WWE 2K16 FaM Pandora Review

NOTE: The following review has been written out of passion and respect for the writers and those that make FaM as big as it is. Forever A Movement has always been a league that cares passionately about the fans and this review will highlight some of the brilliance that FaM put together for their Pandora event as well as discussing some of the areas of the writing and booking that could possibly have been improved. The Armbar Express respects the efforts and the man hours that everyone involved with putting the show together puts in, and this is not by any means an attempt to slander the product. We do not wish for anyone to take these comments to heart, as this is simply the views of one fan who is looking forward to seeing Forever A Movement go from strength to strength. Please enjoy the review and feel free to tweet me @TomRobinson5199, @ArmbarExpress or leave me a comment with your thoughts on the show. I will appreciate the feedback on my work and I’m sure the boys at FaM will appreciate your honest thoughts on the future of the clan.

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WWE 2K17 arrived in October 2016, with WWE Games clan FaM saing goodbye to WWE 2K16. The game had previously hosted Survival and a few weeks of content including a Money in the Bank tournament, and had been good to FaM. Before they moved onto the new game though, the league decided to give its fans one last mega event on 2K16 with FaM Pandora.

The show would continue on from the shocking revelations at FaM Survival, building on the grand reveal of Rom Buster’s brother Ranik as the anonymous general manager, the real leader of the SES and the fourth founding member of FaM as a whole. Having destroyed Rom Buster at the end of Survival, putting the fear of god into BlackHeron and beating Gunnz in his FaM “debut,” his past disciple Andy Badwool was the only one left on Ranik’s hit list. In a match for control of FaM, the future of the league was interesting to wonder about as well as the fate of Pandora’s Box, the Money In The Bank briefcase and the FaM World title.

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Pandora stated with a grudge match between Cameron Bash and William Kingdom, a ladder match for the Money in the Bank briefcase. These two had beef with each other ever since FaMniversary III and had both been in a tournament, making it this far. This was the opening match of the show and by god, was this ever a great way to start off the show.

This was a fantastic ladder match, with both men taking the greatest of bumps onto the ladders. There was great brawling from the get-go. Bash did the Big E spear to the outside, which is not something that I’d encourage any wrestler to do in real life! I always fear the worst whenever Big E pulls this off. Bash would try again but Kingdom moved out of the way, resulting in Bash landing onto the big pile of ladders on the outside. It looked like it sucked for Bash on so many levels. They had Kingdom whip out some athleticism, including the handspring cutter that Lucha Underground’s Fenix would normally do.

Kingdom’s punishment to Bash included a small package brainbuster and a sit-out powerbomb on the ladders. Kingdom countered an attitude adjustment into a cutter on the outside. We had an absolutely awesome spot where Kingdom’s spear was countered into a spinebuster through the barricade. It was really executed in terms of the editing and the gameplay, and this looked really good. An innovative spot that FaM should be really proud of.

Kingdom somehow pulled off a coast-to-coast cannonball, which was pretty unbelievable. Kingdom seemed like the better man in this match, hitting the majority of the big moves in the battle. Kingdom caught Bash with a cutter in mid-air onto a ladder. The ending was really well done, with the drama being at its height with the two big men battling on top off the ladder. Kingdom went for a cutter from the top of the ladder but this was reversed into a Bash Bottom off the ladder instead. Bash grabbed the briefcase and won.

A fantastic way to start off the show with a drama-filled battle from start to finish. These two beat the living hell out of each other and even though Kingdom seemed like the better man in the match to me, it’s not like Bash was completely destroyed and then just picked up a fluke win. Kingdom had hit the cutter a few times and when he went for it again, Bash was able to see it coming and countered it. The finish made sense considering how personal this rivalry had become. I’d call it an overwhelmingly great end to the program between these two.

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Rom Buster took on Killswitch. I have all the respect in the world for Rom Buster in terms of the person himself that has done so much for FaM in order for it to evolve. He’s the ultimate worker and is extremely passionate about the product. The CAW himself has a great look and a great moveset. However, at the moment, his character right now is exactly the same as Dolph Ziggler’s character (his character up until No Mercy anyway). Dolph Ziggler’s character is the ultimate worker that puts on all these great matches but can never win. Rom Buster’s character is shockingly similar in the sense that he’s supposed to be one of, if not the, biggest star in FaM but yet he’s a big loser too.

Rom lost to Andy Badwool at FAMinversary II, Rom lost to Andy and BlackHeron at Survivor Series, he lost in the Royal Rumble, he lost to BlackHeron at FaMniversary III and he lost to Ranik at Survival. This dude is in all of the biggest matches and storylines, yet he’s failed to win in a lot of these big matches. He looks great in the ring but as a main-eventer, he’s had barely any success at all. I figured that maybe the plan was for Rom to eventually work his way through Betrayal and all the heels, eventually beating Ranik in the end which would have been great. Rom having to run through everyone that’s beaten him in the past and eventually facing of with Ranik at the end. Maybe he beats Killswitch and then Ranik forces Rom to fight both members of the Skilled Foundation, then Roberto, then BlackHeron, then Darin again and then 2TM and then it’s Ranik at FaMniversary or something. Some big plan which builds up both Rom and Ranik as unbeatable badasses which leads to a match where only one brother can win and rule FaM.

Instead, on the pay-per-view after Survival, Rom is beaten by his former tag team partner Killswitch. I can’t speak for the rest of the FaM viewers but it’s hard for me to feel sympathy for a guy who gets beat in every big match he’s in. He did get beat through shenanigans in this match but he did get beat clean by BlackHeron at FaMniversary and against Ranik at Survival. I don’t understand why Rom had to lose again. Why should I care about the guy after this? According to the storyline, he’s a loser who can’t win when it counts.

It’s very unlikely but in the off-chance that Rom’s done being in the main-event, fine. I have no problem with Killswitch winning if Killswitch is getting a push and Rom’s not in the main-event scene anymore. That’s fine. If the ultimate goal is for Rom to win control from Ranik, then I don’t think it helps Rom for him to lose against Killswitch.

The match itself was actually a good one. The finish saw an awesome spot where Killswitch went for a dive to the outside with Rom catchng Killswitch with an X-Ray. That was one of the spots of the night. Rom brought him in the ring to finish him off. The lights went out and Rom was taken out by a man in a hoodie with a chair. Killswitch hit the Super Switchback and won. It was revealed that the man that took out Rom was Sander, formerly of the SES. A SES Civil War actually sounds appealing in the middle of this conflict with Rom. If the plan is for Rom to be out of the main-event picture for a while, which it probably is with the stipulation of Rom not getting another crack at Ranik if he lost, then I have no problem with this.

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BlackHeron challenged Deaths Angel for the CyberFaM Championship in a steel cage match as selected by the fans. Let me just give you a brief run down of this championship history and explain why Deaths Angel is currently the champion. Cameron Bash, who was the rightful champion, gave up the title as he was in pursuit of the World title instead. Deaths Angel lost in a world title match at Survival. Bash GAVE the CyberFaM championship to Deaths Angel, actually GAVE Deaths Angel this belt. Deaths Angel didn’t win this championship. Bash basically said “I feel sorry for you so here’s my belt while I move onto a different title.” That’s one thing, especially when the heels were apparently so outraged by this. Ranik and Darin were so outraged by this that they somehow forgot that they can surely veto this title transcation or at least force them to have a match as they’re RUNNING the company?

So Deaths Angel is the champion. He defended the title against BlackHeron. They have this match in the cage. BlackHeron beat the crap out of Deaths Angel. He german suplexed him off the top of the cage. BH tried his Black and Gold Powerbomb but Deaths Angel countered with a Yoshi Tonic in a clever spot. BH finally gave him the Black and Gold Powerbomb for a nearfall. Deaths Angel superkicks BlackHeron for a near fall. Deaths Angel knocks BlackHeron down in the battle on top of the cage. Deaths Angel is on top of the cage. Rather than escaping with the title, he tried a HURRICANRANA off the top of the cage. BH catches him, hits the powerbomb and pins him to win the championship.

So not only was Deaths Angel given a championship that he didn’t even earn, he lost that championship after being stupid and jumping off the cage. Rom claimed that Deaths Angel wanted to jump in order to make sure of the victory and to put BH away for good. So apparently, a HURRICANRANA is the best way to do that?

I always hated it whenever a wrestler is about to win a cage match and jumps, especially in a match like this. If you’re in a heated rivalry like the Edge/Matt Hardy cage match from Unforgiven 2005, that’s one thing. This was a random mid-card title match between BlackHeron and Deaths Angel. Didn’t seem like the intensity was high enough for a spot like that.

As this was all confusing enough with the CyberFaM title, things got even more confusing.

BlackHeron celebrated with the championship when of course, Darin buzzed in. He wanted to make sure that the title was firmly within their grasps. Therefore, he ordered that BlackHeron LAY DOWN for him and basically hand the title over to him. Darin came down and BlackHeron allowed Darin to pin him and win the title.

So for the record, the title was vacated by Cameron Bash and given to Deaths Angel for no reason, BlackHeron beat him for the title and now DARIN won the title after BlackHeron laid down for him. Again, with all due respect to Forever A Moment, this title seems so meaningless to me right now. Perhaps a strong Darin title reign could change that.

With that said, this was a pretty good cage match.

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It was supposed to be Sledder, Darin, Nic Virtue and Gunnz in a four kings ladder match for Pandora’s Box. Sledder’s theme was a cover of Voodoo Child and was a pretty damn great one. Ranik buzzed in as it was time for Gunnz to come and talked about how he beat him and what Rafazo did to him. Ranik informed us that Gunnz would not be involved and that his replacement would be Betrayal member Roberto. Gunnz being out of the match was not something I was particular fond of as he would fit in really well in a match like this.

The rules of the match were as followed. This started as an elimination match, with only two men being allowed in the ring at one time. The ruling was that you could enter the match if somebody else was thrown out of the ring or made their way to the outside. No need for a tag-in although Darin and Roberto were tagging each other in as normal. There was an awesome use of this rule when Nic was looking for a dive on Darin on the outside when Roberto cut him off with a huge clothesline. Simple but effective!

Nic Virtue got the hot tag in this match were you didn’t need to tag in order to get involved. Nic hit the superkick to eliminate Roberto. It was at this point when it was made clear that this part of the match was no disqualification. With this in mind, Roberto hit the choke bomb on Sledder and Darin tapped the sheriff out with a STF.

The final part of the match between Nic Virtue and Darin was the ladder match portion of the match. Despite this, Darin tapped out Nic with a STF. Darin hit an insane alley oop on Nic into the ladder and breaking it. That was crazy. Nic did a diving crossbody from the top of the ladder. In one of the best spots of the night, Nic went for a dive but was cut off when Darin threw the steel steps at him and caused him to crash into the ropes. The way that was executed was really well done and Nic’s landing actually made it more effective than it probably should have been. A very well-worked spot from the gamers.

Darin speared Nic through the same barricade that Kingdom was spinebustered through. Rom was on top form in terms of fixing all of the broken barricades at Pandora! They took all kinds of moves on the ladder like Bash and Kingdom in the first match, including a back suplex off the top of a ladder and onto another ladder. Nic superkicked Darin a few times and eventually put him away for good with an elbow drop from the top of the ladder and through the announce table. Nic grabbed Pandora’s Box and was the winner.

Nic Virtue was probably the best option to win this match, although I would have loved a Gunnz victory. Nic is pretty much over with the FaM fan base and has been promoted as a star ever since Survival. I can imagine the FaM live chat popping for this victory and Nic did look really good in this match. He came off as a star and he did some great work with Darin. Roberto and Sledder was just there, not really being major factors in the match. I can’t help but feel as if this would have been better if Darin and Nic just had a regular match. Their ladder match battle was really well done and the drama was there. A thumbs up for the match for Pandora’s box.

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We had the Diamonds Championship match with Middlesbrough’s own Elle facing a mystery opponent. Ranik buzzed in, which was actually pretty important considered what happened at the end of the show. Ranik put over Elle, which was actually surprising as the cold-blooded monster Ranik put over the top female babyface in the company! He claimed that BlackHeron’s girlfriend Eve was never meant to be in the Diamonds match at Survival. He buried her and called her BlackHeron’s crown jewel. Ranik suspended Eve for the forseeable future which was a fine way to get Ranik heat, even though he was suspending a heel (probably a babyface now). Ranik introduced Elle’s opponent who apparently trained under Ranik. Her opponent was Vikel, who had a Russian gimmick. She was the female Rusev and this match further solidified this comparison as she wrestled almost exactly like Rusev!

This wasn’t a complete squash as Elle got some shots in but Vikel nearly dominated this match. There was a class spot where Elle went for a dive but was caught with an uppercut on the outside. Again, the match editors were on top of their game with the matches and some of the spots. Vikel threw her around the ring. She hit several powerbombs on Elle, being a clear shot at BlackHeron. Elle actually got a near fall off a top rope victory roll. Vikel hit the Dominator and won the title. As far as putting over a new star in one match, this was a sound way to do it. Vikel looked great in this match. My only concern at this point in the show was that all the heels held the gold in FaM, which would be rectified later on in the show. A sound showing from the women.

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Tom Cushnie was backstage, trying to win favour with the don that runs the Mafia stable in FaM. Tom wanted revenge on Gore and Perkins after they beat him up at Survival. Tom eventually got the don’s attention when he claimed that Gore and Perkins called them “fake Italians” which is the ultimate insult to the Mafia. The Don agreed to help out and they hatched a plan.

The WWE Gaming YouTubers had a six man over-the-top-rope battle royal gauntlet, with the winner getting a FaM Global title shot in a regular match right after the gauntlet. I’ve really not been a fan of the usage of WWE YouTubers in FaM, although I did enjoy the FaM vs YouTube gauntlet from Survival. To be honest, I enjoy a lot of the content from YouTubers like TonyPizzaGuy, Gore and Perkins, ItsMyYard and SmackTalks. On this show however, I hated all of the YouTubers’ characters on this show. I hated their involvement and how they were utilised here. I don’t want to knock their involvement too much as I do understand why FaM have these YouTubers on their shows but the YouTubers being there does nothing for me in terms of getting me excited about the show. I’m not going to be more likely to watch it if TubbyEmu’s there for example, not that I have anything against TubbyEmu.

The match had managers accompany the YouTubers to ringside, giving us even more YouTubers and people on the screen. Element was #1 and was accompanied by BigRedNY, with his story being that he had to work his way through the YouTubers in order to get a rematch for the title he challenged for at Survival. The first opponent for Element and the second entrant in the match was supposed to be MrBigShowOff with TheGreatOne as his manager. However, TheGreatOne jumped MrBigShowOff before the match began. Somehow, this allowed TheGreatOne to take his place in the match. When has it ever became cool for someone to be able to just attack somebody on the ramp and take their spot in a match? TheGreatOne attacked him and was just simply given the OK to replace him? At least when Erick Rowan jumped Curtis Axel in the Royal Rumble in 2015, it was made clear that Rowan had not entered the match himself.

In the end, this all didn’t matter as TheGreatOne was eliminated in about a minute. The third entrant in the match was 101Gaming, who was accompined to the ring by ItsMyYard and his many dummies. Yard’s big dummy took out Big Red on the outside. Another dummy jumped Element in the ring. In the end, all of this dummy shenanigans didn’t matter as Element eliminated 101Gaming after they fought for a little bit. Why was 101Gaming even there when that portion of the match was clearly designed for Yard to show off his dummies?

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SmackTalks was #4 in the match. He blindsided Element with a springboard dropkick. This was actually a pretty sweet exchange, with a superb little sequence which ended with an enziguiri from SmackTalks. We actually got a bit of action when, of course, more shenanigans took place. A graphic appeared in the middle of the match and it distracted SmackTalks enough for Element to eliminate him. So even when SmackTalks entered the ring, who was awesome in the FaM vs YouTube match, we had to have another random angle in this match?

Perkins from Gore and Perkins was #5 in the match. Of course, due to the segment with the Don and Tom Cushnie from earlier, we had to have even more interferences and shenanigans. Muff E and Puma jumped Gore and Big Red, who was still outside as Element had not been eliminated. Mr Sicko eliminated Perkins from the match, meaning that Element had “went through” four different men in this match. Gore and Perkins took out Sicko with a Gore and a Brainbuster.

So let’s recap this match. At this point, Element had “beaten” four men in a row without barely breaking a sweat. Either he’s destroying these YouTubers or they’ve been eliminated due to the actions of somebody else. The entire “YouTube Division” of FaM has been made to look like fools. Element is one win away from the Global Title shot that he’s been after since Survival. Up next is Grim’s Toy Show with Duhop. After four matches, Element climbs over the top rope and eliminates himself.

