Saturday, 26 November 2016

Let's Get Ready To Wrestle

Whether you're a fan or not, theatrical fantasy proved to be extremely influential.

Ever since 1983 arcade Tag Team Wrestling, video games never looked back.

We all know about Final Fight's Andore (Hugo in Street Fighter) paying homage to André the Giant, but the Red Cyclone was based on Victor Zangief.


Instead of suplexing licensed games, I'm here to pin down how likeness of household names were largely blatantly stolen.

With or without 'alterations', most are obvious and some aren't, but bear enough resemblance to warrant ring participation.

This is so intense, it'll make you sweat buckets.

Tecmo World Wrestling (NES)

Akira Dragon vs Antonio Inoki


El Tigre vs Tiger Mask


Pat Gordon vs Lou Thesz


Rex Beat vs Hawk


Jackie Lee vs Riki Choshu


Boris Chekov vs Stan Hansen


Mark Rose vs Ric Flair


Julio Falcon vs Hulk Hogan


Randy Gomez vs Harley Race


Dr, Guildo vs Big Van Vader


Blue King Demon vs Blue Demon


Championship Wrestling (C64)

Colonel Rooski vs Steve Austin


K.C. Colossus vs Hulk Hogan


Zeke Weasel vs Earthquake


3 Count Bout (Neo Geo)

Leo Bradlay vs Ricky Morton


Roy Wilson vs Bruiser Brody


Terry Rogers vs Lex Luger


The Red Dragon vs The Great Muta


Master Barnes vs Warlord (Powers of Pain)


The Main Event (Arcade)

El Condor vs Mil Máscaras


Conan the Great vs Hulk Hogan


Maui Mauler vs Haku


Kamikaze Ken vs Ricky Steamboat


San Antonio Smasher vs The Tonga Kid


Saturn Six vs Ax (Demolition)


Bigfoot Joe vs King Kong Bundy


Alan the Empire vs André the Giant


Saikyō Takada Nobuhiko (Super Famicom)

? vs ?


Yeah, unfortunately I can't speak and/or read Japanese.

Or...

Big Van Vader vs Gary Albright


Ha ha ha!

Big Bang Pro Wrestling (Neo Geo Pocket)

Deitz vs The Undertaker


Mike vs Bill Goldberg


Abadede (Streets of Rage 2, Mega Drive) vs The Ultimate Warrior


Spike (Violent Storm, Arcade) vs Hawk


Shadow Warriors (Arcade) vs The Road Warriors



Samurai Shodown's Earthquake may look nothing like his wrestling namesake, but face paint may have been inspired by Warlord (Powers of Pain).


Thunder Pro Wrestling Retsuden was exclusive to Japan and the only entry from the Fire Pro Wrestling series to appear on Mega Drive.

? vs Riki Choshu


 ? vs Big Van Vader


? vs Jushin 'Thunder' Lieger


Fire Pro Gaiden: Blazing Tornado (Arcade)

Bullnoi vs Bray Wyatt


Lucha libre is a form of wrestling developed in Mexico.

Here throws.

Firebird vs Fray Tormenta


Hayate vs Super Strong Machine


Saturday Night Slam Masters (Arcade)

El Stinger vs Lizmark


Street Fighter IV's El Fuerte was also conceived with somebody in mind.


Scorpion vs Tinieblas


Biff Slamkovich vs Kerry von Erich


Jumbo Flapjack vs Barbarian (The Powers of Pain)


Grater vs Big Van Vader


Big Bear (Fatal Fury 2) and original persona Raiden also clang a masked bell.


Ring of Destruction: Slam Masters II (Arcade)

Ortega vs Superstar Billy Graham


Saber vs Owen Hart


Fatal Fury bonus stage vs Barbarian


King (Tekken series) vs Tiger Mask


Wrestle War (Arcade)

Image remained exclusive to insert coin.
Bruiser Brody (top left) and Jason the Terrible (top right)


Mil Máscaras (middle left) and Hawk (middle right)


Oh, and Titan Morgan as Hulk Hogan.

When converted to Mega Drive in 1991, you'll notice North American/European cover art is 'slightly' different to its Japanese counterpart.


Can't think why?

Before referee calls time, here's more from the Hulkster.


Unsurprisingly, others took it upon themselves to copy iconic vest rip.

Wrestling Superstars (8 bits)
Saturday Night Slam Masters
Street Fighter III 2nd Impact: Giant Attack and Third Strike
For some reason, Alex w
asn't given the privilege in 1997 original New Generation.
Bullfight Ring no Hasha (PC Engine)
Fatal Fury bonus stage
Baron Kaiser (Hammerlock Wrestling, SNES)
Muscle Power (World Heroes series, Neo Geo)
Super Fire Pro Wrestling 2 (Super Famicom)
Tom Anderson (Burning Fight, Neo Geo)
Hawk (Vendetta, Arcade)

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