''Total Extreme Wrestling'' is a series of simulation computer games based off of ProfessionalWrestling. It was started in 1995 by British programmer Adam Ryland initially as a card game but quickly became a computer program due to the complex rules and long setup required. It was initially called ''Extreme Warfare''.

The series gained a bit of popularity when ''Extreme Warfare Deluxe'' was released, but gained an even higher level of fame when ''Extreme Warfare Revenge'' was released in 2002.

The series jumped from freeware to a professional product in 2004 when the first ''Total Extreme Warfare'' was released. The series soon changed its name to ''Total Extreme Wrestling''.

!!Games in the Series:
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* ''Extreme Warfare'': The initial release of the series and reportedly very basic compared to what the series would become. Nine different versions were released. [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes Somewhat difficult to find...]]
* ''Extreme Warfare Deluxe'': Coded entirely from scratch instead of using the code from the previous version. Enhanced the financial and game world.
* ''Extreme Warfare Revenge'': The final version of the series to be initially released for free. Overwent four major revisions with minor changes along the way. Notable in that several actual wrestlers mentioned playing this game.
* ''Total Extreme Wrestling'': Released via .400 Software for the 2004 version and with Greydog Software for 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2010. Greatly enhances the game from ''Revenge'', adding in more realistic development territories and more micromanagement when it comes to event times. 2005 was eventually made freeware to promote ''TEW 2008'' and other games made by Ryland.

!!This series provides examples of...
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* AfterActionReport: A significant number of players run these, and references to some of the more popular and influential ones can be found in the game - see AscendedMeme below.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: The game can run potentially forever, with characters who retire from the game being replaced.
* AscendedMeme: A number of diary characters, gimmicks and aliases have been referenced in the official database.
* AuthorAvatar: A borderline example, as Tommy Cornell--a very famous and successful wrestler and promoter in the created universe--is named after an [=eFed=] character that Ryland once played.
** In Extreme Warfare Revenge, applying the "Ryland Effect" gimmick to a wrestler essentially turns him into one of these. Naturally, it's the most over gimmick in the game.
* CompetitiveMultiplayer
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: Several of the restrictions that apply to the player don't apply to the AI.
* Expy: Countless. Ryland has admitted that a number of characters were originally inspired by real life wrestlers, generally as composites rather than direct counterparts. Threads debating who in real life may have inspired which character are always popular on the forums.
* FictionalDocument: Ryland has written a series of articles on the characters, promotions and history of the Cornellverse.
* GameBreakingInjury: Just like in RealLife, there are injuries that can severely limit a wrestler's ability to work. You can expect to see someone never be the same after a long injury.
* GameMod: Several for all iterations of the game, most of them being based on several earlier years in wrestling. The AlternateUniverse mod ''{{iDomination}}'' is also fairly popular.
* HolidayMode: In ''Extreme Warfare Revenge'' having a show on a certain date such as Christmas, Valentine's Day and certain other holidays unlocked special angles that could only be used on that day. A non-holiday example was the creator's birthday, where a segment could be selected where he comes out and beats up a wrestler of your choosing.
* JustOneMoreLevel: Or show, in this case.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Every game prior to ''Extreme Warfare 2001'' is almost impossible to find online. Also, due to .400 Software's closure in 2006, ''Total Extreme Wrestling 2004'' is LostForever save for those who held on to their purchased copy.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: More than 2,000 in the Cornellverse, which comes packaged with the game. Some mods contain much more than that.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: The owners of the companies can impose some stringent hiring rules, quite apart from preventing you hiring anyone they don't like.
* ProfessionalWrestling: Simulates being the booker (matchmaker) and owner of a professional wrestling promotion.
* ProWrestlingIsReal: One of the few wrestling games that subverts this. You choose which wrestler wins the match and how (in most versions).
* {{Retraux}}: The DeathOfTheTerritories mod, set in a stylized version of 1983, comes with a graphic pack that gives the user interface a more "1980's Wrestling" feel. The normally red background is replaced with a wall of old promotional flyers and pictures from the era.
* SpinOff: Ryland released two more similar games with sequels: Wrestling Spirit; a game in which ProWrestlingIsReal and you control a single wrestler throughout his or her career; and [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin World of Mixed Martial Arts]].
* StatusQuoIsGod: The details may change, but the game world broadly remains the same from version to version for reasons of CompetitiveBalance.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: There are a few workers and federations that are clearly based off of current or historical things in the real world.
* WideOpenSandbox: Dozens of companies, thousands of wrestlers, and lots of mods available to put players at almost any point in the last thirty years or so of the real world wrestling business.
* WritingAroundTrademarks: Due to copyright issues, the freeware's habit of having a default scenario based off of the real world couldn't happen once the game went up for sale. Ryland responded by creating his own fictional world.
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