5 of the Best Wrestling Moves in Non-Wrestling Video Games
Recently, I have been playing Resident Evil 6 (for some reason) with DualShockers‘ Managing Editor Logan Moore. It has been a blast for all the wrong reasons. However, the best thing to come out of this awfully hilarious experience is witnessing popular Resident Evil characters performing sick wrestling moves on zombies.
This got me wondering, “What are some of the best wrestling moves in non-wrestling video games?” Here are five that I think any wrestling fan would pop for.
Leon Kennedy’s Running Power Slam in Resident Evil 6
As I mentioned, I have been playing Resident Evil 6. First, I want to say that all of you are liars. I have had so much fun playing this multi-campaign “survival-horror” game. Who could forget when Ada Wong got shot in the heart and said, “Ya got me, well played.”
I was expecting this semi-spooky zombie-filled adventure. Instead, I got an action-packed romp where I can perform wrestling moves on the undead. It is truly wild. When I unexpectedly had Leon Kennedy do a running power slam, I popped so hard. It is one of the best moments I have had in a video game recently. Again, maybe I love it for all the wrong reasons, but it’s still rad to see these gritty survivors superkick a bunch of zombies.
King’s Rainmaker in Tekken 7
It is no secret that the jaguar mask-wearing luchador King has a few wrestling moves in his repertoire. But when I performed NJPW’s Kazuchika Okada’s Rainmaker finisher on Heihachi Mashima, I just about lost my mind.
As seen in the video above, King’s Rainmaker Rage Art begins with dollar bills raining down onto the stage. Then, just like Okada, King takes the opponent’s arm and hits them with the devastating finisher. It’s awesome. Also, you can equip King with Okada’s in-ring gear, making it approximately 10 times cooler. The math adds up.
Akira Nishikiyama and Kiryu Kazama’s Powerbomb to Facestomp in Yakuza 0
Before playing Resident Evil 6, I finished a game that has been in my backlog for years. I bought Yakuza 0 back when it launched in 2017 and finally completed the prequel this year. Even if this game didn’t have sick wrestling moves, I would still consider it one of my favorite games of the current console generation.
However, this game does have sick wrestling moves, which means Yakuza 0 is one of the greatest games of all time. My personal favorite was when you, Kiryu Kazama, teamed up with your buddy Akira Nishikiyama. If you can time it right, you can do a finisher where Nishiki powerbombs an enemy and Kiryu just stomps on their face, rendering them useless.
Sett’s RKO Ultimate in League of Legends
At the request of Managing Editor Logan Moore, I have added Sett’s Show Stopper ultimate ability to this list. However, I couldn’t just add any move to this list. Otherwise, we’d have filth like Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door‘s Rawk Hawk in here. I had to see this for myself for the integrity of the list. I can confirm Sett definitely deserves the spotlight on this one.
This dude basically does an RKO outta nowhere! Well, sometimes. As seen in the video above around the three-minute mark, Sett can perform a number of different wrestling moves, each devastating in its own right. I don’t really play League of Legends, but I think it’s time I buy some League dollars and play this character a maximum of 2 times. I’ll probably int and quit.
Dave Bautista’s Batista Bomb in Gears 5
Almost all of the characters on this list are not actual professional wrestlers. Yes, some of them are inspired by real-life wrestlers, and some of these characters may have inspired real-life wrestlers, but you will find none of these video game protagonists in the squared circle. That changes now.
If you haven’t played Gears 5, then you may not know that WWE Superstar Batista is kind of playable in the game’s multiplayer modes. When I say “kind of,” he is actually a skin for Marcus Fenix. But that doesn’t make it less cool by any means. It is still, by all intents and purposes, rad.
When the Batista skin was announced, I wanted The Coalition to add a Batista Bomb execution badly. I can only name a few things cooler than Batista performing his finisher on Locusts. Well, dreams were made last weekend when it was announced the Batista Bomb was added to Gears 5. I mean, look at that video above. Batista is in the Gears of War universe Batista Bombing Locusts to pieces. It’s high art.
Those are just a few of my personal favorite wrestling moves in non-wrestling video games. Surely, there are some other ones I am missing. What are some of your favorite moves? Sound off in the comments below and let us know your favorites or some of the moves we might have missed.