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!
Matty Collector announced another Mattel exclusive for San Diego Comic Con 2016, and this one is here to rule the world!
Joining their other extensive line-up of previously announced items, WWE is getting a new exclusive in the form of the infamous WCW wrestler, The Shockmaster. This poor guy debuted by falling through a wall and ruining his grand entrance, as well as losing his silver-spray painted stormtrooper helmet in the process. The character was a mess and lasted for a very short time, much like this exclusive.
Check out photos and their official description below:
Die-hard WWE® fans will enjoy the ultimate tribute to the legendary Shockmaster™ with this Elite 6-inch figure. This limited edition figure celebrates the iconic debut of The Shockmaster™ at WCW® Clash of the Champions XXIV, and is packaged in a unique way to recreate his epic fall during his television debut. He also comes with his entrance coat that was intended to enhance his first ever appearance. Now WWE® fans have a chance to celebrate one of sports entertainment’s most talked about Superstars!
This product will be available for pre-order at MattyCollector.com on June 16, 2016 for subscribers only (Early Access), and from June 17 through June 26 for everyone else (All Access). Orders must be picked up in person at San Diego Comic-Con. Products will also be available for purchase at the convention. Details on this and more to come.
If you don’t know who this guy is, sit back and enjoy the video (and if you do know, better just watch it again):
WWE announced today that Sting will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame at a ceremony to be held on Saturday, April 2 at American Airlines Center in Dallas as part of WrestleMania Week.
Sting is one of the biggest Superstars in the history of the sports entertainment industry and a multi-time WCW and United States Champion. For more than 10 years, he was the face of WCW, competing in memorable rivalries against Ric Flair, Steve Austin, Mick Foley, Vader, The Four Horsemen™ and NWO. In November of 2014, Sting made his long-awaited debut in WWE, and went on to have his first-ever WrestleMania match against Triple H at WrestleMania 31.
“We are truly honored to have Sting take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame,” said WWE’s Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative, Paul Levesque. “His contributions to our industry are unprecedented and we look forward to celebrating his incredible career with fans all over the world.”
Tickets for the 2016 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony go on sale this Friday, January 15 at 10 AM Eastern/9 AM Central through all Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000. All tickets are subject to service charges and facility fees.
WrestleMania 32 takes place Sunday, April 3 live from AT&T Stadium in Dallas live on WWE Network.
Wrestling fans might remember “Beyond the Mat”, a documentary produced during the Attitude era of WWF that featured Mick Foley showing the barbaric side of wrestling and putting your body on the line, and legendary wrestler Jake “The Snake” Roberts working independent shows loaded with drugs and booze, hoping to die. Viewers were left seeing a very dark side of life after wrestling, with Roberts wallowing in the misery of a vicious cycle that refused to let him go, one where the audience wondered if death was the only thing that could truly save Roberts from suffering any longer. Thank goodness that they were all wrong.
Directed by Steve Yu, “The Resurrection of Jake the Snake” follows another famous wrestler, former WCW world heavyweight champ Diamond Dallas Page, as he goes in search of Jake to help him not only save his legacy, but his life. Starting in August 2012, DDP and Steve roll up to Texas to find Roberts an absolute mess. Overweight, injured, and unable to stay clean, DDP invites him back to his home, “the accountability crib”, to put him on the straight and narrow. Through hard work, sobriety programs, and a healthy dose of DDP’s brand of Yoga, the film chronicles the victories and nearfalls of Roberts as he struggles to attain a clean lifestyle.
Roberts falls off the wagon a few times, but it was truly inspiring to not only see him get back on his feet, but keep fighting. His mistakes are ugly to watch, both as a fan of him as a performer and as a bystander seeing a human suffer, but when he succeeds and turns his life around, it’s hard not to smile. For me, the turning point of this was when Roberts and DDP call up Scott Hall, another wrestling legend who fell into hard times with substance abuse, and Roberts uses the same tactics that DDP had used on him to convince Hall to join them in the house and get clean.
There is a docu-reality feel to this that makes it easily accessible to viewers that might not care to watch a documentary under normal circumstances. The story is easy to get immersed into because it’s so real, and rightfully so. This is no-holds-barred guerrilla filmmaking, no pretty set-up shots to glamorize anything – just a rugged documentary that gets in the face of this challenge that Roberts, DDP, and Hall are contending with, and is there for every second of the ride. For around 90 minutes, you get snippets of what it was like over the course of 18 months or so for DDP to coach Jake and confront him in ways that clearly no one else had dared to do before. If you have heard all of the success stories on the internet about what DDP has done for Jake (and others) already, seeing it in person will make you understand why.
The feels are strong in this movie, and it is hard not to have your heart strings tugged on at any point because of how charismatic Jake Roberts is. Whether he is angry at himself for not working hard enough during a Yoga session, or yelling at his friends while having a bad day where he falls off the wagon, Jake is so persuasive that you want to believe and support everything he says and does, even when it hurts him. Seeing the rollercoaster that was his life for a few years as he worked on himself to finally earn his place into the WWE Hall of Fame is nothing short of miraculous and amazing, and I will always be rooting for him to stay this way. In a business where living past 60 was abnormal for other men of his era, Jake has proved that it is never too late to turn things around, put life in a rear chin-lock to say, “Not today,” and live on for another day.
