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Wrestling at the Arcade: 1991's WWF Wrestlefest

Monday, March 16, 2020

Every spring, I look forward to WWE's Wrestlemania with all of its pomp and circumstance.  Unfortunately this year, with recent CDC guidelines that restrict public gatherings to under 50 people, it looks like for the first time since 1985, we won't have a Wrestlemania to enjoy this year.  Thinking about a year without Wrestlemania, it's caused me to reflect on the WWE/F and the Wrestlemania's of years gone by, and it brought to mind my all-time favorite arcade game... Technos' 1991 classic WWF Wrestlefest!


Growing up, my older brother and I both played ice hockey for a handful of teams, and it seemed like we were always at the ice rink.  My parents would often drag me along for his games when all I wanted to do was stay home and watch TV or play with my action figures.  Looking back now, I had a lot of fun at that ice rink, both on and off the ice.  During my brother's game, I'd spend my time wandering around the central lobby of the ice rink.  The central area was pretty standard with a small snack bar and a big screen TV that was always set to the local FOX station.  In the early 90s, my parents had bought the hype that The Simpsons was causing the downfall of polite society and had banned it from our house, but at the ice rink, I would often catch an episode or two of the afternoon reruns on that lobby TV.  Just to the right of the snack bar was a bank of payphones (remember those?) and a small little game corner with a couple of older arcade games and a lone pinball machine.  If an episode of The Simpsons wasn't on, I'd happily take a handful of quarters over to the arcade corner and go from one game to the next.

Then, one day I wandered over to the game corner, and among the old games that I had played a hundred times was a new one standing front and center.  It was bright, colorful, and featured professional wrestling!  From then on, I saved up all of my quarters (and begged Mom and Dad for more) and looked forward to my brother's next hockey game.  WWF Wrestlefest quickly became my all-time favorite arcade game.