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"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
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
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
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
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.
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.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.Season 9: "The Great Tournament 2 Turbo"
, debuted on October 28, 2014. After Gabe Newell's unfortunate circumstances, the VGCW is once again left without a General Manager. Adam was about to take the position since he was Gabe's vice GM, but as soon as he's about to announce it, Baz McMahon shows up.
He then denies Adam the spot, followed by announcing that instead the VGCW will hold a second
tournament to determine who will take Gabe's spot. The season ended on February 17, 2015, where it was revealed Nightmare Gabe will continue to be a threat going into the next season, having defeated a powered-up Ganon in the ring at End Game 9.
Unlike the last tournament, this one actually reached its conclusion, with the winner being to the absolute shock of everyone, Gary Oak.
During this time, the second Star Road
was announced, which occurred on February 3rd. Once again, 16 potential newcomers were pitted against each other in a King of the Ring tournament to give themselves a shot at a one-year contract at VGCW. In the end, the winner was Zubaz,
earning himself a spot on the 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
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 was not much to the plot at first, but Carmen did return to beat up Lightning
, 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, 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, "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, "Tag Team Turnover"
, picked up with Samus continuing to solidify her control over the company, as Franzizka interrogated Lara Croft for her role in the hit and run from last season. Meanwhile, RPGenie went back to the drawing board to level grind experience in order to gain another shot at defeating the New Witch Order. The Season ended on January 2nd, 2015, with the New Witch Order imploding on itself when Sindel walks out due to Gruntilda and Bayonetta's consistent focus on getting one over RP Genie, and Terra, who had earlier challenged Grunty to a final showdown, not only won, but literally beat the beauty out of her, reverting her to her old self. Meanwhile, Chell ends up losing both of her Championships in one evening, and things take an even worse turn for her when Samus announces her new Assistant: GLaDOS.
Season 6, "Tests Are Not Dead", will come on March 3, 2015, and will pick up on the events of Breakdown F.I.V.E., likely involving the implications of GLaDOS acting as the assistant GM to Samus.
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
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
, 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
, 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
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 note
. 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
, and Lucina
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:
- VGCWclem has most of the shows from the end of Season 2 to two episodes into Season 4.
- Zylch3 has almost everything after that (Seasons 4 to 8), along with episodes of the Female Division and the EDBW spin-off made by...
- The Other John Dubebro, who has archived episodes of VGCW at Home, EDBW and SNST. He also became a secondary archivist for both main shows when Zylch3 is unable to record, then later became the main archivist for Seasons 7-9.
- Fits became the current archivist from Season 9 onwards.
- CommanderVid acts as a secondary archivist for EDBW.
- WhytePanther archives episodes of VGCW: Arena.
- There was also a group of people who once did fan commentary as well, and they've covered most VGCW shows and matches from Seasons 1 all the way to early Season 5. However, since they were such a controversial group in the VGCW fandom, they're only going to be linked to and mentioned by name on the YMMV page. Nevertheless, since they've been doing this during the early days of VGCW, some of their Seasons 1 and 2 recordings are the only known videos that have the chat included, including the most pivotal moment when VGCW gained a plot.note
We're gonna rock these tropes #RightNow!
- Aborted Arc: The light-switcher offer plot (where the lights went out during Gabe's matches to make it look like he was fixing them) got dropped soon after the arrival of the Disciplinary Committee. A Q&A broadcast revealed that the culprit would have been Adam Jensen.
- Acrofatic: Various wrestlers, but most notably Gabe Newell, who literally did a long-jump into the ring in WWE 13 (and still bounces around like a man 1/3 his weight in WWE 2k14 due to the entrance being removed).
- Action Girl: The women's division.
- Adaptational Badass: By necessity, even characters with little-to-no fighting skill suddenly are able to grapple, kick and suplex.
- Adaptational Heroism/Villainy: Due to the nature of pro wrestling it is not uncommon to see characters who were heroes and villains in their games be booked as heels or faces/tweeners respectively.
- 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. They were once teamed up as Team America until Guile's heel turn at End Game 6.
- 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.
- All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Season 3's ending.
- Anti-Villain: The Ring Rangers, with the exception of Soldier Black, consisted of midcarders that had grown frustrated with the top card being occupied by Gabe, Ganon and the other established veterans, and their actions were primarily an attempt to open up more opportunities for other wrestlers in the midcard. When the "King of the Midcard" Scorpion finally won the VGCW championship at End Game 7, three of the rangers (Satan, Groose and Octodad) came out on stage to celebrate his accomplishment.