Rom, at commentary, explains that the worn out Element selflessly eliminated himself in order to give the fresh Grim a fighting chance against CMPulse. They make it clear that Element doesn’t care who wins, as long as Pulse is no longer the champion. He has “too much honour” to fight Pulse when he’s not 100%. Think about this for a minute. He’s so honourable and such a fighting warrior that he GAVE UP when he was at a disadvantage? When push came to shove, he really couldn’t be bothered to fight anymore after a rather easy time with the YouTubers?

Not to mention, it was stated by Rom that the YouTube Division as a whole hates Pulse and doesn’t want him as the champion. Well if they want to make sure that at least Pulse isn’t the champion, why don’t they all work together by eliminating themselves so Element can face Pulse as fresh as a daisy? Why try to beat up Element and hurt his chances of winning?

So Grim was basically given the match with Pulse for the belt. They fought for a while when Darin buzzes in once again, making the match no disqualification. A massive brawl broke out with TonyPizzaGuy, CMPulse, Element and BigRed. TubbyEmu made an appearance. At the end of the day, Grim hit a 450 and won the match. Despite all that had happened, this was a good-feel moment especially when every other title at this point was held by a heel. Seeing a babyface win a title brought a lot of joy at the end of a hectic, messy YouTuber deal which is a concept I never want to see again.

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They discussed the FaM review competition, with the winner being featured on FaM programming with the possibility of being a full-time member of the show like Rafazo. Thank you again to FaM for the cheeky mention during this! Even though I’m coming off as the biggest hater of FaM with the criticism of that last match, I do respect the efforts of the clan and I do love a lot of aspects about the product. Everyone involved with FaM, including the fans, are all passionate about the show and that’s what makes FaM stand out among the many CAW leagues around. So thanks again, and be sure to get involved with the review competition if you haven’t yet. I think there may be still time to crack out a video review which I’m sure the lads will appreciate!

2TM defended the FaM World Heavyweight Championship against Anarchymus. I’m a strong believer of the titles being the most important things in wrestling. I think the FaM title should be what the show is centred around and treating them with prestige and care. For the last five years or so, its mostly been about whose running the show as the leaders of FaM. As far as protecting the titles, this was not my kind of show. Up until this point in the show, we’d seen Vikel squash Elle to win a championship, we’d seen Darin force BlackHeron to lie down for him so he can win a championship and we’d seen Element destroy four men and then WALK AWAY from a championship opportunity. Anarchymus being in this FaM World title match didn’t help matters.

To be honest, the FaM world title match not being in the main-event hurts the image of the title anyway. However, let’s recap how Anarchymus got this title shot in the first place. Anachymus came out before Pandora and cut a promo about wanting to win a championship. 2TM buzzed in and said “hey, I’ll give you a shot at my title at Pandora.” Everyone was cool with it. This was the entire build for a FaM World Championship match at a pay-per-view. At least Deaths Angel won a 20 man gauntlet on the previous pay-per-view in order to get a shot at 2TM at Survival. Anarchymus didn’t have to do anything. It’s not like 2TM said he’d give him a shot if Anarchymus beat this guy or this many guys. He basically just got the title shot for asking politely.

To add more fuel to this fire, D.N.A even noted during the match that Anachymus shouldn’t even be in this match as he got pinned in the FaM vs YouTuber match at Survival AND HE WAS RIGHT. I do like Anarchymus and I’m sure I noted in the Survival review that he should be a bigger star than he is. Throwing him in this title match out of the blue just doesn’t seem the right way to do it.

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We had the match, which was actually a pretty fine bout. 2TM did the Kevin Owens tease when he went for a dive then simply rolled out of the ring to beat up Anarchymus. These two beat the hell out of each other with Anarchymus kicking out of the Twisted Reaction. This was a hard-hitting match, with a number of hard clotheslines, piledrivers and suplexes being dished out. Anarchymus then took over and hit his finisher when the Skilled Foundation came out. Then Anarchymus was able to take out both members of the tag team on his own. I’m not sure if this was more of an effort to make Anarchymus look really strong or to complete destroy the credibility of the Skilled Foundation. I usually wouldn’t have this much of a problem with one babyface beating two heels except for the fact that he beat up the TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS on his own. I get wanting to put over the number one contender for the world title but did he need to destroy the tag team champions? Anachymus looked great up until this point anyway.

2TM jumped in to make it a three-on-one advantage to the heels when the Resurgence came out. The Resurgence, who the Skilled Foundation beat to win the tag titles, took out the champions out with a double dive to the outside which looked sweet and well choreographed. 2TM busted open Arnachymus with a chair and then hit the Twisted Reaction to retain the title. I enjoyed this match. It was sort of like the AJ Styles/Roman Reigns matches where the Usos and the Club ran in and I liked that dynamic here. I don’t think Anarchymus got over as a main-eventer in my eyes with this match but he looked pretty good. Again, it didn’t do him any favours to just get the title shot out of nowhere but he hung in there with 2TM and looked solid. An enjoyable world title match.

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Thanks to TheWolfMonster for this lovely bit of fan art of Andy Badwool from their DeviantArt page

Ranik put his FaM leadership on the line against Andy Badwool. Here’s the thing I’ve really enjoyed about this Ranik fella being around. In FaM, there always seems to be a certain match-type where a lot of the matches are structured the same. These Ranik matches are so unique in their delivery, their structure, their pacing and their purpose. These matches are must-see in the same way that a Brock Lesnar match is a must-see. It separates him from everybody else, which will make the future of FaM seem interesting with the angle of who can stop Ranik.

We got the next challenger to Ranik’s throne in Andy Badwool. This was a no holds barred match and the match started with Ranik hitting a catapult punch to Andy! Ranik laid into Andy with punches and Andy was bleeding like twenty seconds into the match. Andy went for a GTS but Ranik countered it into one of his own. Andy went outside for a chair but Ranik simply hit a suplex. It tells you something about how unique a match is when the BABYFACE is so desperate that he needs to grab a weapon first. Both men traded spinebusters and Ranik even hit the balling elbow, being a call-back to the initial FaM intro video where Ranik is doing the same thing. Andy hit a pedigree but Ranik was able to kick out at one. Andy battered Ranik with a chair and then hit a Badwool Driver onto the chair. This got a two count but it was not like a near fall or a false finish or anything. Andy hit the move and Ranik got his shoulder up as soon as the referee said two. I honestly thought when I saw that move hit that Ranik had kicked at one!

Ranik did an awesome electric chair into a german suplex. Andy hit the Death Valley Driver for a near-fall. Ranik hit a Sleeping Pill but he was not content with simply gaining the pin. He went to the outside, set up a table and set fire to it. Andy cut him off and hit a suplex from the top turnbuckle to the outside and through the flaming table. In one of the greatest no-sells in FaM history, Ranik gets up from GOING THROUGH A FLAMING TABLE, he takes a GTS from Andy… and simply hits the End Of Days and pins Andy.

I love how dominant and over-powered Ranik was in this match. I don’t care what anyone says, he’s been a tremendous addition to the FaM roster so far and the idea of Ranik going through the rest of the roster until a hero rises up and is able to beat him is fine with me.

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Ranik cut a promo after the match and granted revenge for the people backstage that wanted to beat up Andy. 2TM, BlackHeron and Darin all came out to put the boots to Andy. 2TM beat up Andy, BlackHeron grabbed the chair which wrapped around Andy’s ankle. Darin went to the top rope and BH caught him and hit the Black and Gold Powerbomb. In the first time in what seems like forever, it seems that BlackHeron is a babyface in FaM.

Ranik buzzed in and talked about BlackHeron making the biggest mistake of his life. BlackHeron ran backstage as it was revealed that Eve was out cold in the back. BH went to her and since backstage segments in FaM are usually done with WWE 2K14, BH’s attire dramatically changed into his old 2K14 gear! BlackHeron supposedly borrowed a clothes beam from Dragon Ball Z’s Piccolo! I loved that!

Ranik attacked him from behind and put him through the window. In the ring, Andy laid out 2TM with the Badwool Driver and left. This then brought out Mr Money In The Bank Cameron Bash. Bash cashed in and won the FaM World Heavyweight title. At least they ended the show by showcasing the FaM World title and allowing a good-feel moment to end the show as the babyface became the new champion.

