Final Fantasy XIV makes a surprise appearance at WWE’s Wrestlemania

    
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Professional wrestling is weird. Frequently, that means that it’s weirdly awesome, but it’s still weird. Case in point, you probably would not have expected Final Fantasy XIV to team up for cross-promotion with professional wrestling. And yet that’s exactly what happened during the most recent Wrestlemania event, with WWE’s New Day showing up in costumes inspired by the Monk, Samurai, and Red Mage jobs.

There seems to be a fair amount of crossover between the two fandoms, so it makes a certain amount of sense as a cross-promotional deal, and it’s also the sort of “what” that is at once baffling and really cool. You can check out the video down below, or you can just go on your favorite forum to use this as evidence that Monks will be able to suplex people in Stormblood. You’ll find out for sure in a couple of months.

Source: Twitter; thanks to Darkstar and Liandreth for the tip!
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Hope

Becky Lynch was Aloy, too.

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Greaterdivinity

I don’t care about wrestling much, but I’ve known about these guys for a while. They seem rad as shit, they’re always doing whacky stuff and they frequently integrate video games into their act in one form or another.

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Liandreth

The New Day are incredible. :D

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starbuck1771

Yes the WWE wrestlers are gamers like us. Austin Creed aka Xavier Woods has a youtube channel dedicated to gaming called upupdowndown https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIr1YTkEHdJFtqHvR7Rwttg

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Estranged

Watch this female Japanese wrestler entrance. Her name is Asuka. You will see the tie in and interest between Final Fantasy and WWE. WWE embraces Japanese wrestlers being themselves.

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starbuck1771

yeah she has many authentic masks and outfits she wears. She has been undefeated since coming to nxt from Japan.

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Estranged

Watch this female Japanese wrestler entrance. Here name is Asoka. You will see the tie in and interest between Final Fantasy and WWE. WWE embraces Japanese wrestlers being themselves.

Also, watch Nakamura in the second video. His entrance is also spectacular.

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Liandreth

That was so cool. My first thoughts were of Massively and Eliot when I saw it :) What a great way to advertise a game to a whole lot of people.

One of the guys, Xavier Woods, has an awesome Youtube Gaming channel, Up Up Down Down.

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Estranged

1 million subs. Unreal.

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A Dad Supreme

During my FFXI days, I was in several guilds on different servers, some due to closing, some due to boredom. Almost every guild I was in there was no discussion or (seemingly) interest in wrestling and I got along with just about every guild.
During my FFXIV days, I was in several guilds on different servers as well but I never seemed to get the same ‘click’ with any of the guilds I joined. I always felt maybe it was that I had become too old to have anything in common with others but wasn’t sure.
Now, after all this WWE crossover nonsense and to another extent, the whole MMA scene, I’m not so sure about that anymore because I noticed a lot more frequent discussions of both during my sub time there.
I guess it’s a good time for crotchety 50-somethings to start looking for alternative gaming options given the changes in MMOs during the last ten years.

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Estranged

What is wrong with advertising on a wrestling show? International audience. Two Japanese wrestlers main evented the Saturday show. Xavier Woods (wrestler with a PhD) has his own gaming YouTube channel with 1 million subs.

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCIr1YTkEHdJFtqHvR7Rwttg

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Liandreth

Love that channel. I actually make a point to watch his stuff :D

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Estranged

He is hilarious and really loves gaming. The channel is unique in that he plays with other wrestlers. You never know who will show up.

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A Dad Supreme

I don’t think I’ve said there is anything wrong with advertising on a wrestling show. Not even sure I hinted at that suggestion or that it could be read into as such.
In fact, it’s great business sense to do so considering the youthful demographics involved with wresting, MMA etc and the potential for new players to come from a shrinking market (MMOs). For any company chasing money, this is a very good angle to pursue.
I think what I’m addressing is more of a shift in my age demo (younger MMOers that got older) in a new MMO style market where underlying community interests are also new.
There was never an idea to cross-promote NASCAR, Wresting, the NBA or any other ancillary real-life things into MMOs. Those things weren’t a focus because MMOs generally was the thing everyone had in common, not whatever baggage they brought with them. MMOs were a pretty self-contained environment but that isn’t the case anymore due to financial opportunities.
I’m sure some older MMOers are comfortable with all the new developments but I still can’t help feeling most would rather keep things separate like me, but there isn’t any real way of knowing that.
Don’t feel as though you have to defend it by mentioning the gamer/wrestler has a PhD because I’ve attacked nothing.
That’s nice but lots of folks have one today. It doesn’t make me think any less of someone who doesn’t have one anymore than it makes me think more of someone who does.

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Estranged

Dad – I see. WoW used to advertise heavily via commercial. Just seems you are saying this behavior is the final straw for you.

RPGs and MMOs have lots in common with the larger than life figures of wrestling. +1 to Sundial.

