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FIRE PRO WRESTLING RETURNS CHARACTER GUIDE: THE CRUSH GALS
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for Sony PlayStation 2 (U.S.)
Version 1.0
by Bill Wood (billwood661@ca.rr.com)
Last modified: 12/30/07

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 THE CRUSH GALS
SECTION 2: SKILL AND PARAMETER STATS
SECTION 3: MOVELIST
SECTION 4: STRATEGY
SECTION 5: CLOSING

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==SECTION 1: HISTORY OF THE CRUSH GALS==
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Chigusa Nagayo and Lioness Asuka - collectively known as The Crush Gals -
are much more than the most successful female tag team in the history of
professional wrestling. During their heyday, they transcended the
wrestling business to become cultural icons in their native homeland of
Japan, at the same time becoming teenage idols to scores of Japanese
schoolgirls. They recorded Top Ten pop singles, sold tons of posters and
magazines, and were even featured in an article in the Wall Street
Journal. The Crush Gals were crossover media sensations even before Vince
McMahon figured out how to make Hulk Hogan a similar success, and they
influenced a whole new generation of joshi (women's) wrestling in Japan,
including future stars such as Manami Toyota.

The Crush Gals historic feuds with Dump Matsumoto, Bull Nakano and The
Jumping Bomb Angels drew huge live crowds and television ratings, with a
Matsumoto vs. Nagayo hair vs. hair match earning an incredible $250,000
gate at Tokyo's Budokan Hall. And when their popularity went on the
decline, Nagayo and Asuka did what every other tag team does eventually,
they broke up and fought one another.

Both wrestlers "retired" in the 1990's (and both made the inevitable pro
wrestling comebacks), with Chigusa Nagayo eventually going on to form the
GAEA promotion, which is the subject of the "GAEA Girls" feature film
documentary. In the book "Wrestling Observer's Top 100 Pro Wrestlers of
All Time", Chigusa Nagayo is listed at number 45, the highest ranking
female on the list. Lioness Asuka is listed at number 70, the third
highest-ranked female (right behind Jaguar Yokota at 69).

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==SECTION 2: SKILL AND PARAMETER STATS==
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-CHIGUSA NAGAYO-
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SKILL
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Real Name.................Chigusa Nagayo
FPR Name..................Shizuka Nakase
Organization......All Japan/Joshi Legend
FPR Organization..................Female
FPR Group.........................Legend
Size..............................Female
Class.............................Junior
Height............................166 cm
Weight.............................83 kg
Gender............................Female
Birthdate.....................10/28/1964
Country............................Japan
Rank...................................C
Charisma...............................B
Stance............................Strong
Fight Style.....................Orthodox
Return..........................Orthodox
Critical........................Finisher
Special..........................Stardom
Recovery..........................Medium
Recovery (when bleeding)............Slow
Breathing.........................Medium
Breathing (when bleeding)..........Below
Spirit............................Medium
Spirit (when bleeding)............Strong
Neck Endurance.......................Low
Arm Endurance........................Low
Waist Endurance...................Normal
Leg Endurance.....................Normal
Movement Speed....................Medium
Up and Down Speed............Medium Slow
Ascend Skill......................Enable
Favorite Weapon....................Chair

PARAMETER - OFFENSE     PARAMETER - DEFENSE
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Punch.............4     Punch.............4
Kick..............4     Kick..............4
Throw.............5     Throw.............4
Joint.............3     Joint.............4
Stretch...........4     Stretch...........4
Power.............4     Flying............4
Agility...........3     Body..............4
Arm...............3     Lariat............4
Technical.........6     Technical.........5
Rough.............4     Rough.............4
MMA Overall.......2     MMA Overall.......3
Entertain.........2     Entertain.........8
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OFF. SUB-TOTAL...44     DEF. SUB-TOTAL...52