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As negative as I seemed for a few matches, this was overall a great show to sit through. I thought the structure of the whole show was good, I thought the editing of the matches were as slick as ever and the show didn’t seem to drag that much, despite being four hours long. The opening match and the main-event are both must-see matches in my eyes, going down as some of my favourite FaM matches of all time. All the babyfaces winning the Money In The Bank, Pandora’s Box and the FaM World title are all great decisions by the company, and it looks like the guard is changing in FaM. I complained about Rom Buster getting beat but it looks with the majority of title holders having come into the company in the last few years, the future looks bright. The main FaM storyline is really exciting at the moment and that should be the key focus over everything. FaM put on a fine little match to say farewell to 2K16. Roll on WWE 2K17!

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WWE 2K16 FaM Survival Review

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One of the many great things about WWE games is that it allows gamers the opportunity to get as creative as they want. I’ve personally enjoyed the universe mode side of recent games, creating your own rivalries and having fun with a huge cast of wrestlers. Many gamers enjoy the community creation side of things or simply playing through the WWE 2K showcase modes. In either case, there’s something for everyone. While it provides you with the tools to put together decent content, FaM decided to take its WWE Games content to a new level.

The storyline aspect and the quality of the production has always been something that impresses me. There’s a huge gap between major shows at times, but the end product for each show is well worth the wait. The amount of time and effort spent on the littlest of details must be admired. For Survival, it was FaM’s first crack at a major event with the most recent WWE game – WWE 2K16.

With the new game at their disposal, FaM gave us a new chapter in the ever-intensifying struggle for power in the storyline. Rom Buster would take a team of five into battle with the team of the anonymous general manager. The captain of the winning team would be in charge of the show as the general manager’s identity would finally be revealed. Did FaM deliver with the show and with the reveal of the new authority figure?

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The show opened with the Diamonds Debut match with Elle taking on Eve, who I believe is a member of Betrayal and BlackHeron’s girlfriend. There are two things I want to talk about before I dig into the match itself. One, thank you @RevELLEution for the follow on Twitter! Two, I had no idea that Elle was actually from MIDDLESBROUGH! As a Boro lad myself, that was actually an awesome revelation for me. There’s an FaM member that is living in the same town as me!

The match was actually very good. There was a surprising use of the announce table in the opening match. Elle did the Shane McMahon elbow drop spot through the announce table, which was actually very well sold by the commentators. It then led to a very funny running gag in the show, where the announce table or something would break in every match of the show! They actually had angles with Rom setting up the ring or the announce table, in a clever way to explain how the broken announce tables were suddenly fixed in time for the next match! That was pretty innovative!

I thought the finish was very good and simple. Eve went for the pop-up powerbomb which Elle reversed into the hurricanrana roll-up for the pin. A great match that got things up and running for FaM Survival…

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TubbyEmu wrestled Grim’s Toy Show in a grudge match. This had followed an attack by Tubby to Grim from Cyber FaMday. I was not really as invested in this one as I’m really not someone that is a fan of all the YouTuber vs YouTuber matches on FaM. In a perfect world, I’d much rather keep my CAW league as original as possible with its characters. I understand why they do it in order to get exposure but it’s just not something that really interests me about FaM. With that said, I like the FaM vs YouTuber match later and I did like this match as well…

It was a nice big man match. It started off exciting as Tubby attempted a cheap shot, but Grim reversed which led to a big dive to the outside. There was a nice back-and-forth battle, with a big finish… literally. Grim gave Tubby a superplex which caused the ring to implode much like the legendary Brock Lesnar/Big Show spot from 2003. The OMG moment of having two super heavyweights break the ring has been a feature on the game since WWE 13 I believe. I’m surprised that the clan has not used this spot for a FaM match up until this point! If I’m forgetting a time when they did it, please leave a comment below.

The ending was fitting considering the men involved. The match ended in a no contest. My only complaint about the finish is that with the way it went down, it became apparent that this feud was not over between the two men since there was no winner. This would all but confirm a rematch of some sort for FaM Pandora. The issue with this though is that there’s a lot of time in between FaM mega events. I’d seen this match once and personally, I would prefer that these two did something different if they were to appear at Pandora. Unless the next match is compelling enough for me to want to watch a rematch, I’d not want to wait six months or so for the next show just to see the same match. I complain all the time about getting the same matches on RAW and SmackDown! every week. If I give WWE a hard time, then I have point out similar flaws with FaM. It’s not a major issue for me and a lot of people in the WWE games community probably do want to see the rematch. I personally would just prefer that the two men moved onto different projects as opposed to dragging out this feud for another six months or something.

With that said, it was a fun match. It kept the momentum rolling for Survival which was fine.

Then they showed a video which talked about the upcoming FaM Review Competition. For those of you that are unaware, this competition allows YouTubers to send FaM video reviews or live reactions of FaM shows. You can send FaM these reactions/reviews via YouTube Inbox, Twitter or Facebook. If you go on their YouTube page, they’ll have links to all of those social media accounts. The winner will get an opportunity to have themselves involved in a FaM show as an active wrestler and possibly as a permanent member of the roster.

I had not seen this video before FaM Survival actually happened, so when I watched the video during the show it was for the first time. They ran down the people that had sent video reviews and live reactions. Then, history was made….

…as the Armbar Express made an appearance on one of the biggest events in the WWE Games Community history! They did give this blog a cheeky shout out with this competition video for my review of Cyber FaMday, which is very much appreciated. I got to say that this was a surprise to see the shout out. Even though my review was not a part of the review competition and was never really designed to do so, I am glad that the dudes at FaM were able to give it a read and feature it on the video. It does make my day to get people commentating about these posts and when it is featured on a video which has already got 100,000+ views as of me writing this, it does put me in high spirits.

Thanks again for the shout out FaM and thanks again for the content for me to write about, as well as making my decision of whether to do THIS review that much simpler.

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As mentioned, Rom fixed the ring after what Tubby and Grim did. D.N.A. ordered Rom to put his back into it as Rom was annoyed at having to rebuild the whole thing himself. Some good comedy with the commentators. They did this scene with WWE 2K14 by the way.

Devil cut a pre-match promo, just before his Cyber FaM Championship match with Cameron Bash. He berated Maslingster for not helping him at Cyber FaMday. He revealed that he had used the pink slip he’d won at FaMniversary III, to fire Maslingster.

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Devil faced Cameron Bash for the Cyber FaM Championship, with the stipulation being decided by the fans. They chose for it to be an extreme rules match. Devil tried an attack on the entrance ramp before the match started, but Bash was ready for it. Devil hit Bash in the gut with a chair, which Rom reacted to as if he’d witnessed a murder! Out of all the spots, this was one of the biggest reactions from the play-by-play commentator!

I’m actually going to tie this into Dragon Ball Super, believe it or not. If you don’t want to be spoiled for Dragon Ball Super, I’d advise you read on. In a recent episode of Dragon Ball Super, the villain “Black Goku” was feeling his chest after being punched in the stomach by Goku. A lot of fans theorised that this character was suffering from a heart virus as he was in a body resembling Goku, who had died in a past timeline from a heart virus. Complicated theory, but the point is that these fans were throwing around all of these crazy ideas about why this villain was feeling his stomach after the punch. They were over-thinking this one punch when the answer to why the villain reacted like he did was because he was just PUNCHED IN THE STOMACH. If any person punches you in the gut, you are going to have the wind knocked out of you. When a MMA fighter delivers these punches to the gut of his opponent, he’s trying to take the wind out of this fighter and slow him down. When Devil hit Bash with the chair and Rom made it seem like it was the most painful thing he ever saw, it actually makes sense as a chair driven into your gut would probably be the most painful thing anyone can endure if it digs right into the rib cage!

It was a pretty extreme match. We got another awesome announce table spot. Devil tried a dive to the outside onto Bash, who was next to the announce table. Bash caught him, lifted him up on his shoulders and hit an Attitude Adjustment on Devil through the announce table. Assisted with some cheeky editing, a very well put together spot. Devil got a near-fall after a low blow and a tombstone piledriver. The finish saw Devil going for Old School, with Bash countering into the Bash Bottom for the victory via pin fall. Three matches with three great finishes in a row. FaM really do a great job with the finishes of their matches! Very innovative and well-thought out.

