Pro Wrestler
A wrestler in the very specific sport and art of Professional Wrestling, where many of the rules of other grappling sports need not apply (especially when the referee is distracted).
Most pro wrestlers in non-wrestling video games are set apart from the rest of the cast by possessing incredible strength, size and powerful grappling moves.

This less orthodox form of wrestling has produced many very unorthodox individuals. Some professional wrestlers have incorporated other fighting styles into their move sets, either from prior knowledge before their wrestling days or efforts to deepen their offensive cache. Martial artists who become wrestlers, like Keiji Mutoh (the Great Muta), often bring their fighting skills into the squared circle, while wrestlers who started brawled in the ring before entering the sport rarely leave their street fighting methods behind.

Back in the "old days," a wrestler's battles didn't just happen from bell to bell, as altercations could happen anywhere and at any time. Whether it was a bar brawl started by a drunken sap trying to test the legitimacy of the sport by challenging the wrestler or opponents catching their competitors unaware (like the infamous video-taped beating of Dusty Rhodes at the hands of the Horsemen), it seems only natural that pro wrestlers would find their way into the beat 'em up genre of video games.
Related Terms: Bootleg Wrestler
Characters
Haggar, Mike (Final Fight) Hawk (Crime Fighters 2/Vendetta) Bild, Douglas (Rushing Beat) Glen (Karate Blazers)
Game list:
Burning Fight, Final Fight, Brawl Brothers/Rushing Beat Ran, Ginga Ninkyouden, Knuckle Bash, Ninja Gaiden (arcade), Streets of Rage, Streets of Rage 2, Ring of Destruction: Slam Masters II, Saturday Night Slam Masters, Ultimate Fighter (SNES), Vendetta/Crime Fighters 2

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