TOTAL SKILL POINTS (on a scale from 0-380): 124

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-LIONESS ASUKA-
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SKILL
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Real Name..................Lioness Asuka
FPR Name..................Tigress Nasuka
Organization......All Japan/Joshi Legend
FPR Organization..................Female
FPR Group.........................Legend
Size...............................Small
Class.............................Junior
Height............................170 cm
Weight.............................82 kg
Gender............................Female
Birthdate......................6/24/1963
Country............................Japan
Rank...................................B
Charisma...............................B
Stance..........................Shooting
Fight Style.....................Orthodox
Return..........................Orthodox
Critical........................Finisher
Special.......................Strikeback
Recovery..........................Medium
Recovery (when bleeding)............Slow
Breathing.........................Medium
Breathing (when bleeding)..........Below
Spirit............................Medium
Spirit (when bleeding)..............Poor
Neck Endurance.......................Low
Arm Endurance........................Low
Waist Endurance...................Normal
Leg Endurance.....................Normal
Movement Speed....................Medium
Up and Down Speed............Medium Slow
Ascend Skill......................Enable
Favorite Weapon....................Chair

PARAMETER - OFFENSE     PARAMETER - DEFENSE
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Punch.............4     Punch.............4
Kick..............5     Kick..............5
Throw.............3     Throw.............4
Joint.............4     Joint.............5
Stretch...........3     Stretch...........3
Power.............5     Flying............4
Agility...........3     Body..............3
Arm...............2     Lariat............4
Technical.........5     Technical.........6
Rough.............3     Rough.............3
MMA Overall.......2     MMA Overall.......3
Entertain.........1     Entertain.........8
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OFF. SUB-TOTAL...40     DEF. SUB-TOTAL...52

TOTAL SKILL POINTS (on a scale from 0-380): 114

STATISTICAL COMPARISON: As you might expect, the Crush Gals are an
extremely well balanced tag team in Fire Pro Returns. Their Special Skills
allow for quite a bit of creativity and versatility, as Nagayo's "Stardom"
will have you appealing to the crowd for support at the end of a close
match, while Asuka's "Strikeback" will give her a two-point offensive
parameter boost just when things are getting tough.

There are also some offensive and defensive parameter differences between
Nagayo and Asuka, but the difference is never more than one, nothing that
makes one an obvious choice over the other in any particular situation
except for one: bleeding. Perhaps due to her brief stint in the hardcore
promotion FMW, Nagayo's spirit actually increases when she is bleeding,
while Asuka's decreases.

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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

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-CHIGUSA NAGAYO-
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STRIKES
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Standing ([]).................................Low Kick
Standing (X)...............................Middle Kick
Standing (O) + d-pad.........................High Kick
Standing (O)...............................Thrust Kick
Standing ([]) + (X)..................FLYING KNEEL KICK [S]
Running ([])....................................Lariat
Running (X)..............................Two-Step Kick
Running (O)..........................Flying Kneel Kick
Running Counter ([])......................Knuckle Part
Running Counter (X).....................Back Body Drop
Running Counter (O).......................Front Suplex
Running to corner....................Flying Kneel Kick
Co-op Irish whip to corner..................Back Elbow
Corner-to-center attack...........................none

GRAPPLES
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Grapple ([]).............................Backhand Chop
Grapple ([]) + Up.....................Female Body Slam
Grapple ([]) + Left/Right..................Flying Mare
Grapple ([]) + Down..................Upper Elbow Smash
Grapple (X).................................Sweep Kick
Grapple (X) + Up...................Delayed Brainbuster
Grapple (X) + Left/Right................Belly-to-Belly
Grapple (X) + Down..........................Piledriver
Grapple (O)..........................Leg Headbutt Rush
Grapple (O) + Up.....................RUNNING POWERBOMB [F]
Grapple (O) + Left/Right..........Northern Lights Bomb
Grapple (O) + Down.........................SUPER FREAK [S]
Grapple ([]) + (X)...................DEATH VALLEY BOMB [S]
Back Grapple ([]).....................Enzui Kneel Kick
Back Grapple (X)......................Twisted Backdrop
Back Grapple (O)......................SCISSORS SLEEPER [S]
Back Grapple (O) + Up/Down........Jpn. Leg Roll Clutch
Back Grapple (O) + Left/Right............German Suplex
Back Grapple ([]) + (X)...................Tiger Suplex
Back Grapple Counter ([])...................Elbow Bunt
Back Grapple Counter (X)...................Back Switch

OPPONENT DOWN MOVES
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Opponent Face Up at Head (X)......Both Hands-Press Pin
Opponent Face Up at Head (O)............Dragon Sleeper
Opponent Face Up at Feet (X)........Scorpion Deathlock
Opponent Face Up at Feet (O)........Stomping (Stomach)
Opponent Face Down at Head (X)......Stranglehold Alpha
Opponent Face Down at Head (O)..............Elbow Drop
Opponent Face Down at Feet (X)......Hooked-Leg Pinfall
Opponent Face Down at Feet (O).........Stomping (Back)
Running at Downed Opponent (O)................Stomping