The general manager’s right hand man Darin buzzed in, who berated Devil for not getting the job done. In an ironic twist of fate, Devil was then fired fifteen minutes after firing somebody else.

Seeing two former world title contenders (in Devil’s case, a former world champion) being fired on the same show is very interesting to me. It’s easily possible that this could merely just be an angle that will see them both rehired somehow at Pandora or something, but it is thought-provoking. There’s a lot of new FaM wrestlers on the scene at the moment, so it is possible that Devil and Maslingster may actually be done in FaM for the time being. As FaM demonstrated several times on this show, it’s possible for wrestlers to be brought back after many years. While Devil and Dude may both be gone for now, the chances are that it’s not going to be for good.

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BlackHeron confronted Darin backstage, being unhappy about the general manager firing one of BlackHeron’s Betrayal members in Devil. Darin said that he makes these decisions for a reason and called Devil expendable. He questioned BH’s judgement and basically told BH to fall in line. He said that BH had every reason to fear the general manager as BH apparently did something to the general manager on “that day”, which was referred to during the hype promos for Survival.

Haroon from the Skilled Foundation tried to make a deal with the Don, looking to gain his assistance during the Skilled Foundation’s tag title match against the Resurgence.

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The Skilled Foundation were scheduled to fight the Resurgence for the FaM Tag Team Championship. The tag champions came out but then Mr Siko’s music hit. Bhaccilo did his ring introduction for Mr Siko but it was actually Bhaccilo that appeared on the entrance ramp. As this happened, Mr Siko attacked both members of the Resurgence with a chair. He laid out the Resurgence’s Maxi on the table as the Mafia came out. Big Tony planned to have Tiny Tony jump off the top and put Maxi through the table. However, Tiny Tony revealed that he was actually afraid of heights. Big Tony still demanded that Tiny jump off the top. Tiny jumped and missed the table completely, landing on the apron instead. If someone actually did this spot in real life, it would actually hurt like hell!

Maxi got up and beat up Big Tony in the ring. The Skilled Foundation then jumped Maxi in the ring. One of the Skilled Foundation members put Maxi through a table with a 450 splash. Darin buzzed in and demanded that the match take place anyway. The Skilled Foundation hit the Hart Attack to win the tag team titles.

This was not really intended to be a proper match but it did do a great job in conveying the message about how evil this dictatorship is being. It got the general manager’s team heat for the main event, which is very important to try and get people to root for Rom Buster’s team.

I get that you’d like to get the Mafia and Mr Siko involved in the show somehow, as they are both entertaining acts. However, they could have easily done this entire angle much more smoothly if they had just cut out the Mafia and Mr Siko. In hindsight, the two of them didn’t really add much to the segment as Maxi eventually ended up fighting back anyway. It was funny to see Tiny Tony miss the splash but you could have just done the Skilled Foundation attacking the Resurgence before the match, putting Maxi through a table and then have Darin start the match. I didn’t get why the Mafia and Siko needed to be there, other than for the sole purpose of having them involved.

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Next up was Team FaM vs Team YouTubers in a seven-on-seven elimination match. Representing FaM as their first entrant was the “legendary sheriff” Sledder  while the YouTubers started off with their captain Tom Cushnie. Cushnie was eliminated right away after Sledder hit him with a big boot. Delzinski was next for Team YouTubers. There was a brief back-and-forth between the two men. Delzinski went for a curb stomp, which was somehow countered into a Samoan drop. It was pretty amazing how they were able to pull off that transition. Sledder hit the big boot to eliminate Delzinski. The third entrant for Team YouTuber was ItsMyYard. Two dummies came out instead, mimicking the New Day entrance. The one in light blue was the one scheduled to be in the match but a third dummy appeared at ringside to distract the referee. As this was going on, the real ItsMyYard low blowed Sledder. Assisted with the dummy he originally came out with, ItsMyYard hit a splash onto Sledder to eliminate him. Quite difficult to put all of this into writing! Long story short… many dummies.

“The Kangaroo Killer” Luke Monet came out but he was jumped by a fourth dummy. Monet was thrown into the ring and the real ItsMyYard hit a shining wizard, pinning Monet to eliminate him. Think about this for a minute. In order to eliminate Sledder, one of the dummies distracted the referee so Yard could low blow Sledder. When Monet came out, one of the dummies just attacked him as he was coming down to the ring. The referee saw the attack, so shouldn’t have Yard been disqualified as ONE OF HIS OWN DUMMIES attacked Monet? There was a bit of inconsistency with the rules of the match but the pace of the match was all smooth. Yard cheats and pins Sledder right away. Yard cheats and pins Monet right away. No need to do near falls or anything like that. Simply eliminating the FaM wrestlers right after the injustices from Yard adds to the belief that this all unfair for Team FaM. Simple wrestling psychology!

Rafazo was the third man for Team FaM. He won Cyber FaMday review competition mentioned earlier. He took out one of the dummies right away by diving to the outside and hitting a DDT. The two other dummies apparently ran away as ItsMyYard was on his own with Rafazo. Rafazo hit the Sister Abigail to pin Yard. A great way to debut Rafazo by having him eliminate Yard right away and in an impressive fashion. Up next for Team YouTuber was SmackTalks.

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Rafazo and Smack Talks easily had the best mini-match within this seven-on-seven match. There was some tremendous athletic lucha-libre style wrestling between the two. Rafazo took control early on with arm drags and a dropkick to the outside. SmackTalks hit a red arrow for a near fall. Rafazo caught SmackTalks jumping off the top rope and hit him with the Sister Abigail for a near fall. Rafazo went for a coup de grace but SmackTalks moved out of the way. SmackTalks hit a reverse frankensteiner and a second red arrow to eliminate Rafazo. An exceptional few minutes with Rafazo and SmackTalks. They did a hell of a job in putting Rafazo over and it was all great. This was probably the best sequence in the entire show! Kudos to FaM for that little match-up.

“The Australian Brawler” William Kingdom was up next for Team FaM. They brawled for a little bit when SmackTalks went for a Red Arrow to Kingdom on the outside. Kingdom countered with a cutter on the outside in an insane spot. SmackTalks kicked out which angered Kingdom. Kingdom grabbed a chair from underneath the ring and hit SmackTalks with it, causing a disqualification. He beat up SmackTalks with the chair some more. Kingdom then cut a promo to call out Cyber FaM Champion Cameron Bash and left.

Muffy E was next for Team FaM. Muffy E did push ups in front of SmackTalks, with the announcers playing up how Muffy E couldn’t possibly screw this up for Team FaM after Kingdom’s attack. Somehow, Muffy E doing push ups got a slow motion replay! That was awesome! Muffy E was flexing  and turned his back to SmackTalks. As he was flexing, SmackTalks rolled him up with a crucifix and pinned him.

At this point, it was four vs two in favour of Team YouTubers. The returning Lance Frisco was the 6th entrant for Team FaM. He had been in FaM in 2011 under a different name. Lance and SmackTalks wrestled for a while until Lance pinned him with the Truth Or Consequences that R-Truth uses. 101Gaming was the 5th entrant for Team YouTubers. They traded comebacks until 101Gaming pinned him with the World’s Strongest Slam. Anarchymus was the final entrant for Team FaM and he was on the receiving end of a three-on-one disadvantage.

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101 jumped Anarchymus during his entrance. 101 worked on his arm for a while and even locked on a kimura lock. 101 went for the clothesline but Anarchymus ducked and hit the double under-hook piledriver for the pin fall. Gore was the sixth entrant for Team YouTubers. They battled for a while, which included a spot where an attempted spear through the ropes was evaded by Anarchymus. Gore went for the Gore, which was countered into an Emerald Fusion for the pin fall. Perkins was the last man for Team YouTubers, as it came down to Anarchymus and Perkins from each team. There was a very nice back-and-forth between both men. Anarchymus locked Perkins in the calf crusher when Gore came back out. This distracted Anarchymus, which allowed Perkins to hit the 619. Perkins then hit a springboard 450 splash and a brainbuster onto Anarchymus for the victory. Team YouTubers won.

