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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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.