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The Smart Marks 208 – Survivor Series/Takeover Preview!

So much wrestling to talk about, that there isn’t enough time for a description! This week the Marks take a look at this weekend’s upcoming awesomefest of wrestling action. Will it live up to the hype? The Smart Marks previews and predictions are right here!
Now don’t get upset marks, but there will be no episode next week due to the Thanksgiving holiday, but we’ll be back in two weeks to rock your ears off with more wrestling talk!

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The Smart Marks 198 – Jason Jordan Keeps Losing

I don’t know what to write here anymore. Like seriously, who checks the descriptions on podcasts?

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The Smart Marks 195 – It Gets Lonely Sometimes…

It’s the calm before the storm. Summerslam is just over a week away and we try and catch up with what’s happening outside of WWE. It’s a solo show this week and that’s okay! We gotta gather our strength so we can blast your ears off next week with predictions! So enjoy this mini-sode!

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The Smart Marks 192 – BattleGround Preview!

It’s another week, and another pay-per-view to preview! Seriously, these are starting to fall out of the sky or something. The Smart Marks sit down this week to discuss this Sunday’s BattleGround! We catch up on news and try to figure out how this Kurt Angle/Jason Jordan situation went down. Like seriously, WTF HAPPENED? All that and so much more!

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The Smart Marks 185 – Extreme Rules Preview

The marks are back together this week to breakdown this Sunday’s Extreme Rules. We have major news to talk about regarding the women’s division on Smackdown, get hyped for the return of Lucha Underground, and so much more!

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The Smart Marks 183 – Backlash Preview

The Smart Marks sit down this week to take a look at the upcoming Smackdown branded Backlash and NXT’s TakeOver: Chicago. We breakdown the cards and the build so you don’t have to! So bust out those score-cards so you can play along. Also, we talk major changes from Ring of Honor and what that means for the WWE in the future. And of course, shenanigans!!! Elbow drop us a rating of 5 stars on iTunes or wherever you listen to all of your favorite podcasts on!

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The Smart Marks 182 – No Champ? No Problem!

We’re back this week and have hit the F5 button! No, not Brock’s finisher, but we’re back from a week off and feel refreshed for your listening pleasures. We catch up on the last two weeks of wrestling and look forward to what’s next!

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Kickstarter Campaign Launches to Bring CHIKARA Wrestling Experience to Steam As Well As Consoles

CHIKARA, a global cult wrestling phenomenon with its high-flying action, over-the-top superhero antics, and frenzied wrestling fans, announced today plans to bring the crazy CHIKARA experience to video gamers with CHIKARA: Action Arcade Wrestling (CAAW). Inspired by the classic wrestling video games from the 16-bit era, CAAW takes the best parts of arcade games like Wrestlefest and Saturday Night Slam Masters to bring players the most over-the-top, CHIKARA wrestling matches ever conceived with the power of Unreal Engine 4.

Watch the promo for CHIKARA: Action Arcade Wrestling

Fireballs in your pro wrestling game? Welcome to CHIKARA: Action Action Wrestling.

The video game wrestling revolution will begin September 19 when CHIKARA launches a worldwide crowdfunding campaign over at indiegogo.com. Gamers and wrestling fanatics alike can help to make this project a reality by supporting the development at the CAAW Indiegogo web project. The Indiegogo website features a tiered system of contributions and each tier bracket includes amazing rewards; the greater the contribution to the development of CAAW, the greater the reward!

Additionally, backers can participate as campaign ambassadors in our referral program on Indiegogo, earning exclusive gifts by recommending and sharing the crowdfunding campaign with their friends and wrestling communities.

The high-flying arcade action of CAAW was inspired by the 16-bit golden era of wrestling games.
CHIKARA: Action Arcade Wrestling will sport many features including :

  • Stars of CHIKARA – A roster of all the top stars complete with their over-the-top lucha libre antics faithfully representing the CHIKARA including Princess KimberLee, Hallowicked, Dasher Hatfield, Ophidian, and many more!
  • Great Game Modes – Ten initial playable game modes are planned including One vs. One, Tag Team, Three-Way Match, Four-Way Match, Four-Way Elimination, Trios Match, 6-Man Elimination, Cage Match, Infinite Gauntlet, and Battle Royal.
  • Slick and Stylish Visuals – 3D cell-shaded, high-quality visuals capture the sensational CHIKARA style.
  • Animated Action – Hundreds of hand-crafted animations perfectly capture the movement and antics that make CHIKARA unique to the wrestling world.
  • Engaging Gameplay – Intuitive controls allow players of all ages and skill levels to get into the CHIKARA action while emulating the simple gameplay style of classic arcade wrestling games.
  • Customization Options – Wrestle Factory Creation Suite puts the creative power in the hands of players with advanced create-an-arena and create-a-wrestler programs that include body morphing, move set assignments, tons of 3D accessories, and more.

