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''Saturday Night Slam Masters'' (''Muscle Bomber: The Body Explosion'' [[MarketBasedTitle in Japan]]) is a [[WrestlingGame wrestling]]/[[FightingGame fighting game]] released by Creator/{{Capcom}} in 1993 for the {{arcade|Game}}s. The original game is a typical wrestling game set on the viewpoint used by fighting games, with the winning conditions being either a 3-count pin, 20 seconds ring out or forcing the opponent to give up. The story revolves around the [[{{Face}} CWA]] (Capcom Wrestling Association), which was formed by 8 different wrestling groups all led by Victor Ortega. When Ortega suddenly vanishes, the group falls into chaos and the [[{{Heel}} BWA]] (Blood Wrestling Association) takes advantage. A tournament is started to find the new chief of the CWA. The game itself has no actual story, and the endings are just the winning character bragging about his victory.

There are 10 original characters, almost all of which have [[DubNameChange dub name changes]]. They are presented English name first:

* '''Alexander the Grater''' (Sheep the Royal): Hailing from Australia, a former rugby player who moved to America and gained notoriety for being way too violent. After being kicked out of football, he turned to pro wrestling.
* '''Biff Slamkovich''' (Aleksey Salazof): An Ukrainian wrestler from a bureaucratic family who trains under [[VideoGame/FinalFight Mike Haggar]]. He hates when people don't take wrestling seriously. [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIII Alex]] bears more than a passing resemblance to him.
* '''El Stingray''' (El Stinger): Mexican [[MaskedLuchador masked luchador]] with a highly flashy and acrobatic style, which he's very proud of.
* '''Gunloc''' (Lucky Colt): American wrestler very popular with the crowd. He trains alongside Biff with Haggar, and has the bad habit of hitting on Jessica whenever he can, gaining the hatred of Jessica's boyfriend [[VideoGame/FinalFight Cody]]. The English localization threw in hints about him being related to a certain ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' character, which were picked up by ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterTheMovie Street Fighter: The Movie]]'', where the {{cyborg}} character Blade is revealed to be him, as well as [[VideoGame/StreetFighterII Guile's]] brother (rather than being hinted about it).
* '''Jumbo Flapjack''' (Kimala the Bouncer): A BWA wrestler from Chicago and [[TheDragon the dragon]] to Scorpion. He enjoys seeing blood dripping from his victims. Before joining Scorpion he worked first as a bouncer and later as a wrestler's bodyguard, in both cases losing his job after getting a ''bit'' too violent.
* '''King Rasta Mon''' ("Missing IQ" Gomez): Hailing from the Dominican Republic, Rasta Mon lived peacefully among monkeys until he was found and his abilities tested, which led to him joining pro wrestling. He has a monkey buddy, Freak, which serves as his ''manager''.
* '''[[VideoGame/FinalFight Mike "Macho" Haggar]]''': Everyone's favorite Metro City mayor, in his pre-elections wrestling career (changed in the English version as being ''post-mayoral'' career; Haggar comes out of retirement to show all the young punks in the CWA what a real wrestler is).
* '''The Great Oni''' (Mysterious Budo): A flashy and speedy wrestler from Japan, which excites the crowd with his style. He's got a rivalry with El Stingray due to their fast and flashy styles.
* '''The Scorpion''' (The Astro): The mysterious leader of the BWA, whose past is unknown. The closest the game has to a [[BigBad big bad]].
* '''Titanic Tim''' (Titan the Great): An English wrestler who uses his large size to intimidate his opponent. He's acquaintances with [[VideoGame/StreetFighter Birdie]] and at times they formed a tag team nicknamed "500 Trillon Power."

Following ports for the {{S|uperNintendoEntertainmentSystem}}NES and [[SegaGenesis Mega Drive]], an UpdatedRerelease titled ''Muscle Bomber Duo'' was released in arcades, focusing on the tag team mode of the original. Finally, a third game was released under the name ''Ring of Destruction - Slam Masters II'' (''Super Muscle Bomber: The International Blowout'' in Japan), which ditched the wrestling mechanics for a pure fighting game experience (in other words, it featured round-based matches and victory by K.O.), [[HandWave under the excuse]] of Scorpion changing the rules. Outside that, the game follows the same non-plot as before, now with Ortega coming out of retirement to hold the final bout for the championship. 4 new wrestlers are joined by the 10 originals:

* '''Black Widow''': Hailing from Germany, she's the only female wrestler, albeit she's actually hiding that fact (she uses a masculine voice in-game and all, and her ending has her ditching the act).
