I remember this game, but faintly. Besides the obvious likenesses to actual wrestlers, the only other things I remember was that all moves were controlled by a giant "Action" button (which was quite durable) and that your character's vitality could be extended by inserting more coins into the machine (similar to another great Konami beat-em-up Crime Fighters). Fun stuff though, although I doubt I spent as much as you did a weekend playing it hehe.
Select two of the smaller guys (I generally took Kamikaze Ken and either El Condor or San Antonio Smasher). Win one grapple, do an Irish whip, and backdrop the opponent out of the ring. You could then pick the hapless opponent off the floor, fling him one way, repeat, and climb back in the ring to beat the 20-count. Lather, rinse, repeat until bored -- I went four hours on one quarter once.
(You needed Kamikaze Ken, because the other two weren't able to backdrop Alan the Empire.)
The only obstacle was winning that first grapple, which could be rough if the Maui Mauler or Conan the Great went into one of their I'll-win-the-grapples-no-matter-how-good-your-timing-is fits, as they were wont to do now and then. "Con-a-Mania is running wild!"
It's in MAME. Try it and see!
Of course, there are some with obscene reflexes who could slap on one submission hold and whack the button fast enough to get near-instant wins. We had a guy like that in college, and he was a marvel to behold. The backdrop method is much easier on the hands, however.
"No society has managed to invest more time and energy in the perpetuation of the fiction that it is _moral, sane and wholesome_ than our current crop of _Modern Americans_." -- Frank Zappa
Of course, there are some with obscene reflexes who could slap on one submission hold and whack the button fast enough to get near-instant wins. We had a guy like that in college, and he was a marvel to behold.
Man, I had a buddy like that too. He'd make me submit really fast, especially with the "Figure Four Leglock!!". It was frustrating as hell.
Nine years ago today...the shows that became WrestleManiacs RAW & Nitro Recap #1 - don't YOU feel old now - and yes, many of my hackneyed gimmicks were already in use even at THAT early stage 1998: Nitro (slashwrestling.com) 1998: RAW 2000: