I cannot believe an entire year has gone by since I last went to Community Effort Orlando (CEO). Last year, the event was held at the Wyndham resort over on International Drive, where I got to see the WrestleCon SuperShow during Wrestlemania 33 week here in Orlando. The growth of CEO led to an ideal relocating of the event to one of my favorite beaches in the world, Daytona. I didn’t know how much sun I would get at a video game tournament, but when I set my out of office notification, I was ready to go relax and have fun!
“Daytona, I am here to ‘Tranquilo’, watch wrestling, and play video games!”
“Tranquilo! Assen na yo!” is the popular bilingual Spanish-Japanese catchphrase of Tetsuya Naito, faction leader of Los Ingobernables de Japon. It is roughly translated as “Relax! Take it easy!” making it the perfect theme to go with for this gaming staycation weekend. Although I had created a wishlist of things I wanted to see and do, I wanted to keep the plans flexible, so I didn’t stress out.
Game Testing: Fire Pro Wrestling World
One of the things I wanted to do most on at CEO was not only testing out Fire Pro Wrestling World, but also accept the open challenge from the game’s director, Mr. Tomoyuki Matsumoto! I had a blast playing the game with my friends, complete strangers, and Director Matsumoto (but more on that later!)
Just an Ingobernable Girl in a digital world… “getting wrecked” by a ten-year-old.
Outfit of the Day: “LIJ en Vacacion”
Los Ingobernables de Japon (The Ungovernables of Japan; LIJ) is one of NJPW’s wildly popular, yet smaller factions. Tetsuya Naito is joined by members BUSHI, Evil, SANADA, and Hiromu Takahashi. LIJ is a branch of the original Los Ingobernables in Mexico’s Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL), a promotion that works extensively with NJPW, and sending many rookies there for international training excursions.
I cannot stress enough how hard it was to remain Tranquilo while playing this game!
- Top: TEKKEN 7 x NJPW “Devil Jin y Naito” limited edition collaboration tee1
- Bottom: white distressed Levi’s jeans (Target)
- Shoes: gold strappy sandals (cute, but not smart for all day convention wear)
- Accessories: Lululemon ribbon non-slip headband, Hawaiian lily hairpiece
I remember watching Sakura Genesis and promptly losing my mind when Naito made his entrance wearing his white three-piece suit (four– if you add the cape), a slick black shirt and a special black and red mask2, unlike his other lucha masks. This one had curved horns which I knew I had seen somewhere else. They belonged to TEKKEN 7’s Devil Jin!
Getting my hands on one of the TEKKEN x NJPW shirts was quite the challenge because of the overwhelming popularity of LIJ, everything sold quickly (some of which immediately showed up on auction websites). A friend managed to secure one just before CEO, so what better place to debut a special shirt for one of my favorite fighting games than at one of the biggest fighting game tournaments of the summer!?
I received a lot of compliments on the t-shirt, and I was glad to see other TEKKEN and wrestling fans alike wearing the same shirt. Seeing the unique crossovers wrestling is making is truly fascinating to me. I still need to pick one of the four different LIJ hats available as well as hunt down one of the elusive wristbands to make the Naito experience complete. Could a woman join LIJ? Asking for a friend…
CEO x NJPW: When Worlds Collide
Only Naito and Hiromu would represent LIJ at CEO x NJPW: When Worlds Collide3 in the main event against the Golden Lovers (Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi). Remaining members, BUSHI, Evil, and SANADA were contracted to work at Ring of Honor‘s Best in the World PPV on the same night in Baltimore, Maryland, and the following night on their Fairfax Excellence TV tapings in Virginia.
Hiromu with Daryl, Jr. (left) and Naito (right) enter first and await their opponents…
After the show, we finally headed back to the Hilton Daytona Beach, to get some sleep because we would need as much of it as possible (in addition to mainlining coffee and the occasional Red Bull). Day one was done, and I drifted off to sleep dreaming of video games and wrestling. What a life!
- The original release of this shirt was limited to within Japan only. However, it’s popularity by TEKKEN & NJPW fans outside of Japan, lead to the printing distribution for PWT, who does a lot of US printing of NJPW merchandise. Personally, I love the feel of the JP version, so if you’re ordering it from PWT, make sure that you pay the extra $5 for the soft-style shirt. It’s worth it.
- The first edition Devil Jin y Naito masks were a limited run of 30 pieces only ($650 each) by the Bandai Namco Asobi Store. The second mask ($710) with a different design in white and gold was released and immediately sold out upon Naito’s entrance at Dominion on June 9th as IWGP Intercontinental Champion in his match against Chris Jericho.
- A separate event report will be posted for all of CEO x NJPW: When Worlds Collide, including a costume change.