FIRE PROWRESTLING: COMBINATION TAG
Complete Guide
for the PC-Engine
Version 1.4 / July 3, 2001
by PuroGeek (jacquismo@hotmail.com)

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=Table of Contents=
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1) Introduction
2) What's New?
3) Getting Started
4) Characters
5) Controls
6) Move List
7) The End?
8) Credits & Feedback

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=INTRODUCTION=
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  The year was 1989. The PC-Engine (TurboGrafx-16 in the US) had spent close
to two years on the market. Human Entertainment, a small Japanese game
developer was looking for a hit game. What better way to try for it than with
a wrestling video game? Whether they'll admit it or not, everybody loves
pro-wrestling. But this wasn't any generic wrestling game. No, it was a
wrestling game with big (re-)names, but little licensing fees. It was like
playing a couple of different games at once! It was the beginning of a new
era of puroresu games. It was... FIRE PROWRESTLING.

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=WHAT'S NEW?=
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v1.0 - Finished move lists and most of everything else.
v1.1 - Filled in the true identities of the Evil Pirates. Thanks, Sam! Other
       minor changes occurred.
v1.2 - Added ending and code.
v1.3 - Added wrestler affiliations. Other minor changes.
v1.4 - Revealed the effects of the secret code. See "The End?" for details.

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=GETTING STARTED=
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  Fire ProWrestling: Combination Tag has three separate modes of play:

Single Match 
(1P vs. CPU, 1P vs. 2P)
  This is a singles match between two wrestlers. While fighting against the
computer, you must pin the opponent or make them submit to earn enough points
to go to the next round, and eventually try to defeat all comers. In the
two-player mode, the match is the best of three and whoever gets two wins
will have the chance to gloat over his rival.

Tag Match 
(1P vs. CPU, 1P vs. 2P, 1P&2P vs. CPU, 1P&2P vs. 3P, 1P&2P vs. 3P&4P)
  This is a match between two teams of wrestlers. Unfortunately, the
wrestlers are assigned to certain teams, so there's only one partner for each
fighter. The different teams are listed in the Characters section below.
Gameplay is similar to the singles matches, only you must avoid having your
pin broken up by the other member of the opposing team.

5 vs. 5 Elimination Match
(1P vs. COM, 1P vs. 2P)
  Here one can pick five wrestlers of their choosing to fight in one-fall,
singles elimination matches. Players take turns choosing their characters, so
be sure to pick your favorite first! You can then change the order that you
want your guys to fight in. The first team to get five pinfalls or
submissions wins.

  After choosing how you want to play, you will be taken to the character
select screen. There are four screens of four characters. Just press right or
left on the far sides of the screen, and you'll be taken to the next set of
wrestlers.

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=CHARACTERS=
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  Combination Tag has a large (for 1989, anyway) selection of wrestlers to
choose from. Everyone should be able to find a favorite. All characters are
listed by the order in which they are shown in the intro. Real names are
listed in parentheses beside the fake name from the game, followed by the
name of the organization to which they belong. <Note: Organizations are not
necessarily their main organization, but rather the group that the wrestler
toured with in Japan, where Japanese fans would know them from.>

Organization Key:
NJPW - New Japan ProWrestling
AJPW - All Japan ProWrestling
UWF - Universal Wrestling Federation


-KING FIGHTERS-
Victory Musashi (Antonio Inoki, NJPW)
Height: 186 cm (6 ft, 1 in)
Weight: 105 kg (231 lbs)
Specialty: Enzui Giri

Akira Saeha (Akira Maeda, UWF)
Height: 192 cm (6 ft, 4 in)
Weight: 110 kg (243 lbs)
Specialty: Big Wheel Kick


-EXPLODING DEPTH CHARGE-
Tommy Bomber (Jumbo Tsuruta, AJPW)
Height: 193 cm (6 ft, 4 in)
Weight: 113 kg (249 lbs)
Specialty: Jumping Knee Pat

Thunder Ryu (Genichiro Tenryu, AJPW)
Height: 185 cm (6 ft, 1 in)
Weight: 105 kg (231 lbs)
Specialty: Powerbomb


