Paul London FAQ. by John Woodman
WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2006 on SuperCheats.com



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                    *     PAUL LONDON CHARACTER FAQ    *
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                    * FOR SMACKDOWN! vs RAW 2006 (PS2) *
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                    *           VERSION  1.3           *
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                    *         BY JOHN WOODMAN          *
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                    *           FOR PS2 & PSP          *
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1.0) Introduction
    1.1) Legal
    1.5) About me
    1.2) Contact me
    1.3) Autorized publishing
    1.4) Aknowledgements

2.0) Version history

3.0) Bio

4.0) Moves
    4.1) Standard actions
    4.2) Standing
    4.3) Ground
    4.4) Corner
    4.5) Rope
    4.6) Diving
    4.7) Dash
    4.8) Tag Team
    4.9) Special

5.0) Statistics

6.0) Game review



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1.0) Introduction
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Hi. This is the WWE: Smackdown! vs RAW 2006 FAQ for Paul London, a very good
cruiserweight, while I am writing this, holding the Tag Team Title with Brian
Kendrik.



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1.1) Legal
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This document and all of its content is copyright of Woodman (myself). All
information in this document were written by me, and all contributions will
receive their credits as soon I'll enter them in the FAQ.

The only site where this guide is available is www.GameFAQs.com
If you would like this FAQ on your site, please Email me requesting permission
to, and I will probably allow you to do so. However, the guide must not be
changed in any way.

This guide was made only for the purpose of helping other people, and I don't
intend to use it for profit, and I would really really appreciate it if no one
else does it too. This guide is as free as everyone of us is.

Copyright 2006 by Woodman



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1.2) About me
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I am a 30 years old man, and always liked wrestling, I started with WWF for a
lot of years, but after some years "TV Koper" stopped broadcasting it.

I passed a lot of years without wrestling (except for videogames), and now I
can only watch "Smackdown!" and NWE, because the other shows are on satellite
Pay TV, and I can't watch them.

I am Italian, and I live in a small town called Castelfranco Veneto. Right now
I am studying to became a sort of sanitarian operator (called O.S.S.)

My dream? To marry with my girlfriend Eleonor.



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1.3) Contact me
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If you want to contact me, write me to this address:

NOSPAM!woodman76   @   libero.it

Simply remove NOSPAM! and assemble my complete address, it's very simple.
Please write me, for suggestion, corrections and other things like this about
this FAQ. I will be happy to answer you.

By the way... sorry if sometimes my English is not perfect... after all, I am
Italian, and English it's not my first language.

You can write me in English or Italian with no problem.



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1.4) Autorized publishing
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There are the sites autorized to publish my Create a Wrestler FAQ. If you want
this FAQ on your site, please ask me my written permission, I think it will be
given without any problem, if this FAQ will be freely available on your site.

www.neoseeker.com

www.supercheats.com

See how to contact me at 1.02 section. Thank you.



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1.5) Aknowledgements
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Andre the Giant: for being the best legend of all time! (At least for me.)

Eddie Guerrero: for being a myth, and now a legend.

Goldust & Eugene: for being my favourite wrestlers. (Sad they are not on 2007.)

My friend Ariadna: for our long distance friendship (Italy - Mexico).

My girlfriend Eleonor: for loving me, even if she doesn't like Wrestling.

My Pc and Notepad program: for allowing me writing this guide.

Sony: For creating the PSX and PS2 consoles (and for the future PS3).

THQ: the creators of a lot of good wrestling games (some bugs apart).

WWE: for all the wrestling I love.

WWF: for all the wrestling I loved, and I will always love.



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2.0) Version history
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1.0 (10 September 2006): first complete writing.

1.1 (15 September 2006): some correcions and additions.

1.2 (25 September 2006): bio added, and updated the FAQ layout. I hope you will
like my work. Remember to vote for my FAQ in Gamefaqs.com, if you can.

1.3 (21 October 2006): now this guide is good for both PS2 and PSP, and I also
added the game review.



