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FIRE PRO WRESTLING RETURNS CHARACTER GUIDE: GENKI HORIGUCHI
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for Sony PlayStation 2 (U.S.)
Version 1.0
by Bill Wood (billwood661@ca.rr.com)
Last modified: 1/4/08

Fire Pro Wrestling Returns (c) 2005 Spike (c) 2007 Agetec

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==VERSION HISTORY==
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1.0 - Initial release of the guide.

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==TABLE OF CONTENTS==
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SECTION 1: HISTORY OF GENKI HORIGUCHI
SECTION 2: SKILL AND PARAMETER STATS
SECTION 3: MOVELIST
SECTION 4: STRATEGY
SECTION 5: CLOSING

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==SECTION 1: HISTORY OF GENKI HORIGUCHI==
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"H-A-G-E!"

Anyone who is familiar with the above chant is equally familiar with Genki
Horiguchi, the charismatic wrestler from Japan's Dragon Gate promotion.
Shortly after his debut in Dragon Gate (then Toryumon), Horiguchi became a
mainstay on the company roster as a member of Magnum TOKYO's Do-Fixer
stable. And when Horiguchi's hairline began receding, the fans started
chanting "H-A-G-E" (Japanese for 'bald') at him. He managed to use this to
gain cult popularity, and his catchphrase, "Who has called me hage?", is
one of the best-known wrestling catchphrases in Japan.

Genki Horiguchi would later go on to become a member of the Dragon Gate
heel faction Muscle Outlaw'z, as well as perform in the United States for
both Ring of Honor and Wrestling Society X. His match with Masato Yoshino,
CIMA, Dragon Kid and Ryo Saito on Ring of Honor's 2006 Supercard of Honor
won the Wrestling Observer's coveted Match of the Year honors.

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==SECTION 2: SKILL AND PARAMETER STATS==
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SKILL
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Real Name................Genki Horiguchi
FPR Name.............................TBD*
Promotion....................Dragon Gate
FPR Promotion.................Azteca-Pit
FPR Faction.....................Do Fixer
Size...............................Small
Class.............................Junior
Height............................173 cm
Weight.............................75 kg
Gender..............................Male
Birthdate.......................4/5/1978
Country............................Japan
Rank...................................D
Charisma...............................D
Stance.........................Technical
Fight Style.....................Luchador
Return........................Technician
Critical........................Finisher
Special.......Over Turn (1-Hit Reversal)
Recovery...................Medium (Good)
Recovery (when bleeding)............Slow
Breathing.........................Normal
Breathing (when bleeding)..........Below
Spirit............................Medium
Spirit (when bleeding)..............Poor
Neck Endurance....................Normal
Arm Endurance........................Low
Back Endurance....................Normal
Leg Endurance.....................Normal
Movement Speed...............Medium Fast
Up and Down Speed............Medium Fast
Ascent Style.........................Run
Favorite Weapon.....................None

* = This will be included in the next version of the guide.

PARAMETER - OFFENSE     PARAMETER - DEFENSE
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Punch.............3     Punch.............3
Kick..............3     Kick..............3
Throw.............4     Throw.............4
Joint.............2     Joint.............3
Stretch...........4     Stretch...........4
Power.............2     Flying............6
Agility...........8     Body..............3
Arm...............3     Lariat............3
Technical.........7     Technical.........6
Rough.............3     Rough.............3
MMA Overall.......2     MMA Overall.......2
Entertain.........4     Entertain.........7
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OFF. SUB-TOTAL...45     DEF. SUB-TOTAL...47

TOTAL SKILL POINTS (on a scale from 0-380): 126

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==SECTION 3: MOVELIST==
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Specialty moves are marked with [S]. Finisher is marked with [F].

KEY:

([]) = Square button
(X)  = X button
(O)  = Circle button

STRIKES
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Standing ([])...............................Chest Slap
Standing (X)......................................Kick
Standing (O) + d-pad.........................Enzuigiri
Standing (O).........................Spinning Dropkick
Standing ([]) + (X).................Flying Rolling Pin
Running ([]).........................Spinning Dropkick
Running (X)...............................Leg Scissors
Running (O)................................Huracanrana
Running Counter ([])....................Back Body Drop
Running Counter (X)......................Drop Toe Hold
Running Counter (O).....................Manhattan Drop
Running to corner.............................Dropkick
Co-op Irish whip to corner...........Spinning Dropkick
Corner-to-center attack...........................none

