Wrestling Game StArcade: WCW vs. the World

by Alex Knapp

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WCW vs. the World
Year: 1997
System: PlayStation
Developers: Asmik Ace and AKI
Publisher: THQ

The Asmik Ace/AKI/THQ series of wrestling games. To this day, they stand up as perhaps the greatest string of wrestling games ever made, and at a time in the late 1990s when The Monday Night Wars were captivating fans worldwide, these games were there to satiate people’s wrestling game needs. But how did they get there?

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25 and Under: Syuri Hangs with the Best at WNC

by Daniel Johnson

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Syuri and Kyoko Kimura vs. Dump Matsumoto and Mima Shimoda

Syuri is a 25 year-old joshi wrestler with over six years of experience. Despite having so much ring time at such a young age she was hanging with some of the best joshi wrestlers the world had to offer when she wrestled at a Wrestling New Classics (WNC) and Universal Woman’s Pro Wrestling REINA (UWWR or REINA) joint show. Taking place on April 27, 2014, the WNC/REINA Tag Team Title Tournament was held for the then vacant REINA World Tag Team Championship. In the show’s opener Syuri teamed with Kyoko Imura to take on Dump Matsumoto and Mima Shimoda.

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Jurn Simmons Interview

by Daniel Johnson

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Interviewer’s Note: Jurn Simmons is a 23 year-old wrestler from The Netherlands who has become a big player for Pro Wrestling Holland (PWH). Simmons currently holds the PWH Heavyweight Championship, having defeated veteran powerhouse wrestler Big Geert for the title in May 2014. In his native country Simmons has also appeared for Pro Wrestling Showdown (PWS). This year Simmons also debuted for Westside Xtreme Wrestling (WXW) in Germany, one of the most critically acclaimed promotions not just in that country, but in all of Europe. In his home continent he has put workers away with some devastating powerbombs, but those elsewhere are not safe either. Simmons has traveled to the United States where he wrestled for Brian Kendrick’s Wrestling Pro Wrestling (BKWPW), Empire Wrestling Federation (EWF), Apex Pro Wrestling (APW) and the Alternative Wrestling Show (AWS). Simmons can be found on Facebook here, on Twitter here and on Instagram here. This interview was completed on December 4, 2014. In this interview Simmons and I focus on the topic of pro wrestling in Holland.

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Indie Flashback: Kenny Steele Debuts at MPX

by Daniel Johnson

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Kenny Steele debuted for  the Bedford, Texas based Metroplex Wrestling (MPX) on November 13, 2010 at MPX Consequences 2010. MPX had been running shows since only April of that year up to this point. At the time Steele was only 20 years-old and arguably the most promising young performer who had wrestled for MPX. He would go on to help establish the MPX Prospects Championship, a midcard title up and comers in the promotion like Li Fang, Kristopher Haiden and Frankie Fisher would capture. Before all that though he had to get past Ben Wylde.

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25 and Under: Nick Doepp Wrestles Reed Bentley for the SWE United States Championship

by Daniel Johnson

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Nick Doepp vs. Reed Bentley

Nick Doepp is a Kentucky based wrestler born in 1993 who back in October wrestled this match for the also Kentucky based Southern Wrestling Entertainment (SWE). SWE is a prolific promotion as far as the amount of shows they put on and while they may not always have the biggest crowds in size they have some of the more wild crowds in spirit. On the SWE Friday Night Fights October 17, 2014 show fans were hot for Doepp to defend the SWE United States Championship against the winner of The Johnson Transcript Surging Star Award for 2013, Reed Bentley.

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Sam’s Adventures in Luchaland Uno

by Sam DiMascio

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Hello there readers that have never read my work! My name is Sam DiMascio and I am a lucha novice. Still reading? Fantastic. A few weeks ago I was presented with an opportunity to write for this website and specifically write about lucha. As I have been finishing my finals in my second to last semester at college I have been trying to narrow down what I would like to talk about. All I know is that I enjoy watching lucha and I enjoy watching it more than any other wrestling today. I did not get into lucha until maybe two years ago when I saw a Virus (CMLL) match mentioned on an online forum. The match resonated with me to the point where I wanted to learn more, and I feel I have. Now, I probably watch more lucha than the average wrestling fan, but that is because not a ton of people, not enough people, watch it. If I can manage to sway some people into giving it a chance I will feel like I have succeeded. This column is likely to be rather free form until I have settled in and can truly envision where I would like to take this more specifically. For now, I would simply like to talk about one of the aspects that makes me love this form of the art of pro wrestling.

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Batista Quits in MS Paint

by Daniel Johnson

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Over at the Freakin’ Awesome Network (FAN) user lise has started a thread on the FAN forums entitled, 2014 moments in MS Paint. The thread is chalked full of WWE greatness as recreated through MS Paint. John Cena, Brock Lesnar and of course Batista are all represented. Also, there are plenty of less notable WWE characters represented like Emma, Adam Rose and Stardust. Despite my distinct lack of artistic talent I couldn’t help, but get in on the action (see below…and above). To see what others are drawing on FAN click here.

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Ty Cross Interview

by Daniel Johnson

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Interviewer’s Note: “The Great Bambino” Ty Cross is a regular for Black Diamond Wrestling (BDW) based in West Virginia. With Edric Everhart he makes up System Elite, a tag team that have held the BDW Tag Team Championship on two separate occasions totaling 441 days as champs. As a singles performer Cross has also had the chance to wrestle for the BDW Heavyweight Championship, challenging then BDW Heavyweight Champion, Chris LeRusso in March 2014 at BDW Take Down. System Elite have also held gold for Five Star Wrestling (FSW) where they had a lengthy run in 2012 as holders of the FSW Tag Team Championship. Helping to round out this 25 year-old wrestler’s career up to this point has been his tenure for the Pennsylvania based Pro Wrestling eXpress (PWX). Cross can be found on Twitter here and Social Elite has a Facebook page located here. This interview was completed on November 30, 2014. In this interview Cross and I focus on his work for BDW.

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