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3.0) Bio
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Real name: Paul Michael Sanchez-Garcia London

Ring name: Paul London

Height: 5 feet 10 inches (178 cm)

Weight: 195 pounds (93 kg)

Born: 16 April, 1980. Austin, Texas

Finishing Move: Calling London, London Calling 

Career Titles:

- WWE Tag Team Championship (1 with Billy Kidman, 1 with Brian Kendrik)
- WWE Cruiserweight Championship
- ECWA Super 8 Tournament Winner (2003)
- FC United States Champion 
- FC Television Champion 
- FC Hardcore Champion 
- FC Tag Team Champion 
- CTPW Cruiserweight Champion 
- NWA Texas Television Champion 
- PCW Television Champion
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter 2004 Most Underrated Wrestler

Paul Michael Sanchez-Garcia London (born April 16, 1980) is an American
professional wrestler performing for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) on the
SmackDown! brand where he is one half of the WWE Tag Team Champions with his
tag team partner, Brian Kendrick.

London previously worked for Ring of Honor, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling,
and various independent and Japanese promotions. London has been nicknamed the
"Excellence of Innovation" due to his innovative high-flying style of
wrestling.

London graduated high school and went on to college. While in college London
would train to become a professional wrestler in a nearby training school.
London did not tell his family about his ambition of being a professional
wrestler, nor did he inform them during the first 3 years of this career in
fear of being disowned by his parents. He eventually dropped out of college to
concentrate on his wrestling career.

London's main exposure came from his work in the Ring of Honor promotion.
During his time working for ROH, London's matches were often accompanied by
chants of "please don't die" as a reference to his wild style. While in ROH,
London feuded with Spanky and had acclaimed matches against other Shawn
Michaels-trained wrestlers such as Bryan Danielson and Matt Bentley. London's
final match in ROH was a failed attempt to de-throne the ROH World Champion,
Samoa Joe.

He had a short stint with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling in 2003. He made
three appearances for the promotion throughout the year.

London went on to sign a WWE Development deal in mid-2003, working a few dark
matches before being sent to its development territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling
on August 30, 2003. London would make his official WWE television debut on the
SmackDown! brand, losing to Brock Lesnar in a try-out match on October 9, 2003.

He later began tag teaming with fellow cruiserweight and former ROH star,
Spanky. The team was a mainstay on SmackDown!'s sister show, WWE Velocity,
until Spanky left the company.

After this London would be placed with a new tag team partner, Billy Kidman.
This team had more success and went on to win the WWE Tag Team Titles from The
Dudley Boyz on July 8, 2004.

The championship run of this face team came to an abrupt end after Kidman
turned his back on London, leaving him to wrestle a tag team title match on his
own. The heel turn came off the back of a legitimate injury on an August 24,
2004 taping of SmackDown!, where Billy Kidman's Shooting Star Press caused
Chavo Guerrero to suffer a concussion and be taken to the hospital. London and
Kidman continued their feud for a few months before London was placed in the
hunt for the cruiserweight gold.

In 2005, he began a feud with Chavo Guerrero, which later saw London win the
WWE Cruiserweight Championship from him in a Cruiserweight Battle Royal on
March 31, 2005.

The pair continued their feud and had a Cruiserweight title match on June 23,
2005, but this title match was quickly interrupted by The Mexicools, who also
interrupted a rematch the following week. On July 14, 2005, Paul London teamed
with Scotty 2 Hotty and Funaki to face The Mexicools. The ending of the match
saw Juventud perform London's 450 Splash on London for the win, almost injuring
him in the process.

As a result of the number of injuries it was reported that WWE management told
their cruiserweight stars to tone down their high flying nature, banning both
the 450 splash and the shooting star press. Paul London, who used the shooting
star on July 30, 2005 in a WWE Velocity match with Nunzio, was told afterwards
not to use the move anymore, and to come up with a new finisher. Ironically he
was the one injured by a 450 splash before the decision was made to ban the
move. He was said to be notably upset, and even went to Vince McMahon to air
his views. London went on to lose the WWE Cruiserweight Title on August 6,
2005 on the next edition of WWE Velocity to Nunzio, an apparent sign that his
meeting with McMahon was not well received.

