Wrestling Game StArcade: WWF European Rampage Tour

by Alex Knapp

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WWF European Rampage Tour
Year: 1992
Systems: MS-DOS PC, Amiga, Atari ST and Commodore 64
Developer: Arc Developers
Publisher: Ocean Software

Every now and then, the World Wrestling Federation/World Wrestling Entertainment takes the time to acknowledge that first initial of theirs, and give the tip of the hat to its international fanbase. To this day, America’s number one wrestling promotion enjoys a decent following throughout the world and goes on global tours. And one of their most common destinations is just across the pond, performing for our fellow fans in Western Europe. The WWF’s European following has ebbed and flowed over the years, just as its popularity has ebbed and flowed in its home country, but when it catches on, it can be lucrative.

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Wrestling Game StArcade: Power Move Pro Wrestling

by Alex Knapp

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Power Move Pro Wrestling
Year: 1995
System: PlayStation
Developer: Yuke’s
Publisher: Activision

The mid 1990s was a lean period indeed, for both wrestling video games and American pro wrestling in general. The WWF had lost its mojo; rocked by a series of steroid trials that hurt their public image, and with most of their major names from the ’80s gone, they were in deep financial and creative doo-doo, and despite possessing a good roster of talent, they seemed to spend much of 1995 going through the motions, resulting in the most boring, forgettable calendar year in their history. WCW was trying to take the opportunity to pull ahead, and would debut WCW Monday Nitro head-to-head against WWF Monday Night Raw in the fall of that year; but they didn’t yet have the content to back it up, and they too were struggling to be relevant. ECW, for their part, was growing a strong underground cult following, revolutionizing the business with a genuinely cutting-edge and exciting product. But they had yet to grow beyond late night syndication, tape trading, and a de-facto regional fanbase in the Northeast, and were nowhere close to the mainstream penetration they would get close to later.

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25 and Under: Jessy Jade Wrestles at NEW Provocation 3

by Daniel Johnson

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Jessy Jade vs. Melanie Gray

In celebration of former WCW star Sting returning to WWE pay-per-view at WWE Fastlane 2015 I figured I’d feature a clip from the company of another former WCW talent,  Alex Wright. Although Wright may be remembered more for his personality and silly dancing he was actually an incredibly underrated talent. It is fitting that since 2009 he has run New European Championship Wrestling (NEW) to showcase some great young European talent that otherwise might not get as much exposure. One such talent is Jessy Jade who was just 18 year-old when she wrestled Melanie Gray at NEW Provocation 3 in February 2014.

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WWE Pay-Per-View Roundtable: Fastlane 2015

by Daniel Johnson, Kyle Childers and Dave Pendleton

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Editor’s Note: Part of The Johnson Transcript since 2012, Kyle Childers/Hawk Jefferson is a cornerstone of the WWE Pay-Per-View Roundtable series and the author of the Hawkeye’s Hangout series. Elsewhere Childers 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. Dave Pendleton is a writer for The Johnson Transcript who first came on board  through this interview with independent wrestling star Victor Andrews.

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Indie Flashback: It’s Amazing What Can Be Done With a Lollipop in CZW

by Daniel Johnson

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Joey Ryan wrestled for Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) for the first time since 2005 just over a year ago at the CZW 15th Anniversary Show. CZW has changed remarkably since “The Lariat” DJ Hyde took over control of the company from John Zandig. One wrestler making his in-ring debut in CZW since 2005 was Ryan’s opponent for his return match, Greg Excellent.

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25 and Under: Brandon Flip Wrestles on the TCW Debut Show in Canada

by Daniel Johnson

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Brandon Flip is a 22 year-old Canadian wrestler who, from 2009 to 2013, worked a lot for the Pure Wrestling Association (PWA), a promotion known for holding events all over Ontario. Flip has been absent from the company for a while now, but still wrestles and has since changed his name to “Bulldog” Brandon Hynes, modifying his image considerably, and has a Facebook fan page that can be found here. Back in 2011 though Flip still worked under his old name including in this dark match against Super Kamikaze for Tri-City Wrestling (TCW).

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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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