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Gods of Darkness

Bow before the Gods of Darkness...

The Gods of Darkness are a villainous professional wrestling tag team in Awesome Championship Wrestling (ACW) performing on the Ignition brand, consisting of Yu-Gi-Oh! characters Yami Bakura and Marik Ishtar.

Bakura and Marik were first put together in April 2013, working under Seto Kaiba's management and started terrorizing other ACW wrestlers and personnel, including Altered Egos, Takashi Komuro, Kohta Hirano, and Jesse Alvarez, among others. They eventually broke out on their own by the end of May, becoming more well known for their dark and disturbing promos, which have drawn comparisons to The Wyatt Family.

Background Edit

  • Series: Yu-Gi-Oh!
  • Formation: April 5, 2013
  • Age: 18 (both)
  • Height: 5'9" (Bakura), 5'11" (Marik)
  • Companies: (Currently) ACW
  • Debut: 2013
  • Combined Weight: 418 lbs. (210 lbs., Bakura; 208 lbs., Marik)
  • Status: Active
  • Billed from: Domino City, Japan (Bakura); Egypt (Marik)
  • Allies: N/A
  • Rivals: Altered Egos (Yugi Mutou and Atem), Highschool of the Dead (Takashi Komuro and Kohta Hirano)
  • Twitter: @SpiritOfDarkness (Bakura), @DarkEgyptianMaster (Marik), @GodsOfDarkness (as a team)

History Edit

Formation Edit

Various Feuds Edit

Concept Edit

Their gimmick comes from the notion of a "religious-fanatical occult" with god-complexes; they have drawn comparisons to real-life stable The Wyatt Family and real-life WWE Superstar The Undertaker for their horror-themed, macabre and ominous promo work as they employ scare tactics and hold links to the supernatural.

In Wrestling Edit

Yami Bakura

The Spirit of Darkness

Marik Ishtar

The Master of Darkness

Double-team finishing moves Edit

  • Black Mass (Bakura uses a Release Gourdbuster to throw an opponent into Ishtar's Front Powerslam) – adopted from Tommy End and Michael Dante
  • Deadly Culmination (Inverted Suplex (Bakura) / Inverted Front Powerslam (Marik) combination)
  • Malevolent Nightmare (Simultaneous Vertebreaker (Bakura) / Diving Double Foot Stomp (Marik) combination)
  • Wrath of the Gods (Running High Knee to a cornered opponent (Bakura) followed by a Discus Elbow Smash (Ishtar))

Double-team signature moves Edit

  • Alley Oop (Ishtar) into a Double Knee Facebuster (Bakura)
  • Alley Oop (Ishtar) / Forward Somersault Cutter from the second rope (Bakura) combination
  • Bakura Powerbombs an opponent into the knees of Marik, who is seated on the top rope
  • Con-chair-to – adopted from Edge and Christian
  • Darkness Reigns (Powerbomb (Bakura) / Running Neckbreaker (Marik) combination)
  • Dead Man's Trigger (Bakura performs a Diving Double Knee Drop while Ishtar holds the opponent in a Cradle Suplex) – adopted from Tommy End and Michael Dante
  • Devil's Due (Wheelbarrow Facebuster (Marik) / Cutter (Bakura) combination)
  • Discus Lariat (Marik) / Striking Spear (Bakura) combination
  • Double Lifting DDT
  • Double Standing Side Slam
  • Infernal Misery (Camel Clutch (Marik) / Cross-legged Boston Crab (Bakura) combination)
  • Sinner's Nirvana (Backbreaker Hold (Bakura) / Shooting Star Press Elbow Drop (Marik) combination)
  • Superkick (Marik) followed by a Running High Knee (Bakura) followed by a No-handed Springboard Moonsault (Marik) followed by a Running Senton (Bakura)
  • Tortured Soul (Bakura hits the Spinning Headlock Elbow Drop to an opponent, driving his back right onto Marik's knee)

Bakura's finishing moves Edit

  • Death Penalty (Swinging Reverse STO)
  • Pentagram Choke
  • Shadow Realm Exile (Vertebreaker)

