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Web Video: Video Game Championship Wrestling
'Cause I don't know if you know
If you know we playing or not...
Tonight!
"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:

    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 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.

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.

    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.

    VGCW: ARENA 
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 (Season 4 to the present), 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.
  • 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 mentioned by name and linked to 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.
  • 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 season 3: the new GM of the VGCW would be determined by who wins a tournament. Well, it would have been 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Johnny Cage was not liked by most of the roster due to his being accused of orchestrating the Ring Ranger invasion, to the extent that Haggar, one of the Rangers past victims, attempted to ambush Cage backstage out of retribution.
  • He's Back:
    • Mac.
    • Sabin, for one Rumble only. With him, Sonic. Sabin returns for real on 2 September 2014, challenging Illidan Stormrage to a match at End Game 8.
    • The Badman is Back from the Dead. So is Dracula.
    • Hope rides again, as Proto Man is back.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: The 6/27/14 broadcast of WVGCW has Samus take complete control of the show due to the Saint's recent disappearance, to the extent that she replaced the Third Street Saints' trademark purple and fleur-de-lis for the red and orange colors of Samus' Varia Suit and the Metroid series logo.
  • How the Character Stole Christmas: Baz McMahon himself does this in the Christmas Special.
  • 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.
  • Interface Spoiler: The pre-match screens in WWE '13 are not subtle about showing off when there's going to be a branch in the plot, and a viewer with even a single broadcast's experience will know when Bazza purposely hides the loading screen, tipping everyone off that something is about to go down. Fortunately, Bazza learned how to avert this by making plot branches that both lead to the exact same cutscene. Naturally, he uses this to play with the audience.
  • Invincible Hero/Invincible Villain: Averted; while some wrestlers are more dominant than others, the nature of WWE '13/2K14's variance means that no one wrestler can ever fall into either category. Even the biggest Badasses in VGCW'', such as Ganondorf, lose 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.
    • Gary Oak is a particularly notable example. It took him six months to finally win a singles match.
  • Jump Scare: An unintended one on Bazza's part on 17 December 2013 during the second match of the night (Phoenix Wright versus Adam Jensen) when he clicked on a link in the chat. Said link was a Screamer Prank whose shrill noise could be heard by those watching the stream, which resulted in an immediate flood of complaints from the chat. The fact that Phoenix was still haunted by those voices in his head at the time, won the match a minute later had nothing to do with this.
  • 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. Audience kayfabe is at its most noticible whenever Octodad shows up.
  • Killed Off for Real: Woody.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: During a bit of plot on 23 August 2013 when the Space Cowboys talk about finding the Dragon Balls, Nappa points out how all the balls that have been found up to that point have been in the VGCW arena. Some people in the chat even pointed out this exact trope (among others) and this very wiki during that moment.
    Nappa: "Doesn't it seem weird that every ball so far has been found in this one building?"
  • Last Episode Theme Reprise: Showed up in the final match of the Tournament Arc and its rematch the following season.
  • Leit Motif: Everyone has a theme associated with their entrance/victory, but also even for cutscenes involving them. Some tunes will only play if a specific character is wrestling; for instance, if Segata Sanshiro is wrestling, usually music from Burning Rangers will play.
  • Lethal Joke Character:
    • Dan Hibiki and Mr. Satan, who used to tag team as Raw Power. They were the co-op champions for a while.
    • Tingle 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.
    • The Dragons. Outside the ring they are a couple of none-too-bright martial artists who try to act "gangsta" like to pick up the ladies. In the ring, they are a tag team machine that have put up Five-Star quality matches against some of the best teams in the Co-Op Division.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Enough where 40-man Royal Rumbles are a regular feature. It's even bigger if you include the women.
  • Loser Leaves Town: One of the ways Bazza gets rid of characters to make way for new ones. Among those who have left from these include Sephiroth and Wreck-It Ralph.
  • The Man Behind the Man: The leader of the Ring Rangers, 'Boss Red', was really being manipulated by 'Soldier Black' - aka Guile.
  • Man Child: Gabe Newell, particularly as it relates to his tag team with Adam Jensen. This man is your General Manager of VGCW, ladies and gentlemen!
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: Featuring characters from Street Fighter, Super Mario Bros., Team Fortress 2, and Dragon Ball, just to name a few.
  • Mickey Mousing: Occasionally happens in the fights proper, or the character intros. Yelling out "SYNC" in chat has become customary for such occurrences.
  • Mondegreen:
    • Michael Cole's line, "Missed her target," is often mistaken by the chat to be "Mr. Target", as well as an exclamation "Dear lord!" being turned into "Deer Lord". The chat parodies a similar line by Jerry Lawler, "Missed him," with the name "Miss Dim".
    • For EDBW, "Vegeta's not dead" instead of "The Cheat is not dead," from Strong Bad's song of the same name.
  • 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 were actually effective in WWE 13/2K14.
  • 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 '13/2K14 is.
  • Oh, Crap: Any time in Season 8 when a mechanized version of one of the fighters appears, especially when Octodad and Zangief are booked a rematch of their June 3, 2014 friendly, and Mecha Zangief shows up instead.
  • Parts Unknown: Some of the wrestlers are this.
  • Promoted to Playable: Grunty, who went from commenting occasionally to joining the Female Division.
  • Pro Wrestling Is Real: It's been noted that the fact that the VGCW's outcomes aren't scripted makes it more "real" than "real" professional wrestling.
  • Put on a Bus: This is exactly what happens to anyone who loses an "I Quit" match, which feature two of the least popular wrestlers in VGCW fighting to keep their jobs. Past losers include Sephiroth and Wreck-It Ralph.
  • 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 apparently were at least partially-inspired by the fact that Bazza didn't like their web series as much anymore.
  • Real Song Theme Tune:
    • The Jim Johnston/Kromestatik version of Outasight's "Tonight".
    • The themes for some wrestlers also fall into this category, most notably "The Safety Dance" for Adam Jensen and Kritikal's "Green and Purple" for Piccolo.
  • Red Herring:
    • Little Mac getting run over was only due to a horrible run of luck on his and Phoenix Wright's part, rather than an outright Heel Face Door Slam.
    • "The Caller", who was built up to be a malicious character, was actually Solid Snake taking The Slow Path back through time, only intervening when necessary to prevent Temporal Paradox shenanigans. It Makes Sense in Context.
    • Rain appears in the current opening video, fighting Ganondorf. Much like his appearance in the Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 attract video, Rain is not an actual character in the show and was likely put there as a reference to his original joke appearance.
  • The Reveal: There was a lot more to Little Mac being run down than a Big Bad performing a Heel Face Door Slam. Warning: read the spoilers below at your own risk.
    • Using the power of a Chaos Emerald, Snake travels back in time with the newly-recovered Little Mac in tow to see who hit him. As it turns out, Baz McMahon had nothing to do with it; at first he is merely there to berate Mac verbally for not beating down Zangief and not at all believing the Time Travel stuff... and is quite speechless when the past Little Mac shows up in the parking lot and is run down right in front of his eyes. As the future Mac and Snake weren't supposed to be seen, Snake decides to work with Baz to prevent a Temporal Paradox by taking The Slow Path, while sending Mac back where he belongs.
    • It gets even more confusing: Snake wasn't aware that Phoenix Wright was hiding in Mac's locker room before the time travel happened, and was thus sent back along with them. He goes to the parking lot to see the crime in action when he realizes where and when he is... and upon arriving, he's told by a mysterious voice about the dangers of time travel and how he's not supposed to be there. He's told to use "his" car, and so Phoenix does so he doesn't affect the timeline... hitting Little Mac on the way out. Yes, Phoenix Wright hit Mac, all because he was trying to prevent a Temporal Paradox himself. Even Snake was surprised, not knowing that the Phoenix they saw "talking to himself" in the parking lot was the PRESENT one... and he's not happy about being stuck in the past for five months.
    • But, as it turns out, that's not the "wright" Phoenix Wright. You see, original!Phoenix Wright, the one who got thrown back into the past, was indeed very upset, and did want revenge...but only wanted to beat up Snake and Mac a little bit. The other Phoenix Wrights were summoned by him with Sonic's Chaos Emerald in order to do so. Unfortunately, original!Phoenix Wright summoned a time traveling Phoenix Wright from an alternate VGCW universe (in which he is not a lawyer, and is incredibly ripped, and does this sound familiar?) who wants to kill every single copy of Solid Snake in existence, because he's tired of going to universes where everything changes except Snake and Mac leaving Phoenix in the past. When original!Wright logically refused, the other Phoenixs beat him up and threw him into a basement. Come End Game 6, and original!Wright returns to defeat his time-traveling duplicates with the help of Solid Snake and Gray Fox. Which finally ties up all the loose ends...for now.
  • Running Gag: Chief Arino entering late or even last during rumbles only to be eliminated.
  • Season Finale: End Game and Breakdown essentially act as the "Wrestlemania" event for the Male and Female divisions respectively, with all titles, feuds and plot threads culminating in climatic fashion, while at the same time leaving new storylines to spring up for next season.
  • Shout-Out: To both video games and also wrestling itself.
  • Signature Style: While the majority of matches are standard one-fall matches (singles or tag team), Bazza also books a lot of Extreme Rules Falls Count Anywhere matches, which has rubbed off on some of the other shows. Bryn is a big fan of the Two out of Three Falls stipulation (especially when a championship is on the line), and even named Breakdown 2/3 as such because of the concentration of such matches on the card. Across all the shows, Triple Threat and Fatal Four-Way matches have tended to be elimination matches as well.