London was then taken off TV and was said to be at home dealing with a family
illness. London then had a short-lived heel turn where he complained about his
treatment in WWE, he used many non-crowd pleasing tactics, such as complaining
to the ref while wrestling and tried out new moves which he could use for a new
finisher. During this time he would go on a long losing streak before returning
as a face and re-teaming with the newly rehired Brian Kendrick, who was
previously known as Spanky.

On the December 17th edition of Velocity the pair remade their image, They wore
masks like those used in theatre plays to the ring and matching shiny purple,
later becoming blue, vests and shorts. The new image brought new life to the
team who would go on to produce an impressive showing against then tag team
champions, MNM. On April 7, 2006 edition of SmackDown! London and Kendrick
would once again face MNM, this time picking up a win in a non-title match
against the reigning WWE Tag Team champions. London and Kendrick would
continue their winning streak on the champions, including singles victories for
both Kendrick and London on Johnny Nitro and Joey Mercury respectively. The
pair defeated MNM during WWE Judgment Day to win the WWE Tag Team Titles.

As WWE Tag Team Champions, Kendrick and London would go on to successfully
defend their titles against other tag teams on the SmackDown! brand; including
The Mexicools and The Pit Bulls. In August the champions would feud with the
debuting team of KC James & Idol Stevens.



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4.0 Moves
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Here is the legend for all the moves:

O:  Circle
X:  Cross
T:  Triangle
[]: Square

H: Head damage
A: Arms damage
B: Body damage
L: Legs damage

Sta: Stamina requirements
Mom: Momentum charge

Blood: Blood move
Dirty: Dirty move
Fav:   Favorite move
KO:    KO move
Pin:   Pin move
Sub:   Submission move



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4.1) Standard actions
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Ring In Move            Slide In

Ring Out Move           One Handstand Ring Out

Taunt:
- Right analog down     Hand-Clapping
- Right analog left     Come On!
- Right analog up       Cut Throat
- Right analog right    Shouting

Fighting Stance         Wrestling 1

Walking Motion          Normal

Running Motion          Normal



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4.2) Standing
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Strike Attack:                
- Down + X             Dropsault             - H 4, A 1, L 1, B 4, Sta 6,
                                               Mom 6, Fav
- Diagonal down + X    Toe Kick 1            - H 1, A 1, L 1, B 2, Sta 4, Mom 4
- Left + X             Back Chop 4           - H 2, A 1, L 1, B 2, Sta 4, Mom 4
- Diagonal + up + X    Spinning Wheel Kick 1 - H 4, A 1, L 1, B 4, Sta 6, Mom 6
- Up + X               Enzuigiri             - H 4, Sta 6, Mom 6
- Right + X            Middle Kick           - H 1, A 1, L 1, B 4, Sta 6, Mom 6

Grapple moves:

(clean)
- O                Arm Drag 3       - H 4, B 6, Stam 8, Mom 10
    - Down + O     Small Package 1  - H 1, A 1, L 1, B 4, Sta 6, Mom 8, Pin
    - Left + O     Snapmare 2       - H 4, B 6, Sta 8, Mom 10
    - Up + O       DDT 8            - H 12, Stam 12, Mom 14, Blood
    - Right + O    Body Knee Strike - B 10, Stam 8, Mom 10

(dirty)
- O                Eye Rake 1     - H 8, Stam 8, Mom 10, Dirty
    - Down + O     Low Blow 5     - B 16, Sta 16, Mom 18, Dirty
    - Left + O     Eye Rake 2     - H 10, Stam 8, Mom 10, Dirty
    - Up + O       Eye Poke 2     - H 6, Stam 8, Mom 10, Dirty
    - Right + O    Feint Eye Poke - H 4, Stam 8, Mom 10, Dirty