-MIDNIGHT REVOLUTION-
Hurricane Rikimaru (Riki Choshu, NJPW)
Height: 185 cm (6 ft, 1 in)
Weight: 110 kg (243 lbs)
Specialty: Sasori Gatame

Zombie Masa (Masa Saito, NJPW)
Height: 190 cm (6 ft, 3 in)
Weight: 115 kg (254 lbs)
Specialty: Backdrop


-DEVIL PIRATES-
Pirate Number 1 (Billy Gasper, NJPW)
Height: 190 cm (6 ft, 3 in)
Weight: 120 kg (265 lbs)
Specialty: Foul Play

Pirate Number 2 (Barry Gasper, NJPW)
Height: 192 cm (6 ft, 4 in)
Weight: 122 kg (269 lbs)
Specialty: Foul Play


-VIOLENCE MONSTERS-
Star Bison (Stan Hansen, AJPW)
Height: 200 cm (6 ft, 7 in)
Weight: 150 kg (331 lbs)
Specialty: Lariat

Big the Great Bull (Bruiser Brody, AJPW)
Height: 201 cm (6 ft, 7 in)
Weight: 145 kg (320 lbs)
Specialty: Guillotine Drop


-DIMENSION EXPRESS-
Mascara Condor (Mil Mascaras, AJPW)
Height: 180 cm (5 ft, 11 in)
Weight: 100 kg (220 lbs)
Specialty: Flying Cross Chop

Mascara Eagle (Dos Caras, AJPW)
Height: 180 cm (5 ft, 11 in)
Weight: 102 kg (225 lbs)
Specialty: Flying Cross Chop


-CRAZY BARBARIANS-
Bloody Allen (Bad News Allen, NJPW)
Height: 192 cm (6 ft, 4 in)
Weight: 120 kg (265 lbs)
Specialty: Headbutt

Mad Tiger (Tiger Jeet Singh, AJPW)
Height: 190 cm (6 ft, 3 in)
Weight: 115 (254 lbs)
Specialty: Cobra Claw


-URBAN BLASTERS-
Knight Blaster (Road Warrior Hawk, AJPW)
Height: 190 cm (6 ft, 3 in)
Weight: 120 kg (265 lbs)
Specialty: Flying Lariat

Iron Blaster (Road Warrior Animal, AJPW)
Height: 203 cm (6 ft, 8 in)
Weight: 152 kg (335 lbs)
Specialty: Lift Slam

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=CONTROLS=
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Directional Pad: Move character
Button II: Weak Attack, Step into Ring, Climb Turnbuckle, Tag Partner
Button I: Medium Attack, Step into Ring, Climb Turnbuckle, Tag Partner
RUN Button (when close to opponent): Strong Attack
RUN Button plus Direction (when far from opponent): Run

Move close to opponent to grapple (either from behind or in front). 
While grappling, press:
Button II: Weak Grapple
Button II plus Direction: Irish Whip
 (Afterward, you may attack on the rebound with an attack button.)
Button I plus Direction: Medium Grapple
RUN Button plus Direction: Submission Hold/Strong Grapple

While the opponent is down, press:
Button II (near head): Pick up
Button I: Pin
RUN Button: Submission Hold

  Some characters can climb the turnbuckles. After climbing, press Button I
or Button II to dive off.

  A few characters can perform a tope suicida against an opponent who is
outside the ring. To do this, run towards the ropes and hold Button I.

  In a tag match, if two teammates grapple one person at the same time, they
can perform a double suplex by pressing B.

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=MOVE LIST=
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  The following is a complete attack list for all characters in the game.
Specialty moves are marked with a #.

