We’re back with Part TWO of our series where we fantasy build a WCW video game from scratch! Each week we give you 5 wrestlers from our fantasy roster and a game mode or match type to go along with it. Starting this week we’ll be giving you our own “DLC packs” as well so stick around till the end to see what is included in the very first Downloadable Content Pack for WCW: The Video Game! If you missed part one, you can check it out here! Now, lets jump back into it with this weeks five wrestlers!
1. “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair
If there was a Mount Rushmore of WCW, Ric Flair is the Theodore Roosevelt. They’re both wheelin dealin sons of guns. 8x WCW World Heavyweight Champion and 13 NWA World Heavyweight Champion, the Nature Boy was the premiere heel in the WCW whether it was on his own or as a member of the Four Horsemen. Classic matches with Sting, Vader, Hulk Hogan and god knows how many iconic names we could list wouldn’t even come close to summing up the incredible career Ric had in WCW, let alone professional wrestling.
ALTERNATE ATTIRES: Four Horsemen T-Shirt, Multiple other colors of the same outfit and robe.
Along with the Barbarian he was one half of the faces of fear, a member of the Dungeon of Doom, master of the Tongan Death Grip, and legend persists that he is legitimately the toughest man in the history of the wrestling business. Meng had classic matches in WCW against Hogan, Savage, the Giant, and others, including his later run in WCW’s fledgling Hardcore division. Slap the Tongan Death Grip on your opponent, watch Meng shake his giant fro as he yells, and it’s just a matter of time before they tap out!
ALTERNATE ATTIRES: Mullet Meng, Huge Fro Meng.
3. DEAN MALENKO
The Master of 1,000 Holds, Dean Malenko is the son of legendary wrestler Boris Malenko, and made a name for himself wrestling in Japan, Mexico and ECW before coming to WCW with the likes of Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio. Malenko, though smaller in stature, was a technical workhorse who more often then not was involved in some of the most entertaining matches on any card he wrestled on. Eddie, Rey, Jericho, Chavo, and others would put on a clinic inside the ring that would lead to Malenko being considered one of the best technical wrestlers of the 90s.
4. DIAMOND DALLAS PAGE
A late bloomer, DDP would become a top star in WCW as he turned 40 years old. A former manager for guys like Scott Hall and the Fabulous Freebirds, DDP transformed himself into a wrestler and became a fan favorite as he one of the few characters to stand up to the nWo at the time. The Master of the Diamond Cutter, a move Page claims he can hit from out of nowhere, DDP went on to be a 3x WCW World Heavyweight Champion, 2x United States Champion, 1x TV Champion, and 4x Tag Team Champion (2x with Kevin Nash, 1x with Kanyon, and 1x with Bam Bam Bigelow.) DDP is a legend of the business and deserves his spot in our WCW: The Video Game roster!
ALTERNATE ATTIRES: “Diamond Mine” attire, early singles career DDP, Mullet DDP, Short Haired DDP, “The Insiders” DDP
5. “STUNNING” STEVE AUSTIN
Before he was ever Stone Cold, he was Stunning Steve Austin. Early on Steve would be managed by Vivacious Veronica and later Jeannie Adams but it would be later in his first year with WCW that Steve would join Paul E. Dangerously’s Dangerous Alliance stable and begin to make a name for himself. As a singles star, Steve would capture both the TV title and the United States Championship twice each. Later, Steve would be teamed with friend Brian Pillman and the two would take an undesirable situation and turn it into the successful team, The Hollywood Blondes. The team would be NWA tag champs once and then WCW tag team champs when WCW succeeded from the NWA.
ALTERNATE ATTIRES: Dangerous Alliance Steve Austin, Hollywood Blondes attire.
THIS WEEKS GAME MODE: HULKAMANIA MODE
When he came to WCW, Hogan was still sporting the Red and Yellow, telling people to say their prayers and take their vitamins. To try and keep him interesting, even in the new environment of WCW, he would face off against the Alliance to End Hulkamania, a combo of the Four Horsemen and the Dungeon of Doom. HULKAMANIA MODE would allow you to play as Hogan as you take on the two groups (with some help from the Macho Man as well) in regular matches, the giant Tower of Doom steel cage and more. Ric Flair, Kevin Sullivan, Lex Luger, and the Giant will all be featured in matches.
THIS WEEKS “LITTLE BIT OF BUSINESS IF YOU WILL…”
Modern wrestling games are seeing a resurgence of Managers in the games. Paul Heyman, Paul Bearer, Miss Elizabeth, Virgil, and more are usable to distract referees and interfere with the opponent. WCW would be no different and would include a huge list of names including Paul E. Dangerously, Harley Race, JJ Dillon, Kimberly Page, Miss Elizabeth, and others!
THIS WEEKS DLC PACKAGE: THE CELEBRITY GUESTS
This group actually comes from our Facebook Page when reader Ian suggested this list of famous celebrities who notoriously appeared in WCW, though we are going to tweak it ever so slightly.
DAVID ARQUETTE: The worst World Heavyweight Champion ever. Yup, you tried to forget but you can’t.
DENNIS RODMAN: The Worm was involved with the nWo on multiple occassion and he sucked at all of them.
KARL MALONE: The former Pro Basketball player tagged with DDP to take on Hogan and Rodman, Malone was the only decent “Athlete” celebrity. His moves were limited to some bad punches, chops and slams but at least he was more believable than our next Celeb.
JAY LENO: Again, teaming with DDP against Hogan and Bischoff, Leno threw what we either horrible punches or horrible clotheslines, I’m not sure what they were. He also proved Hogan can sell by putting him into the loosest wrist lock/arm bar thing-a-ma-jig ever and Hogan sold like he was in the figure four with Flair.
Ian also suggested Master P but I think his bit was more forgettable, so for our DLC we’re replacing the lame rapper with the cybernetic cop of the future…
ROBOCOP: Robocop saved Sting by ripping a steel door off of the cage he was trapped in and proceeded to save him from an attack by the Four Horsemen. I mean, come on, you could play as Robocop in a wrestling ring. That’s even better than when you got to beat up Fred Durst in the video game Smackdown: Just Bring It!
That’s it this week! Check back next time for part three for another 5 wrestlers get added to our roster, another game mode is revealed, another DLC is added, and we do a little bit of business, if you will!