Having booked Anarchymus the way they did, I truly felt that he should have at least won the match. I thought Anarchymus looked really good and a victory at the end would have really made him out to be a true star for FaM. With that said, Perkins did hit a lot of big moves to eliminate Anarchymus in the end. In that sense, at least FaM did everything they could to protect Anarchymus before they beat him. I’m a little disappointed that the YouTubers won, as I think that FaM should spend more time in putting their own original talent over. With that said, I thought this was a really good elimination match. I thought the match ran smoothly. There was not a lot of instances where I thought things were being dragged on, as they clearly achieved their goal for each elimination. Each mini-match told the story. I thought a few FaM dudes looked really good in this, including Sledder, Rafazo and Anarchymus. I personally thought the FaM vs YouTubers match was better than the main event match, which I’ll get onto later. A big thumbs up from me!

By the way, Gore and Perkins took out Tom Cushnie in the end after Tom tried to take all the glory.

Rom Buster and Ben MacKenzie were talking backstage. MacKenzie told Rom that he had his back. Rom cut a passionate promo about tearing the general manager apart piece by piece. MacKenzie pointed out that this was all deja vu, as Rom cut a similar promo at Survivor Series 2013 when he was battling Betrayal. Rom responded that tonight, he would be fighting for everyone at FaM this time around.

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2TM defended the FaM World Championship against Death’s Angel The match was fine but the finish was kinda complex. Death’s Angel. initially won the match with a catapult super kick. Death’s Angel. made the cover but 2TM got his hand on the rope. They showed a replay of this and Rom, who is supposed to be the babyface and the voice of reason, is trying to look past the replay and proclaiming that it’s done. His justification of two wrongs making a right, from a neutral standpoint, should not justify the title changing hands when 2TM wasn’t actually beaten. 2TM got the ropes so the match should continue.

The ring announcer Luis had declared that the referee informed him that 2TM grabbed the bottom rope. He said that the referee decided to wait for the decision of the FaM general manager. Right after this, Rom then bashes the general manager for being biased towards 2TM!

So the FaM general manager restarts the match and makes it no disqualification. From a babyface standpoint, it’s clear that the FaM general manager is making it no disqualification so Betrayal can make a run in and help 2TM. However, if this were real, the general manager restarting the match is the morally right move to make!  The match kept going and obviously Betrayal made an interference. The Skilled Foundation came out and they hit their finisher. 2TM hits the uranage, which led to the pin fall as he retained the title. A decent match with more Betrayal shenanigans.

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CMPuLs3 defended the FaM Global Championship against Element in a tables match. CMPuLs3 was with TonyPizzaGuy and Element was with Big Red. Big Red immediately did a dive to Tony on the outside, to make sure that he wasn’t a factor. PuLs3 and Element did their match. I did love the trolling spot from CMPuLs3 when Element was on the table and PuLs3 looked to do a dive. Instead, he ran to the turnbuckle and decided to do a shooting star press from there instead! That was pretty clever! He missed with the shooting star press and the match continued. PuLs3 went for the knee of justice, which was countered into a catapult shellshocked. Tony came out as Element was about to jump through the table and beat PuLs3. Big Red came out to take out Tony. The finish was really awesome in my eyes. Pulse got up and was able to hit a Falcon Arrow from the top rope and through the table. I thought that was a pretty great spot! The one thing I really have to give FaM credit for is that they are able to write good finishes to their matches, and this was another beauty. I know I said that earlier, but this was another good one to help my point of view. Element put PuLs3 through the announce table after the match.

BrendenPlayz dropped a bombshell as the general manager allowed him to decide who would wrestle for the Global Championship. He decided that there would be a six man battle royal at FaM’s next mega event Pandora, with the winner facing CMPuLs3 later that night. He backed the general manager and claimed that he saw who the general manager was. He predicted that the general manager’s team was going to win.

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Then it was time for the main event. Team Rom Buster vs Team General Manager for control of FaM. This one was a five-on-five elimination match, structured just like the FaM/YouTuber one.

The first man out for Team General Manager was BlackHeron and the first man out for Team Rom Buster was Nic Virtue. To be honest, I had no idea who this dude was when I first saw him come out. Following the show, with FaM uploading a video about him and having been on his YouTube page, it looks like this fellow was going to fit right in. It was just funny that he’s already been booked to be at least on par, if not superior, to BlackHeron. Maybe he’s the FaM equivalent to AJ Styles, as Rom did talk about Nic being the hottest free agent in the WWE games community or something like that. He did have Light Em Up by Fall Out Boy as his theme song, so he gets a thumbs up for that! Nic looked good in there with BH.

BlackHeron got disqualified for kicking too much arse. I know that if Vinny from the Bryan and Vinny show had seen this disqualification, he probably would have had a fit! I’m not too great a fan of the idea of someone being disqualified because he didn’t break on five. Surely BH should have known what the rules were, unless he did it just to try and screw over the general manager. He did have a stare down with Darin after he was eliminated.

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Technically, BH continuing to attack Nic should lead into the disqualification of the next legal man on his team. If this was a normal Survivor Series match, the ref would have DQ’d the next legal man on BH’s team. I will defend this rule-breaking though as the company is ran by the heels so OF COURSE they are going to give themselves the advantage. Then again, going by this logic, the referee probably shouldn’t have DQ’d BH in the first place!

Here’s where the problems began with this match. So BH got DQ’d and then attacked Nic after he was disqualified. He hits his powerbomb finisher and then Darin was #2 for Team General Manager. Surely, to make it seem as if Rom’s team got screwed, Darin would have either hit a move or just got a pin fall on Nic to eliminate him. Instead, he misses a running knee and the match just continued as normal. What was the point of BH attacking Nic after he was disqualified, if it wasn’t even going to tie into Nic’s elimination? If you were going to have Darin simply beat him, just let him beat him.

Darin smashed Nic’s head into the exposed turnbuckle. There was an awesome spot where Nic’s dive was countered into a belly-to-belly on the outside. So Nic and Darin had a back-and-forth match, even after a beat down where the heel had hit his finisher. Darin hit the running knee and pinned Nic after putting his feet on the rope. Gunnz was #2 for Team Rom Buster.

Gunnz hit the spear right away but Darin kicked out. These two had a regular match from that point on, until Gunnz hit Darin with the spear to the outside. Darin got in the ring just before the ten count and then Gunnz just rolled him up to eliminate him. Again, I don’t understand why Darin couldn’t have just been counted out as opposed to getting back in the ring just to be pinned.

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Roberto was number #3 for Team GM. Gunnz did a dive to the outside and was caught by Roberto, who hit a chokeslam on the outside. Roberto rolls him back into the ring, covers Gunnz and Gunnz kicks out. Once again, couldn’t it have been much simpler to have Roberto simply pin him off of this awesome spot. Is it that difficult to simply put a FINISHER over by having someone BEAT SOMESONE ELSE with their finisher? If someone kicks out every time that it is hit, then it’s not a good finisher! Roberto ended up eliminating Gunnz anyway with a double-handed chokeslam, so you might as well have just finished it with Roberto pinning him off the chokeslam from earlier.

Cameron Bash was entrant #3 for Team Rom Buster. Bash and Roberto had a nice big man back-and-forth. Bash hit the Bash Bottom to eliminate Roberto. A tired Darin then cut a promo backstage, talking about Team GM’s mystery partner. This was not the GM that he was referring to. This was a mystery partner that Team GM had, with the GM also happening to be unknown at this point. He said that this partner believed in the GM’s philosophy and had a bone to pick with Rom Buster. Shockingly, the partner was revealed to be Killswitch!

I was actually psyched about this reveal, as I was expecting Killswitch to either be the general manager or Rom’s mystery partner (as opposed to Nic Virtue). Him being a part of the heel’s team going up against his former tag team partner Rom is a nice little twist.

Roberto jumped Bash and hit a double-handed chokeslam before Killswitch even got in the ring. Killswitch jumped in the ring, made a cover and BASH KICKED OUT. This was where I really started getting annoyed about this match. I get wanting to build suspense by having many kick-outs but come on. It’s not like anyone watching was seriously thinking that Bash was going to eliminate Killswitch and face the GM. Why not just have Killswitch beat him quickly? All of these attacks and shenanigans against the babyfaces were undone by the fact that they still continued the matches as normal by kicking out. Where’s the heat for the heels? When the match goes on as normal, the sense of injustice against the good guys dissipates. Killswitch did pin Bash shortly after the kick out though, so I guess it wasn’t as bad as the incident with Roberto earlier on for example.