CHIKARA’s crowdfunding campaign will begin on Monday, September 19 on Indiegogo.com.

Visit the official CHIKARA website to learn more about the world of CHIKARA.

Stay tuned and follow up on CHIKARA: Action Arcade Wrestling via Twitter at @CHIKARApro.

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Trophy Whores 247 – Smack Talk City

As the Great Trophy War approaches, The Trophy Whores welcome the Remember the Loot crew to the show.  It’s a raucous episode.  Both sides fire off some serious smack talk, which you might expect from these two rowdy, rowdy teams.  If this were professional wrestling, and there will be plenty of wrasslin’ references and impersonations, then Proven Gamer would be promoting a five-on-five steel cage shouting match — with trophies and pride on the line!

This week, as every week, neither team gives an inch. The Trophy Whores have earned more trophies, as well as more Platinums, but the Loot — a.k.a. Poot — crew is not afraid.  In fact, they talk a big game.  Of course, you have to wonder if they bark harder than they bite.  Small dogs bark a lot, but they can never keep up with the big dogs.

Join the Trophy Whores and the Poot crew as they discuss Resident Evil, Hitman, PlayStation Vita TV, and war — the Great Trophy War.  Despite Darrell’s impersonations of famous wrestlers, the Trophy Whores are not phased.  If that is the best that he has in his arsenal, then he is better fit for YouTube than he is for a battle.  Nevertheless, Remember the Poot threw down the gauntlet, and the Trophy Whores accepted.

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WWE 2K16- Review

Over the past decade, Wrestling games and their fans have been stuck. Given that developers have tossed back and forth between the idea of simulation and arcade style games. Dating back all the way to WWF Wrestlefest, these games have been traditionally brawlers/fast paced games which didn’t feel well set for a 60 minute Iron Man Match. Past games let you brawl into WWF New York, and drop the People’s Elbow in Times Square. These matches would make you impatient if they went over 5-6 minutes and quickly become boring. More recently, with 2K’s acquisition of the WWE franchise rights, things have begun to change. 2K has brought the title more towards a stylized simulation and made this a real fan favorite for wrestling fans.

A Commitment to Excellence:

Starting with the Main Event. WWE 2K16 brings wrestling back to the table in all of its kayfabe glory. To compliment the largest roster the game has hosted, character models have been updated, and look stunning in their updated environments in 1080p at 60 frames per second. Given the last incarnation of WWE 2K was plagued with screen tears, match ending glitches and some inaccurate character models. Fans will also be delighted to know that Cody Rhodes (Star Dust) will not get jumbled in the ropes during his signature Disaster Kick. Another small thing you might not notice in this year’s title is updated and outdoor arenas.

Large Roster, Larger Community:

For me, the community is a huge part of WWE games. I love being able to sign on at any given time during the day and see that I can get matched up with an opponent. On top of improved online connectivity, 2K’s community creations have grown due to a major revamp on the Creative Mode side. Players are now able to utilize multiple different variations of gear thanks to new sections, and this in the long run makes for many characters easily created, which improves on the already MASSIVE roster. It is very easy to get carried away and create characters to actually replicate your ideal dream matches. Some of my favorites thus far have been:

  • Tommy Dreamer Vs. Raven
  • Ric Flair Vs. A.J Styles
  • Jason Voorhees Vs. Crystal Lake Camp Counselors (Handicap match)

*Editors Note: We made Randy the Ram, no Ram Jam though.

Another story told, another great showcase:

2K Showcase mode returns this year, and with it a new story. Stone Cold Steve Austin is the featured athlete of both cover and showcase this year. The story of the meteoric rise of “Stone Cold” is well told and historically accurate through excellent FMV, and video bumpers. The matches themselves are well chosen and some of the most important pieces of Stone Cold’s rise to fame. This mode beyond boasts great unlockable content and a high replay value.

What We Didn’t Like About WWE2K16

Cena Didn’t Kick Out At 2:

A great game doesn’t come without at least a small fault. WWE 2K16 suffers from a major setback in its technical aspects. Grapple and Submission are almost as hard to understand as that girl who you fell in love with in college, but could never get to say the worlds. I mean honestly, it’s a timed button mashing system that runs you in circles. This was a major problem last year. Given the games strategic mishaps, this will leave you frustrated and in need of a shot or two if your timing is off. Adding to that is a convoluted circular pin escape system that would even keep Cena down for the 3. This has been an issue plaguing the 2K series for more than a year. I can see this frustrating long time patrons of the series. It feels like a major learning curve. This is my opinion though. Many people do enjoy the new controller system.

Overall, WWE 2K16 is a major upgrade over its predecessor. 2K put in the work this year that was needed in last year’s incarnation. In a year of broken games, it’s good to see at least one annual title rise to its community’s demands, and fix the things we felt was wrong.

*WWE 2K16 was provided for review by 2K Games. This review is the independent publishing of The Structure Network, and has in no way been sponsored or provided.