- Arc Words: The two main shows use special theme songs for their PPV shows, but are often related to their respective weekly theme songs in title and/or prominent lyrics, such as Macklemore & Ryan Davis' "Can't Hold Us" (which has "tonight as the night" in the chorus) and Van Halen's "Right Now".
- 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. Later on, Terra Glitch Bombed her way to the Gurl Gamer Title. Despite her massive face status entering the match, this did not sit well with the chat.
- Ass Kicks You: Wario has this as a move, as do some others.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: The basis around Seasons 3 & 9: the new GM of the VGCW would be determined by who wins a tournament. Well, it would have been the first time around if it weren't for Dracula. After he was defeated, the two contenders actually had their final battle.
- Audience Participation: The chat that goes on with the live stream plays a big part in the series' entertainment factor; Fan Nicknames and Phrase Catchers abound!
- Author Avatar: Baz McMahon for the main show and Bryn for the Female Division.
- Badass: Of course.
- Bad Boss: Baz, again. Or so it seemed...
- The Bad Guy Wins: Guile. Not only did he defeat both Duke and Ganon at End Game 7 to come out of their feud on top, it is heavily implied that A. He is Soldier Black, the last Ring Ranger who has yet to be unmasked and B. The real mastermind behind the Rangers backstage attacks in Season 7, setting up an unwitting Boss Red, who was revealed to be Johnny Cage, to take the fall while he quietly exited the arena with no one the wiser.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: Luigi throwing Mr. L straight to hell.
- B Show: The Female Division used to be only used as a warmup, but after Bryn took over it started 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!
- We also have VGCW at Home, where TheTOH plays The Sims 3 with various members of the VGCW living in the same house.
- SNST and its successor EDBW are also the non-canon developmental leagues for VGCW.
- Big Bad: Baz, again, although at least one other has been implied.
- Dracula was this for Season 4.
- Ultimately, Kefka Palazzo in Season 5.
- For Season 6 it was Phoenix Wright, or more specifically, a Phoenix Wright from an alternate universe
- Bigger Bad: While 'Phoenix Wrong' only served as a villain primarily in Season 6, his actions in manipulating Phoenix-Prime more or less caused every single important event in VGCW after the Little Mac Mahon Saga until Season 6 concluded.
- In Season 7, 'Boss Red', the leader of the Ring Rangers. At End Game 7, it was revealed that he was being manipulated by 'Soldier Black', aka Guile.
- Season 8's main antagonists is split between Soldier Black and The Practice.
- Season 9's main antagonist is Nightmare Gabe.
- For the Female Division, Season 1 did not have a main antagonist until the end where Carmen Sandiego with the aid of Mavis Beacon and Dr. Gero had Bryn McMahon arrested and took control of the show. Later seasons have fluctuated between the New Witch Order and Samus Aran
- Bittersweet Ending: Duke's feud with Ganondorf throughout Season 6 finally culminated with him defeating the Dark Lord in an "I Quit" match, only to be betrayed by his friend and partner Guile after the match had ended.
- Book Ends: An unintentional example: the first broadcast of Season 2 has Raphael's victory in his title match against Snake, starting the infamous 1000 Years of Pizza. The final broadcast of Season 2 has Raphael losing his title match against Ganon, ending the 1000 Years of Pizza.
- The Red/Scorpion matchup at End Game 5 happened because Red's career took a serious downturn after losing the Casual Championship. After that match ended in a draw, Scorpion's career took off all the way to the longest VGCW Championship reign yet. Red took a slower path back up but still won a belt in his own right (the Co-Op Championship with Ness). As a result of the season 9 Royal Rumble, and at End Game 9, the two clashed to settle their draw, and the VGCW Championship was on the line. Scorpion stood victorous, finally proving who was the best.
- Breakup Breakout:
- Played with in regards to Raw Power. Mr. Satan initially had all the fans goodwill after being betrayed by Dan and playing a major role in Dracula's downfall in Season 4, even declaring his goal of capturing the VGCW title. However, a pair of crushing defeats to the Angry Video Game Nerd ultimately killed his momentum and kept him languishing in the midcard. After being unmasked as Hero Yellow of the Ring Rangers, Satan decided to retire from active competition to manage Videl's career in the women's division. Dan meanwhile managed to work his way back into the fans good graces after forming the PRATS stable alongside the Lee Brothers in Season 7 and putting on some pretty good matches, finally executing a full on face term when he saved Mr. Satan from becoming roboticized by the Practice during his retirement address.
- Played straight with Team Light, Proto Man has gone on to become a two-time VGCW champion while his partner Mega Man was unceremoniously cut from the roster.
- Caps Lock: You'll very rarely find anyone in the chat for the series that isn't typing in this, unless they're in Shadow Chat mode; this simulates an actual pro wrestling crowd. Two Best Friends Play once joked during one of their discussions of the show that the creators probably ban anyone who isn't typing in all caps (they don't, but people get peer pressured into doing it anyway).
- Charlie Brown from Outta Town: Mr. L, a.k.a. Luigi.
- Cliffhanger: Happens from time to time, usually pissing off the fans in the chat.
- Companion Cube: Table-san, the announcer's table working a degrading job to support her brother Table-kun.
- Cool Bike: The Augmented Bike of Adam Jensen. Guile has one as well, but it's not augmented.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Baz McMahon yet again.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: Ayla has only two losses period in WVGCW: both to Chell, and the second was for the Gurl Gamer Championship!
- 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 a while. 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. Later on, it was Dracula.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Happens on a regular basis, considering the number of prominent villainous characters on the roster. Provided they're not kicking ass like usual of course. Hilariously inverted in one match where Octodad, a Cthulhumanoid, beats Ganondorf.
- Down to the Last Play:
- Red vs. Scorpion at "End Game 5". Scorpion gets a pin at the last second to eke out a 5-5 draw, so while it wasn't for the win, Scorpion is still able to avoid a loss to the resurgent Red.
- This happens to Scorpion—down 10-8 against Dracula in the last minute of a 30-minute Inferno Iron Man match, he gets two pins to pull off a 10-10 draw and retain the belt!
- Downer Ending: Season 8 Faced with the prospect of being roboticized by Super Mecha Arino, Gabe Newell ends up transforming into Nightmare Gaben and proceeds to destroy Mecha Arino. At the same time Proto Man, having been mocked and ridiculed all season for failing to beat the Robot Masters clearly, turns heel and attacks Jensen who was trying to save Gabe. Dracula arrives too late to prevent this as he states "The nightmare is here" before proceeding to the closing credits, this time cut with a visage of Nightmare Gabe in a field of flame.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Dracula claims that Kefka is his strongest minion, to which Majin Vegeta takes clear offense.
- 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 Incredible 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 became 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 and Ghost Trick, were formed not so much because the characters had something in common so much as they had an enemy or cause in common. An example is Great Tournament finalists Adam Jensen and Gabe Newell, who are only a tag team because of their mutual hatred of Dracula.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: There are at least four princesses in the Female Division roster, and one of them (Zelda) once held the title.
- Fan Sequel: A series very similar to VGCW existed before called /v/idya Wrestling Entertainment, which was run by someone called "Antraxo". Bazza, a fan of those streams, took it up as his own when it was discontinued.
- Finishing Move: The VGCW Wiki has an article on them.
- Fun with Acronyms:
- Permanent Ranger Abolishment & Termination Squad, composed of Dan Hibiki, Billy Lee, and Jimmy Lee. After the disbandment of the Ring Rangers, The Dragons changed the team name to Powerful Rough And Tough Squad.
- Gender Bender: Robin in EDBW, though not the original intention. She was brought in just to be a female wrestler, but Dudebro accidentally added Male!Robin to a Royal Rumble shortly after Fem!Robin's debut. Since then, Dudebro has portrayed Robin as a character that can shift genders at will, with interesting consequences. After a convincing victory while female, Robin won the Hardcore Championship as a male, then defended it the next episode against Edea Lee (as Fem!Robin, of course)!
- Gimmick Matches: Plenty, although some modes aren't done much because the AI can never seem to figure them out.
- Grandfather Clause: Related to the the above Early Installment Weirdness, some characters such as Gabe Newell, The Angry Video Game Nerd and Shinya Arino continue to be staples of the VGCW, despite Bazza saying that he, in the future, would like to try and avoid having real people or Internet personalities. (e.g. He has said Reggie Fils-Aime won't be joining anytime soon.) Video game versions of real people, such as Charles Barkley, are allowed. The Game Grumps used to have this until Bazza decided to retire JonTron and Egoraptor. A similar clause exists for characters from other media, such as those from Dragon Ball, although some claim that they can be included because they have been featured in plenty of video games.
- Heel Face Door Slam: Little Mac was run down after ditching Baz McMahon. It's later revealed that Baz had absolutely nothing to do with it.