 
Victory Musashi (Antonio Inoki, NJPW)
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STANDING
  Button II: Low Kick
  Button I: High Kick
# RUN Attack: Enzui Giri

RUNNING
  Button II: Shoulderblock
  Button I: Drop Kick

COUNTERING A RUNNING OPPONENT
  Button II: Chop

TOPE SUICIDA?
  Yes

TURNBUCKLE ATTACKS
  Button II: Diving Knee Drop
  Button I: Diving Body Press

FRONT GRAPPLE
  Button II: Body Slam
  Up+Buttton I: Suplex
  Left/Right+Button I: Backdrop
  Down+Button I: Armbreaker
  RUN Button: Octopus Hold

BACK GRAPPLE
  Button I/II: Backdrop
  Up/Down+RUN Button: Octopus Hold
  Left/Right+RUN Button: German Suplex

BY DOWNED OPPONENT'S HEAD
  RUN Button: Crucifix Arm Hold

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Akira Saeha (Akira Maeda, UWF)
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STANDING
  Button II: Low Kick
  Button I: High Kick
# RUN Attack: Big Wheel Kick

RUNNING
  Button II: Jumping Knee Pat
  Button I: Drop Kick

COUNTERING A RUNNING OPPONENT
  Button II: Back Elbow

TOPE SUICIDA?
  No

TURNBUCKLE ATTACKS
  Button II: Diving Knee Drop
  Button I: Diving Body Press

FRONT GRAPPLE
  Button II: Gutwrench Suplex
  Up+Buttton I: Double Arm Suplex
  Left/Right+Button I: Backdrop
  Down+Button I: Capchudo
  RUN Button: Abdominal Stretch

BACK GRAPPLE
  Button I/II: Backdrop
  Up/Down+RUN Button: Abdominal Stretch
  Left/Right+RUN Button: German Suplex

BY DOWNED OPPONENT'S HEAD
  RUN Button: Achilles Tendon Hold

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Tommy Bomber (Jumbo Tsuruta, AJPW)
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STANDING
  Button II: Punch
  Button I: Toe Kick
  RUN Attack: Drop Kick

RUNNING
# Button II: Jumping Knee Pat
  Button I: Lariat

COUNTERING A RUNNING OPPONENT
  Button II: Chop

TOPE SUICIDA?
  No

TURNBUCKLE ATTACKS
  Button II: Diving Knee Drop
  Button I: Diving Body Press

FRONT GRAPPLE
  Button II: Gutwrench Suplex
  Up+Buttton I: Double Arm Suplex
  Left/Right+Button I: Backdrop
  Down+Button I: Piledriver
  RUN Button: Abdominal Stretch

BACK GRAPPLE
  Button I/II: Backdrop
  Up/Down+RUN Button: Abdominal Stretch
  Left/Right+RUN Button: German Suplex

BY DOWNED OPPONENT'S HEAD
  RUN Button: Achilles Tendon Hold

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Thunder Ryu (Genichiro Tenryu, AJPW)
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STANDING
  Button II: Palm Strikes
  Button I: Toe Kick
  RUN Attack: Enzui Giri

RUNNING
  Button II: Jumping Knee Pat
  Button I: Lariat

COUNTERING A RUNNING OPPONENT
  Button II: Chop

TOPE SUICIDA?
  Yes

TURNBUCKLE ATTACKS
  Button II: Diving Knee Drop
  Button I: Diving Body Press

FRONT GRAPPLE
  Button II: Body Slam
  Up+Buttton I: Suplex
  Left/Right+Button I: Backdrop
# Down+Button I: Powerbomb
  RUN Button: Octopus Hold

BACK GRAPPLE
  Button I/II: Backdrop
  Up/Down+RUN Button: Octopus Hold
  Left/Right+RUN Button: German Suplex

BY DOWNED OPPONENT'S HEAD
  RUN Button: Achilles Tendon Hold

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Hurricane Rikimaru (Riki Choshu, NJPW)
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STANDING
  Button II: Punch
  Button I: Toe Kick
  RUN Attack: Drop Kick

RUNNING
  Button II: Shoulderblock
  Button I: Lariat

COUNTERING A RUNNING OPPONENT
  Button II: Back Elbow

TOPE SUICIDA?
  Yes

TURNBUCKLE ATTACKS
  Button II: Diving Knee Drop
  Button I: Diving Body Press

FRONT GRAPPLE
  Button II: Body Slam
  Up+Buttton I: Suplex
  Left/Right+Button I: Backdrop
  Down+Button I: Piledriver
  RUN Button: Abdominal Stretch

