Year in reviews are still going on, right? Enjoy the third installment of The Year of Wrestling in Pop Culture.
Tomorrow, AAA’s Triplemania XXV takes place live on Twitch TV. But before you watch Dr. Wagner Jr. vs. Psycho Clown in a mask vs. mask match, catch this list of the best fictional luchadores in pop culture.
Medium: 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.
The Internet Wrestling Community (IWC) A.K.A. wrestling fans in general, usually celebrate the month leading up to WrestleMania by posting up on forums and complaining about the current WrestleMania card and booking their own dream WrestleMania. It’s nothing but an exercise in futility. Then again, being a wrestling fan usually is. So instead of booking a card that I feel WWE should’ve put together for this year’s WrestleMania and disappointing myself further, I figured I’d book a completely fictitious WrestleMania card inspired by wrestling characters from different pop culture mediums (film, comic books, and video games), starting with video games.
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.