"Tonight is the Night!"Created in 2012note by the mysterious "Bazza McMahon" and utilizing WWE 2K14 (previously 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 some characters and people from other media) as they fight each other and the many glitches and Artificial Stupidity found in WWE '13 and 2K14.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. Yet 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.Currently, there are six shows within the VGCW universe:
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. The feud ended with Little Mac turning against McMahon and shortly afterwards getting hit by a car. The season ended on the next episode with a Christmas Special.Season 2, "Turnabout Turnbuckle", went from January to early February 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. Ultimately, Baz McMahon was arrested and his crew dissolved, with Mr. L going on a rampage that was only stopped when Mario arrived and restored his memories, revealing Mr. L to be Luigi.Season 3, "The Great Tournament", began on 10 February 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 2 April, 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 Palazzo and Majin Vegeta.Season 4, "Wrestlevania" dealt with the dictatorial rule of Dracula, the fallout of his takeover, and how it affects some of the most notable superstars in the VGCW. The season finale, "End Game 4", was shown on 2 June 2013 with the night ending with Red finally defeating Captain Falcon and earning mutual respect from him, Vamphound members Solid Snake, Geno, and Mr. Satan/Hercule defeating Kefka Palazzo, Dan Hibiki, and Phoenix Wright; Little Mac putting Dracula in a coffin, and finally, bringing closure to the previous season, Gabe Newell defeating Adam Jensen to become the new General Manager of the VGCW.Season 5, "Dragon Brawl", began on 11 July 2013. In this season, Nappa was hunting down the Dragon Balls to wish Vegeta back to life, while various other wrestlers hunt them for their own reasons; Eggman and Wily for world domination, Adam and Gabe to "stop the evildoers" (in reality, Adam wanted to wish Gabe and Safety Valve out of his life), and Wario and Waluigi for money. The season ended with "End Game 5" on 5 November 2013, as Nappa and Flint succeeded in collecting all seven Dragon Balls, only for Kefka to steal them from Nappa and use them to ascend to godhood and kill Shenron himself. The combined forces of the eight ball-hunting wrestlers was almost enough to stop him, but in the end Shenron's spirit offered Nappa one final wish, which he used to bring Vegeta back to life and turn the tables on the jester, defeating him and removing his deity status. Notably, it was the last season of VGCW to be run on WWE '13, with Bazza switching to the significantly-improved WWE 2K14 afterwards.Season 6, "The Phoenix Cross", debuted on 12 November 2013, and is the first season using WWE 2K14. This season has Phoenix Wright and Solid Snake feuding against each other, especially since the former has been hearing the voice that haunted him in Season 4 again, and this time he's more obedient to its demands. The season ended on 4 February 2014, where it was revealed that The voice haunting Phoenix, and directly responsible for the events of Seasons 2 through 6 by having Phoenix run over Mac, was an alternate Phoenix Wright, who wanted to destroy every known Solid Snake in existence. "Phoenix Wrong" was stopped by the real Phoenix, and banished to another dimension, finally ending the madman's story.Season 7, "The Ring Rangers" debuted on 11 February 2014, the major plotlines involved a group of unknown assailants known as the Ring Rangers that launched a series of attacks on wrestlers backstage in order to shake up the roster's status quo, and the fallout from Guile's heel turn at End Game 6. The season ended on 13 May, 2014, when it was revealed that 'Boss Red', the apparent leader of the Ring Rangers, was actually Johnny Cage, a fan-favorite EDBW wrestler, and that the Rangers were being manipulated by 'Soldier Black' - who is revealed to be Guile. At the same time, Scorpion's long quest for the VGCW title culminated with him beating Proto Man in the main event, finally becoming VGCW Champion.Season 8: "Metal Madness", debuted on May 20, 2014 and deals with the fallout from the Ring Ranger invasion as Johnny Cage is tasked with finding the elusive 'Soldier Black' to prove his innocence in the whole affair. Meanwhile, the Practice seem to be putting their Master Plan into motion as they have begun building an army consisting of wrestlers that have been abducted and converted into cyborgs. Protoman leads the charge against the cyborgs but his efforts seem to be in vain. The season concluded on September 16th, 2014 when the Practice set their sights on their ultimate target: Gabe Newell. However after the roboticized Chief Arino goes rogue and gets a massive power boost allowing him to brutalize the GM, a terrified Gaben unleashes his latent potential and becomes a nightmarish force.In addition to all this, a special newcomers-only King of the Ring tournament called Star Road was held on 21 January 2014. Sixteen competitors fought for just one spot on the main roster. In the end, only one left standing: Illidan Stormrage, thus ensuring him a spot on the VGCW roster.
