======================================================= FIRE PRO WRESTLING RETURNS CHARACTER GUIDE: STAN HANSEN ======================================================= for Sony PlayStation 2 (U.S.) Version 1.0 by Bill Wood (billwood661@ca.rr.com) Last modified: 1/7/08 Fire Pro Wrestling Returns (c) 2005 Spike (c) 2007 Agetec NOTE: This guide views and prints best with a monospace typeface. ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA =================== ==VERSION HISTORY== =================== 1.0 - Initial release of the guide. ===================== ==TABLE OF CONTENTS== ===================== SECTION 1: HISTORY OF STAN HANSEN SECTION 2: SKILL AND PARAMETER STATS SECTION 3: MOVELIST SECTION 4: STRATEGY SECTION 5: CLOSING ===================================== ==SECTION 1: HISTORY OF STAN HANSEN== ===================================== When Stan "The Lariat" Hansen was born in Texas in 1949, the United States had only recently won the Second World War against Japan and its fellow Axis powers. So perhaps it's ironic that he would eventually find his biggest fame and fortune in the Land of the Rising Sun, becoming one of the country's most respected and accomplished professional wrestlers. Hansen began his wrestling career in 1973 in his hometown of Amarillo. He would later go on to wrestle for several prominient American wrestling promotions, including New York's World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF, which would eventually become WWE). It was there that he gained infamy for legitimately breaking Bruno Sammartino's neck, an incident that was exploited by promoters to underscore the awesome power of Hansen's lariat, although the injury was actually the result of a botched bodyslam. Hansen, along with Bruiser Brody, Vader, and numerous others, later gained notoriety in Japan for his wrestling role as a "gaijin heel" (evil foreigner). Hansen would strut to the ring with his American cowboy hat and lasso, taunting the audience and humiliating his opponents. Hansen usually squared off against top-name New Japan and All Japan "babyface" wrestlers such as Antonio Inoki and Jumbo Tsuruta, and the Japanese fans ate it up. Stan Hansen was a notoriously stiff (hard-hitting) wrestler, especially with his brutal lariats, which apparently packed enough power to nearly remove an eyeball from the socket of the equally stiff Vader. Strangely enough, Hansen attributed his tough wrestling style to being nearly blind and overcompensating with his attacks as a result of his poor eyesight. Stan Hansen was inducted into the Japanese Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1997 and retired from the ring in 2001. Below is a list of titles Hansen has held during the course of his illustrious career (credit: wikipedia.org): All Japan Pro Wrestling ----------------------- * AJPW Triple Crown World Heavyweight Championship (4) * AJPW Unified World Tag Team Championship (8) * NWA International Heavyweight Championship (1) * NWA International Tag Team Championship (1) * NWA United National Championship (1) * PWF Heavyweight Championship (4) * PWF Tag Team Championship (4) * 1992 Champion's Carnival winner * 1993 Champion's Carnival winner * 1983 World's Strongest Tag Team League winner (w/ Bruiser Brody) * 1985 World's Strongest Tag Team League winner (w/ Ted DiBiase) * 1988 World's Strongest Tag Team League winner (w/ Terry Gordy) * 1989 World's Strongest Tag Team League winner (w/ Genichiro Tenryu) American Wrestling Association ------------------------------ * AWA World Heavyweight Championship (1) Continental Wrestling Association --------------------------------- * CWA International Heavyweight Championship (1) Georgia Championship Wrestling ------------------------------ * NWA Georgia Heavyweight Championship (2) * NWA Georgia Tag Team Championship (3) Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling / World Championship Wrestling ------------------------------------------------------------------ * NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (1) * NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic version) (1) NWA Big Time Wrestling ---------------------- * NWA Texas Tag Team Championship (1) NWA Tri-State ------------- * NWA North American Heavyweight Championship (Tri-State version) (1) * NWA Tri-State Tag Team Championship (1) National Wrestling Federation ----------------------------- * NWF Heavyweight Championship (1) ======================================== ==SECTION 2: SKILL AND PARAMETER STATS== ======================================== SKILL ----- Real Name....................Stan Hansen FPR Name......................Star Bison Organization...........All Japan/Legends FPR