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Andy Badwool was entrant #4 for Team Rom Buster. Andy and Killswitch battled. It was a nice exchange with Andy looking like he was going to finish Killswitch when Darin buzzed in. The GM and Darin announced that the rest of the match was going to be no disqualification. Right after this announcement, Killswitch hits Andy in the face with a chair. Killswitch goes for the cover but Andy kicks out. I didn’t have as much of a problem with this near fall as much as I did with the others mentioned earlier. At least Andy’s kick out only led to Killswitch further beating him up with the chair. It’s not like Andy ran wild or anything. Killswitch beat him up and hit the Switchback on the chair, which saw the back of Andy’s head hit the chair. That was actually a cool spot as Killswitch pinned Andy.

Rom Buster was obviously the last member of his team. This did feel like a really big battle between the two former S.E.S. members. Rom hit the Maltese elbow and the Sleeping Pill to beat Killswitch. Then the general manager came out as the final member of his team.

Remember all of my complaints earlier about all the near falls and the almost no-selling of all the finishers. Suffice to say that this final battle between Rom and the General Manager was NOT like any of those mini-matches. This was where things got insanely awesome.

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The General Manager came out with a Darth Vader-like mask on. Both men sized each other up. Rom tried to attack him and the GM started just beating on Rom. I could not believe how one-sided this was. He lifted Rom up by his FACE (or his sunglasses!) and just threw him across the ring! The GM was chilling on the ropes as Rom got to his feet. Rom got up and ran right into a spinebuster from the GM. As pointed out by Rom at commentary, this was Andy’s signature spinebuster. He then hit Rom with the stunner, which is obviously from Rom Buster’s arsenal. He hit BH’s meat-hook clothesline. Rom Buster did a comeback and went for a GTS, which the GM countered into a GTS of his own. Rom fired back with kicks and punches and then hit an X-Ray (which was actually Chris Jericho’s codebreaker), which barely phased the GM. Rom ran at the GM but the GM catapulted him and hit a sleeping pill.

The GM then did a Tongan Death Grip to Rom Buster and hit the End Of Days, simply standing on Rom in order to pin him. This final segment of the match was so perfectly booked. The GM SQUASHED Rom and had him beat in every turn. He had an answer for everything Rom threw at him and this all makes sense, especially considering the reveal of who he was. SPEAKING OF WHICH…

The General Manager grabbed a microphone and called out Andy Badwool. He asked him to come out and tell everyone what happened on “that day” and to tell the truth, threatening to hurt Rom even more. He then unmasked and initially, the camera just cut to the crowd and shots of the GM’s body. As this was going on, Rom at commentary was freaking out while D.N.A. was confused. Rom at commentary then revealed that this man was FaM’s dark secret, the forgotten fourth founder and the original sin.

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Andy ran out and the original sin took him out with a pedigree. Then the camera cut to black and a video started playing and THANK GOD that they showed this video right after the ending. It was explained that this man was called Ranik and that he was Rom Buster’s older brother. He explained that seven years ago, he founded FaM alongside BlackHeron, Gunnz and Andy Badwool. They showed a clip of FaM Episode 0, which revealed that Andy was actually Ranik’s disciple. Ranik revealed that he was the creator of S.E.S. and had taught Andy all he knew, which explained why he was able to dominate Andy and Rom at the end of the show.

On Episode 0, Ranik attacked BlackHeron and talked about everyone at FaM being weak at the time. He explained that the other founders considered him a threat to FaM, and the other three voted to have Ranik removed from history. He accepted their terms as long as Andy took care of his brother Rom. This lead to Rom showing up with Andy at Episode 1 of FaM RAW. Ranik said that everything he saw from that point tore him apart, including when Andy broke his vow about Rom and attacked him. Ranik then made his move, storming into BH’s office at Famniversay III and taking his leadership from him. BH gave his power to Ranik with “no questions asked” as Ranik explained that he respected BH’s business attitude and willingness to follow his orders. Ranik was on good terms with Betrayal, as long as they recognised that Ranik ran FaM.

He said that he was here to take what was rightfully his. He said that he was going to take everything away from everyone at FaM and that nobody could stop him.

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That was that. It was an incredible ending to a great show from FaM. Any fans of hidden lore should have been thrilled with this ending and the reveal of a forgotten fourth member. With the reveal being of the fourth founder of FaM, then perhaps Gunnz and BlackHeron should have had more of a role in this particular match. Andy did come back out to challenge Ranik at the end, but it’s almost like Gunnz and BlackHeron were completely under-utilised in this match. BH did get himself disqualified, which could lead to some kind of confrontation in the future. However, what about Gunnz? Where does he stand in all of this? Perhaps, he may play a bigger role in the future as the “three founders of FaM” being in the match was hyped up quite a bit.

I thought this was a very good show and although it was four and a half hours long, there was a lot of content there to keep me invested throughout. The women’s match was good. TubbyEmu vs Grim’s Toy Show was good. The Cyber FaM title match was good. FaM vs YouTubers was the best match on the night and a really well structured match. The World title match was fine. The Global Title match was good. The main event was good, despite the annoying almost no-sells of every finisher in the match. The reveal and the ending was really worth all of the hype and the build and it brought a great finish and a lot of intrigue going forward. The direction of FaM  from a writing aspect will be very interesting.

 

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Cyber FaMday 2015 Review

Cyber FaMday 2015 Review

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The growth of the WWE gaming community in recent years has been pretty damn incredible. The content coming from WWE Gaming YouTubers have grown from strength to strength assisted with the release of recent WWE 2K games. FaM (a.k.a. Forever A Movement) has time and time again shown just what you can do with a wrestling video game and a bit of imagination.

However, there’s more to Forever A Movement then just that. There’s also the video-editing and storytelling aspects of their videos which is where FaM has previously excelled at. However, WWE 2K15 (as well as 2K16) suffered from the removal of the Create-A-Story mode and other limitations of creativity which hurt the production of these shows.

However, this would not stop FaM from marching on. Despite the obstacles, FaM were able to put out a great deal of new content, including their last mega event FaMniversary III. Cyber FaMday would be the clan’s final offering to the WWE games community on WWE 2K15 before the release of 2K16. However, did the clan deliver with this show?

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Cyber FaMday kicked off with Rom Buster taking on the anonymous general manager’s right hand man Darin. If Rom won, he’d get to fight the general manager for his role. The build-up to the match on FaM’s main show Worldwide was not something which I cared much for. The change in ownership of FaM in the storyline came so suddenly that it’s very hard for me to be invested in the storyline involving the new head honcho. Despite that though, I thought this match was excellent. Probably the best match on the show when thinking back.

It was put together really well in the editing and it was surprisingly intense for my liking. There was a lot of drama with near-fall after near-fall, which really made me question why it was the opener! It could also be questioned as to how Darin, who was wrestling his first match with the clan, was shown to be on par with a main-eventer like Rom. However it appears Darin will play a big role in the FaM storyline anyway so it was probably done to reflect the seriousness of the situation, at least from Rom’s perspective. Another part of the storyline in the build-up was Darin mocking Rom for not being able to win a big match, so the match had to be put together to reflect the struggle of Rom so it worked well in my opinion.

In the end, Rom got the win. The commentators were making a big deal about how big a win this was for Rom and what a big step forward this was. I’d just like to point this out… he beat a non-wrestler that was making his in-ring debut. To me, it was not as big of a deal as the announcers made it out to be. It was a big win because Rom gets to fight for the role of general manager and for the reasons mentioned earlier, but it was not like Rom beat a fellow main-eventer and it was not like Rom was a newcomer himself. He’s been with FaM for years now and has beaten some of the biggest names in the clan. It really shouldn’t have been considered such a huge moment for Rom when all he did was beat a man that’s not an active wrestler. I thought this was a bit of an over-the-top reaction.

It was later revealed that Rom and the anonymous general manager will face each other in a Survivor Series elimination match at their next big event Survival with the winning captain getting control of FaM. The implications of the match makes things very interesting for FaM. I’m guessing it’ll be a returning FaM wrestler coming back as the general manager but I guess we’ll see if it’s a big name or not.

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A lot of the show featured the many video packages put together in the build up to the show, including the videos from the YouTubers in the special Tug of War match between TubbyEmu and ITSMYYARD. While I appreciate the videos that were put together, whether it was all done by FaM or they were done by the YouTubers itself, I thought showing those videos again on the actual show seemed a bit unnecessary considering that it was promoting the show that I was already watching.

