Pro Wrestling was huge in the late 80’s and early 90’s, bigger than it had ever been thanks to cable TV and pay-per-view. When home consoles came out, video game companies jumped on the chance to make games out of these properties. Most early ‘wrasslin’ games were nothing too spectacular, but it still beat having nothing to play at all.
Today, we learned about a wrestling video game that never made it to shelves. The UWC video game for Nintendo was made by a company named SETA, and was intended for release in 1989. UWC, which is an acronym for Universal Wrestling Corporation, was one of the working names for the wrestling promotion Ted Turner was planning to do. You may know that league better as WCW.
This is also why you may recognize some of the sprites when you take a look at footage of this., courtesy of Archon 1981, AKA Youtuber Stephen Reese.
Stephen got this game from a former Nintendo employee, who was given it to test. The
Check out the video below:
The game looks like your typical wrestling game from that time period. You can run the ropes, do big moves, and even fight outside of the ring.
The game featured Ric Flair, Sting, The Road Warriors Hawk and Animal, Bobby Eaton, Jimmy Garvin, what looks like Michael Hayes, and another wrestler that could be Lex Luger. It’s hard to identify some of the more generic-looking wrestlers, so consider this my theory about who these are until the ROM is released.
Speaking of, Archon 1981 said he would be uploading a ROM of thisg game online soon, so everyone will have a chance to play it. We can then also confirm who all the characters on the select screen are!
Piledrive that like button, we can’t wait to try the game out on our own!