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Maniac Challenge FAQ by Bill Wood

Version: 1.0 | Updated: 02/28/02

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FIRE PROWRESTLING D "MANIAC CHALLENGE!" PLAYER'S GUIDE v1.0
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by Bill Wood (billwood661@attbi.com)
Last modified: 2/28/02

Fire ProWrestling D (c) 2001 Spike/VAiLL

NOTE: This guide views and prints best with a monospace typeface.

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==TABLE OF CONTENTS==
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SECTION 1: INTRODUCTION
SECTION 2: THE CHALLENGES
SECTION 3: HINTS
SECTION 4: CLASSIC MATCHES
SECTION 5: CLOSING

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==SECTION 1: INTRODUCTION==
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So what exactly is a "Maniac Challenge"? Maniac Challenges are challenges
I issued to Fire Pro D players via the GameFAQs FPD message board. These
contests were aimed primarily at intermediate to advanced players. A lot
of Fire Pro players were willing to participate, some players even issued
their own challenges. The goal was to create a common objective to gauge
different players' abilities and strategies, and it seems to have worked.

I've decided to release these challenges as a player's guide for those of
you who may have missed them. Some are easier than others, so if you're
having a tough time with one, just move on to another. Please note that in
every instance wrestler edits are disallowed, you must use the default
wrestlers for all competition.

I guess this could be considered a "true" guide in a roundabout sort of
way, since it introduces beginner and intermediate players to the many
types of match psychology in Fire Pro D, which, as any Fire Pro fan will
tell you, is where this series really excels.

I'm also listing the quickest times posted by players on the FPD board.
Even if you happen to beat a certain time, it will not be added to this
guide because the challenges have already expired!

Good luck, I hope you have as much fun with these challenges as we did!

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==SECTION 2: THE CHALLENGES==
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MANIAC CHALLENGE #1: Defeat Jumbo Tsuruta with the Great Sasuke!
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Regular match rules apply:
* Difficulty: 10
* Ref: Joe Higuchi
* Critical Rate: OFF
* Default wrestlers only, no edits.
* You may not use weapons.
* You must win by pinfall or submission, no count out.

Best time: chris murder, 6:58

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MANIAC CHALLENGE #2: Defeat Mr. Pogo & Matsunaga in a Barbedwire Deathmatch
with Kanemura!
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Regular 2-on-1 Barbedwire Deathmatch rules apply:
* Difficulty: 10
* Posts: Barbedwire
* Ref: Ted Tanabe
* Lumberjack: OFF
* Tornado: OFF
* Cut Play: ON
* Critical Rate: OFF
* You must win by pinfall or submission, no count out.
* Default wrestlers only, no edits.
* You must make both opponents bleed.
* You yourself must be bleeding.
* You may only use weapons your opponent has brought in to the ring!

Best time: chris murder, 10:17

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MANIAC CHALLENGE #3: "CRITICAL!" the nWo with Stone Cold Steve Austin!
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Tornado Lumberjack 3-on-1 match rules apply:
* Difficulty: 1 (that's not a typo!)
* Ref: Earl Hebner
* Lumberjack: ON (everyone must remain in the ring!)
* Tornado: ON (all three nWo members at once!)
* Critical Rate: HIGH
* Default wrestlers only, no edits.
* You must critical either Nash, Hall or Hogan to end the match.

Best time: doublearmlockstf, 3:04 (Nash)

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MANIAC CHALLENGE #4: Defeat Don Frye in the Octagon in 5 minutes or less
with Ken Shamrock!
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Regular Gruesome Fighting/Octagon match rules apply:
* Difficulty: 10
* Ref: your choice
* Critical Rate: OFF
* Must win by submission or KO.
* 5 minute match limit.
* Default wrestlers only, no edits.

Best time: chris murder, 3:11

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MANIAC CHALLENGE #5: Win the Super J-Cup with Super Delfin!
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Go to "One Night Tournament". Regular match rules apply:
* Difficulty: 10
* Ref: Tiger Hattori
* Default wrestlers only, no edits.
* Critical Rate: OFF
* You must win by pinfall or submission, no count out.
* No weapons allowed (unless your opponent brings them in!).

Tournament Bracket:
1P Super Delfin
CP El Samurai
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CP Hayabusa
CP Gran Naniwa
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CP Great Sasuke
CP Eddy Guerrero (4th outfit preferred!)
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CP Chris Benoit
CP Jyushin Lyger
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CP Koji Kanemoto
CP Minoru Tanaka
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CP Tigermask IV
CP Dragon Kid
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CP Kendo KaShin
CP Curry Man
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CP TAKA Michinoku
CP Ricky Fuji

You might want to Quick Save at this point so you can go back here if you
lose, but no Quick Saving past this point! If you lose, you start over from
the beginning!

You're going for best combined time here. And turn on COM Skip unless you
want this challenge to take forever!

Best combined time: Muka, 20:36 (Hayabusa, Sasuke, Tigermask IV)

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MANIAC CHALLENGE #6 (bonus challenge): Defeat TAKA Michinoku, Sho Funaki,
Tazz and X-Pac with the Big Show!
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Regular 4-on-1 handicap match rules apply:
* Difficulty: 10
* Ref: Earl Hebner
* Default wrestlers only, no edits.
* Lumberjack: OFF
* Tornado: OFF
* Cut Play: ON
* Critical Rate: OFF
* You must win by pinfall or submission, no count out.
* No weapons allowed (even if your opponents are using them!).

Best time: 25:17, chokeslam on Tazz

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==SECTION 3: HINTS==
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If you're getting frustrated trying to complete any of the above challenges,
read these tips. Hopefully they'll help you:

CHALLENGE #1: Jumbo is stronger, but Sasuke is faster. Stay on the move and
use a lot of strikes to wear Jumbo down quickly, then move to grapples.

CHALLENGE #2: Pogo is the weak link here. Like Jumbo, Pogo is pitifully
slow, so punish him before he tags to Matsunaga. But one of the stipulations
is everyone must be bleeding, so you have to let him tag sooner or later!

CHALLENGE #3: Use the ring space to your advantage. There are certain places
where it will be difficult for the nWo to pin you, stick to those spots! If
you try to duke it out with all three of them in the middle of the ring, you
will most likely be frustrated.

CHALLENGE #4: Use Shamrock's d-pad + (B) punch repeatedly. After a few
shots, Frye will drop to the canvas. Start using submissions from there.

CHALLENGE #5: Your objective here is to end every match as quickly as
possible. Since your fatigue carries over to the next match, make sure you
are well rested when each match ends!

CHALLENGE #6: This can actually be the easiest of them all if you manage to
prevent TAKA from tagging and keep him in your corner. If not, you'll have
to be very accurate with grapples and strikes to beat them all!

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==SECTION 4: CLASSIC MATCHES==
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If you've completed all of the Maniac Challenges and are thirsty for more
action, try reliving some of these classic matches. Note that all previous
Maniac Challenge rules should apply (Level 10 difficulty, no edits!)

I'm certainly no wrestling historian, but I'll do my best to give you some
insight into the history of each match.

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1) ALL-JAPAN TAG TEAM MATCH: Mitsuharu Misawa and Kenta Kobashi vs. Terry
Gordy and "Dr. Death" Steve Williams
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Match history: All Japan Pro Wrestling has become well known for its very
competitive (and very stiff) style of wrestling. Gaijins (foreigners) such
as Gordy and Williams were respected for their ring skills and were often
squared off against native workers such as Misawa and Kobashi.

Regular tag team match rules
Ref: Joe Higuchi
Ring: Olive Japan (All Japan)

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2) MICHINOKU PRO 6-MAN TAG MATCH: Great Sasuke, Gran Naniwa and TAKA
Michinoku vs. Dick Togo, MENS Teioh and Kaz Hayashi (a.k.a. Shiryu)
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Match history: When Michinoku Pro burst onto the puroresu scene in the early
90's, it gained instant popularity with its exciting blend of Japanese
technical wrestling and Mexican lucha libre. 6-man tag matches were common
as they were a perfect showcase of the wrestlers' skill and cooperation.