BACK GRAPPLE
  Button I/II: Backdrop
  Up/Down+RUN Button: Abdominal Stretch
  Left/Right+RUN Button: German Suplex

BY DOWNED OPPONENT'S HEAD
# RUN Button: Sasori Gatame

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Zombie Masa (Masa Saito, NJPW)
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STANDING
  Button II: Punch
  Button I: Toe Kick
  RUN Attack: Drop Kick

RUNNING
  Button II: Shoulderblock
  Button I: Lariat

COUNTERING A RUNNING OPPONENT
  Button II: Back Elbow

TOPE SUICIDA?
  No

TURNBUCKLE ATTACKS
  None

FRONT GRAPPLE
  Button II: Body Slam
  Up+Buttton I: Suplex
# Left/Right+Button I: Backdrop
  Down+Button I: Piledriver
  RUN Button: Abdominal Stretch

BACK GRAPPLE
# Button I/II: Backdrop
  Up/Down+RUN Button: Abdominal Stretch
  Left/Right+RUN Button: Back Slide

BY DOWNED OPPONENT'S HEAD
  RUN Button: Sasori Gatame

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Pirate Number 1 (Billy Gasper, NJPW)
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STANDING
  Button II: Punch
  Button I: Toe Kick
  RUN Attack: Drop Kick

RUNNING
  Button II: Shoulderblock
  Button I: Lariat

COUNTERING A RUNNING OPPONENT
  Button II: Back Elbow

TOPE SUICIDA?
  No

TURNBUCKLE ATTACKS
  None

FRONT GRAPPLE
  Button II: Body Slam
  Up+Buttton I: Suplex
  Left/Right+Button I: Backdrop
# Down+Button I: Foul Play
  RUN Button: Abdominal Stretch

BACK GRAPPLE
  Button I/II: Atomic Drop
  Up/Down+RUN Button: Sleeper Hold
  Left/Right+RUN Button: Backdrop

BY DOWNED OPPONENT'S HEAD
  RUN Button: Sleeper Hold

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Pirate Number 2 (Barry Gasper, NJPW)
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STANDING
  Button II: Punch
  Button I: Toe Kick
  RUN Attack: Drop Kick

RUNNING
  Button II: Shoulderblock
  Button I: Lariat

COUNTERING A RUNNING OPPONENT
  Button II: Back Elbow

TOPE SUICIDA?
  No

TURNBUCKLE ATTACKS
  None

FRONT GRAPPLE
  Button II: Body Slam
  Up+Buttton I: Suplex
  Left/Right+Button I: Backdrop
# Down+Button I: Foul Play
  RUN Button: Abdominal Stretch

BACK GRAPPLE
  Button I/II: Atomic Drop
  Up/Down+RUN Button: Sleeper Hold
  Left/Right+RUN Button: Backdrop

BY DOWNED OPPONENT'S HEAD
  RUN Button: Sleeper Hold

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Star Bison (Stan Hansen, AJPW)
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STANDING
  Button II: Punch
  Button I: Toe Kick
  RUN Attack: Drop Kick

RUNNING
  Button II: Shoulderblock
# Button I: Lariat

COUNTERING A RUNNING OPPONENT
  Button II: Back Elbow

TOPE SUICIDA?
  No

TURNBUCKLE ATTACKS
  None

FRONT GRAPPLE
  Button II: Body Slam
  Up+Buttton I: Suplex
  Left/Right+Button I: Backbreaker
  Down+Button I: Piledriver
  RUN Button: Backbreaker

BACK GRAPPLE
  Button I/II: Backdrop
  Up/Down+RUN Button: Surfboard
  Left/Right+RUN Button: Backdrop

BY DOWNED OPPONENT'S HEAD
  RUN Button: Sleeper Hold

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Big the Great Bull (Bruiser Brody, AJPW)
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STANDING
  Button II: Punch
  Button I: Toe Kick
  RUN Attack: Drop Kick

