Hey, everyone! Welcome back to another blog. This time, I'm writing about something I haven't done, at least not on the internet, in a VERY long time. When I first started making my own website, and when I was starting to post art on forums, I posted art of my video game wrestling league.
VHWA, the Video Hardcore Wrestling Association made it's debut in the year 2000 on the N64 with Acclaims WWF Warzone. I had gotten it on sale and at the time was getting into wrestling again after a few years that I had stopped watching (at least WWF and WCW, I was still very much watching Puerto Rican wrestling and was getting into ECW). There were a handful of colorful characters on there, including wrestler versions of Puerto Rican classic characters Turey, his wife Yaya, and his best friend Batu!
My friends and I had a blast with it, and the a little game called No Mercy came out.....little did I know how that would change things for me! By that time, I was BIG into WWF and WCW again. And when No Mercy came out (I had not been a fan of wrestling as much when the classic WCW N64 games and Wrestlemania 2000 came out), my best friends and I all got it at the same time, which, of course, resulted in a inter-promotional war between our leagues. It was such a hype, that my friend and I recorded PROMOS acting as if we were the show announcers going over the card of the night. Unfortunately due to time the VHS of those promos got damaged.
And it was on No Mercy a few months later, would see the birth of my online persona (illo on the left): Lance Danger.
Lance Danger was a combination of my favorite wrestlers at the time: Chris Jericho, Lance Storm (hence the first name Lance), and a homage to Shawn Michales (who hadn't made his comeback at that point yet). He immediately became the most popular wrestler on my roster amongst my friends AND the most hated because he was so resilient, he could take a beating the whole match, either letting them play form the AI or just us controlling them, but at the end he would ALWAYS manage to come out with the win!
And when I started making my own website, his legend grew even more because I would do a weekly blog telling of the characters and storylines. I would tape special shows on VHS and my friends and I would watch it. I would post images of the wrestlers and who held what championship.
When I started to branch out more online and joining more forums and art sites like Deviant Art, Lance Danger would back then (and to this day) be my screen name. Back then he was getting such a following I actually had planned to do a mockumentary of Lance Danger in the style of WWF DVDs featuring the story behind the wrestler.
But by then, many of my friends moved on to other things andI was starting to work more and more on Never Mind and Warlord as webcomics, that eventually there would be no more art or blogs related to the VHWA nor Lance Danger again. But....that doesn't mean the league didn't continue.
Yes, it has spanned now, the N64, the Gamecube, PS2, Wii, PS3, BUT the VHWA has indeed continued for 20 years now. Many characters have come and gone, but the one constant has always been, of course, Lance Danger.
My goal for 2021 is perhaps not doing a weekly show blog of it, but I will be once again doing artwork of the characters and who holds what belts. Sports and comics has always been a big thing in my life, and wrestling pretty much is both things in one, so it's SUPER EXCITING for me to be making art related to this again (I might even do sketches of actual wrestlers). I'm aiming at at least an illustration weekly of a different wrestler including wrestlers that have been "retired". Who knows? After seeing a handful of wrestling based webcomics, I might do a Lance Danger mini or something when I get other projects done, time will tell.
In the meantime, at the bottom will the mock cover to the "DVD" of Lance Danger's story, thank you all for reading, catch you next blog, stay safe!