Gief 3:16 says I just protected the Russian Skies!
Tonight is the Night!
Created in 2012 by the mysterious "Bazza McMahon" and utilizing WWE 13 for the PlayStation 3, Video Game Championship Wrestling is, as the name suggests, a web-series/electronic wrestling federation/CAW League about a wrestling league... that features Video Game characters (and occasionally characters and people from other media) as they fight each other and the many glitches and Artificial Stupidity found in WWE '13.Of course, it's far more than that. Like "real" wrestling it is filled with storylines, rivalries and theatrics, but, unlike "real" wrestling, few if any of the fight results are actually scripted, leading to strange twists and upsets that would never happen in the real world. And, since the backgrounds and abilities of the characters don't necessarily transfer over into the ring, some very strange things can happen. A Saiyan can be a jobber, Raphael can be a heel, and Gabe Newell can fight (and in some cases win) a bout with Ganon. And through it all, those watching the broadcast (some live streams have had over 3,000 viewers) joke, commentate and even sometimes maintain a kayfabe seriousness about the whole thing. Sometimes.The first season, entitled "The Little McMahon Saga", aired from November to late December of 2012 and dealt primarily with a feud between Little Mac and Zangief as a result of Bazza's "screwing" of Zangief in a Money In The Bank match. Season Two, "Turnabout Turnbuckle", went from January to very early February of 2013 and dealt with Phoenix Wright's investigations of who was behind the shocking events at the end of the previous season, while Bazza McMahon and his crew- including a mysterious green-clad masked man known as "Mr.L"- try to stop him. The third season, "The Great Tournament", began on February 10th and dealt with a tournament to decide the GM of VGCW even as the newcomer Dracula plotted against the VGCW, ultimately coming to a stunning end on April 2nd, when the tournament finals between Adam Jensen and Gaben was interrupted by Dan Hibiki, who announced that Dracula was becoming GM by force, supported by his other lackeys, Kefka and Majin Vegeta.Season 4, ("Wrestlevania"), just recently began, and deals with the dictatorial rule of Dracula, the fallout of his takeover, and how it affects some of the most notable superstars in the VGCW. In addition, a spin-off focusing on the Women's Division has begun.Better Than It Sounds.Aired semi-regularly on it's Twitch network (but with no true schedule, basically starting whenever Baz tweets that it will start, though recently he's been settling on Tuesdays at 11 PM GMT), the The Wiki Rule is very much in effect. Archives are available both on Twitch and also on YouTube - look for recordings that have chat log in it for the full effect. This channel has a pretty good selection, especially of more recent shows.
This webseries provides examples of:
Acrofatic: Various wrestlers, but most notably Gabe Newell, who literally does a long-jump into the ring.
Adaptational Badass: By necessity, even characters with little-to-no fighting skill suddenly are able to grapple, kick and suplex.
All American Face: Guile and to a lesser extent Duke Nukem. When they fought each other, Bazza played Rick Derringer's "Real American" as background music for the fight. Recently, they are now teamed up as Team America.
All There On The Wiki: Certain parts of the backstory are either exclusively on the Wiki or are so hard to find in the YouTube or Twitch archives that they may as well only be on the wiki.
Arch-Enemy: Some of the prominent wrestlers have developed archrivals, such as Vegeta and Charles Barkley or Gamecenter FU and the Game Grumps.
Ascended Glitch: An exploit in WWE '13 that made it possible to create incredibly overpowered finishing moves was turned into a plot point when Donkey Kong, Bowser, and Proto Man were revealed to have utilized "glitch finishers". Donkey Kong was suspended as a result; in addition, their wronged opponents (Charles Barkley, Ganondorf, and Dr. Wily) plus number one contender Gabe Newell were scheduled for a Fatal Four Way match to determine the true champion.
B Show: The Gurl Gamer Championship and the female division in general is usually only used as a warmup (although Bryn is now in charge of a spin-off that will allow it to get the attention it deserves). In addition, the "Casual Championship" exists to fill time while showcasing some of the middle-of-the-road characters, although it is still appreciated for it's entertainment value and for the fact it sometimes showcases up-and-coming fighters who simply haven't had their big shot yet. In light of Red's amazing run with the belt, however, many consider it just as prestigious as the VGCW title, if not moreso!