VGCW: Female Division
While the Female Division (also known as the WVGCW) has been around as a preshow since at least early on in the VGCW's plot era, it truly began after the main show's third season when the creator of the VGCW Wiki and the official standings doc, Bryan "BRYN4444" G., picked it up after a hiatus.Early matches of the Female Division didn't have much of an actual plot since it was a preshow event at the time, but the fans managed to come up with some simple plots, mostly notably Carmen Sandiego's theft of the Gurl Gamers belt. The wiki now calls this early era, "The Belt Heist".The real first season, "The Search for Sandiego" began after the end of the VGCW's Great Tournament. Bryn McMahon managed to secure the Female Division before Dracula took control of the VGCW by force. Since then, he became preoccupied with Carmen's theft of the original belt, so he arranged for a meeting with Sandiego in order to trick her into coming back with the belt. Of course though, Carmen had other plans. Thanks to Bryn's lack of business smarts and an artifact that she recently stolen, she managed to get the new belt, take over the WVGCW by legal force, and successfully frame Bryn for the theft of said artifact.Season 2, "Edutainment Embezzlement", began on 17 July 2013 after a "shork" break. This season covered what happened to the WVGCW during the reign of V.I.L.E.C.W. It ended with the season finale, "Breakdown", on 4 October 2013 with Carmen Sandiego exposed by Lightning, and betrayed by Dr. Gero, Mavis Beacon, Daisy, and Shadow Peach for lynching on their payments. A secret escape tunnel beneath the wrestling ring allowed her to get away, letting her live to steal another day. Finally, Bryn returns briefly to pass the title of GM to none other than "The Saint".Season 3, "The Saints Go Marching In", debuted with a special Halloween Episode on 30 October 2013. Like the sixth season of the main VGCW, there is not much to the plot yet, but Carmen did return to beat up Lighting and there is a lot more purple in WVGCW right now. However, unlike the main VGCW, Bryn was still using WWE '13 when the season began. The 5 December 2013 episode of WVGCW marked the end of the WWE '13 era, and Byrn switched to WWE 2K14 on the 27 December 2013 episode. The season finale was scheduled to end on 24 February 2013 with Breakdown 2/3 (somewhat a pun: the second Breakdown show, which ends the third season of WVGCW, with a card dominated by two-out-of-three falls matches), but due to Bryn's PS3 crashing and him needing to rewrite the show, the finale was on hiatus until 14 March 2014, which resulted with Samus, through Franziska von Karma's aid, manipulating the legal system into seizing power as co-GM alongside the Saint. At the same time f the inaugural Casualette championship ends up being won by "Steak Cold" Chie Satonaka, though Carmen Sandiego tired to steal Chie's spot. Carmen was saved from her embezzlement charges via the Saint, who was a Carmen fan, and given a new WVGCW contract. Finally, Ayla successfully defended her WVGCW title against Bayonetta, preventing the New Witch Order stable from walking out with the titles.Season 4, named "Other GM" deals with the ongoing power struggle between Samus and the Saint for control of WVGCW. To further complicate matters, Franziska gets run over by an unknown assailant, prompting Gumshoe and newcomers Maya Fey and Ema Skye to investigate the matter fully. Other plots include the New Witch Order's ongoing goal of capturing the titles, while Chie and Elizabeth launch their own investigation over who or what is controlling Shadow Peach. The season ended on July 4, 2014 with Samus seizing full control of the show prior to Breakdown due to the Saint conveniently disappearing while the suspect who ran over Franzizka was revealed to be Lara Croft, who had been trying to target Samus. Lara gets arrested but not before promising to divulge information to Franziska. Meanwhile, the New Witch Order scores a decisive victory over the alliance of Terra, Lucina and Shantae at Breakdown. At the same time Chie and Elizabeth venture into the Shadow World and after confronting Shadow Chie and defeating her, manages to free the real Peach from her prison before vanquishing Shadow Peach for good, after which Elizabeth parts ways to go and free Makoto from the Great Seal. Finally, Chell defeats defending champion Ayla for the WVGCW championship, making history by becoming the second double champion in the company after Ganondorf and the first in the women's division overall.Season 5 picks up with Samus now attempting to solidify her control over the company, as Franzizka interrogates Lara Croft for her role in the hit and run from last season. Meanwhile, RP Genie attempt to level grind experience in order to gain another shot at defeating the New Witch Order.
