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WMAC Masters
WMAC Masters.jpg
WMAC Masters Logo
Genre Sport
Created by Alfred R. Kahn
Carlin West
Written by Alfred R. Kahn
Carlin West
Starring Herb Perez
Hakim Alston
Ho-Sung Pak
Jamie Webster
Hien Nguyen
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26
Production
Location(s) Universal Studios Florida, Universal Orlando Resort
Production company(s) Renaissance-Atlantic Films
Distributor 4Kids Entertainment
Broadcast
Original channel first-run syndication
Original run 1 May 1996 – 1 July 2003
Status Ended

WMAC Masters is an American live-action television show produced by Norman Grossfeld featuring choreographed martial arts fights. It was created and licensed by 4Kids Entertainment.

The show, while featuring real martial arts by trained martial artists, depicted a fantasy setting using fictional episodic stories, with each episode relating a life lesson. Battles were fought on elaborate closed sets, with an omniscient narrator, on-screen scoring and health gauges, giving the show a feel of a cinematic live-action video game.

WMAC stands for the fictional World Martial Arts Council, where the best martial artists compete for the ultimate prize, the Dragon Star. The Dragon Star is a gold trophy that looks like a shuriken surrounded by a dragon; it was proof that its holder was the best martial artist in the world.

The show lasted for two seasons, from 1995 to 1997. The first season was hosted by Shannon Lee, the daughter of the late martial artist Bruce Lee and the sister of the late actor Brandon Lee. In season 2, Shannon was gone from hosting and the show focused on fantasy rather than real-life issues.

Contents

Quest for the Dragon Star

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Form Demonstrations

Many episodes featured masters doing demonstrations, with some demonstrations being known as "Master Blaster" competitions. Some were done to inaugurate a new Master (such as Hien "Tsunami" Nguyen, Tracy "Tracer" Swedom, and Carmichael "Kid Carmichael" Simon). Jamie "Great Wolf" Webster did one to break a WMAC record held by Chris "Red Dragon" Casamassa, which was successfully breaking 2 large ice blocks (weighing in at a total of 600 pounds) stacked on top of each other. Willie "Bam" Johnson did his form with his son, Lil Bam, as a rite of passage ritual. Herb "Olympus" Perez did one to test out his new weapon, the Disk Launcher. Richard "Yin Yang Man" Branden did his to demonstrate the weapons of wushu. Finally, "Turbo" Michael Bernardo and Ho Young "Star Warrior" Pak demonstrated a speed breaking contest to settle a few weeks-long dispute (which in the end was won by Star Warrior).

Preliminary Matches & Battledome Finals

In most episodes, it begins with 4 combatants, 2 of them fight in 2 separate matches. They fight in the Battlezones against ninjas. After a short melee with the ninjas, depending on your health gauge, the fighters will fight each other until one of them is the victor. (In rare instances, if the fighters fight each other long enough that there is no winner yet, the ninjas will re-emerge).

There have been four instances where the match ended abruptly. The first incident took place in the Doom City battlezone, when Jamie Webster (Great Wolf) won by accidentally knocking out Johnny Lee Smith (Tiger Claw) with a double inside crescent kick to both sides of Smith's head; this kick was a move Smith taught Webster, who promised Webster he wouldn't use that move against him if Webster promised to not use it against Smith. The second incident occurred at the Danger Dock battlezone, when then-rookie Kid Carmichael had knocked Yin Ying Man into the water - because Yin Yang Man was all wet, Kid Carmichael immediately won the match. Then, in the Stone Valley battlezone, Red Dragon got disqualified after inadvertently hitting Super Star with a live bare hand after he had removed the glove from that hand due to a nagging, itching burn (this was due to itching powder being placed in his gloves by Great Wolf and Baby Doll, who were trying to get back at Warlock, but ended up mistakenly booby-trapping Red Dragon's gloves minutes before his bout, thinking those were Warlock's gloves). The final incident was another where Red Dragon lost by getting knocked into the water by the Machine in the Mayan Mystery battlezone and ending up all wet.

There was also one instance where the match ended in someone surrendering, and this occurred in the second episode of WMAC Masters. The Pak brothers, Ho Young and Ho Sung (Star Warrior and Super Star, respectively) were pitted in a preliminary match against one another, and just as Super Star's gauge was almost at the bottom when Star Warrior had him beaten, Super Star bowed to his brother, signifying that he was giving up, thus awarding Star Warrior the win. The storyline was that Star Warrior had saved his brother's life using Drunken Fist many years ago. When Super Star saw his brother switch forms to Drunken Fist in the match, he bowed out.

