Disney icons in Kingdom Hearts, Spider-Man in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, Wii Fit Trainer in Super Smash Bros. – we love it when our highly beloved characters show up in the most surprising of video games. When it comes to wrestling video games, we’ve seen a range of surprise inclusions, both fictional and real people, show up to grapple inside the ring (more about those here), but on very rare occasions, some of our favourite pro wrestlers have decided to step away from the ring, and show their face in an unexpected virtual space. Here are Five Times Real-Life Pro Wrestlers Appeared in Non-Wrestling Video Games.
Outside of WWE, Kenny Omega is the most talked about wrestler in the world today. His time leading Bullet Club shot him into a global spotlight, but it’s not just his cool black and white merch or iconic logo that give people reason to talk – he also just happens to be one of the best wrestlers of his generation. Every time he steps into a ring, Omega puts on an incredible show, and on certain occasions, makes history with the quality of his matches.
When Chris Jericho finally had his first-ever match rated five stars by renowned wrestling and MMA journalist Dave Meltzer on January 4th this year, it was a testament of how incredibly hard the former-WWE Champion works, and how when most wrestlers would have slowed down by now, Chris is still able to put on some of the best work of his career. To some, Meltzer’s opinion means nothing, to others, it’s the gospel. Personally, while I don’t always agree with his views, I do respect that somebody who’s been critiquing pro wrestling professionally for over four decades probably knows what he’s talking about, and as such, his ratings intrigue me. It’s incredible that in such a globally supported sport as pro wrestling, there’s only one critic who’s opinion really has any meaning behind it. Sure, you may be interested what other journalists, fans or personalities have to say, but a match is never referred to as five stars unless Dave Meltzer declares that it is. (Learn more about Dave Meltzer’s dedication to pro wrestling and why his opinion is so well respected by fans and competitors alike by reading my list of the Top 20 Five-Star Matches.)
DDT Pro Wrestling is known for being possibly the most ridiculous promotion in the wrestling world. We’ve all seen the clips and GIFs, we’ve all sat in awe at how incredibly bizarre the whole thing is – but have you ever bothered to really look into it? Have you ever tried watching a full match? A full event? A match that doesn’t involve fireworks or animals or inflatable dolls? Well, if not, you owe it to yourself to check out their streaming service – DDT Universe. But why should you sign up? How do you even sign up in the first place? How easy is it to use? Where do you go to see Joey Ryan use his penis on people? Don’t you worry! All of those questions and more will be answered in my exploration of A Dramatically Crazy Universe: A Matchguide and Tips for DDT Pro Wrestling’s Streaming Service.
2017 has almost come to an end. In my opinion, this has been one of, if not the best year for pro wrestling that I’ve ever been witness to, especially when it comes to match quality. Full of amazing moments, history-making matches, and an endless amount of fantastic content for any type of fan to enjoy around the world, wrestling in 2017 has truly been a gift to us all. But with a year so packed full of scale-breaking MOTY candidates, how on Earth could we whittle so many great bouts down to just the best of the best? There have been certain wrestlers this year that could fill a regular year’s MOTY list with their own matches alone, that’s how good the standard of pro wrestling is right now. An honourable mention in this list could have been a top five match ten years ago. We are experiencing a golden age when it comes to quality pro wrestling, and if you don’t believe me, just take a look at the unbelievable selection of matches we’ve been treated to in the last twelve months. Here is part one of my Top 20 Matches of the Year: 2017.
2017 has almost come to an end. In my opinion, this has been one of, if not the best year for pro wrestling that I’ve ever been witness to. Full of amazing moments, history-making matches, and an endless amount of fantastic content for any type of fan to enjoy around the world, wrestling in 2017 has truly been a gift to us all. But with a twelve months so full of wonderful moments, how could we possibly whittle it down to just ten of the best?! Well, don’t you fret my loyal readers, I’ve done all the hard work for you – here are the Top 10 Wrestling Highlights of 2017.
Once you hit the big time, you never know how long you will stay up there. Some spend decades atop the mountain of success, whilst some have a quick cup of coffee and leave. That’s just the nature of wrestling – not everybody can work out in WWE, and only a select few can be those generation-spanning hall of fame legends. Sometimes, talent are let go for understandable reasons, either due to an incident/behavioural issues or just because their spark isn’t quite as bright as it once was, but from time to time, Vinny Mac and co decide to let go of some of their most value talent without any reasonable logic whatsoever. So with WWE recently releasing a handful of it’s roster, it got me thinking – which WWE contract terminations were the most ridiculous and in hindsight, most cost-worthy in company history? Well, let’s find out, here are the Top 15 Times WWE Were Wrong to Release Their Talent.
The entire wrestling world is in utter shock right now.