Wrestling Game StArcade: ECW Hardcore Revolution

by Alex Knapp

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ECW Hardcore Revolution
Year: 2000
Systems: PlayStation, Nintendo 64 and Dreamcast
Developer: Acclaim
Publisher: Acclaim

Late in The Monday Night Wars, the wrestling video game community witnessed an event that signaled a major changing in the wind. After a relationship lasting over a decade, the once-again dominant WWF had dumped Acclaim for THQ, the publisher whose new game engine developed by AKI and Asmik Ace signified the future of the wrestling game genre. And thus, Acclaim turned to another promotion for wrestling games: The underdog number three American wrestling organization, Extreme Championship Wrestling.

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25 and Under: Dark Angel Wrestles Cimarrera at VLL

by Daniel Johnson

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Dark Angel vs. Cimarrera

Back in 2012 two female Chilean wrestlers, Dark Angel aka Stephanie Vaquer and Cimarrera were wrestling regularly. Vaquer uploaded a couple of these matches to her YouTube channel. Although bouts such as this one are worth watching, the technical quality all around is not the best so you may want to turn the volume down on your computer if you watch this clip unless you want your ears to start bleeding.

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WWE Pay-Per-View Roundtable: Royal Rumble 2015

by Daniel Johnson

wwepayperviewroundtablelogoEditor’s Note: Justin Watry is a wrestling columnist. He can be followed on Twitter @justinwatry. Kyle Childers/Hawk Jefferson is the author of the Hawkeye’s Hangout series on The Johnson Transcript and is the co-host of the Ruthless Aggression Podcast, which can be found on iTunes, Sticher and Podbean here, here and here, respectively. Childers can also be found on Twitter @hawkjefferson.

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Indie Flashback: Hailey Hatred Brawls with John Thorne in an I Quit Dog Collar Match

by Daniel Johnson

indieflashbacklogoHailey Hatred vs. John Thorne

At Absolute Intense Wrestling (AIW), Hailey Hatred and John Thorne have had an on and off feud as lengthy as it has been aggressive. At least they did until a few years ago when they last worked for the company. When this clip was first uploaded to YouTube by the AIW folks in 2012 Hatred and Thorne had not had a match in a while. Yet, the feud arguably reached its peak in this battle from AIW Absolution 4 as Hatred battled Thorn in an I quit dog collar match in 2009.

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Sam’s Adventures in Luchaland Tres

by Sam DiMascio

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For the fifth year in a row CMLL and NJPW has a series of joint events in Japan under the name NJPW/CMLL Fantasticamania. Personally, it is one of the most fun weeks on the wrestling calendar every year. You very rarely get to see the wrestlers from two of the best promotions in the world enter the ring with each other. This series of events delivers that and showcases some of the most enjoyable CMLL matches in front of a Japanese audience. This year’s series will be six shows held from January 13 to January 19.

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Old School Flashback: Someone Actually Wins a Competitive Match with an Abdominal Stretch

by Daniel Johnson

oldschoolflashbacklogoJohnny Gilbert vs. “Judo” Jack Terry

Usually I never like use a title to spoil a clip that I write about on The Johnson Transcript, but this is really is the remarkable selling point here. Just about every classic wrestler has used an abdominal stretch at one point or another over the years from the sinister Nick Bockwinkel to the amazing Hulk Hogan to more recent performers like Chris Jericho. However, you’d be hard pressed to find any of these wrestlers getting an actual submission from that hold. Yet, on April 14, 1961 at his debut for Fred Kohler’s NWA territory in the Chicago International Amphitheatre, Johnny Gilbert achieved this outstanding feat in a mach with “Judo” Jack Terry.

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Indie Wrestling News Roundup 1/12/15

by Daniel Johnson

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*Syuri, 25, had her first successful defense of the CMLL World Women’s Championship on January 11. At a Universal Woman’s Pro Wrestling REINA (UWWR or REINA) show, Syuri defeated Shuu Shibutani, 35, in a match that went over 13 minutes. Although Syuri has wrestled in Mexico she has yet to defend the CMLL World Women’s Championship in the country since winning it on December 12, 2014.

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Indie Wrestling News Roundup 1/5/15

by Daniel Johnson

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*NJPW in collaboration with Global Force Wrestling (GFW) put out an international spectacle on January 4. The NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 9 show may not have been an indie show on the surface, but at its heart was some great young indie talent from throughout the world. The youngest man on the main card was Nick Jackson, 25, of The Young Bucks who helped open the show with his brother, Matt Jackson in a four way tag team match. The Young Bucks wrestled for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship in a match won by the successfully defending champions, reDRagon consisting of Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly. Also in the match were Forever Hooligans made up of Alex Koslov and Rocky Romero as well as Time Splitters made up of Alex Shelley and KUSHIDA.

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Wrestling Game StArcade: WWF Attitude

by Alex Knapp

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WWF Attitude
Year: 1999
Systems: PlayStation, Nintendo 64 and Dreamcast
Developer: Iguana Entertainment
Publisher: Acclaim

As the 1990s approached an end, the WWF was back in the saddle again. Rocked by the steroid trials of the early 1990s, struggling with a stagnant product that failed to capture fans’ interest in the middle of the decade, and then faced with fierce competition from WCW, Vince McMahon’s empire was in jeopardy, and for a while, there was legitimate concern that the WWF was on its deathbed.

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