Bakura's signature moves Edit

  • Back Body Drop
  • Belly-to-back Swinging Gutbuster
  • Brainbuster, sometimes from the second rope
  • Corner foot choke
  • Diving Double Axe Hammer
  • DDT onto the ring apron
  • Facewash, sometimes preceded by running
  • Garvin Stomp while circling a grounded opponent
  • High Knee, sometimes while running and/or to a cornered opponent
  • Leaping Knee Drop
  • Millennium Ring (Modified Gogoplata) – also used as a finishing move
  • Multiple Suplex variations
    • Deadlift German
    • Drop
    • Exploder
    • Saito
    • Snap
  • Rapture (Cutter, sometimes used at an elevated position or as a sudden counter to an opponent, sometimes proceeded into a Sanctuary of Darkness)
  • Release Gourdbuster
  • Running Body Block
  • Running Crossbody
  • Running Inverted Bulldog
  • Running Senton
  • Sanctuary of Darkness (Modified Dragon Sleeper while sitting on an opponent's back, sometimes preceded by a Cutter)
  • Shallow Grave (Kneeling Ganso Bomb)
  • Single arm choke, often to a cornered opponent
  • Short-arm Clothesline, sometimes while running or as a counter to an oncoming opponent
  • Snap Scoop Powerslam
  • Standing Side Slam
  • Spirit Crisis (Stretch Plum)
  • Throat Thrust
  • Undead Lockdown (Arm-hook Sleeper)

Ishtar's finishing moves Edit

  • Darkness Falls (450° Splash)
  • Malevolent Catastrophe (Front Flip Piledriver)
  • Tomb Keeper's Martyr (Grounded Hammerlock Inverted Armbreaker)
  • Nightmare Wheel (Inverted Facelock spun out into a DDT)

Ishtar's signature moves Edit

  • Arm-trap Seated Cloverleaf
  • Black Pendant (Inverted Falcon Arrow)
  • Brainbuster, sometimes from the second rope
  • Camel Clutch, sometimes with a bridge
  • Catapult hangman
  • Corner Springboard Plancha
  • Corridor of Madness (Diving Double Foot Stomp, often to an opponent held in the tree of woe)
  • Discus Clothesline or Lariat
  • Discus Elbow Smash
  • European Uppercut
  • Forward Russian Legsweep
  • Front Chancery to a face-down opponent, sometimes while rolling
  • Ghoul Stomp (Standing Inverted Indian Deathlock Surfboard followed by a head stomp, sometimes into the bottom turnbuckle)
  • Gory Special, sometimes inverted
  • Horns of Egypt / Phantom Pyramid (Bridging Arm Triangle Choke)
  • Keeper's Judgement (Inverted Indian Deathlock)
  • Multiple Suplex variations
    • Double Underhook
    • Half Nelson
    • Hammerlock
    • Overhead Choke
    • Shin Breaker followed by a Leg-hook Saito
    • Viser Des (Northern Lights followed by a deadlift Cradle Brainbuster)
  • Multiple kick variations
    • Drop, sometimes from the top rope
    • Enzuigiri
    • Spin
    • Super
  • No-handed Springboard Moonsault, sometimes as a plancha to the outside of the ring
  • Over-the-shoulder Single Leg Boston Crab
  • Pumphandle Backbreaker
  • Running Swinging Neckbreaker
  • Slingshot Corkscrew Splash
  • Spell of Pain (Arm-trap Single leg Boston Crab)
  • Springboards off the back of an opponent draped over the second rope and performs a neck snap to the rope hung opponent
  • Stands and pushes down the shoulders of an opponent draped on the second rope
  • Suicide Dive, sometimes under the middle rope
  • Yokosuka Cutter

Managers Edit

Nicknames Edit

  • "The Dark Deities"
  • "Devils of the Dark / Shadows"
  • "The Reapers of the Shadow Realm"
  • "The Incarnation of (Your) Worst Nightmares" (Bakura)
  • "(The) Spirit of Darkness" (Bakura)
  • "The Occult Monarch" (Bakura)
  • "The Eater of Souls" (Bakura)
  • "The True Face of Fear" (Bakura)
  • "(The) Master of Darkness" (Ishtar)
  • "Dark Egyptian Master" (Ishtar)
  • "The Bastard Sadist of Egypt" (Ishtar)
  • "The True Face of Vengeance" (Ishtar)

Entrance themes Edit

  • "Riot" by Three Days Grace (April 12, 2013 – May 17, 2013)
  • "Sinner" by Drowning Pool (May 10, 2013 – July 20, 2013; Bakura's singles entrance music)
  • "Genocide" by HammerFall (May 26, 2013)
  • "Fear" by Disturbed (May 31, 2013 – June 30, 2013)
  • "King Nothing" by Metallica (July 5, 2013 – present; Marik's singles entrance music)
  • "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Lorde (July 28, 2013; used as Bakura's singles entrance music)
  • "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" by Emily Browning (August 9, 2013 – present)
  • "Root of All Evil" by CFO$ featuring Incendiary (2013 – present; Bakura's singles entrance music)

Championships and Accomplishments Edit

Awesome Championship Wrestling Edit

Fiction Wrestling Awards Edit

Trivia Edit

  • If one takes the first three letters off their tag team name and put them together into one word, it ironically spells out "G.O.D."

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