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“Macho” Mike Haggar

Mike Haggar 2Medium: Video Games
Title: Saturday Night Slam Masters, Final Fight, Marvel vs. Capcom
Bio: A veteran of the Capcom Professional Wrestling Association, the former Mayor of Metro City was as dangerous outside the ring as he was inside. Despite his many accomplishments, he has yet to beat his dream match opponent, Zangief.
Signature Move: The Pothole Plugger.

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Zangief

Zangief 3Medium: Video Games
Title: Street Fighter series
Bio: The Red Cyclone is one of the biggest and strongest competitors of the street fighting circuit. He has more scars than Sabu due to wrestling bears (not from botching table spots). Despite being a heel, he doesn’t think it makes him a bad guy.
Signature Move: Spinning piledriver.

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Zangief

IMG_2152Height: 7′
Weight: 256 lbs.
Hometown: Russia
Finisher: Final Atomic Buster
Video Game: Street Fighter series & Marvel vs. Capcom series

Often perceived as a villain, in particularly the few films he’s made appearances in, the “Red Cyclone” is actually considered to be “good natured, with a great sense of humor, and totally fearless.” according to the Capcom Wiki page of Street Fighter II: Special Championship Edition. The grappling Ruskie is also considered to be the first fighting video game character who relies on a rasslin’ moveset. So you can thank this man for your Kings, Wolf Hawkfields, and Big Bear/Raidens.

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“Macho” Mike Haggar

IMG_1648Height: 6’7″
Weight: 309 lbs.
Hometown: Metro City, USA
Finisher: The Pothole Plugger
Video Game: Saturday Night Slam Masters, Ring of Destruction: Slam Masters 2, Final Fight 1-3, Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds

I’m not that big a gamer, but being a huge wrestling fan I always made sure to play every wrestling video game I could get my hands on. While this feature won’t go in depth about certain wrestling games, for that you have Joe Gagne’s Funtime Pro Wrestling Arcade, I will highlight some of the more popular fictional wrestling characters in video game culture. First up, the former Mayor of Metro City, “Macho” Mike Haggar.

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