The two combatants who win their respective preliminary matches will face off in the "Battledome". The match lasts 2 minutes. The fighters each try to force the opponent into the cage wall. If successful, the fighter will get points, and the opponent will receive a mild electric shock. The higher the points, the better chance of winning. Ninjas will invade the cage during the match, and if a ninja forces one of the fighters into the cage, the opponent gets the point. Also, if a fighter chooses to hold on to the cage after being knocked into it, no scoring can take place until he lets go. In case of a tie, the fighters will compete in sudden death. The winner will receive the opponent's "Ki-Symbol" and have it placed on their "Dragon Belt".

Ninja Challenges & 4-Man Battledome Finals

In other episodes, 6 combatants took part in what was called a "Ninja Challenge." One at a time, they would compete in separate battlezones against a group of ninjas in 45 seconds of time, and at the end they receive a score. The 4 top-scoring combatants move onto the Battledome in a 2-minute free-for-all match with the same rules as the regular matches (that is to knock your opponents into the cage wall in order to score points), with the winner receiving 3 Ki-Symbols (one from each of the defeated opponents). This kind of Battledome match has no ninja interference, but Sudden Death rules still apply in case of a tie at the end of the match.

Only three of these were ever held (one in the first season and two in the second season). Before the start of the first Ninja Challenge, then-Dragon Star Champion at the time, Olympus, was asked to demonstrate a Ninja Challenge. He would be surrounded by ninjas in the WMAC Arena, where he would then proceed to battle them for the 45 seconds. Once the demonstration was finished, the real challenge began.

In the first one, the individual results, including the Battlezones fought in and the final ranking going into the 4-Man Battledome Finals, were as follows (in order of appearance. Those that moved on to the 4-Man Battledome Finals are in bold print):

  • Red Dragon (Mayan Mystery): 92 points. Final rank: 5th place
  • Tsunami (WMAC Arena): 101 points. Final rank: 3rd place
  • Great Wolf (WMAC Arena): 126 points. Final rank: 1st place
  • Warlock (WMAC Arena): 102 points. Final rank: 2nd place
  • Tiger Claw (Mayan Mystery): 90 points. Final rank: Last place
  • Panther (WMAC Arena): 97 points. Final rank: 4th place

Battledome Finals Winner: Tsunami. Final score: Great Wolf 1, Warlock 1, Tsunami 4, Panther 1.

These were the results for the second:

  • Yin Yang Man (Mayan Mystery): 79 points. Final rank: 3rd place
  • Turbo (Mayan Mystery): 77 points. Final rank: 4th place
  • Great Wolf (Ghost Town): 73 points. Final rank: 5th place
  • Star Warrior (Mayan Mystery): 91 points. Final rank: 1st place
  • Bam (Ghost Town): 72 points. Final rank: Last place
  • Olympus (Pressure Pit): 80 points. Final rank: 2nd place

Battledome Finals Winner: Turbo, by Sudden Death. Final score: Olympus 2, Yin Yang Man 3, Star Warrior 0, Turbo 3. (Note: With Turbo and Yin Yang Man tied at the end of regulation, Olympus and Star Warrior were told to leave the dome, so the other two could conclude the match under Sudden Death rules. Turbo came out the victor.)

These were the results for the third:

  • Great Wolf (Ghost Town): 75 points. Final rank: 5th place
  • Kid Carmichael (Doom City): 74 points. Final rank: Last place
  • The Machine (Ghost Town): 92 points. Final rank: 1st place
  • Tsunami (Ghost Town): 88 points. Final rank: 2nd place
  • Warlock (Doom City): 86 points. Final rank: 3rd place
  • Tiger Claw (Dark Alley): 86 points. Final rank: 3rd place

Battledome Finals Winner: Warlock. Final score: The Machine 2, Tsunami 0, Tiger Claw 2, Warlock 3.

NOTE: As you may notice, Great Wolf is the only Master to have taken part in all 3 Ninja Challenges.

Dragon Star Matches

Once you receive Full Dragon Belt (which takes 10 Ki-Symbols to do), you will compete for the Dragon Star. In the Dragon Star championship, the champion and challenger fight on a rotating pedestal. If you move out of the pedestal, a "Violation" will be called and a ninja will come in for each violation and increase your handicap. Once the opponent (and every last ninja) is thrown off the pedestal, the combatant left standing is the Dragon Star Champion and will have proven to be the greatest Martial Artist in the world. Then the preliminaries start again until a new contender for the Dragon Star emerges, and so on, and so forth.