- Down + O         Submission
    - O            Hammer Lock - A 8, Stam 8, Mom 10
    - Down + O     Leg Lock 2  - L 14, Stam 3, Mom 10, Sub A
    - Left + O     Headlock 4  - H 8, Stam 8, Mom 10
    - Up + O       Armbar 2    - A 10, Stam 3, Mom 10, Sub B
    - Right + O    Armbar 4    - A 12, Stam 3, Mom 10, Sub A

- Left + O         Speed category
    - O            Shuffle Side Kick 4 - H 8, Stam 8, Mom 10
    - Down + O     Arm Drag 4          - B 10, Stam 8, Mom 10
    - Left + O     Arm Drag 5          - H 4, B 6, Stam 8, Mom 10
    - Up + O       Jawbreaker 1        - H 10, Stam 8, Mom 10
    - Right + O    Step Up Enzuigiri   - H 12, Stam 12, Mom 14

- Up + O           Technical category
    - O            Scoop Slam 3             - A 6, B 4, Sta 8, Mom 10
    - Down + O     Fisherman Suplex         - L 1, B 12, Sta 12, Mom 14
    - Left + O     Belly To Belly 4         - B 12, Sta 12, Mom 14
    - Up + O       Northern Lights Suplex 1 - H 4, B 14, Sta 16, Mom 18
    - Right + O    Half Nelson Face Buster  - H 16, Sta 16, Mom 18

- Right + O        Brawler category
    - O            Back Rolling 4        - B 1, Sta 6, Mom 8
    - Down + O     Cruiserweight Moves 5 - B 2, Sta 8, Mom 16
    - Left + O     Hurracanrana 4        - H 8, B 4, Sta 12, Mom 14
    - Up + O       DDT 12                - H 16, Sta 16, Mom 18, Blood
    - Right + O    Victory Roll Pin 3    - H 2, B 2, Sta 6, Mom 8, Pin

- X                Grapple Attack
    - X (1st)      Grapple Elbow Strike 1 - H 3, Sta 2, Mom 3
    - X (2nd)      Grapple Elbow Strike 1 - H 3, Sta 2, Mom 3
    - X (3rd)      Grapple Elbow Strike 1 - H 3, Sta 2, Mom 3

Grapple from behind:
- 0                Rolling Clutch Pin      - H 2, B 2, Sta 6, Mom 10, Pin
- Down + O         Backbreaker 6           - B 14, Sta 12, Mom 16
- Left + O         Cruiserweight Moves 2   - B 8, Sta 8, Mom 12
- Up + O           Elbow To Back Of Head 2 - H 10, Sta 8, Mom 12
- Right + O        Forearm Smash           - H 10, Sta 8, Mom 12

(With groggy opponent)
- 0                Hurracanrana Pin 3 - H 2, B 2, Sta 6, Mom 10, Pin
- Down + O         DDT 17             - H 10, Sta 8, Mom 12
- Left + O         Belly To Back 2    - B 12, Sta 8, Mom 12
- Up + O           Sleeper Hold 3     - H 8, Sta 3, Mom 10, Sub A
- Right + O        German Suplex 4    - H 12, B 4, Sta 12, Mom 16

Top of cell attack:
(forward)
- O                    Downward Trust - H 15, A 15, L 15, B 15, Sta 16, Mom 40
- O + Any direction    Downward Trust - H 15, A 15, L 15, B 15, Sta 16, Mom 40

(backward)
- O                    Downward Trust - H 15, A 15, L 15, B 15, Sta 16, Mom 40
- O + Any direction    Downward Trust - H 15, A 15, L 15, B 15, Sta 16, Mom 40



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4.3) Ground
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Strike Attack:
- X                   Angry Stomp  - H 2, A 2, L 2, B 2, Sta 3, Mom 2
- Up / Down + X       Leg Drop 2   - H 4, A 4, L 4, B 4, Sta 5, Mom 4
- Left / Right + X    Elbow Drop 1 - H 4, A 4, L 4, B 4, Sta 5, Mom 4

