Wrestling Game StArcade: WWF Super WrestleMania

by Alex Knapp

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WWF Super WrestleMania
Year: 1991 (SNES), 1992 ( Sega Genesis)
Systems: SNES and Sega Genesis
Developer: Sculptured Software
Publisher: LJN (SNES), Flying Edge (Genesis)

Have you noticed that there’s been a huge dearth of wrestling games over the past five years or so? And that even the WWE has been reduced to putting out only one game a year? Well, that’s precisely because wrestling games tend to follow along almost exactly with the boom and bust cycle of the wrestling industry as a whole. The wrestling video game output is low because of the rut the whole industry has been in since WWE became a monopoly. A similar dearth happened in the mid 1990s, when both the WWF and WCW were struggling to stay relevant.

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25 and Under: Hudson Envy in an Intergender Match at SBW

by Daniel Johnson

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Hudson Envy is a 24 year-old wrestler originally from Wichita Falls, Kansas. Recently she deputed in Japan’s Stardom promotion where she has already wrestled the likes of Io Shirai, Sendai Sachiko, and Mayu Iwatani, who are some other great young female wrestlers worth checking out. Prior to this Envy wrestled a lot around southern California, which included displaying her skills at Santino Bros. Wrestling (SBW).

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Indie Flashback: Green Ant Battles Frightmare at AIW in 2010

by Daniel Johnson

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Back in April 2010 Absolute Intense Wrestling (AIW) held a two day trios tournament entitled AIW Jack of All Trios. Unsurprisingly, another company that has long emphasized trios wrestling, CHIKARA had some showcase matches during the events including Green Ant wrestling Frightmare.

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Indie Flashback: Samoa Joe Battles Roderick Strong in front of a Rabid Maryland Crowd

by Daniel Johnson

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In celebration of the May 27 announcement that Ring of Honor (ROH) is finally getting a national television deal, this clip of two stars who the company helped develop and in turn assisted in growing the company seems appropriate. Since Samoa Joe also shocked the wrestling world and debuted in WWE this month, it seems doubly appropriate.

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Old School Flashback: Utah’s Don Leo Jonathan Tames a Tiger

by Daniel Johnson

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Utah has never been considered much of a hotbed for pro wrestling. Although some talented individuals wrestle out of Utah, such as friend of The Johnson Transcript, Adan Reyes, old school legends to come out of this area are few and far between. Yet, “The Giant Mormon” Don Leo Jonathan, not only had one of the most awesome wrestling nicknames ever, but represented Salt Lake City, Utah in such far away places as Chicago in Fred Kohler’s NWA territory.

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25 and Under: Cam Zagami Tests His Skills at WXW in Pennsylvania

by Daniel Johnson

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Cam Zagami vs. Afa Jr.

Cam Zagami is a 21 year-old wrestler originally based out of New Hampshire and he plays a great horse’s ass. For the last few years the place he has wrestled most often has been Chaotic Wrestling (CW), a Massachusetts based promotion, which is a short ride (or a hell of a long walk) from New Hampshire. He also has a wonderful YouTube channel. Despite being as young as he is Zagami has already traveled a bit and a few months ago ventured to World Xtreme Wrestling (WXW) in Pennsylvania where he took on a marquee name in Afa Jr.

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WWE Pay-Per-View Roundtable: Extreme Rules 2015

by Daniel Johnson, Kyle Childers and Dave Pendleton

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Big E and Kofi Kingston (with Xavier Woods) vs. Tyson Kidd and Cesaro (c) (with Natalya) for the WWE Tag Team Championship

antoniocesaroDaniel Johnson: The in-ring work of the match should be entertaining. However, it is tough to get too excited for this one when there you’re almost positive the WWE Tag Team Championship will just be defended on the pre-show of WWE Payback 2015 next month. No one in this match is really getting elevated so we’ll just have to enjoy it for what it is. Cesaro and Tyson Kidd will retain over Big E and Kofi Kingston while Natalya and Xavier Woods, respectively do nothing.
Kyle Childers: Guys, this is like the fourth pay-per-view in a row where the tag titles are going to be defended! For huge tag fans like myself, this is quite good news, especially considering the match quality the tag champs have been delivering. With The New Day slow burn heel turn they have going on, it makes sense for the champs to retain.
Dave Pendleton: The New Day has absolutely backfired on the WWE and it seems they are scrambling to do some kind of heel turn with them. When these three first got together on WWE Main Event and WWE Superstars last year, they were not using the black gospel gimmick and I had hopes that being a stable would give them all a chance to really shine. Unfortunately, that has not been the case. I think the match will be good, Tyson and Cesaro are great and they can work well with anyone. I would love to see Xavier and Kofi be the team here and that is not a knock on Big E. I have been a fan of his for quite a while, but I would really love to see Xavier get a chance to show off. I see Kidd and Cesaro coming out of this still tag team champions.

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