GRAPPLES
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Grapple ([]).................................Face Claw
Grapple ([]) + Up............................Body Slam
Grapple ([]) + Left/Right..................Elbow Smash
Grapple ([]) + Down...........................Arm Whip
Grapple (X)................................Groin Punch
Grapple (X) + Up...........................Brainbuster 
Grapple (X) + Left/Right......................Leg Trip
Grapple (X) + Down.................Schmidt Backbreaker
Grapple (O)............................TRIANGLE LANCER [S]
Grapple (O) + Up...........................Huracanrana
Grapple (O) + Left/Right..................Vertical DDT
Grapple (O) + Down.......................BACKSLIDE PIN [F]
Grapple ([]) + (X).......................BULL POSEIDON [S]
Back Grapple ([]).........................Sledgehammer
Back Grapple (X)..............................Backdrop
Back Grapple (O)................High Angle Rolling Pin
Back Grapple (O) + Up/Down.................Reverse DDT
Back Grapple (O) + Left/Right...............School Boy
Back Grapple ([]) + (X)..................German Suplex
Back Grapple Counter ([])...................Elbow Bunt
Back Grapple Counter (X)..........Reverse Chin Crusher

OPPONENT DOWN MOVES
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Opponent Face Up at Head (X)...................Pinfall
Opponent Face Up at Head (O).........Run Face Dropkick
Opponent Face Up at Feet (X)............JACKKNIFE HOLD [S]
Opponent Face Up at Feet (O)...............Boston Crab
Opponent Face Down at Head (X)....Torture Camel Clutch
Opponent Face Down at Head (O).........Stomping (Neck)
Opponent Face Down at Feet (X)......Hooked-Leg Pinfall
Opponent Face Down at Feet (O).............Kabel Naria
Running at Downed Opponent (O).............Sunset Flip

MMA MOVES
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Guard Attack ([])........................Knuckle Arrow
Guard Attack (X)...........................Boston Crab
Guard Attack (O)........................Jackknife Hold
Guard Counter..............................Huracanrana
Mount/Facelock Attack ([])..................Body Punch
Mount/Facelock Attack (X)...............Front Necklock
Mount/Facelock Attack (O)...................Piledriver
Mount/Facelock Counter......................Hammerlock
Back Mount Attack ([])...................Knuckle Arrow
Back Mount Attack (X)....................Choke Sleeper
Back Mount Attack (O)......................Gedo Clutch
Back Mount Counter.....................Rolling Pinfall

POST AND APRON MOVES
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Post ([])...............................Rolling Senton
Post (X)...............................Moonsault Press
Post (O)..................................Sledgehammer
Post ([]) + (X)...........................Missile Kick
Running Post Dive ([])............................none
Running Post Dive (X)..................Moonsault Press
Corner Grapple (O) + Up............Reverse Tornado DDT
Corner Grapple (O) + Left/Right.............Iconoclasm
Corner Grapple (O) + Down.........Corner Stomping Rush
Corner (Top Rope) Counter [F].....Top Rope Tornado DDT
Corner (Top Rope) Counter [B]................Fall Back
Inside Apron Grapple...............Brainbuster to ring
Outside Apron Grapple..............Landing Brainbuster
Run to outside...........................TOPE CON JILO [S]
Dive out ring..........................Plancha Suicida
Dive in ring........................Swan Dive Dropkick
Cage Dive.........................................none

DOUBLE AND TRIPLE TEAM MOVES
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Front Double Team......................Double Dropkick
Back Double Team.......................Double Backdrop
Corner Double Team................Bomb Neck Drop Combo
Front Triple Team...................Triple Hammer Blow
Back Triple Team....................Triple Hammer Blow
Corner Triple Team.......................Triple Impact

PERFORMANCE
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Entry Performance....................Hands Provocation
Analog Stick Left.........Challenge and Clap ("HAGE!")
Analog Stick Right..................Neck Cut and Growl
Analog Stick Up..........................Head Pointing
Analog Stick Down.........................Smooth Moves

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==SECTION 4: STRATEGY==
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GENERAL STRATEGY
Statistically speaking, Genki Horiguchi is your average Fire Pro Returns
junior wrestler. He's not going to knock your socks off with unrivaled
awesomeness, but at the same time he stands as good as a chance as just
about anyone of emerging as the winner of a junior tournament.

As is the case with most juniors, his offensive strengths are in the
Technical and Agility areas. Unfortunately these strengths are offset by
glaring weaknesses in every other offensive category. The same exact thing
applies to his defensive stats, plus he has low arm endurance to boot. So
if you find yourself getting caught in repeated armbars, this is something
you need to be concerned about.

STRIKES
Horiguchi's strike set isn't too bad, but low offensive parameters in both
punching and kicking mean that you probably shouldn't focus too heavily on
striking. The Flying Rolling Pin (which is a strike attack in Fire Pro
Returns, but really isn't a strike at all) is always great to use as a
surprise tactic late in the match.

GRAPPLES
With the exception of the Triangle Lancer and the Bull Poseidon, Genki
Horiguchi's grapple set is fairly pedestrian, which is underlined by the
fact that he has a Backslide Pin as his finisher. If you want to go with
the fancier moves, it's better to whip the opponent into the turnbuckle
and perform a corner grapple, where Horiguchi can set up a Reverse
Tornado DDT or Iconoclasm.

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==SECTION 5: CLOSING==
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In closing, I would like to thank Jason Blackhart for statistical
information and Dave Fairbairn for moveset clarification.

Fire Pro Wrestling Returns Character Guide: Genki Horiguchi
(c)2008 Bill Wood