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Saturday, July 15, 2017

[REVIEW] WCW VS. NWO World Tour & WCW/NWO Revenge

WCW VS. NWO World Tour and WCW/NWO Revenge were very popular upon their releases, becoming the best selling pro-wrestling games for the Nintendo 64. Even though WCW and NWO were brands strong enough to sell these games on their own, more was brought to table than that. Both included fictional promotions and wrestlers inspired from real-life pro-wrestling companies and talents based in Japan.

[REVIEW] Tecmo World Wrestling

Just like Tag Team Wrestling, this is another Nintendo Entertainment System pro-wrestling game featuring generic wrestlers that I enjoyed. Tecmo World Wrestling was the first pro-wrestling game to include commentary and replays, which added to its entertainment value.

[REVIEW] Tag Team Wrestling

Although I'm not into games featuring purely generic wrestlers these days, I loved them when I was a kid. In the 1980's, Tag Team Wrestling was my favorite arcade game to play. This game was the first to focus on tag team wrestling. Although the arcade version is no longer available, the Nintendo Entertainment System version still is available via Amazon.

[REVIEW] Legends of Wrestling

Without acquiring a licence from a major pro-wrestling company, Acclaim managed to produce a game that featured major names who have been in WWE, WCW, ECW, etc.; It was due to good timing, signing talents for the game while they were not signed with a promotion. The Legends of Wrestling series is available for the PS2, Nintendo GameCube, Xbox, and Game Boy Advance.

[REVIEW] Fire Pro Wrestling Returns

One thing that the video game market in the United States lacks is representation of the industry outside of the US. Fire Pro Wrestling Returns (for the PS2) helps to fill that void by featuring a roster that mostly consists of wrestlers based in Japan and Mexico. Also, the game features many match style options including deathmatches.

Friday, July 14, 2017

[REVIEW] Japanese Hardcore Wrestling

The hardcore style adds to the excitement of a match when it is performed by wrestlers who can wrestle. The talents on these Japanese Hardcore Wrestling DVDs definitely fit that definition, in matches featuring wrestlers from Big Japan Pro-Wrestling, DDT Pro, Japan Women’s Pro Wrestling, Michinoku Pro, and more. These shows were previously shown via PPV nationally in the United States.

[REVIEW] My Life Outside the Ring: A Memoir

For decades, Hulk Hogan has been a name that is bigger than the pro-wrestling industry itself, proven by the fact that it's a name very familiar even to those who have never watched a pro-wrestling show in their entire life. And yet, for the majority of Hulk Hogan's career, very little was known about the man behind the name and persona. In My Life Outside the Ring: A Memoir, Hogan reveals the story of his life, discussing his childhood, his career, as well as how he bounced back after experiencing turbulence in his life that caused Hogan to reach his lowest point.

[REVIEW] Eric Bischoff: Controversy Creates Cash

WCW is remembered both for rising to the top of the pro-wrestling industry for two years, and for it's rapid fall. Members of the industry and the media have their own views regarding how and why both situations occurred, but there is only one book that has the true story, and it was written by the man who was running the company during it's most successful period as well as when the first signs began to show that hard times were ahead for WCW. In Eric Bischoff: Controversy Creates Cash, former WCW President Eric Bischoff details the condition WCW was in before he had a managerial role there, how he turned the company around, as well as the facts regarding why WCW went defunct.

[REVIEW] The Rise and Fall of ECW

All episodes of, "ECW on Sci-Fi/Syfy" are now available on the WWE Network. If you haven't already, this would be a good time to check out, "The Rise and Fall of ECW", a 3 hour WWE-produced documentary that takes a look at the history of ECW, and includes interviews with former ECW talents and former ECW owner Paul Heyman. It's the most legitimate resource regarding the rise and fall of the organization. "The Rise and Fall of ECW" also includes matches from ECW's past.

What's also worth noting is that regardless of whether or not you were a fan of ECW, "The Rise and Fall of ECW" is a documentary that is a must watch. Although ECW was not majorly involved in the Monday Night Wars, they undeniably did have an effect on it, and WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and then WCW-President Eric Bischoff were aware of its presence. "The Rise and Fall of ECW" includes interviews with both men, adding to the value of this documentary.