Year in reviews are still going on, right? Enjoy the third installment of The Year of Wrestling in Pop Culture.
The year’s wrapping up, and in the world of professional wrestling, journalists, fans, bloggers, etc., will be declaring their wrestlers and matches of the year. However, here at Cheap Pop Culture, I’d rather give you a breakdown of all the times pro wrestling reared its red-headed step child head in the world of pop culture. So enjoy the second annual of The Year of Wrestling in Pop Culture.
Medium: 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.
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.
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.