* '''Rip Saber''': A Canadian BWA wrestler and former military, which uses [[CombatPragmatist any means necessary to attain victory]].
* '''The Wraith''': An Indian wrestler with a ghastly appearances, who fights using his long fingernail and a host of snakes hidden within his clothes.
* '''Victor Ortega''': Legendary wrestler and the founder of the CWA, he retired after [[BloodKnight finding no one able to beat him]], and is later invited by Scorpion to participate in the third game, prompting him to return to pro wrestling. He's seen in the first two games in the intro and endings.
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!!This game provides examples of:

* AllThereInTheManual
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Green-skinned Wraith, though he's meant to look like TheUndead.
* AmazonianBeauty: Black Widow.
* AmplifiedAnimalAptitude: Rasta Mon's monkey Freak is said to have a basic understanding of human language. Then again, he's also Rasta Mon's ''manager''.
* ArachnidAppearanceAndAttire: Black Widow.
* AscendedExtra: Ortega started out as just a story-only character, but became the [[FinalBoss final boss]] of the third game.
* BadassBeard: Ortega.
* BadassMustache: Haggar, who else?
* BaldOfEvil: Jumbo Flapjack and Alexander.
* BeardOfEvil: Jumbo Flapjack.
* BerserkButton: Titanic Tim hates being called a "disco reject"; apparently he hears that a lot due to his clothing.
* BloodKnight: Ortega.
* BreathWeapon: Jumbo Flapjack.
* TheBrute: Alexander and Jumbo Flapjack.
* TheCameo: Jumbo Flapjack and Biff Slamkovich appear in Ken's stage in ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha Street Fighter Alpha 2]]'', along a bunch of other "Capcom universe guests" for his then girlfriend Eliza's birthday party.
** At times, [[VideoGame/FinalFight Jessica]] would appear and enter the ring to cheer with her father in his victory pose.
* CaptainErsatz: Several. Ortega = Wrestling/HulkHogan, El Stingray = Lizmark, The Scorpion = Tinieblas, Alexander the Grater = Big Van Vader, Great Oni = Great Kabuki, Jumbo Flapjack = Earthquake/Kamala, Rip Saber = Bret Hart, etc.
** {{Expy}}: Jumbo Flapjack is basically Zangief with a sun-and-moon motif and also from [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Mr. Heart]]. Gunloc, King Rasta and Rip Saber share several traits with Guile, Blanka and Rolento, respectively and Titanic Jim is basically a British [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Raoh]].
* CombatPragmatist: Rip Saber, reflected in his movelist in which he employs things such as ''[[ThrowDownTheBomblet hand grenades]]'' to fight.
** Jumbo Flapjack will choke out opponents with his wrist tape and he breathes mist.
* ColorCodedMultiplayer: Every player in Team Battle mode. Strangely enough, {{mirror match}}es were not allowed until the ''Duo'' version, even though every character has a different palette for each player in Team Battle mode in addition to the standard palette used in Single Match mode.
** Player 1 - Red.
** Player 2 - Blue.
** Player 3 - Yellow.
** Player 4 - Green.
* DumbMuscle: King Rasta Mon, or as his Japanese name puts it, "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Missing IQ.]]"
* CanadaEh: Rip Saber; the English version of ''Ring of Destruction'' says he's Australian, though. That said, Kimala had previously gone from American to the Canadian Jumbo Flapjack. Jumbo's always talking about felling logs, and even says "eh?"
* ComicBookTime: The Japanese backstory sets the series before the events of ''Final Fight'' and based on Haggar's age difference between both games, the original ''Muscle Bomber'' is supposed to be set in 1983 (six years before ''Final Fight''). However, the games never actually make any attempt to make it look like they're set in TheEighties (particularly Aleksey Zalazof is established to be from the ''former'' Soviet Union and the game uses the current tricolor flag of Russia instead of the red and yellow Soviet one). [[http://flyers.arcade-museum.com/?page=flyer&db=videodb&id=1843&image=4 The Japanese flyer]] for ''Super Muscle Bomber'' actually establishes that the game is set in 1994.
* DubNameChange: As seen above, all of the wrestlers in the first game except Haggar (who merely lost the "Macho" nickname).
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: Several techniques, Haggar being the best known example with his Spinning Clothesline and SpinningPiledriver.
* FaceHeelTurn: Ortega does this for being the final boss in ''Ring of Destruction''.
* FatBastard: Jumbo Flapjack and Alexander.
* FinalBoss: Scorpion at first, Ortega in the third game.
* FinishingMove: Each character has both a signature and hidden finisher.
* {{Fanservice}}: Aside from all of the macho men (for the ladies and maybe some guys), there's also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FS_12ODyoqU#t=8m55s Black Widow's reveal.]] [[MaleGaze It shouldn't come as a surprise that]] [[TheSmurfettePrinciple the only female]] [[ForeignFanservice of the cast]] [[FlungClothing sheds her concealing disguise to reveal]] [[MsFanservice herself]] [[{{Stripperiffic}} wearing nothing more than a]] {{leotard|OfPower}} [[BareYourMidriff cut to resemble]] [[ChainmailBikini a training bra and thong.]]
* FragileSpeedster: El Stingray.
* GarbageWrestler: Rip Saber utilizes foreign objects such as shovels and hand grenades in his special moves.
* GenreShift: The original ''Slam Masters'' was a belt scroll-style wrestling game in which players were required to pin their opponents to win a match. ''Slam Masters II'' on the other hand plays like a ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' clone with multiple attack buttons, a completely [=2D=] playing field, victory by KO, and a round-based format.
* TheGiant: Titanic Tim, officially standing over 7'9". His bio lists his style as "Giant Wrestling", which as you can imagine means he mostly fights by being really huge.
** The Wraith is 7'2", taller than everyone except Titanic Tim, though his fighting style is based on contortion and supernatural powers.
* HeroicBuild: ''Everyone''. Not for nothing the art is done by the author of ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', Tetsuo Hara.
* HuskyRusskie: Biff is actually an {{inver|tedTrope}}sion, being a [[JackOfAllStats more balanced]] character and not even the tallest.
* ImpossibleHourglassFigure: Black Widow.
* InevitableTournament
* InSeriesNickname: All wrestlers are given nicknames in their bios. Also, certain tag teams in ''Duo'' are recognized by the computer and given a specific nickname, like Biff and Gunloc being the "Hyper Cannons."
* JackOfAllStats: Biff Slamkovich.
* KidAppealCharacter: El Stingray was technically this for being the shortest wrestler, standing at 5'6". He's an ankle biter.
* LatinLover: In one of his losing quotes, El Stingray bemoans that the ladies won't appreciate his newly messed-up face.
* LightningBruiser: Jumbo Flapjack is quite agile for a man of his size.
** Ortega is also a particularly fine example of this trope. While he's not fat like Jumbo, he is still easily one of the largest and heaviest men in the game, but has movement speeds on par with speedsters like Oni, Stingray and Scorpion.
* MarketBasedTitle: Strangely enough, the second game (''Muscle Bomber Duo'') kept the original ''Muscle Bomber'' name for its World version, while the third (''Super Muscle Bomber: The International Blowout'') is localized as ''Ring of Destruction: Slam Masters '''II'''''.
* MaskedLuchador: El Stingray and Scorpion.
* MightyGlacier: A few, Titanic Tim being the most prominent.
* MirrorMatch: Absent in the first arcade game.
** Added in the Genesis version, where each character has four palettes that are selected depending on which button of the standard Genesis controller the player uses to pick their character. The standard palette for each character is selected by pressing the B button.
** In ''Muscle Bomber Duo'' and ''Ring of Destruction'', the characters' color palette are automatically assigned depending on the player selecting the character (unlike in the ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' series, in which players get to choose their palette). Because of this, Player 2 in ''Ring of Destruction'' always uses the character's alternate palette no matter what and all the players use alternate palettes in ''Muscle Bomber Duo'' to make it easier to distinguish everyone since all the matches are 2-on-2.
* MissionPackSequel: ''Muscle Bomber Duo'' is this to the original ''Slam Masters''.
* MovesetClone: Biff and Gunloc have similar techniques, and are differentiated by their grappling moves. This is {{justified|Trope}} as both were training partners and rivals.
