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Okay, granted it didn't have much competition and it was far from perfect, but thinking back to Rock'n Wrestle, for a 1985 wrestling game I think it was way ahead of its time. I'm actually hard pushed to think of many other good wrestling games from the 8 and even 16 bit eras, most seemed to be very limited in terms of gameplay and the moves you could do. I remember playing Rock'n Wrestle loads as a kid, loved it back then but it's only looking back at how bad some of the "official" wrestling games that followed it over the years were that I appreciate just how impressive the gameplay was in Rock'n Wrestle and how it allowed you to pull off such a wide range of different wrestling moves, from suplexes to piledrivers and even launching yourself from the turnbuckle! It might not have been the most polished looking game but it was a lot of fun and I think it took some years before we started seeing wrestling games that let you perform anything more than a handful of moves. For 1985, I think Rock'n Wrestle had a lot going for it that's only really appreciated with hindsight. Anybody else remember this one? Anybody agree?

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I loved that game! I remember playing it with my brother, we had some good laughs over the hilarious animations of some of the characters and the sound effects when they were slapped or kicked. Loads of fun with a really simple game. Thanks for reminding me :D

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The animation on that game was excellent. The C64 version - pure fun!

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This gets a lot of love from me. First wrestling game I ever played on the CPC in 89, I actually didn't know it was so old.
It's blocky as hell, but it's also colourful, although I don't understand why some of the characters are blue and green, what, did they hire martians to go to the ring?  :laugh:

There's nothing more satisfying than draining your opponents energy down to zero, flinging him off the ropes for a cross body block.
Or the splash off the top rope!

Think I'll get a couple of rounds in later. :D
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This gets a lot of love from me. First wrestling game I ever played on the CPC in 89, I actually didn't know it was so old.
It's blocky as hell, but it's also colourful, although I don't understand why some of the characters are blue and green, what, did they hire martians to go to the ring?  :laugh:

There's nothing more satisfying than draining your opponents energy down to zero, flinging him off the ropes for a cross body block.
Or the splash off the top rope!

Think I'll get a couple of rounds in later. :D


I'm not remotely into wrestling. Not the modern stuff, anyway, but I really enjoy this game!


You as I probably remember 'real' Wrestling on World of Sport in the 80s?
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I'm not remotely into wrestling. Not the modern stuff, anyway, but I really enjoy this game!


You as I probably remember 'real' Wrestling on World of Sport in the 80s?


You mean British wrestling? I tried to watch it, it was pretty painful and the lack of production value made it an eyesore compared to it's American counterparts. It was always Big Daddy vs Giant Haystacks which got boring very quickly too. Although if memory serves me well, a 16 year old David Smith who went on to become The British Bulldog featured on that show a handful of times. :)
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I'm not remotely into wrestling. Not the modern stuff, anyway, but I really enjoy this game!


You as I probably remember 'real' Wrestling on World of Sport in the 80s?
I remember World of Sport in the 80's too. They used to have a lot of other interesting and obscure sports.

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Re: Rock'n Wrestle - one of the best early wrestling games?
« Reply #8 on: Yesterday at 01:04 »
a 16 year old David Smith who went on to become The British Bulldog featured on that show a handful of times. :)
I was thinking you were older, John.

It is probably a thing that- I mean it was a load of b******s- but fun at the time.

Davey Boy Smith
He's dead now. Died of a Heart Attack. He was 39.


His son does whatever nonsense goes for wrestling now.
He's Canadian but still goes under 'British Bulldog'.


I suppose that makes him a mutt rather than a full Bulldog.

I used to know a guy who swore blind 'Wresting' was real. I showed him a documentary that showed it was all made up, even to the point of them having scriptwriters!
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Re: Rock'n Wrestle - one of the best early wrestling games?
« Reply #9 on: Yesterday at 01:06 »
I remember World of Sport in the 80's too. They used to have a lot of other interesting and obscure sports.


Yeah, it was a good laugh, bonkers. Dickie Davies with his big 'tache. He's still going, 87 and counting...
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