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FIRE PRO WRESTLING RETURNS CHARACTER GUIDE: STAN HANSEN
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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

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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 STAN HANSEN
SECTION 2: SKILL AND PARAMETER STATS
SECTION 3: MOVELIST
SECTION 4: STRATEGY
SECTION 5: CLOSING

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==SECTION 1: HISTORY OF STAN HANSEN==
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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
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* 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
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* AWA World Heavyweight Championship (1)

  Continental Wrestling Association
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* CWA International Heavyweight Championship (1)

  Georgia Championship Wrestling
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* NWA Georgia Heavyweight Championship (2)
* NWA Georgia Tag Team Championship (3)

  Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling / World Championship Wrestling
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* NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (1)
* NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic version) (1)

  NWA Big Time Wrestling
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* NWA Texas Tag Team Championship (1)

  NWA Tri-State
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* NWA North American Heavyweight Championship (Tri-State version) (1)
* NWA Tri-State Tag Team Championship (1)

  National Wrestling Federation
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* NWF Heavyweight Championship (1)

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==SECTION 2: SKILL AND PARAMETER STATS==
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SKILL
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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
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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
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OFF. SUB-TOTAL...69     DEF. SUB-TOTAL...85

TOTAL SKILL POINTS (on a scale from 0-380): 196

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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 ([])....................................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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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==SECTION 4: STRATEGY==
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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.

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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: Stan Hansen
(c)2008 Bill Wood