Category Archives: Let’s get physical

WWF Wrestlemania 2000 & WWF No Mercy intros on the Nintendo 64

When I became a wrestling fan as a kid one of the first things I wanted was a video game were I could play as my favorite wrestlers and beat up the heels who were against them. In those preview kiosks that Nintendo had in the 90s I was able to preview two different games; WWF Attitude and WWF Wrestlemania 2000 both for the Nintendo 64. I debated for days as to which one to get based on the videos and screen shots I had seen. I eventually decided to wait for Wrestlemanis 2000 and boy did I make the correct decision as the Acclaim game is not seen in a favorable way while AKI wrestling games are still highly regarded even today.

The gameplay was great and while many features that the Playstation version of the games that I really wanted were missing from the Nintendo 64 versions like the full titantrons and special gimmick matches like Hell in a Cell, I did not care. The storylines of the game instead of featuring a fun or creative one mostly botched up the main wrestling storyline of the year which I never liked that didn’t stop me from finishing story mode. The grappling system was just so much fun and even though you could cheat the AI by spamming the taunt button you can argue the AI cheated on the more difficult settings. It didnt matter the game was a lot of fun and I spent hours playing them. I’m not here to review a game however but I’ll talk about the introductions their WWE games had since they’re definitely memorable.

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Remembering.. WCW Monday Nitro & WCW Thunder

I really got into wrestling in the attitude era and I was a WWF fan, it didn’t take much from the WWF for me to say WCW sucked, I was as big of a shill as thirteen year old kid could be, I took this more seriously than gamers take console wars or conservatives and liberals debate bathrooms. And yet I was able to overlook our differences and check out their product even if it wasn’t to my liking.

As mentioned I would use any opportunity I had to belittle WCW but Raw is War didn’t begin until later at night and I needed my wrestling fix. Luckily for me WCW Monday Nintro began an hour before to satisfy my needs. I would never get to watch the main events as I just cared more about midcard WWF matches than main event ones on WCW. Can you blame me? Unlike Raw or Smackdown even the theme music was boring.
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Remembering ECW on TNN

I discovered ECW Wrestling on TNN shortly after it started airing by pure chance and I was completely fascinated, unlike WCW which used to bore me to tears, here we had a show that actually offered something different and yet still entertaining even if the production was a much lower quality. You could tell that this was something unique that couldn’t be replicated and so I watched. A large part of it was indeed the intro which is legendary in its own right and any fan can easily recognize it as the ECW theme.

The intro just oozed of awesome as it felt dark, extreme, dirty and not your typical wrestling promotion. Even if it was indeed on a cable channel you felt like this was underground stuff. The music set up the mood perfectly as did the logo with barbed wire. It’s odd that the music is rather slow yet it feels really heavy and unlike say WWF intros which have quick cuts of action scenes here many of them were rather slow things and yet you could feel that they meant more as you actually felt the impact of the moves or events they tried to show off.

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WWF’s Best Worst Stable X-Factor ft. Uncle Kracker

Oh I know you hate X-Factor but you ain’t gotta look at me like that.

In pro-wrestling you find many factions and many of these stables have become legendary such as the NWO and The Ministry but also some terrible ones like 3 count and Right to Censor. But in 2001 the WWF blessed us with a stable that blurred the line between great and awful. Composed of X-Pac, Justin Credible and Prince Albert, this faction’s name was X-Factor.

I was a fan of Justin Credible from his ECW run and when I saw him appear on WWF Television I was really happy to see him come to the big leagues as he was one of the top stars at ECW. He quickly formed a tag team with X-Pac who needed some friends as D-Generation X had broken up once again. And hey why not add Prince Albert to the mix just for fun? There wasn’t any real connection but did it matter?
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