MMA MOVES
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Guard Attack ([])........................Knuckle Arrow
Guard Attack (X)............................X Arm Hold
Guard Attack (O).............................Heel Hold
Guard Counter........................Triangle Scissors
Mount/Facelock Attack ([]).........Side Body Knee Lift
Mount/Facelock Attack (X)...............Front Necklock
Mount/Facelock Attack (O)...............Powerbomb Whip
Mount/Facelock Counter......................Hammerlock
Back Mount Attack ([])...................Knuckle Arrow
Back Mount Attack (X)....................Choke Sleeper
Back Mount Attack (O).......................X Arm Hold
Back Mount Counter................Rev. Cross Knee Hold

POST AND APRON MOVES
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Post ([])............................Diving Elbow Drop
Post (X)...............................Diving Headbutt
Post (O)..................................Missile Kick
Post ([]) + (X).....................Diving Body Attack
Running Dive ([]).................................none
Running Dive (X)..................................none
Corner Grapple (O) + Up...........2nd Rope Brainbuster
Corner Grapple (O) + Left/Right......Corner Auto Chops
Corner Grapple (O) + Down............Top Rope Backdrop
Corner (Top Rope) Counter [F]...........Powerbomb Whip
Corner (Top Rope) Counter [B]................Fall Back
Inside Apron Grapple...............Brainbuster to Ring
Outside Apron Grapple..............Landing Brainbuster
Run to outside............................Suicide Dive
Dive out ring..........................Plancha Suicida
Dive in ring......................................none
Cage Dive.........................................none

DOUBLE AND TRIPLE TEAM MOVES
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Front Double Team.................Bomb Neck Drop Combo
Back Double Team.......................Sandwich Lariat
Corner Double Team................Bomb Neck Drop Combo
Front Triple Team...................Triple Hammer Blow
Back Triple Team....................Triple Hammer Blow
Corner Triple Team....................Triple Powerbomb

PERFORMANCE
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Entry Performance...................Looks Around Crowd
Analog Stick Left...................Looks Around Crowd
Analog Stick Right......................Clapping Hands
Analog Stick Up.........................Hands Gut Pose
Analog Stick Down....................Neck Cutting Pose

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-LIONESS ASUKA-
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STRIKES
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Standing ([]).................................Low Kick
Standing (X)...............................Middle Kick
Standing (O) + d-pad.........................High Kick
Standing (O).........................REVERSE SPIN KICK [S]
Standing ([]) + (X)........................Poison Mist
Running ([])...........................Shoulder Tackle
Running (X).....................................Lariat
Running (O)..........................Flying Kneel Kick
Running Counter ([])......................Knuckle Part
Running Counter (X)..................Reverse Spin Kick
Running Counter (O)......................Side Arm Hold
Running to corner...............................Lariat
Co-op Irish whip to corner..................Back Elbow
Corner-to-center attack...........................none

GRAPPLES
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Grapple ([])................................Body Punch
Grapple ([]) + Up.....................Female Body Slam
Grapple ([]) + Left/Right...................Elbow Bunt
Grapple ([]) + Down........................Flying Mare
Grapple (X).........................Short Range Lariat
Grapple (X) + Up...........................Brainbuster
Grapple (X) + Left/Right.............Double Arm Suplex
Grapple (X) + Down..........................Sweep Kick
Grapple (O)..............................Side Arm Hold
Grapple (O) + Up............................KI CRUSHER [F]
Grapple (O) + Left/Right.................Fireball Bomb
Grapple (O) + Down.................MICHINOKU DRIVER II [S]
Grapple ([]) + (X)......................Powerbomb Whip
Back Grapple ([])...........................Neck Smash
Back Grapple (X).....................Leg Lift Backdrop
Back Grapple (O)..................Torture Camel Clutch
Back Grapple (O) + Up/Down..........German Suplex Whip
Back Grapple (O) + Left/Right............German Suplex
Back Grapple ([]) + (X)..............TOWER HACKER BOMB [S]
Back Grapple Counter ([])...................Elbow Bunt
Back Grapple Counter (X).................Side Arm Hold