Organization.............Olive Japan FPR Group........................Legends Size...............................Large Class..............................Heavy Height............................195 cm Weight............................140 kg Gender..............................Male Birthdate.......................5/6/1949 Country..........................America Rank...................................S Charisma...............................S Stance.............................Power Fight Style........................Power Return.............................Power Critical........................Finisher Special...........................Finish Recovery..........................Medium Recovery (when bleeding)..........Medium Breathing.........................Medium Breathing (when bleeding).........Medium Spirit............................Medium Spirit (when bleeding)............Strong Neck Endurance......................High Arm Endurance.......................High Waist Endurance...................Medium Leg Endurance.......................High Movement Speed...............Medium Slow Up and Down Speed............Medium Slow Ascend Skill......................Enable Favorite Weapon....................Chair PARAMETER - OFFENSE PARAMETER - DEFENSE ------------------- ------------------- Punch.............7 Punch.............9 Kick..............5 Kick..............8 Throw.............5 Throw.............5 Joint.............2 Joint.............4 Stretch...........5 Stretch...........7 Power.............9 Flying............7 Agility...........8 Body..............7 Arm..............10 Lariat............8 Technical.........2 Technical.........5 Rough.............8 Rough.............8 MMA Overall.......7 MMA Overall.......7 Entertain.........1 Entertain.........9 ------------------- ------------------- OFF. SUB-TOTAL...69 DEF. SUB-TOTAL...85 TOTAL SKILL POINTS (on a scale from 0-380): 196 ======================= ==SECTION 3: MOVELIST== ======================= Specialty moves are marked with [S]. Finisher is marked with [F]. KEY: ([]) = Square button (X) = X button (O) = Circle button STRIKES ------- Standing ([])....................................Punch Standing (X).............................Backhand Chop Standing (O) + d-pad..............................Kick Standing (O)...........................FOOTBALL TACKLE [S] Standing ([]) + (X)...........................Dropkick Running ([])...........................Shoulder Tackle Running (X)............................Football Tackle Running (O).............................WESTERN LARIAT [F] Running Counter ([])........................Back Elbow Running Counter (X).........................Spine Drop Running Counter (O).....................Western Lariat Running to corner...........................Back Elbow Co-op Irish whip to corner..................Back Elbow Corner-to-center attack...........................none GRAPPLES -------- Grapple ([]).................................Face Claw Grapple ([]) + Up.................High Angle Body Slam Grapple ([]) + Left/Right...................Thigh Kick Grapple ([]) + Down........................Hammer Blow Grapple (X)...................................Headbutt Grapple (X) + Up.....................Rapid Brainbuster Grapple (X) + Left/Right...........................DDT Grapple (X) + Down..........................Piledriver Grapple (O)................................Cobra Twist Grapple (O) + Up.............................Back Flip Grapple (O) + Left/Right............HEAD PICKUP LARIAT [S] Grapple (O) + Down......................POWERBOMB WHIP [S] Grapple ([]) + (X)...........................Powerbomb Back Grapple ([]).........................Sledgehammer Back Grapple (X)..........................Knee Crusher Back Grapple (O)...................Torture Cobra Twist Back Grapple (O) + Up/Down.................Atomic Drop Back Grapple (O) + Left/Right.....V. Leg Lift Backdrop Back Grapple ([]) + (X)...................ENZUI LARIAT [S] Back Grapple Counter ([])...................Elbow Bunt Back Grapple Counter (X)........................Rumble OPPONENT DOWN MOVES ------------------- Opponent Face Up at Head (X)..............Sleeper Hold Opponent Face Up at Head (O)..........Soccer Ball Kick Opponent Face Up at Feet (X)........Hooked-Leg Pinfall Opponent Face Up at Feet (O)........Stomping (Stomach) Opponent Face Down at Head (X).................Pinfall Opponent Face Down at Head (O)........Knee Drop (Back) Opponent Face Down at Feet (X).............Boston Crab Opponent Face Down at Feet (O).........Stomping (Back) Running at Downed Opponent (O)..............Elbow Drop MMA MOVES --------- Guard Attack ([]).............................Headbutt Guard Attack (X).........................Knuckle Arrow Guard Attack (O)...........................Boston Crab Guard Counter.....................................Bash Mount/Facelock Attack ([])..............Face Knee Lift Mount/Facelock Attack (X)..............Front Neck Lock Mount/Facelock Attack (O)...............Powerbomb Whip Mount/Facelock Counter..................Watermill Drop Back Mount Attack ([])........................Headbutt Back Mount Attack (X)....................Knuckle Arrow Back Mount Attack (O)................Reverse Powerbomb Back Mount Counter..........................Back Press POST AND APRON MOVES -------------------- Post ([])............................Diving Elbow Drop Post (X)............................Super Diving Press Post (O)..................................Sledgehammer Post ([]) + (X)...........................Sledgehammer Running Post Dive ([])............................none Running Post Dive (X).............................none Corner Grapple (O) + Up...........2nd Rope Brainbuster Corner Grapple (O) + Left/Right........Corner Shoulder Corner Grapple (O) + Down..............Guillotine Whip Corner (Top Rope) Counter [F].................Headbutt Corner (Top Rope) Counter [B]...........Backhand Elbow Inside Apron Grapple.................Chest Hammer Blow Outside Apron Grapple.........................Headbutt Run to outside............................Suicide Dive Dive out ring.............................Sledgehammer Dive in ring......................................none Cage Dive.........................................none DOUBLE AND TRIPLE TEAM MOVES ---------------------------- Front Double Team...................Double Brainbuster Back Double Team.......................Double Backdrop Corner Double Team.................Highjack Piledriver Front Triple Team...................Triple Hammer Blow Back Triple Team....................Triple Hammer Blow Corner Triple Team..................Triple Hammer Blow PERFORMANCE ----------- Entry Performance......................Texas Long Horn Analog Stick Left......................Texas Long Horn Analog Stick Right....................Adjust Guard Pad Analog Stick Up..............................Chest Out Analog Stick Down......................Texas Long Horn ======================= ==SECTION 4: STRATEGY== ======================= GENERAL STRATEGY In Fire Pro Returns, as in the world of old-school wrestling, Stan Hansen packs a ton of power. His lethal strikes and grapples will systematically break down just about any opponent, and the Western Lariat can prematurely end many a match. As Hansen, you should fear nothing. Be abusive, toss your opponent around the ring, even take the fight outside if you have to. From a defensive standpoint, Stan Hansen is one of the more well-equipped wrestlers in Fire Pro, with no real weaknesses to speak of. His medium slow walking speed might be considered a weakness since the smaller guys can run circles around him, but Hansen still has the advantage as as his heavy-hitting moves will destroy most juniors anyway. STRIKES Stan Hansen's strike set is extremely solid, and you'll want to prefer punching to kicking as he is slightly more skilled that department. The Football Tackle is a must as (a) it is a Special; and (b) will floor the opponent if it connects, giving you an opening for a ground followup. Use it when the opponent is standing dazed, or time it just as they are walking in for a grapple. Here's another solid Hansen strike strategy; send the opponent to the mat with a grapple, then pick him up so he is standing dazed. Back away from your opponent slightly, then run at him with the (O) button to perform his awesome Western Lariat finisher. The opposition certainly won't be able to tolerate many of these! The Western Lariat can also be performed from an Irish whip. GRAPPLES As with the strikes, Hansen has a terrific set of grapple moves. They are mostly power-based wrestling maneuvers that are meant to knock an opponent down and keep him there. He has lariat options from both a front and back grapple. These two moves, plus the Powerbomb Whip (a.k.a. Bruno Neckbreaker) should be used repeatedly once your opponent is sufficiently worn down. As stated earlier, you'll want to get in the habit of picking your opponent up off the mat after a grapple so you can pull off the big finisher. The three grapple moves listed above are probably the best setups for the devastating Western Lariat. ====================== ==SECTION 5: CLOSING== ====================== In closing, I would like to thank Jason Blackhart for statistical information and Dave Fairbairn for moveset clarification. Fire Pro Wrestling Returns Character Guide: Stan Hansen (c)2008 Bill Wood