Regular 6-Man tag team match rules
Ref: Ted Tanabe
Ring: Yukiguni Puroresu (Michinoku Pro)

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3) WRESTLEMANIA XV & XVII MAIN EVENT: Steve Austin vs. The Rock
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Match history: Love them or hate them, Stone Cold Steve Austin and The
Rock are responsible for some of the most popular matches in WWF history.
Austin beat The Rock for the title at WMXV, then defeated him for the
title again at WMXVII (with the help of the evil Vince McMahon!).

Regular match rules
Ref: Earl Hebner
Ring: WFW (WWF)

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4) BIG JAPAN DEATHMATCH: Mitsuhiro Matsunaga vs. Mr. Pogo
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Match history: The names Pogo and Matsunaga are synonymous with Japanese
deathmatch wrestling. Scorpions, cacti, venomous snakes, you name it, these
guys have wrestled in it. No wonder they call Matsunaga "Mr. Danger"!

Barbedwire Deathmatch rules
Post: Barbedwire
Ref: Yuuji Shimada
Ring: ZIP Japan (Big Japan)

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5) 2 OUT OF 3 FALLS MATCH: Chris Benoit vs. Chris Jericho
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Match history: These two have quite a history together, so it was only
natural they should feud in the WWF. This is a reenactment of one of their
classic PPV bouts, the other being an awesome ladder match.

Regular match rules
Falls: 3
Ref: Earl Hebner
Ring: WFW (WWF)

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6) NEW JAPAN JUNIOR TAG MATCH: Jyushin "Thunder" Lyger & El Samurai vs.
Koji Kanemoto and Shinjiro Ohtani
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Match history: Some of the best wrestling ever in Japan came from New Japan
Pro Wrestling's junior division in the 90's. Their leader; Jyushin "Thunder"
Lyger, an exciting wrestler with a costume that would make Ultraman green
with envy.

Regular tag team match rules
Ref: Tiger Hattori
Ring: View Japan (New Japan)

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7) CLASSIC ALL JAPAN MATCH: Stan Hansen vs. Jumbo Tsuruta
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Match history: Another classic AJPW match, this time featuring two of All
Japan's most famous and most respected workers.

Regular match rules
Ref: Joe Higuchi
Ring: Olive Japan (All Japan)

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8) ECW CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Terry Funk vs. Sabu
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Match history: One of ECW's most brutal and bloody matches, both Sabu and
the aging Funk were bathed in crimson at the finale. Sabu suffered a rather
deep gash in his arm, courtesy of the barbedwire ropes.

Barbedwire Deathmatch rules
Post: Barbedwire
Ref: pick 'em
Ring: pick 'em

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9) WRESTLEMANIA III MAIN EVENT: Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant
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Match history: One of the matches that made early the Wrestlemania events
such a success. Use Hogan's third outfit for that true old-school flavor!

Regular match rules
Ref: Earl Hebner
Ring: WFW (WWF)

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10) FMW GRUDGE MATCH: Hayabusa vs. "The Gladiator" Mike Awesome
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Match history: Atsushi Onita's Frontier Martial Arts Wrestling promotion
may not compare with the likes of NJPW and AJPW, but they've had their
share of decent feuds, including the high-flying Hayabusa vs. Mike Awesome,
who later left FMW to become ECW World Champion and WWF Hardcore Champion.

Regular match rules
Ref: Yuuji Shimada
Ring: Independent World (FMW)

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11) CLASSIC TRIPLE CROWN MATCH: Toshiaki Kawada vs. Mitsuharu Misawa
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Match history: Call it the Kawadadriver. Call it the Ganso Bomb. Call it
what you will, it will always be remembered as one of pro wrestling's more
brutal spots. Kawada goes for a powerbomb, Misawa attempts a reversal into
a huracanrana, Kawada counters by dropping Misawa on his head. This is the
stuff history is made of.

Regular match rules
Ref: Joe Higuchi
Ring: Olive Japan (All Japan)

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12) 2001 TRIPLE CROWN MATCH: Keiji Mutoh vs. Genichiro Tenryu
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Match history: In 2001, the former Great Muta, Keiji Mutoh, went through a
dramatic change in appearance and style, thus revitalizing his sagging
career. The highlight of his year was defeating Tenryu for AJPW's Triple
Crown. Mutoh was still in NJPW at the time (before his defection to All
Japan), so this was a major coup for Mutoh and NJPW. Little did they know
All Japan was planning the last laugh...