While it is not a sequel to “Beyond the Mat”, it is a direct continuation of the story presented of Jake in that film, and this is the happy ending that Roberts deserves to have. “The Resurrection of Jake the Snake” is a must-watch documentary for every wrestling fan, whether you watch the current product or grew up watching it as a kid, as well as for anyone that wants to be inspired by a feel-good tale of what happens when you quiet the demons that have controlled your life for far too long. Jake may have never won a single championship belt in WWF, but he has earned a clean pinfall against his greatest enemy and that is the sweetest title to hold and be proud of.
The film is currently touring around the US and is not available for sale just yet. There are plans for VOD & DVD releases later this year, so this post will be updated once they become available, but in the meantime you can join the mailing list on their official website to find out when you can grab this for yourself.
Did you ever want to see what would happen if Captain America was locked in the Sharpshooter by Bret Hart? Now, we finally have the answer to that age-old question that no one ever actually asked until today!
The fine folks over at WCW Worldwide uncovered this long lost gem, which is a page of a comic from a canceled Marvel/ Toy Biz/ WCW venture.
It started as an idea for a toyline from Toy Biz, who were hot off the popularity of their Marvel VS Capcom two-pack line among other video game and comic licenses. Toy Biz was doing the WCW toys as well, and had just released their WCW Slam Force toys, which were the wrestlers of WCW as super heroes that came packaged with mini-comics, pictured below.
Artist Chris Bautista was hired to draw the WCW VS Marvel comic, including this page with “The Hitman” Bret Hart taking on Captain America, which one lucky person owned and sent photos of it to the WCW Worldwide site:
Additional pages were also discovered, drawn by J.J. Kirby:
Not much else is known about this comic right now, but we will keep you updated as this progresses. It is easy to see why the comic never made it to a full release, since WCW was on the skits and near death. Sadly, we were robbed of what could have been one of the last greatest toylines of the 1990’s.
Marvel had previously done a WCW comic in the early 90’s that lasted a full 12 issues, and was pretty awesome in it’s own right, but that is a story for another day.
From 1988 to 2001, World Championship Wrestling was one of the top professional wrestling organizations in the world, constantly teetering between first place and second against it’s biggest rival, Vince McMahon’s WWF/ WWE. The two companies went back and forth for over a decade, always trying to one up each other to become the main show for wrestling on TV and pay-per-view. Needless to say, most fans know now who won the Monday Night Wars, with WWE still around while WCW is a relic of pro wrestling past. The question is, how come WCW, which had all the cards for a long time, wither and die in the pathetic and often embarrassing way they did? R.D. Reynolds of wrestlecrap.com and Bryan Alvarez of Figure Four Weekly asked that same question, and “The Death of WCW” is the book that answers it.
Reynolds and Alvarez meticulously researched the history of not only WCW, but the companies that it existed as before Ted Turner transformed it into WCW, as well as other very important regional promotions that helped build WCW or tried to compete against it, and a history of WWF, the two companies that fought to be the biggest show in pro wrestling. While many remember the Monday Night War’s as the big battle between WCW and WWF, the battle really began when Ted Turner bought WCW and began pumping tons of money into it. Vince Jr., after buying WWF from his father, was also trying to do a similar plan of attack, but it would take years of work and a ton of mistakes from WCW for Vince to claim top spot.
The book details the rise and fall of many men behind the scenes who helped build WCW, as well as set it back, like Jim Herd, Bill Watts, Vince Russo, and Eric Bischoff. Beyond that, we have the tales of the wrestlers, who were often just as involved as the higher-up’s to book matches and have creative input, including Dusty Rhodes, Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, and plenty of others. Hearing the inside scoop on their plans and their many follies is great, and written in a humorous and often-sarcastic tone of voice that is sure to please wrestling fans.
There is plenty of non-backstage and business talk too, with explanations and backstory about all manner of WCW matches, like the “fingerpoke of Doom” and the epic fail that was the WCW debut of the Ultimate Warrior, and his consecutive headlining matches against Hogan on pay-per-view that were very underwhelming. Reading all of these stories made me jump right to Youtube to try and dig up some of these matches, although sadly Youtube has not caught up with every moment from the book so I have yet to see the fake belt Lex Luger wore when he won his first title from Barry Windham (because Flair took the actual belt with him to WWF in that era and had not yet returned it). More than the matches are the promos, and finally hearing explanations as to why some of these bizarre and over-funded video packages existed to begin with (hint: Ted Turner is very rich).
I would highly recommend this book to pro wrestling fans, both casual and hardcore. While it is about the death of a company, it’s not too negative on WCW and is pretty fair (although there is an obvious snarky bias against some of the stupidity that happened with the company, but there are plenty of high spots too). If you never thought WCW was a big deal and that WWF was always #1, you need to read this book to truly understand what a phenomenon WCW was, and how depressing it was to see them crumble the way they did.
You can order “The Death of WCW” from Amazon.com for under $13, which is a great deal for a great book on a critical time period in pro wrestling history. Grab it today and relive the good times, the bad times, and the just plain bizarre times!
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