At Wrestlemania 34, Shinsuke Nakamura will take on AJ Styles for the WWE Championship, but it won’t be the first time they’ve fought for gold on a huge stage. In 2016, Styles and Nakamura had a match at Wrestle Kingdom 10 for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship, and if that bout is any indication of how their Wrestlemania encounter is going to be, it will be absolutely fantastic.
I’ve spent a significant portion of my life playing wrestling video games, and it’s probably one of the main reasons why my social and romantic lives are both in the state they are (I’ll give you a clue as to how they’re going, I run a wrestling blog and a poetry blog, work it out for yourself). The majority of the many, many hours I have sunk into these grappling games were spent playing story modes – career modes, roads to Wrestlemanias, season modes, whatever name they were under, I was obsessed with them. But with so many games with so many story modes over the years, it begs the question – which ones are the most worthwhile playing? Well, The Hairy Wrestling Fan is around to solve your problems. Here are my Top 10 Story Modes in Wrestling Video Games.
Dozens of men have held the biggest prize in wrestling over the last fifty plus years. The greatest of all time have had that golden strap around their waist, and worn it with pride; however, this prestigious title hasn’t always belonged to the most deserving of wrestlers. From time to time, WWE creative get it bafflingly wrong, and hand their most valuable prize to grapplers who don’t even deserve to be in the same room as that title. And in my mind, one ‘champion’ stands out above, or in this case below, the rest as the worst of the worst. This isn’t about how bad their title reign was, or how long they held the belt, or even how good their championship defences were, this is all about how deserving they were to hold it in the first place. At least the likes of Jack Swagger and Sycho Sid initially showed signs of potential, yet it was painfully obvious to everyone except for Vinny Mac that this man shouldn’t have even been inside a wrestling ring, let alone reach the top of the mountain.
Not every move has to be the final blow, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be a good one. In fact, some of them are pretty damn bad, and here’s the worst of them: Top 10 Worst Non-Finishing Moves in Wrestling.