SPECIAL NOTE: This is one the few instances I where would highly recommend
using an edit as the default Keiji Mutoh isn't nearly as accurate as most
edits out there.

Regular match rules
Ref: Kyohei Wada
Ring: Olive Japan (All Japan)

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13) UFC SUPERFIGHT: Royce Gracie vs. Ken Shamrock
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Match history: Ever since he tapped out to Gracie in UFC I, Ken Shamrock had
one thing on his mind; revenge. He would get his chance at the first ever
UFC Superfight. Shamrock was able to dominate Gracie, but since there were
no judges and Gracie would not submit, the best Shamrock could manage was a
draw.

Octagon/Gruesome Fighting match rules
Ref: pick 'em
Ring: n/a

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14) THE "EAR" MATCH: Vader vs. Cactus Jack
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Match history: This infamous match (which took place in Germany I believe)
is where Mick Foley got his head caught in the ropes and subsequently lost
an ear. Ouch!

Regular match rules
Ref: pick 'em
Ring: pick 'em

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15) SUPER J-CUP 2000 FINALS: CIMA vs. Jyushin "Thunder" Lyger
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Match history: After a five year absence, the Super J-Cup tournament made
its way back to the Land of the Rising Sun. This time it was the old guard
(Lyger) facing the new guard (CIMA) in the finals.

SPECIAL NOTE: As with Mutoh, I recommend using a decent CIMA edit for this
match. He's sorely in need of an update!

Regular match rules
Ref: Ted Tanabe
Ring: Yukiguni Puroresu (Michinoku Pro)

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16) ALL JAPAN TAG TEAM MATCH: Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs.
Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue
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Match history:  If you haven't noticed by now, 90's era AJPW is one of my
favorites. These four were the most prominent heavyweights during this era.

Regular tag team match rules
Ref: Joe Higuchi
Ring: Olive Japan (All Japan)

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17) TIGERMASK DEBUT MATCH: Tigermask vs. Dynamite Kid
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Match history: On April 23, 1981, Satoru Sayama made his debut as Tigermask
with a win over the Dynamite Kid. Since then, many others have worn the
mask of the tiger, including Koji Kanemoto and Mitsuharu Misawa.

Regular match rules
Ref: Tiger Hattori
Ring: View Japan (New Japan)

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18) INAUGURAL IWGP TOURNAMENT FINAL: Hulk Hogan vs. Antonio Inoki
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Match history: In 1983, the first ever IWGP took place, with Hulk Hogan
KO'ing Inoki for the title. Rumor has it Hogan hit Inoki so hard with a
clothesline that Inoki swallowed his tongue!

Regular match rules
Ref: Tiger Hattori
Ring: View Japan (New Japan)

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19) MASK VS. MASK MATCH: Jyushin "Thunder" Lyger vs. Chris Benoit
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Match history: In this historic match from 1991, Lyger defeated Pegasus
Kid, who was unmasked as none other than "the Canadian Crippler" Chris
Benoit, one of today's most respected wrestlers.

Regular match rules
Ref: Tiger Hattori
Ring: View Japan (New Japan)

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20) ECW FAREWELL MATCH: Dean Malenko vs. Eddy Guerrero
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Match history: After signing with WCW, Malenko and Guerrero, two of ECW's
most respected wrestlers, put on a great a brilliant display of technical
wrestling in an emotional farewell match that had the ECW crowd roaring
their approval.

Regular match rules
Ref: pick 'em
Ring: pick 'em

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==SECTION 5: CLOSING==
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First and foremost, I want thank everyone who participated in the online
challenges. I didn't know if people thought it was going to be a silly idea
or not, but quite a few players seemed to enjoy it!

Also, a special thank you to ViperMask for giving me the inspiration to
create the "Classic Matches" section. For me, Fire Pro D has always been
about reenacting these bouts, but he gets credit for posting it first! =)

www.puroresu.com and www.wwf.com for historical reference.

CJayC and GameFAQs for hosting this "not quite a guide"!

Fire ProWresting D "Maniac Challenge!" Player's Guide (c) 2002 Bill Wood

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