Grapple Moves:
(upper)
- O            Raise
- Double O     Sit Down
- Down + O     Pin Fall              - H 1, A 1, B 1, Sta 3, Mom 3
- Left + O     Oklahoma Roll Pin 1   - H 1, A 2, Sta 6, Mom 10, Pin
- Up + O       Cruiserweight Moves 3 - B 8, Sta 8, Mom 12
- Right + O    Moonsault Splash 2    - B 10, Sta 8, Mom 12

(lower)
- O            Raise
- Double O     Sit Down
- Down + O     Pin Fall              - B 1, Sta 5
- Left + O     Moonsault Splash 3    - B 10, Sta 8, Mom 12
- Up + O       Cruiserweight Moves 4 - B 8, Sta 8, Mom 12
- Right + O    Mexican Stretch 3     - A 2, L 4, B 4, Sta 3, Mom 10, Sub B



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4.4) Corner
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Strike Attaks:
- X                    On The Top Rope - H 7, Sta 7, Mom 7
- X + any direction    Cross Body 2    - H 9, Sta 10, Mom 10
(sit)
- X                    Knee Attack 1   - H 9, Sta 10, Mom 10

Grapple Moves:
- O                    10 Punch       - H 10, Sta 8, Mom 12
- Down + O             DDT 20         - H 16, Sta 12, Mom 16
- Left + O             Hurracanrana 9 - H 10, B 4, Sta 12, Mom 16
- Up + O               Superplex 1    - B 14, Sta 12, Mom 16
- Right + O            Knee Strike 3  - H 10, Sta 8, Mom 12
(sit)
- O                    Raise the Opponent Up
- O + any direction    Pushes Turnbuckle - B 10, Sta 8, Mom 12, Dirty

Grapple From Behind:
- O            Turnbuckle Smash  - H 9, Sta 8, Mom 12
- Down + O     Mule Kick         - H 6, B 8, Sta 12, Mom 16
- Left + O     Lucha DDT         - H 14, Sta 12, Mom 16, KO
- Up + O       Super Back Suplex - H 10, B 6, Sta 12, Mom 16
- Right + O    Forearm to Back   - B 11, Sta 8, Mom 12



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4.5) Rope
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Groggy on ropes:
- O + any direction    Elbow & Irish Whip - H 6, Sta 8, Mom 12

Rebound Attack:
(opponent up)
- T + X    Clothesline 14   - H 6, Sta 7, Mom 7
(opponent down)
- T + X    Running Leg Drop - H 7, A 7, L 7, B 7, Sta 8, Mom 7
(opponent outside ring)
- T + X    Moonsault Attack - H 12, A 6, L 1, B 12, Sta 12, Mom 20

Diving out of the ring attack:
- [] + X   Rope Flip 2      - H 12, A 6, L 1, B 12, Sta 12, Mom 20



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4.6) Diving
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Vs standing Opponent
- Left + X     Dragonrana Pin      - H 5, B 5, Sta 12, Mom 24, Pin
- Right + X    Diving Hurracanrana - H 6, B 4, Sta 7, Mom 10

Vs downed Opponent
- X            Diving Elbow Drop     - H 1, A 1, L 1, B 9, Sta 9, Mom 20
- Left + X     Shooting Star Press 1 - H 1, A 1, L 1, B 15, Sta 15, Mom 18,
                                       Pin, Fav
- Right + X    Diving Moonsault 1    - H 1, A 1, L 1, B 11, Sta 11, Mom 24, Pin



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4.7) Dash
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Running Strikes:
- X                    Kitchen Sink 1        - B 6, Sta 7, Mom 7
- Any direction + X    Spinning Wheel Kick 2 - H 6, Sta 7, Mom 7, Blood

Running Grapples:
- Down + O    Baseball Slide 2 - Sta 12, Mom 14
- Up + O      Neckbreaker 2    - H 11, Sta 9, Mom 11

Rear Techniques:
- O             Throw Back         - H 10, Sta 8, Mom 10, Blood
- O (groggy)    Rolling Clutch Pin - H 2, B 2, Sta 6, Mom 10, Pin

