WWE12 UAE Cinema Gaming Championship
They promised that it would be Bigger, Badder & Better than anything ever seen in the history of gaming and they delivered on that promise a 100%.
After an exhilarating, adrenaline filled battle between some of the Middle East’s top gamers in the field of wrestling, the very first Cinema Gaming Championship came to a close on 17 December, 2011.It truly was an experience not to be missed.
Held at Vox Cinemas in association with VIVA entertainment and other sponsors including LG, the gaming event was the very first of its kind.
An elimination style tournament, this was a spin off of the usual gaming competition due to the fact that it was played on a wide cinema screen with a projector displaying the game through a computer connection.
Several talented challengers had all come to try their luck to win the fabulous prizes up for grabs including a 42 inch LG LCD TV.
Among those competing was fan favourite Aneez Mustafa. Aneez, being veteran of the game, had been playing it since 2000 with his very first version, ‘Smackdown’, and had obtained crowd support due to his friendly attitude and complete focus when it came towards winning the competition.
Also present there was 16 year old Hazim, who after crushing his opponents in the previous two rounds, had rightfully earned his place as one of the 16 finalists.
When questioned as to which wrestler he would be using, he replied ‘CM Punk’ without hesitation. This suggested the intense preparation involved for competing because even selecting a wrestler in most cases determined a win or a loss.
In the preliminaries, 8 out of the 16 challengers were eliminated after a well fought battle against their opponents.
The most notable match in this round was that of Saif versus Hazim. Saif, being a rather well built challenger, chose a wrestler that truly represented his large frame, The Big Show.
Hazim, however, stuck to CM Punk. Despite having been severely harmed by Saif’s tricky combo grapples, after a hard fought battle, Hazim emerged victorious and the participants proceeded into the next round.
On a lighter side of the championship, some of the wrestlers present there knew absolutely nothing about the game itself.
They turned up only for the fantastic prizes given to all participants which consisted of a box set of amazing movies along with a copy of the game for the X BOX, courtesy of VIVA Entertainment.
One such challenger, Jai Lawrence, plainly said that he had no idea how to play but because of the amazing giveaways available, this was a chance he couldn’t afford to miss.
The final match of the tournament depicted pro wrestling in its finest element. In a surprise turn of events, both the fan favourites, Hazim and Aneez, were eliminated in the semi finals and it was up to the underdogs, Abbas and Mohammed, to decide who would emerge the victor.
Unlike regular matches the final round was set at ‘Inferno Style’ in which the ring was set on fire and the momentum of the wrestler’s moves raised the ring’s temperature.
An incredibly difficult match to win, the objective of the round was to throw your opponent out of the ring, thereby burning him.
The trick though, was to get the ring first to 500 degrees before attempting to throw the opponent.
After an incredible battle, in which each of the challengers seemed to have equal opportunity to eliminate the other, Abbas emerged victorious with his wrestler look-alike Sheamus.
Both finalists showed good sportsmanship and shook hands to prove that their really is no hardships when it comes to professional gaming.
Having just won his first tournament Abbas, the victor, said in glee ‘Pinch me to make sure I’m not dreaming’. His very word singled the end of a great tournament and a fantastic time for this lucky reporter.
Hilarity mounted before the challengers left though, as most of them decided to watch the friendly match played by two of the press members of The Republic, in which one of the members lost the match in less than sixty seconds.
Still, the concept of cinema gaming was one of the most unique and most unbelievably exciting experiences ever imagined. Be sure that The Republic will back next year for more Grapples, Finishers and Taunts, something that can only be found at WWE12 UAE Cinema Gaming Championship.
Picture Credit: Nicky Sanotra