Wrestling fans haven’t been to international arenas for more than a year, but after that high vaccination rates in the US, They are back. You know what that means. Hot takes about role-playing games are also return.
In recent years, something strange has developed behind the wrestling shows: a phenomenon known as the Great Wrestling RPG War.
See, there is massive overlap between wrestling fans and players – and we all know how passionate these groups can be. Instead of sharing that enthusiasm online, wrestling fans turn their energies into creating passive-aggressive signs with red-hot versions of role-playing games.
These signs are then put on wrestling shows (both WWE and AEW) with the intent of being shown on television and creating a big debate.
Last month, Kotaku Australia reports on signs that argue for and against the best Final Fantasy Games. These were relatively lukewarm recordings and are topics that have been hotly debated by gamers for nearly three decades.
Now, Botchamania! Creator Maffew Gregg even sighted more this RPG war mark in the wild. And folks, these takes are red hot.
The latest character appeared in a recent episode of AEW dynamite, float along the main entrance barrier. In a huge, blocky text it says: ALADDIN FOR SNES IS INferior.
I mean, Impressive. Where should I start?
This sign actually comes from a longstanding debate the SNES Aladdin Adaptation and how it stacks up with its Sega Genesis counterpart. As highlighted by The player
On the other hand, the Genesis version has more movie songs and Aladdin gets a sword.
While I’m on the fence on this hot take, I can definitely see where this wrestling fan is from. It’s a hot take, but swords are pretty cool and they might actually be right about the inferiority of the SNES.
In the same episode of Dynamite, Gregg also saw a second, more passive, sign.
While making potshots, Sting noticed a wrestling fan holding a sign with ominous words: SKY OF ARCADIA.
This role-playing game is often considered one of Sega’s best, but as the mark suggests, it’s a game that rarely gets the recognition or attention it deserves. Rumors of a remaster in 2020 were started by developers but unfortunately we haven’t seen anything since then.
Notice Sky over arcadia? We hope Sega will one day and that this sign will spark renewed interest in the game.
While the debate about the best RPG games continues, we can expect WWE and AEW wrestling fans to barracks in the fortress for a long time. Now that the RPG character war has gone mainstream, we can expect to see more and more of this important, much-needed commentary.
This post originally appeared on Kotaku Australia.