When you watch WWE PPVs, they don’t put out the same promo videos that they showed in the weeks leading up to the event. Imagine if you were subscribed to every YouTuber that put up a video before the event to promote it. These WWE gaming fans would be watching all of those videos again. I’m subscribed to a lot of YouTubers like ITSMYYARD, TonyPizzaGuy and Gore and Perkins and I saw those videos promoting the event. I don’t need to see them again. On a show like Cyber FaMday which was streamed live from their YouTube channel, you’d expect new and fresh content rather than the videos you’d most likely had seen in the weeks building up to the event. To me these videos just seemed like a waste of time when they showed up on the show itself, especially when you consider that the match promos were also uploaded before the show.

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Next up was the 16 man gauntlet match for a future FaM World Championship match. I found it odd that two big matches with huge implications were right next to each other at the start of the show, but I guess they didn’t want the match too close to the world title match so I can let it slide. There was a few FaM stars and YouTubers mixed together which saw a lot of comedic moments and a lot of intense exchanges too. I thought the balance between the two was fine and there were a lot of opportunities for the FaM stars as well as the YouTubers to have their moments to shine. I particularly liked the appearances of Gore and Perkins in the match, with both of them being utilised well. The match came down to BlackHeron and D.N.A., who had a really good exchange. D.N.A. won the match and became the number one contender. I don’t think the FaM world title match will be the main event of FaM Survival with the big elimination match but this is a clear indication that D.N.A. winning such a match means that big things are on the horizon for him. It’s a nice change of pace in the World title scene though and it’ll be interesting to see where they go with this.

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Next up was the triple threat elimination match between Anarchymus, CMPuls3 and TonyPizzaGuy for the FaM Global Championship. Immediately, CMPuls3 eliminated Tony by “turning” on him. He eliminated him with the running knee and pinned Tony. I wouldn’t have minded this on its own and the rest of the match played out like the normal but however, we got an ending which I really didn’t like. The match boiled down to Anarchymus and CMPuls3 and it was a pretty good exchange until the finish. Tony came back out to apparently get revenge CMPuls3 for eliminating him but then did a swerve and he went after Anarchymus instead. They revealed that this was all part of their plan for CMPuls3 to win the belt and he pinned Anarchymus for the win. After this finish, all I kept thinking was “Why didn’t you guys just work together from the start of the match in the first place?” I understand that this is wrestling and scripted but if this were real, why would CMPuls3 and Tony bother to swerve the crowd when they could have just worked together anyway and eliminated Anarchymus first? I thought it was just a swerve for the sake of swerves which isn’t really a type of swerve which I’m fond off. It didn’t make any sense to me.

I’m also kind of annoyed that Anarchymus dropped the belt considering everything that happened on Worldwide leading up to this. To those of you that hadn’t watched Worldwide, Anarchymus had been the Global Champion coming off FaMniversary. Since then, FaM started a storyline where the Global title would change hands every time it was defended. Eventually, Anarchymus would win back the title on the Worldwide before Cyber FaMday which would have been fine as it would all have came full circle to the man that won it in the first place. However, it’s not like it lead to anything big. Anarchymus just dropped the belt to CMPuls3 in his first title defence and the whole gimmick just started all over again. I’m not a big fan of this as it just ruined the potential to elevate Anarchymus as champion if he just dropped it again. The idea of the belt just being FaM’s version of the hardcore title just doesn’t seem right to me.

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Devil defended the CyberFaM Championship against the “true owner” of Pandora’s Box, which was revealed to be Bash. I started watching FaM only a couple of years ago so I really didn’t know who Bash was so I was kind of scratching my head over this one. I guess if you were a long time follower of the clan, you probably would have appreciated the reveal more than I did. However, him and Devil had a dandy little match. It was an extreme rules 2 out of 3 falls match as voted by the FaM fans. Bash got the first fall and the second fall was a submission match. Devil hit the low blow and then called out Maslingster, who he’d been threatening to fire with the Pink Slip he’d won at FaMniversary. However, Maslingster no-showed Devil and the match continued. Shortly after, Devil continued to work on the legs and just made Bash submit. I kept an open-mind as I was thinking “OK, they’ll probably bring Maslingster out at the end and this was just a tease.” However, Maslingster never ended up coming out and Bash ended up winning the third fall and the title. So what was the point in having the Maslingster no-show if it didn’t even lead up to the finish? The storyline with Devil and Maslingster was probably the biggest thing going into the match and yet it didn’t even have a major impact on the finish. Maslingster just no-showed and the match went on. Not going to lie, the finish was really good. Devil went into the chair that he set up and it lead to Bash hitting the Bash Bottom for the win. I liked this. Very well put together match despite the Maslingster spot.

Next up was the YouTube Tug Of War match with Team Tubby vs Team Yard. I didn’t really care much about this match. I thought it was alright but the thing is, the constant use of other YouTubers takes away the time from the original FaM characters which I’m personally more invested in. It’s not like I don’t care about Tubby, Yard or the rest of the YouTubers, but I like them for their own content and not because of FaM. When they make the odd appearance that’s all cool. When they constantly appear though and are even winning championships, it takes away the time that could spent developing the original FaM characters. I will give the match credit in the fact that I like how Yard got the pin on Tubby this time around and there was a number of funny moments which I liked. At least there’s a good reason to do a third match between the two if that’s the route they want to go down.

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The main event was Andy Badwool defending the World title against 2TM. If 2TM lost, he would be gone from FaM forever. I know I just went on a big tirade about using the promos that was uploaded in the weeks before, but the promo here really did help me get amped up for the match. There was a bit of a deep feeling to this match where you started to think that there was a real chance of 2TM really being done with FaM. I thought the match was built up well and I thought it started off well with it mostly sticking to being a traditional wrestling match. It just seemed to fit the stipulation and the mood of the match, with both men taking it seriously and settling it in the ring. However, I thought that peaceful/deep mood that was set was really undone when they started brawling in the crowd. It was a falls count anywhere match which I understand and I get the reason for going into the crowd. However, I just got taken out of this match after just watching an great in-ring back and forth. It then lead to big move after big move with both of them kicking out. Then came the shenanigans from Betrayal.

The Skilled Foundation interfered, attacking Andy. Now, if you hadn’t watched the pre-show, you wouldn’t have known that the Skilled Foundation had returned in that pre-show and was suddenly a part of Betrayal. To me, it would have been best served to leave it as a surprise rather than do the angle beforehand. Roberto came out and attacked Andy as well but Andy kept kicking out of all of 2TM’s covers. Then BlackHeron came out to hit one last powerbomb and help 2TM win the title. BH and 2TM shook hands and it was revealed that 2TM was now apart of Betrayal too.

I didn’t mind the finish itself and I thought it was a good main event. It was not as good as Rom vs Darin but it was fine. I would have appreciated the ending more… if the finish was not spoiled to me just before I watched it! What happened was that I logged onto Facebook and the first thing I saw was a photo uploaded by FaM’s Facebook of BH and 2TM shaking hands! That teaches me a valuable lesson. Stay off social media before watching whatever it is you’re watching!

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Overall, I thought the show was good. There’s been better FaM mega events in the past but this was still good. I preferred it over FaMniversary as I thought that was was too long. This was a lot more shorter and sharper than that PPV. I thought the placement of a lot of the matches were a bit off but I can sort of understand. Rom vs Darin being the opener was the big one but it didn’t bother me too much. The matches were put together really well with the video-editing and well worked by those actually playing the game. There was a lot of chemistry between those that were playing it. I feel kind of bad for nit-picking it as much as I did because it was actually a really good show. It’ll be interesting to see where it goes from here with 2TM being apart of Betrayal and being the World Champion.

WWE 2K16: Curb Stomp Into RKO Confirmed – Video

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How’s it going everybody? Thomas Robinson here once again with WWE 2K16. The release of this game is almost here. What I have for you today is a video uploaded by WWE Games YouTuber TonyPizzaGuy, one of my favourites in the WWE Games community. It’s a video showing off one of the new OMG moments introduced in WWE 2K16. It’s the Curb Stomp into the RKO counter that we saw at Wrestlemania 31, where Randy Orton hit this incredible RKO for the win over Seth Rollins. I heard that this was going to be in the game a few days ago and today I’ve seen the video. It looks very well done by 2K and a nice little edition to the game. More and more ways to hit a glorious RKO outta nowhere!