Running Ground Attack:
- [] + X                    Elbow Drop 5 - H 7, A 7, L 7, B 7, Sta 8, Mom 7
- [] + any direction + X    Running Leg Drop - H 7, A 7, L 7, B 7, Sta 8, Mom 7

Counter Attack:
- O                  Arm Lock 1         - A 10, B 4, Sta 3, Mom 14, Sub A
- Up / Down + O      Back Body Drop 1   - B 12, Sta 12, Mom 14
- Left / Right + O   Hurracanrana Pin 2 - H 1, A 1, L 1, B 1, Sta 6, Mom 8,
                                          Pin, Fav



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4.8) Tag Team
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Standing Tag Team:
- O            Low Blow & Knee Attack - H 8, B 6, Sta 11, Mom 14, Pin
- Down + O     Double DDT    - H 14, Sta 14, Mom 16, Blood
- Left + O     Double Suplex      - B 14, Sta 14, Mom 16
- Up + O       Double Clothesline - H 12, B 4, Sta 14, Mom 16
- Right + O    Double Beat Head   - H 14, Sta 13, Mom 14

Corner Tag Team:
- O            Kick To Gut 1      - B 14, Sta 12, Mom 12
- Down + O     Cool Leg Drop      - H 10, B 8, Sta 16, Mom 18
- Left + O     Double Stomping    - B 12, Sta 16, Mom 18
- Up + O       Falling Powerbomb  - H 12, B 6, Sta 16, Mom 18
- Right + O    Body Splash & Whip - B 10, Sta 16, Mom 16



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4.9) Special
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Finisher:
- L1                    450 Splash Pin    - H 1, A 1, L, 1, B 13, Sta 13,
                                            Mom 24, Pin
- Any direction + L1    Dragon Suplex Pin - H 12, B 4, Sta 16, Mom 12, Pin

Signature Moves:
-       Dropsault             - H 4, A 1, L 1, B 4, Sta 6, Mom 6, Fav
-       Shooting Star Press 1 - H 1, A 1, L 1, B 15, Sta 15, Mom 18, Pin, Fav
-       Hurracanrana Pin 2    - H 1, A 1, L 1, B 1, Sta 6, Mom 8, Pin, Fav

Chair Finisher:
- L1                    DDT 23 - H 20, Sta 18, Mom 30, Blood
- Any direction + L1    DDT 23 - H 20, Sta 18, Mom 30, Blood

Combination Attack:
- X (1st)    Elbow Smash 1 - H 2, A 1, L 1, B 2, Sta 4, Mom 4
- X (2nd)    Elbow Smash 1 - H 2, A 1, L 1, B 2, Sta 4, Mom 4
- X (3rd)    Back Chop 3   - H 6, A 1, L 1, B 6, Sta 9, Mom 9



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5.0) Statistics
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Strength:    6.5
Submission:  7.5
Durabillity: 7.5
Tecnhique:   8
Speed:       9
Charisma:    6.5
Hardcore:    6.5
Stamina:     9
Overall:     80
Show:        Smackdown!



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6.0 Game review
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This is mi personal review for this game. I hope it can help you to decide if
to buy it or not. You can find this review on Gamefaqs.com, the first free
source of faqs all over the web.

Time to walk the ring one more time!

Here I am, to talk about another game about the WWE universe. But is that a
good game? On a first look this game can be taken as an update of his
predecessor, Smackdown! vs RAW, but it offers more on every aspect, like
gameplay and value that you will like it. Keep reading, if you want to know
more.

Graphics: 9/10

Every game they improve the graphic. Smackdown! vs RAW 2006 is no exception,
they scan the wrestler faces, and you can see the results with your own eyes.
The only thing I don't like, it's a problem I see every WWE game. I am talking
about the "create a wrestler" section.

I know that a Playstation 2 has some power limits, but I hate when I see my
creation almost perfect, and when it goes to ring is graphically downgraded to
spare console power. It's simply frustrating (if you have a lot of created
wrestlers like me.)

But the arenas, detailed, well done... but they looks exactly like the last
year arenas.

Another good addition to the graphic side are the entrances, this year they are
very well detailed, and almost all of them are marvellous reproductions of real
WWE superstars entrances. With some exceptions, of course (Batista and others).