Big Bad: Baz, again, although at least one other has been implied.
Dracula appears to be setting himself up as the new adversary for the arc, since he's forming his own faction and is implied to be responsible for Evil Woody.
Cowardly Lion: Mr. Satan, true to form initially backs out of joining Snake and Geno's alliance against Dracula due to a "stomach virus", he later changes his mind after they are ambushed by Vegeta and Dan, giving the pair a swift punch to the face.
Creator Breakdown: In Season 4 as the result of a hugeInternet Backdraft. The audience was hoping that they'd get a champion other than Barkley in the King of the Ring tournament to decide the new champion after Vegeta's Heroic Sacrifice. When Barkley did in fact get his title back, the fans rioted. It got so bad that Bazza put his foot down and threatened to cancel VGCW entirely. He eventually settled for finishing Season 4 and then planning a long break before Season 5. This is why we can't have nice things!
Creepy Doll: Woody, due to his rather unsettling CAW and his constant need to remind people to play with their toys. Taken Up to Eleven after Dracula finished with him.
Death Glare: Ganondorf before his title battle with Raphael.◊ It was made even more badass when you consider that Ganondorf had been away from the title belt that he once owned and that the rather-unpopular Raphael would pass his record of successful title defenses if Ganondorf were to lose to him.
Demoted to Extra: Due to the large cast, there are some characters that basically only show up in Royal Rumbles or Tag Team matches. A good example is Bowser, who went from being the one who finally overthrew Ganondorf's "1000 Years of Darkness" reign as champion to being an afterthought for awhile. Other aren't even that lucky and get Put on a Bus.
Determinator: Red proved himself to be one during his title defense against Wario. Despite being hit with five finishing moves by his opponent, Red still managed to hold out long enough to win.
Happened again in the Season 4 premiere after beating Dan Hibiki to retain his title. After the match, Vegeta and Kefka showed up to join Dan in a 3 on 1 No-Holds-Barred Beatdown. Red, however, kept fighting insurmountable odds for far longer than he had any right to be put through before finally being knocked out.
Diabolus ex Machina: Usually related to Bazza McMahon or his cronies. And most recently, Dracula.
Early Installment Weirdness: Early on, there were little-to-no storylines and far more characters who were not connected to Video Games (such as The Hulk and the Red Ranger). While there still are some cases of no-storyline episodes and some characters who aren't connected to Video Games, they are now the exceptions that prove the rule.
Easily-Distracted Referee: Or, rather, "Easily Glitched Referee". Makes it all the more funny when the wrestlers attack the ref on accident.
Enemy Mine: Some tag teams, such as Gerudo Skies (which has proven to be permanent) and Ghost Trick (which hasn't), were formed not so much because the characters had something in common so much as they had an enemy or cause in common. The most recent example is Great Tournament finalists Adam Jensen and Gabe Newell, who are only a tag team because of their mutual hatred of Dracula.
No, it didn't. Dracula was "alive" and well at the beginning of the following episode.
I Know Madden Kombat: Mild example, as some of the characters utilize moves or clothing from other sports in the ring... but usually it's from other combat sports.
Invincible Hero / Invincible Villain: Averted. While some wrestlers are more dominant than others, the nature of WWE '13's variance means that no one wrestler can ever fall into either category. Even the biggest Badass in VGCW, Ganondorf, loses from time to time.
Jobber: Part of the hilarity of the VGCW is that people like Link and Vegeta haven't done particularly well and end up falling into this category.
As of the end of the Jobber Tournament in season 3 (Where only the losers advance) Waluigi was crowned the Jobber of the Tourney.
Gary Oak is a particularly notable example. As of this edit, he has lost every one of his singles matches (six thus far).
Kayfabe: More a case of the AUDIENCE having it than the participants, who are of course only AI-controlled fictional characters. A good example of this was when everybody acted surprised when Mr. L turned out to be a hypnotized Luigi.
Tingle seems to be shaping up to be one, and has begun showing shades of Exotic Adrian Street. He acts extremely effeminate and flamboyant...until the bell rings, at which point he proves to be one of the most aggressive wrestlers in the fed.