OPPONENT DOWN MOVES
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Opponent Face Up at Head (X)......Both Hands-Press Pin
Opponent Face Up at Head (O)..........Soccer Ball Kick
Opponent Face Up at Feet (X)........Scorpion Deathlock
Opponent Face Up at Feet (O)...............Giant Swing
Opponent Face Down at Head (X).................Pinfall
Opponent Face Down at Head (O).....Stepover Armbreaker
Opponent Face Down at Feet (X)......Rev. Achilles Hold
Opponent Face Down at Feet (O).......Knee Stamp (Knee)
Running at Downed Opponent (O)..............Foot Stamp

MMA MOVES
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Guard Attack ([])........................Knuckle Arrow
Guard Attack (X)...........................Collar Lock
Guard Attack (O).............................Heel Hold
Guard Counter........................Triangle Scissors
Mount/Facelock Attack ([])..............Face Knee Lift
Mount/Facelock Attack (X)...............Front Necklock
Mount/Facelock Attack (O)...............Powerbomb Whip
Mount/Facelock Counter......................Hammerlock
Back Mount Attack ([])...................Knuckle Arrow
Back Mount Attack (X)...............Body Choke Sleeper
Back Mount Attack (O)................Reverse Powerbomb
Back Mount Counter................Rev. Cross Knee Hold

POST AND APRON MOVES
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Post ([])............................Diving Foot Stamp
Post (X)..............................Diving Knee Drop
Post (O)..................................Missile Kick
Post ([]) + (X)..........................Diving Lariat
Running Dive ([]).................................none
Running Dive (X)..................................none
Corner Grapple (O) + Up............AVALANCHE JUMP BOMB [S]
Corner Grapple (O) + Left/Right.............Iconoclasm
Corner Grapple (O) + Down............Top Rope Backdrop
Corner (Top Rope) Counter [F].....Crushing Brainbuster
Corner (Top Rope) Counter [B]................Fall Back
Inside Apron Grapple.................Inferno Powerbomb
Outside Apron Grapple..............Landing Brainbuster
Run to outside.........................Plancha Suicida
Dive out ring..........................Plancha Suicida
Dive in ring......................................none
Cage Dive............................Diving Foot Stamp

DOUBLE AND TRIPLE TEAM MOVES
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Front Double Team.................Bomb Neck Drop Combo
Back Double Team.......................Sandwich Lariat
Corner Double Team................Bomb Neck Drop Combo
Front Triple Team...................Triple Hammer Blow
Back Triple Team....................Triple Hammer Blow
Corner Triple Team....................Triple Powerbomb

PERFORMANCE
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Entry Performance..........................Arm Raise 1
Analog Stick Left..........................Arm Raise 1
Analog Stick Right.........................Hands Cross
Analog Stick Up.........................Hands Gut Pose
Analog Stick Down....................Look Around Crowd

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==SECTION 4: STRATEGY==
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GENERAL STRATEGY
The Crush Gals are collectively situated near the upper class of the joshi
wrestler division in Fire Pro Returns. They aren't head and shoulders
above their contemporaries as you might expect, but at the same time they
are more than capable of holding their own, and can even compete with the
majority of junior male wrestlers in the game. Of course they're going to
run into a problem against heavyweights, but the same can be said about
just about any of the joshi wrestlers in Fire Pro.

It's never a chore finding a way to win with the Crush Gals, as their
attacks consist of a solid balance of strikes (various kicks) and power
based grapples (mainly powerbombs). Just about anything they do they do
well, be it setting up a basic attack on a downed opponent taking to the
top rope for a dangerous backdrop or brainbuster.

Overall, your focus with the Crush Gals should be on using anything and
everything at your disposal, and putting on a fast-paced and entertaining
match at the same time.

STRIKES
When it comes to striking with the Crush Gals, you're going to be doing
some kicking. And then some more kicking. And then some more again. That's
all either of them have in their standing strike repertoire (save for
Lioness Asuka's Poison Mist attack!). Asuka also has one more point in the
offensive Kick category, making her a slightly better option if you're
planning on slugging it out.

GRAPPLES
Both Chigusa Nagayo and Lioness Asuka have some really solid powerbombs in
the Strong Front Grapple category, both of their Finishers are also in
this category, as well as three of their Specials. The point is that the
Crush Gals have about as much potential for ending a match with one of
their strong grapples as any other tag team, and certainly anyone in the
joshi division.

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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: The Crush Gals
(c)2007 Bill Wood