RUNNING
  Button II: Shoulderblock
  Button I: Drop Kick

COUNTERING A RUNNING OPPONENT
  Button II: Back Elbow

TOPE SUICIDA?
  Yes

TURNBUCKLE ATTACKS
  Button II: Diving Knee Drop
# Button I: Guillotine Drop

FRONT GRAPPLE
  Button II: Body Slam
  Up+Buttton I: Suplex
  Left/Right+Button I: Backbreaker
  Down+Button I: Piledriver
  RUN Button: Backbreaker

BACK GRAPPLE
  Button I/II: Atomic Drop
  Up/Down+RUN Button: Surfboard
  Left/Right+RUN Button: Atomic Drop

BY DOWNED OPPONENT'S HEAD
  RUN Button: Sleeper Hold

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Mascara Condor (Mil Mascaras, AJPW)
-----------------------------------
STANDING
  Button II: High Kick
  Button I: Rolling Solebutt
  RUN Attack: Drop Kick

RUNNING
  Button II: Jumping Knee Pat
# Button I: Flying Cross Chop

COUNTERING A RUNNING OPPONENT
  Button II: Back Elbow

TOPE SUICIDA?
  Yes

TURNBUCKLE ATTACKS
  Button II: Diving Knee Drop
  Button I: Diving Body Press

FRONT GRAPPLE
  Button II: Hip Toss
  Up+Buttton I: Suplex
  Left/Right+Button I: Backdrop
  Down+Button I: Armbreaker
  RUN Button: Abdominal Stretch

BACK GRAPPLE
  Button I/II: Backdrop
  Up/Down+RUN Button: Abdominal Stretch
  Left/Right+RUN Button: German Suplex

BY DOWNED OPPONENT'S HEAD
  RUN Button: Achilles Tendon Hold

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Mascara Eagle (Dos Caras, AJPW)
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STANDING
  Button II: High Kick
  Button I: Rolling Solebutt
  RUN Attack: Drop Kick

RUNNING
  Button II: Jumping Knee Pat
# Button I: Flying Cross Chop

COUNTERING A RUNNING OPPONENT
  Button II: Back Elbow

TOPE SUICIDA?
  Yes

TURNBUCKLE ATTACKS
  Button II: Diving Knee Drop
  Button I: Diving Body Press

FRONT GRAPPLE
  Button II: Hip Toss
  Up+Buttton I: Suplex
  Left/Right+Button I: Backdrop
  Down+Button I: Armbreaker
  RUN Button: Abdominal Stretch

BACK GRAPPLE
  Button I/II: Backdrop
  Up/Down+RUN Button: Abdominal Stretch
  Left/Right+RUN Button: German Suplex

BY DOWNED OPPONENT'S HEAD
  RUN Button: Achilles Tendon Hold

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Bloody Allen (Bad News Allen, NJPW)
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STANDING
  Button II: Punch
  Button I: Toe Kick
  RUN Attack: Toe Kick

RUNNING
  Button II: Shoulderblock
  Button I: Lariat

COUNTERING A RUNNING OPPONENT
  Button II: Chop

TOPE SUICIDA?
  No

TURNBUCKLE ATTACKS
  Button II: Diving Knee Drop
  Button I: Diving Body Press

FRONT GRAPPLE
  Button II: Body Slam
# Up+Buttton I: Headbutt
  Left/Right+Button I: Backdrop
  Down+Button I: Foul Play
  RUN Button: Suplex

BACK GRAPPLE
  Button I/II: Atomic Drop
  Up/Down+RUN Button: Sleeper Hold
  Left/Right+RUN Button: Back Slide

BY DOWNED OPPONENT'S HEAD
  RUN Button: Crucifix Arm Hold

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Mad Tiger (Tiger Jeet Singh, AJPW)
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STANDING
  Button II: Punch
  Button I: Toe Kick
  RUN Attack: Toe Kick

RUNNING
  Button II: Shoulderblock
  Button I: Shoulderblock

COUNTERING A RUNNING OPPONENT
  Button II: Chop

TOPE SUICIDA?
  No

TURNBUCKLE ATTACKS
  None

FRONT GRAPPLE
  Button II: Body Slam
  Up+Buttton I: Head Bite
# Left/Right+Button I: Cobra Claw
  Down+Button I: Foul Play
  RUN Button: Suplex