Mondegreen: Michael Cole's line, "Missed her target," is often mistaken by the chat to be "Mr. Target".
Mundane Made Awesome: Gabe Newell's finisher is a bear hug, the simplest of submission holds. It's considered one of the most terrifying finishers in VGCW due to it being one of the few submission moves that's actually effective.
No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Happens every now and then, but usually in the more staged plot sections, not the fights themselves (although they do happen).
No Sell: Happens unintentionally sometimes because of how glitchy WWE '13 is.
Real Life Writes the Plot: There was little to no actual plot until everyone accused Bazza of screwing Zangief and allowing Little Mac to win the Money In the Bank match. Bazza created the "Baz McMahon" character and started to include plot scenes as a result to show the repercussions of this in the VGCW universe.
The Game Grumps and their heel turn and possible expulsion apparently were at least partially inspired by the fact Bazza didn't like their webseries as much anymore.
Real Men Wear Pink: Vegeta and occasionally Nappa, when they have the "Badman" (or "Baldman") look.
Squash Match: It happens, and due to the unscripted nature of VGCW's matches it can even happen in places where it never would happen in scripted settings.
Special Edition Title: The third season finale played a clip show opening using the opening theme from UK Version of Gladiators provided to Bazza by an International man of mystery. Sort of became an accidental Fake Out Opening because said International man of mystery didn't know what was going to happen and might have accidently hyped up certain elements that ended up playing less of a role
Theme Song Power Up: Subverted in The Final of season 3 as Dan gatecrashed the match inspite of the instrumental version of Tonight playing .
Played perfectly straight in the match between Gary Oak and Groose.
Tag Team: Many, including the Game Grumps and the Super Mario Bros.
Taking You with Me: The attack that Vegeta unleashed on Dracula after being beaten by him.
Take That, Audience!: After the massive fan backlash over his latest title win, Barkley proceeds to call out the crowd on this, arguing that he has earned every single one of his title shots like everyone else on the roster, as well as pointing out how often the crowd tends to turn against wrestlers just because of their success or exposure, and that he won't be bullied into the midcard because of it. Barkley even quotes CM Punk's famous Pipe Bomb promo by saying "Oops, I'm breaking the fourth wall."
Then Let Me Be A Heel: It's heavily implied that all the boos and hatred he received from the fans after eliminating fan favorite Ash Ketchum in a Royal Rumble is what eventually led to Dan Hibiki's actualFace Heel Turn.
Took a Level in Badass: Several wrestlers, but none more than Ash Ketchum, who went from fighting for his job in an "I Quit" match to earning the respect of the VGCW fans by showing a vast improvement in his skills, defeating longtime rival Gary Oak in a brutal match, being one of the final two in a Royal Rumble, dominating a six-man elimination match to get a shot at the Casual championship, and then defeating Guile for that very championship four days later in the fastest title match in VGCW history. And then, at the end of it, he began evolving, eventually turning into Red.
Vegeta during the "Badman Saga", and even moreso during the "Majin Vegeta Saga".
Barret Wallace. Before Season 4 began, his only win had been against Gary Oak. Ever since, he has come in second in a Royal Rumble (eliminating Guile, Arino, and Dr. Eggman before finally being eliminated himself), put up a hell of a fight in a losing effort in a handicap match against Dr. Wily and Dr. Eggman, and most recently, completely dominated a Fatal Four Way match, pinning all three of his opponents!
Tournament Arc: "The Great Tournament", and also the occasional "King of the Ring"-style event.
Trash the Set: Ranging from poor Table-San all the way to the ring itself.
Wham Episode: The final match of the Great Tournament, which ended with Dan sucker-punching finalists Gabe Newell and Adam Jensen before proclaiming Dracula the new general manager. Dracula then proceeded to name Dan the #1 championship contender, and Majin Vegeta the #1 casual contender.
Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: Phoenix Wright is at various times a wrestler, a investigator, a ringside interviewer and a intermediary between the higher-ups and the talent... sometimes during one single show.
Word Of God: Bazza occasionally will throw in some comments or background information on things, which of course then end up on the Wiki.