Could A Wrestling Video Game Actually Work?

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Could a wrestling video game ever really work? 

For those of us who have played any of the UFC games, you’d notice that the wrestling features aren’t really the best. But it’s honestly the closest thing we’ve got.

Anyway, back to the original question. With the UFC games being our best rubric, do you think a UWW wrestling game could work? Without looking at the controls, let’s look at some of the qualities that we could take from other games that could be added to the game.

Create-a-wrestler

Being able to customize your own competitor is a must. Create a competitor with a Jordan Burroughs double, a Helen Maroulis footsweep, Kamal Bey bodylock throw, or a hybrid of all three. 

Madden-Style Ratings

If you’ve been paying attention, you know how important Madden ratings are to the NFL players. I’m pretty sure that this would be a huge deal for wrestlers too. There are a few guys and girls who obviously deserve to be in the coveted 99 club. 

Career Mode

This one is pretty straightforward. Choose your wrestler, train them, win the tournaments, make the team, and try to become a World and Olympic champion. You’ll also be able to accumulate sponsors, sign deals, and move to a different RTC to train with different coaches. 

Mortal Kombat’s Battle Mode

Beat the game by facing off with different wrestlers and beating the boss in the end. By beating the game you’ll unlock legends of the sport.

Challenge Mode

In challenge mode, you’ll have to complete tasks that happen throughout history. For example, the clinch with Karelin and Rulon or duplicate Burroughs’ broken ankle performance. Included in this will be wrestling in All-Star matches like Beat The Streets or Flo’s WNO-Pro cards. 

NLWC Event Match Notes And Takeaways

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A wonderful Saturday night of wrestling in the books. The Nittany Lion Wrestling Club hosted an event taking on a variety of competitors, most from the Cliff Keen Wrestling Club in Ann Arbor, Michigan. All-in-all it was 13 fun matches involving high level competitors.

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#1 220, Nick Feldman's, School List

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The current #1 wrestler in the country at 220 lbs, #11 on the Class of 2022 Big Board — although I expect that to improve when David Bray updates the ranking — and the #14 P4P high schooler, Nick Feldman, is a National Prep champion out of powerhouse PA high school Malvern Prep. The Friars finished in third at both Ironman and National Preps behind historic programs in Blair and Wyoming Seminary. Feldman will put his #1 ranking on the line against Oklahoma State commit Kyle Haas October 3rd in Austin, TX, at Who’s #1.

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The Biggest Loss For Each MAC School & How They'll Fill The Void, Part I

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The Mid-American Conference will be teeming with returning talent next season as it welcomes back seven of its champions and 28 NCAA qualifiers. 

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#2 Heavyweight In The Country, Chase Horne, Commits To NC State

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The #2 heavyweight in the country, Chase Horne, has made his college decision. 

FRL 551 - Recapping The Beat The Streets Card

551. Beat The Streets Recap

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On episode 551 of FRL, the boys discuss all of the action from an awesome Beat The Streets card.

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Beat The Streets Match Notes

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Beat the Streets is here! The virtual benefit is finished up and now it's time to watch some wrestling, or if you're only able to or so inclined, read about wrestling while I live blog all six matches from my home in Austin, Texas. Wrestling begins at 7:30 PM ET. Be sure to refresh frequently for second by second match updates. The blog in its entirety will be uploaded post-event as "match notes" if you would like a recap or see what you missed.

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Cyclones, Hawkeyes & More With Iowa State Assistant Derek St. John

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A four-time All-American and one of the most decorated wrestlers in Iowa history, Derek St. John has found a home coaching within the Iowa State wrestling program, but his journey isn’t as clear-cut as just traveling west on Interstate 80. 

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FRL 550 - 8-Man Bracket Announcement, Beat The Streets Predictions

550. 8 Man Bracket Announcement

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On episode 550 of FRL, the boys talk about the 8 man bracket announcement, make their Beat The Streets predictions, and talk about the recruiting dead period being extended until January 1, 2021.

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$20k On The Line For FloWrestling's 195-Pound Tournament

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On October 31, FloWrestling will be hosting an eight-man 195-pound tournament with over $41,000 in payouts. The champion will earn $20k, the runner-up will be awarded $10k, third-place will get $5k, fourth-place $4k, and fifth-eighth will all be awarded $1k. 

Super 32 Moving To Myrtle Beach

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Super 32 2020 is headed to the beach. Due to concerns regarding COVID-19 regulations, the tournament announced its decision to move to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center in South Carolina via Twitter Wednesday evening.