  • Silent Protagonist: Characters such as Red and Chell who fit this trope in their games typically remain silent in VGCW as well. Some of them (including the two aforementioned) let their partner(s) do the talking if they're in a team or stable.
  • Spanish Announcers Table: Table-san.
  • 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 the 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 accidentally hyped up certain elements that ended up playing less of a role.
  • Superpowered Evil Side Gabe Newell, of all people, is revealed to have one in End Game 8.
  • Tag Team: Many.
  • 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."
  • Tempting Fate: Nappa announced his plans to find the Dragon Balls and get a wish rather loudly, as well as his hopes that nobody was listening in on him, and his self-assurance that nobody would take one of the many spare Dragon Radars he was leaving in his locker. Needless to say, almost everyone heard, even teams who weren't even nearby.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics "Lakita", the Female Division camera-person, who is certainly not Lakitu wearing a bow.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • Mario's return at the end of Season 2 from his unexplained disappearance. He later left again.
    • Little Mac near the end of Season 4.
    • Sabin made his return in the first 40-man Royal Rumble in months on 23 August 2013 and almost won.
    • Ness came back in Season 7, and at End Game 7, beat Red, avenging the loss that got him fired originally.
    • Sabin came back the week before Endgame 8 to accept Gary Oak's challenge to the wrestlers to fight Illidan. He was the fourth to defeat Illidan, after Scorpion(with Gary getting in the way), Barret(with Flint's help to counter Gary), and Dracula(in an Elimination Chamber match), and the first to fight Illidan without Gary getting in the way(in a singles match). A true Returner.
  • The Grinch: Baz McMahon hates Christmas and beat up Santa Claus to prove it. (Jesus Christ then showed up and put him in his place.)
  • The Heavy: Phoenix Wrong, the evil alternate universe Phoenix who served as the villain for Season 6. He was the one who manipulated Season 4 Phoenix into panicking during his inadvertent time travel trip, which caused the Stable Time Loop that forced Bazza to hypnotize Luigi and play the villain without anyone knowing, which made Season 2 Phoenix arrest him, which left the GM position open, which allowed Dracula to seize the position during Season 3 and 4, during which he corrupted Vegeta before Vegeta made his Heroic Sacrifice, which caused Nappa to start hunting for the Dragon Balls to revive him and causing the plot of Season 5. Add in him taking his direct role in Season 6, and Phoenix Wrong is directly responsible for every important event in VGCW since the end of Season 1.
  • The Load: A few of the tag teams have one.
    • Dan for Raw Power, who even outright jumped off the ropes to keep Mr. Satan from tagging him in a few times.
    • Vegeta was this for The Saiyans, until he became the Badman.
    • Egoraptor isn't just weaker than Jon - he's also the weakest character statistically among the entire roster.
    • Locke is considered to be this for Sabin.
    • Adam Jensen for Gabe Newell in Safety Valve. Justified, as Jensen wants nothing to do with the tag team and would rather be a singles wrestler.
  • Theme Song Power Up:
    • Subverted in the final match of season 3 as Dan gatecrashed the match in spite of the instrumental version of "Tonight" playing.
    • Played straight in the match between Gary Oak and Groose.
  • Theme Song Reveal: End Game 8 opened to the song Monster by Imagine Dragons, and ended with Gabe Newell being revealed to have a Superpowered Evil Side.
  • The Unexpected: End Game 7 revealed that the mysterious Red Ring Ranger was none other than MortalKombat's Johnny Cage, who was not on the roster at all.
  • 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 actual Face-Heel Turn.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • 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, completely dominated a Fatal Four Way match (pinning all three of his opponents!), and later completely destroying three-time VGCW Champion Charles Barkley.
    • Captain Falcon was seen as a mediocre wrestler for a long while, especially since most of his singles matches were against Protoman, who humiliated him every time, even after the Glitch Bomb was stripped from him. He acquitted himself quite well against Red, managing to win by count-out after spearing him through the barricade. He didn't win the belt because of it, but most people think he was just proving a point about his ability. He did so well against Red that he got a rematch the next week, with an opportunity for another Casual Championship match on the line. In that match, he pinned Red!
    • After Season 5, Kefka fell into a long period of jobbing, yet his popularity managed to skyrocket due to his Kefka's Korner segments. It was enough that he got voted into the main event of the Chamber of Elimination PPV by the fans, despite few if any giving him much of a chance against his more established competitors. In the main event, he managed to pin Ezio, Phoenix and Dracula, while being one of the starting two entrants, normally a disadvantage in a chamber match, and goes on to win the match after hitting the Cobra on Dracula, scoring a title shot against Scorpion
  • 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.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Adam Jensen and Gabe Newell. Though the vitriol is more from Jensen's side.
  • Wrestling Doesn't Pay: Assuming all the characters still are holding their usual jobs.
  • Wrestling Family: When characters are actual siblings, most notably the Super Mario Bros.. There's also VGCW at Home, which put several wrestlers together living under one roof.

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