendo Stick on a Pole Match?


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Alexa Bliss fights Bayley on ‘Monday Night Raw.'(WWE.com)

At Extreme Rules, the upcoming WWE pay-per-view, Alexa Bliss will fight Bayley in a Kendo Stick on a Pole match. So what exactly is this match type? What are the rules, and what is its history?

Throughout the WWE, there has been a long history of “On a Pole” matches. In one of these matches, an object is placed on a pole that extends upwards from one of the turnbuckles. From there, whoever is the first one to reach the object is able to use it. Sometimes it’s not a weapon placed on a pole, though.

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Randy Orton and Dean Ambrose participate in a Contract on a Pole Match. (WWE.com)

The pole match is similar to a ladder match in that the match is built around the goal of obtaining some sort of object which hangs in the air. However, in a ladder match, obtaining the object causes the match to end, whereas in a pole match, it usually just results in that wrestler being able to gain the upper hand and use a weapon (though there are some variations of the pole match in which getting the weapon does actually end the match).

There have been dozens of different kinds of pole matches over the years, some of which were rather tame and others of which were more out there. The most similar to a Kendo Stick on a Pole match that we’ve seen was a Singapore Cane on a Pole match, which took place at One Night Stand in 2008. There have also been Contract on a Pole matches, where the wrestler must grab a contract that is suspended from a pole in order to be signed.

One of the strangest ones has got to be the infamous Judy Bagwell on a Pole match, a match between Chris Kanyon and Buff Bagwell during which Buff’s mom was kidnapped. She was going to be tied to a pole, but she ended up just being suspended from a forklift, with Kanyon saying that he couldn’t find a pole that would hold Judy.

It should be noted that in a pole match, disqualifications are still in play. Usually, the weapon that’s suspended on the pole is simply an exception to the disqualifications rule, and it’s the only outside weapon that is considered legal.