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A Dad Supreme

For as long as I’ve been playing MMOs, I’m honestly not sure there will ever be a ‘final straw’. I’ve kind of been weaned on them during a time when they weren’t popular so given the MMO, I’ll probably always have an interest.
I think the key thing will be finding one that’s less likely to be ‘cross promoted’ as a thing, which spells either indie or more of a ‘pseudo-MMO’ hybrid instead.
It’s not a wrestling thing, I grew up during the Iron Sheik/Andre the Giant era so I know wrestling. I feel the same about a NASCAR promo with nothing to do with MMOs, or a NFL promo, MMA as said, or knitting promo.
I’m more of a purist I guess where I like my MMOs to be strictly about my MMOs but during the Facebook Era with tracking lists and subscriber info, I have to understand that those days are long gone.
I’m what they call an ‘immersion addict’, so while playing I like to stay as far away from other ‘interests’ as possible which is why I currently play The Division like it’s going out of style.
Buggy game, lots of problems, but damn.. the immersion value is so good that it is all about the story/game with little chance of seeing a Pokemon or something ‘cross promo’ that doesn’t fit with the world.
They did a promo with other gear from other games they own but it fits with the theme so it doesn’t break that ‘wall’ I’m looking for when playing.

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Estranged

Dad – I see your point of view. I doubt Mark Jacobs will be doing such! lol

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A Dad Supreme

Very true lol!

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Pandalulz

I saw this mentioned in a few spots on the internet earlier, but didn’t realize it was an official thing. That’s amazing.

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Zulika Mi-Nam

If you want to see some truly crazy entrances, google up some of the ones in actual fight series in Japan.

Video game cosplay, cross dressing, and choreographed presentations involving up to 100 people are the norm and done by people who actually fight. The first time I watched one of these I thought I was tuning in to the wrong thing.

I haven’t been able to watch that fake stuff since I was about 12 or so, but this stuff was a big deal in the redneck place I grew up in. I had a grandfather that used to drag me to every event until he passed away.

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Estranged

Check out Nakamura.

Wrestling is just as fake as a movie. Well, the wrestlers actually perform their own stunts.

Also, “rednecks” are far from your average wrestling fan. Wrestling is huge in Japan and across the world.

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Zulika Mi-Nam

I believe many forms of fighting sport are really big in Japan. I used to watch Pride, K1, Dream, etc…but the presentations caught me off guard when I first watched them live, because I never saw that on the replays we usually got in the US, they were cut out.

I have a roided up cousin who was in the WWE and some other series for a while. Besides the Olympics, wrestling is also big at US colleges and high schools. My cousin was surely no wrestler at any level, at any point in his life.

Maybe your reference like a movie is closer to what that WWE stuff is. Like a live high-action play something like Cirque du Soleil. There is surely an athletic talent needed to perform it, but it is not a sport or even a competition. I think some men like to refer to it as a sport as they do not want to admit they just enjoy that type of show.

My cousin did not have the talent to hang in there either. Although he could pull them off, he could not remember the sequence of moves he was supposed to do. He was not that bright. Once when we were at work he cut his left arm pretty deep with a chainsaw because he was using it one-handed with his right and it “kicked back” on him.

My best Rastlin’ memory – In the mid 70s, my 50+ alcoholic grandfather rolled into the ring and knocked Ric Flair out before a match -man did he hate that Nature Boy strutting stuff. He was arrested and his drunk friends had to take me home to grandma who did not think it was as awesome as we did. He passed away a year or two after that, but I bet that was his proudest moment.

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eh i don’t care for wrestling but i can’t deny it’s a very athletic form of entertainement, even if it’s all scripted and choreographed.

i find it too cheesy and homeerotic for my tastes, which i keep my homoerotic fiction consumption to bucky/cap and spock/kirk slash fanfics.

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Estranged

DK, yeah, I can see how you feel that connection.

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Cindy M

That makes me so happy XD

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BalsBigBrother

I guess this is one of those things that makes sense to Americans but leaves me completely baffled /shrugs

*Goes back to sorting my tea bags by number of perforations * ;-)

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Pandalulz

As an American… Nope! I’ve had friends who were into it, but I will never get it. I didn’t even realize there was that much crossover until some folks from some of the major gaming sites all started talking about it a couple of years back very very passionately.

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Cypher

What? You don’t remember Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks??? We invented this shizzle bro! XD

And I’ll add… “Easy, easy, easy…..”

Chukii

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BalsBigBrother

oh those relaxing Saturday afternoons watching World of Sport on ITV yay

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Utakata

According to my Dad and my Grandmother…wrestling was a very British thing at one time. o.O

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Estranged

It still is very British.

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starbuck1771

Yes it is and the WWE just recently opened up a UK branch it is also where the European Uppercut originated from I believe. A lot of wrestlers from the UK are currently in the WWE.

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starbuck1771

As Drainage says it still is