Well, I'm personally of two minds about creating an "all stars"
wrestling game. I guess it really all depends on if you come from a
wrestling purest point of view or not.
What I mean by that is around 1982 Vince McMan officially purchased
the WWF, and then they split off from the National Wrestling Alliance
as an independent wrestling federation. The WWF purchased several
competing wrestling outfits across the U.S. and in Canada which made
them the largest U.S. based wrestling federation on the market. As a
result they began buying up top performers from the AWA and NWA to
fill the roster with the best of the best. That's why they were so
famous in the 1980's.
Anyway, because of the split from the NWA, National Wrestling
Alliance, WWF performers were barred from wrestling NWA performers and
NWA wrestlers were barred from wrestling in the WWF. The only way they
could do that is to quit and sign a contract with the other
federation. As a result these wrestlers were mainly kept separate
through contracts and commercial permotions for one wrestling alliance
However, this is a game not real life. So such real life contracts and
issues wouldn't necessarily have to be an issue if we aren't going for
a purest type game. There are a number of advantages to opening it up
to all stars from the era rather than just the WWF/WWE.
For one thing you will notice the female wrestlers I have on the list
is extremely short. That's because when the WWF went independant in
1982 they never really built up a large women's devision like the AWA,
NWA, POW, etc had in place. They maybe had 50 top male performers but
only about 10 female performers on the pay roll at a time. To say the
women were under represented in the WWF is an under statement since
there were quite a number of top female performers at the time.
For example, just off the top of my head I can think of Susan Green,
Mad Maxine, Sally the Farmer's Daughter, Holliwood and Vine, Penny
Mitchell, Susan Starr, and so on. Basically, if we would tie into the
NWA, AWA, GLOW, POW, etc we could easily get a large roster of 50
women to wrestle in the game. That would definitely be more fair and
balanced for anyone who might want to play in a women's devision.
Then, as far as male performers there are definitely some living
legends who carved out big names long before they reached the WWF. The
Road Warriors, Hawk and Animal, were definitely kings of the ring
everywhere they went, but never ended up wrestling in the WWF until
the 1990's. Still they were pretty famous in the 80's and helped draw
people to the NWA. Same goes for the Fabulous Freebirds, Midnight
Express, etc. Great tag teams, but often didn't get as publicized
since they weren't in the WWF at the time. So I'd be interested to
hear everyone's thought on this. Should we go with a purest view, just
WWF wrestlers, or expand it to be more generalized across the board
and bring in some top performers from other wrestling promotions too?
On 4/11/11, michael barnes <c...@samobile.net> wrote:
> Hello, I think that making a wrestling game using wrestlers from the
> 80's would be alsome.
> Is any of the old ECW and NWA and WCW superstars going to be in the
> game aswell?
> Here is something to think about what about using the wrestlemania and
> starcade wrestling rings. If you think about it this game could be the
> accessible version of wwe superstars game that just came out.
> Look forward to playing this game.
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