BACK GRAPPLE
  Button I/II: Backdrop
  Up/Down+RUN Button: Sleeper Hold
  Left/Right+RUN Button: Backdrop

BY DOWNED OPPONENT'S HEAD
# RUN Button: Cobra Claw

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Knight Blaster (Road Warrior Hawk, AJPW)
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STANDING
  Button II: Punch
  Button I: High Kick
  RUN Attack: Drop Kick

RUNNING
  Button II: Shoulderblock
# Button I: Flying Lariat

COUNTERING A RUNNING OPPONENT
  Button II: Back Elbow

TOPE SUICIDA?
  No

TURNBUCKLE ATTACKS
  Button II: Diving Knee Drop
  Button I: Diving Body Press

FRONT GRAPPLE
  Button II: Lift Slam
  Up+Buttton I: Suplex
  Left/Right+Button I: Backdrop
  Down+Button I: Piledriver
  RUN Button: Argentine Backbreaker

BACK GRAPPLE
  Button I/II: Atomic Drop
  Up/Down+RUN Button: Surfboard
  Left/Right+RUN Button: German Suplex

BY DOWNED OPPONENT'S HEAD
  RUN Button: Sleeper Hold

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Iron Blaster (Road Warrior Animal, AJPW)
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STANDING
  Button II: Punch
  Button I: Toe Kick
  RUN Attack: Drop Kick

RUNNING
  Button II: Shoulderblock
  Button I: Flying Lariat

COUNTERING A RUNNING OPPONENT
  Button II: Back Elbow

TOPE SUICIDA?
  No

TURNBUCKLE ATTACKS
  None

FRONT GRAPPLE
# Button II: Lift Slam
  Up+Buttton I: Suplex
  Left/Right+Button I: Backbreaker
  Down+Button I: Piledriver
  RUN Button: Argentine Backbreaker

BACK GRAPPLE
  Button I/II: Atomic Drop
  Up/Down+RUN Button: Surfboard
  Left/Right+RUN Button: Atomic Drop

BY DOWNED OPPONENT'S HEAD
  RUN Button: Sleeper Hold

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=THE END?=
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After defeating all opponents in Single Match mode, your character appears in
the corner of the ring with a huge trophy while the crowd cheers and takes
pictures. However, his victory is short-lived; his last opponent kicks him in
the stomach and runs off with the trophy! The credits roll while your
wrestler is out cold. He comes to his senses by the end and chases after the
villain who took his prize.

Victory in Tag Match mode garners the same display, only with both members of
your team in the ring, who get taken out by a single guy.

Though somewhat humorous, it seems like completing the task of defeating 15
other wrestlers (or 7 teams) deserves more. Well, Human didn't totally leave
its buyers disappointed. At the end of the credits, a code will be given,
which I will list here:

 At the title screen, hold down Button I, then press Right, Left, Left, Left,
Left, Left, Down, Down, Up. The screen should now have a bluish tint.

 So what does this do? Well, first, you have to beat Single or Tag mode
again. *groan* After defeating the entire roster of wrestlers that you
beat before, you'll face a couple of new opponents! Your first challenge is
against R.J. Phase (Lou Thesz) and his deadly backdrop in a Lumberjack Death
Match! If you manage to take him out, you'll meet Carlos Krauser (Karl Gotch)
in another Lumberjack Death Match and attempt to avoid his German suplex!

 If in Tag Mode, you'll face Phase and Krauser, who team as the "Legend
Heroes," in a Lumberjack Death Match for your final opponents.

 Now it's time to sit back and watch the new ending. This time, when faced 
with your angry opponent, your character will kick HIM in the stomach! Your
wrestler celebrates while his nemesis flees in terror. Fun to watch, but
nothing special.

 Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be any code to play as the Legend
Heroes, as far as I can tell. Darn. If anyone stumbles upon one, let me know!

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=CREDITS & FEEDBACK=
====================

A big thanks goes out to:

Samwizeuk - Revealing the identities of the "Pirates"

Human Entertainment - Supplying a great series of games

NEC - Creation of the underestimated PC-Engine console


Questions? Comments? Corrections? E-mail me at jacquismo@hotmail.com