The create an entrance section this year gives you more tools to prepare a
better entrance, allowing you to choose lights, pyros and moves for every
section of the stadium. That is a very good thing, but when I prepared my first
entrance, it took almost one hour to check every single camera position!

Sound: 10/10

This time you will hear a lot of voices from your favourite wrestlers, music
are very good, and entrance music are reproduced very well, in an almost
perfect way. This time is a professional work that won't disappoint you in any
way.

Unfortunately the commentary can't be described as above. It will give you a
bad feeling of repetition, hearing all the times you do a finishing move the
same words and phrases over and over again.

Controls: 9/10

Controls are well distributed on the gamepad, and they work fast. The only
thing I never liked is the targeting system. Almost every time I try to target
a different opponent I target my own partner, or the referee or even the wrong
enemy.

In a single match it's not a real problem, but on multi-opponent matches, like
the Royal Rumble, it's a real pain.

Gameplay: 8/10

No doubt that Smackdown! vs RAW 2006 is a really great game. So, why I gave
only 8 points on gameplay? It's sad to say that, but... if you play that game
alone, it's not too fun. The core of the entire game, the season, it's made by
only a few episodes. You will play two episodes (not chosen randomly), the
Royal Rumble episode, and then the Wrestlemania Episode (and not for all
wrestlers, some of them won't be available for season play.)

No more, no less. There are no plots like title defence or parties, like Here
Comes the Pain (the best season of all WWE games). When I played the game for
the first time I was really disappointed of that, and I think it will be the
same for you.

The roster is pretty good, a huge selection of WWE superstars and divas like
Trish Stratus, the Undertaker, Batista and John Cena.

There is also a legend selection that includes Andre the Giant, three (yes,
three) almost identical version of the legendary Hulk Hogan, and the usual
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin and the Rock.

I was disappointed to have three different version of the same wrestler, I
think it's a waste of space than can be used for other wrestlers and legends.

Another bad thing it's the idea to put Jake "the Snake" Roberts in the game,
but you have to connect your PS2 with a PSP with him unlocked in that, then
transfer it to your PS2.

Sincerely, I find all this stuff nothing more than a marketing manoeuvre to
promote the PSP. 

Of course, if you have the old PS2 (not the slim version), you can't connect
with a PSP, and it's very difficult you will ever see Jake Roberts on your
machine.

If you play this game with at least a friend... this changes a lot. I have
played with a multi-tap, and four friends, and I can assure you that I had the
time of my life! We shouted, insulted each other... we really enjoyed that.

Regarding the multiplayer option, I have the old PS2, and I can't play online,
so I don't know how is this game online, but a lot of people said me that is
slowed down. The online play is hosted on a Gamespy server, and it seems that 
it's not doing a very good job. 

Sometimes after a match the game will freeze up. Another problem is that
sometimes your wins or losses won't even count for some reason or bugs.

I am sorry, but I don't play online, so I donít have more details for you.
The challenges are back in this game again, and add something more to the
length of the game, giving you something more to do in this game. They will
also allow you to unlock special bonus, like furniture for your room, and
increase the durability of the game quite a lot.

There is also a new season type, called General mode. In that season you can
arrange your brand by yourself, creating a roster, deciding all the matches
every week. You decide your marketing strategies, creating feuds and
interfering with the other show.

The only thing I don't like is that you can't decide the match results by
yourself, so, after all you don't have all the control on the brand you will
have as a real General Manager.

This mode has potential, and a lot of it, but it's not really entertaining as
it sound, but, after all, it's the first year that this new game mode is
implemented, I am sure it will be in future WWE games, and will became more and
more fun than now.

Conclusions: 9/10

If you want to play this game alone, I suggest you Here Comes the Pain or
Smackdown! vs RAW. 

But, if you will play this game with some friends, it will give you one of the
most entertaining experience of your life, for you and all your friends. If you
are a fan of the WWE games then you should absolutely try give game, it
absolutely worth the effort.



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