* MultipleEndings[=/=]CliffHanger: In the first game, simply beating the game has your character challenged at the championship ceremony by three unnamed wrestlers who, judging by their attire, have formed a PowerStable. Beat the game without continuing, and instead you are challenged by a returning Victor Ortega. Either way, you don't get to play, or even see, the fight; instead, the game ends as the new challenger(s) climb into the ring, with the phrase "The next battle begins..."
* MysteriousPast[=/=]ShroudedInMyth: The Scorpion.
* NamesTheSame: The Scorpion isn't a ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' ninja, though.
* NonPlayerCharacter: The game's referee, Harry Hicks. He's even graced with his own bio. Also Jessica, as well as Ortega in the first game only.
* OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo: The names of the English versions are all over the place.
* PragmaticAdaptation: All of the characters' and backstories were changed in translation in the overseas version of the first game. The setting was even changed from being set before ''VideoGame/FinalFight'' to being set afterward.
* {{Prequel}}: To ''VideoGame/FinalFight'' (in the Japanese version at least).
* ProfessionalWrestling
* ProWrestlingIsReal
* [[RaisedByAnimals Raised By Monkeys]]: King Rasta Mon.
* RatedMForManly: Like it even needed to be said.
* RetiredBadass: Ortega.
* TheRival: Oni and Stingray have a rivalry over their flashy styles, while Gunloc and Biff are both rivals and training partners.
* SamusIsAGirl[=/=]SweetPollyOliver: [[ItWasHisSled Black Widow]].
* SharedUniverse: By virtue of the fact that [[VideoGame/FinalFight Mike Haggar]] is a playable character and various ''Street Fighter II'' characters (such as Chun-Li, Honda, Zangief, and Balrog) can be seen in the backgrounds of certain stages.
* ShockAndAwe: Scorpion can somehow generate lightning, thought he's only seen using it the intro and his taunt.
* ShoutOut[=/=]ContinuityNod: In Hugo's ending in ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterIII Street Fighter III 2nd Impact]]'', his opponents in a tag team match are presented as either Biff and Gunloc or Black Widow and Haggar.
** Biff Slamkovich mentions a "[[VideoGame/StreetFighterII Comrade Zangief]]" in his losing quote.
** Haggar's LimitBreak in ''VideoGame/{{Namco x Capcom}}'' is named after this series.
** In the CreativeClosingCredits of Capcom's {{RPG}} game ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireII'', a group of bouncer {{Mini Boss}}es are given names. Which ones? Kimala (Flapjack), Gomes (Rasta Mon), Titan (Tim), Sheep (Alexander), and "Astoro" ([[SpellMyNameWithAnS mangled Astro]], a.k.a. The Scorpion).
** The logo for ''Super Muscle Bomber'', the Japanese version of ''Ring of Destruction'', uses the same font to spell "SUPER" that was previously used for the ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterII Super Street Fighter II]]'' logo. The ''SUPER'' word sprite also appears whenever a successive special throw is performed right after a taunt.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Black Widow is the only female character.
* SNKBoss: The Scorpion.
** Ortega definitely qualifies as well. [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority He was the champion for so long for a reason, you know.]]
* StatuesqueStunner: Out of all the women in Capcom fighting games, Black Widow is the largest, dwarfing them all at 6'6", 209lbs. Judging by her ending, at least 60% of that height [[ShesGotLegs is in her legs]].
* TagTeam: One of the play modes, made the central focus in ''Muscle Bomber Duo''.
* TitleDrop: At least in the original version, as it's the InSeriesNickname of Ortega ("Master of Muscle Bomber").
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Most characters.
* WildSamoan: Rasta is from an Atlantic island rather than a Pacific one, but otherwise, he's a perfect example of the trope, fighting with bites and headbutts and running around with a monkey.
* WrestlingGame: Only applies to the original game and ''Duo''. ''Slam Masters II'' is really more of a competitive fighting game with wrestling gimmicks.
* WrestlingMonster: The Wraith. Yikes.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: The Great Oni has pink hair.
** Played straight in ''Muscle Bomber Duo'' with Biff, Gunloc, and Oni's 2P palettes for having exactly blue hair. Their 1P, 3P, and 4P palettes respectively give them pink, yellow, and green hair.
** Biff and Oni have white hair in their 2P palettes from ''Ring of Destruction''.
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