VGCW at Home
The second spin-off of VGCW, and first one to not use a WWE video game, VGCW at Home began during the hiatus of both main VGCW shows in June 2013. Created by wiki/doc co-admin Brian "TheTOH" Ballard, the show puts the VGCW characters in a town in The Sims 3. While originally said to be non-canon, The TOH has stated that it is canon. The show is canon because, according to TOH, he beat Bazza in an online wrestling match to prove it.
SNST (Supernormal Step Training)
The third spin-off of VGCW, SNST is run by VGCW CAW creator Michael Lee Lunsford, who's also the creator of the webcomic Supernormal Step. It began during July 2013. Shown on his own Twitch channel rather than Bazza's channel, it's more or less the developmental program of both the VGCW and the Female Division, as Lunsford's CAWs battle it out on the ring in hopes of making it to the main shows. Although the show is stated to be non-canon, three of its wrestlers have actually been "promoted" to the main shows: Sagat, Octodad, and an improved version of Sonic the Hedgehog.As of January 2014, Lunsford has announced that he no longer has it in him to continue making CAWs for VGCW, and thus the spin-off will no longer be produced.
EDBW (Extreme Dudebro Wrestling)
The third non-canon entry of VGCW, which started near the end of January 2014 and is hosted by "The Other John Dudebro", hence the gratuitous name. This spin-off serves as a way for people to have fun with the characters that for one reason or another didn't make it into (or were removed from) the VGCW canon, pitting them in matches against each other so that their potential isn't completely wasted, as well as to succeed SNST. It's basically VGCW before it had plot.A notable difference between EDBW and VGCW is that the former has a hardcore rules championship, not to be confused with the Hardcore Gamer Championship from VGCW (now simply called the VGCW Championship to avoid that confusion), complete with a "24/7 rule". Hence, any (male) EDBW wrestler can challenge the champion to his belt at any moment. John Dudebro uses this very liberally, as championship matches appear a lot during otherwise dead air in the Twitch channel, or even during Arena and At Home streams. Not to worry, as he archives these matches on his Youtube channel (see below) even when they're not contained in an episode of his show.Like its predecessor SNST, a few EDBW wrestlers have made the jump to the main shows. These include Ness and Johnny Cage for VGCW, and Lucina and Sheena for WVGCW.
The fourth non-canon entry of VGCW, which started on March 30th, 2014. Run by one Belmont Legend, "VGCW: ARENA" is an E-Fed (Electronic wrestling federation) in which members of the VGCW community compete in online matches over the PlayStation Network for fun. If it's not obvious, there is no plot (except for the fan-made promos scattered on the forum thread). The show features males, females, and tag team matches. Show airs every other Sunday at 6 PM EST/11 PM UK.The main show is aired semi-regularly on its Twitch network on Tuesdays at 11 PM British time/6 PM Eastern Time (though in the past it basically started whenever Baz tweeted that it will start), and the spinoff shows will usually air at the same time on other nights. The Wiki Rule is very much in effect. On top of that, there's also an official forum and its standings document on Google Docs.Archives are available both on Twitch and also on YouTube - look for recordings that have chat log in it for the full effect. There are a few channels in particular that are focused on the whole thing:
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