NOTE: In Season 2, following the controversy which involved a ninja knocking off both The Machine and Superstar in their Dragon Star match, a Dragon Star rematch between the two was called with different rules, since ninjas were ineligible to be Dragon Star Champion (the masked ninja apparently was not aware of this before; he was actually shown searching the ground for where the Dragon Star was supposed to rise for the victor and then pounding the ground in frustration when it did not). It took place in a top secret location - the Arena Rapid Transit System - where the fighters were each given a power module (which were modeled after their Ki Symbols) and had to fend off large numbers of assorted ninjas (aside from taking each other on). The main object was to try to be the first to place their power module into the compartment of a Dragon Star replica. This match wasn't without its obstacles however, as occurrences like earthquakes and floods would take place. This is the only time in which a Dragon Star match would follow this type of format. The Machine emerged victorious in this battle, and thus was crowned as Dragon Star champion.

Battlezones

There were many different Battlezones for the fighters to compete in, whether they were for Preliminaries or for Ninja Challenges. However, in Season 2, only 5 of these would be used. These battlezones included:

  • Ghost Town - a traditional ghost town-like setting (presumably in a long-abandoned wild west town), with abandoned buildings and saloons, and other things like tumbleweeds, wagon wheels, and haystacks lying about. Thunder and lightning could always be heard and seen in this place.
  • Doom City - a city scene with wreckage everywhere (cars, buildings, etc.), and even some burning buildings. Searchlights would roam around the area randomly.
  • Mayan Mystery - a Mayan courtyard scene with waterfalls and climbable boulders, including some with Mayan face carvings.
  • Dark Alley - a city slum scene set in some alleyways, in front of brick buildings which feature many balconies and dumpsters.
  • Pressure Pit - a construction zone with buildings under construction.
  • Arena Rapid Transit System (used only for the Dragon Star Rematch) - this is your typical underground subway station setting which also features subway cars entering the station (only to transport the ninjas to the scene). It takes place in the Earthquake ride at Universal Studios Florida.
  • Stone Valley - a forest-like setting with many trees and huge boulders (hence the name of the battlezone), as well as some waterfalls and ponds.
  • Nuclear Nightmare - a scene with power plants and buildings under construction, presumably the predecessor to the later-introduced Pressure Pit.
  • Danger Dock - a typical harbor setting right by the river, which has boardwalks, shacks, and a more open courtyard area fit for battle.

NOTE: In Battlezones such as Mayan Mystery and Danger Dock (which had water), if a combatant was knocked into the water during the match, he or she would automatically lose the match.

NOTE 2: Stone Valley, Nuclear Nightmare and Danger Dock were not used in Season 2.

NOTE 3: The Dark Alley battlezone is the only battlezone that has been rained on during the show's run (despite the fact that it's always thundering in the Ghost Town). A thunderstorm was appearing in one episode, and Great Wolf and Turbo were battling it out in the Dark Alley. According to the officials, if the rain was too great for combat, then the match had to be cancelled or suspended. Fortunately, however, as the rain began to fall, Great Wolf was able to end the match by defeating Turbo.

Ninjas

There were many different types of ninjas that appeared in the show, most of them specific to a battlezone, although they would appear in other places, including the Dragon Star matches. According to Shannon Lee, they are all WMAC Academy Cadets who would eventually become Masters; Tsunami and Kid Carmichael were known to be former ninjas. Here are the different kinds of ninjas that appeared:

  • Ghost Town - Ninjas dressed in black garb with a skull-like mask on their faces. They always appear in the Ghost Town Battlezone. It was this type of ninja that defeated both Superstar and The Machine during the Dragon Star match at the end of Season 1.
  • Kabuki - Ninjas in black garb with a white-faced, red-cheeked mask on both the front and back of their heads. They mostly appear in the Doom City Battlezone, although they have also been seen in the Stone Valley Battlezone.
  • Black - Ninjas covered in traditional black garb. They appeared in various battlezones throughout the two seasons, such as Danger Dock and Dark Alley. They are more frequently used for the 2-man Battledome finals.
  • Blood - Ninjas covered in red garb. They seldom appeared in battlezones, but they did appear once in Dark Alley, and also in the Rapid Transit during the Dragon Star rematch. In some earlier episodes they were seen in the Battledome finals (in the women's division).
  • Cammo - Ninjas covered in camouflage-colored garb. They usually appear in the Mayan Mystery Battlezone.
  • Hazard - Ninjas dressed in black garb with 2 green stripes and red stripes, and on their face they wear biohazard-like masks. They were introduced in Season 2 and appeared in the Pressure Pit battlezone.
  • Jukido (Hooded Ninjas) - they are friends of Warlock (who is a member of that group) who haven't appeared in any battlezones. They once ambushed Warlock's brother, Wizard, and gave him a beating until he was saved by Tiger Claw. Jukido also "took out" Panther, hence the latter's absence during season 2 (this part of the storyline was decided when Erik Betts, the actor playing Panther, broke his hip and thus could not appear in further episodes). It is known they are members of Jukido when Tiger Claw pulled one's mask off and found the symbol of Jukido printed on his head. Only one of these ninjas officially appeared in a WMAC Masters competition, that being the Dragon Star match between Red Dragon and Warlock. These ninjas are covered in black garb with a hood on it; the hood is placed over a red-masked face that also seemed to have a black bandanna over the eyes.

Special Match: Mixed Doubles

On one occasion in Season 2, a male combatant would team up with a female combatant to take on another male/female team in what was called a Mixed Doubles match. In the lone case, Superstar had teamed up with Lady Lightning in order to take on the team of Tracer and Chameleon. Superstar and Lady Lightning were Team Yellow, while Tracer and Chameleon were Team Red. The match took place in the Doom City battlezone, where they also had to fend off a group of Kabuki Warriors. It was just like a regular preliminary match, but there would be only one health gauge for each team, meaning that the two members of each team were competing as one. Team Yellow emerged victorious, and for their victory, they received the Ki-Symbols of their defeated opponents (Superstar getting Tracer's Ki-Symbol and Lady Lightning getting Chameleon's).

Past Dragon Star Champions

(In order in which they have held the title until someone beat them for it)

Male

  • Turbo
  • Olympus
  • Superstar
  • The Machine
  • Red Dragon

NOTE: Yin Yang Man was also a contender and he challenged Turbo for the title (hence the reason that Yin Yang Man was starting on his second Dragon Belt when the series started), but Turbo defeated him. Similarly, Warlock was a contender who challenged champion Red Dragon, but Red Dragon won the match.

Female

  • Tarantula
  • Lady Lightning
  • Black Widow
  • Chameleon (if that is, the Dragon Star were to ever be found after being stolen)

NOTE: Baby Doll was the only female master in the series to lose the Dragon Star match as a contender. Lady Lightning, who was practically a dominant force in season 1 in the women's division, had successfully defended her title against Baby Doll. But it was revealed in season 2 that Lady Lightning was defeated by Black Widow. Black Widow is the only ever champion, male or female, to have willingly relinquished her Dragon Star, which then caused 3 competitors - namely, Lady Lightning, Princess, and Chameleon - to be automatically eligible to compete in a Dragon Star match.

Ki-Symbols

Each WMAC Master has a Ki-Symbol. A Ki-Symbol is the reflection of the soul of the combatant. For example, Herb Perez's Ki-Symbol is Olympus because he won the gold medal in Tae Kwon Do at the 1992 Summer Olympics. The Ki-Symbol reminds many of the mask of a Luchador because of the heart and soul of a person. Other examples include:

Red Dragon: Chris Casamassa is an expert in Red Dragon Karate.

Mouse: As a child, Michele Krasnoo was famous for her high-pitched 'KIAIs' (among much else).

Great Wolf: Jamie Webster's real-life Native American name translates to "Great Wolf."

Bam: Willie Johnson's nickname in real life is Bam.

Superstar: Ho Sung Pak's name, in his own language, means "Superstar."

Baby Doll: Bridgett Riley's father, a movie stuntman, gave her this nickname when she was a child.

Yin Yang Man: Richard Branden's hobby is sketching variations on the ancient Chinese "yin-yang" symbol.

Cast of Characters

Many of the WMAC Masters, including Richard Branden, Erik Betts, Hien Nguyen, Sophia Crawford, Yuji Noguchi, Mer Mer Chen and Bridgett Riley, are former and current stunt people for Power Rangers. In fact, one would become one, Mike Chat in Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue. Noguchi was one of the main stunt coordinators for Power Rangers until the franchise was bought by Disney. Furthermore, many members are also tied to Mortal Kombat, Batman & Robin, Shootfighter and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies. Hakim Alston (The Machine) made a few appearances in The New Adventures of Robin Hood, playing the role of Kemal, Nomad Warrior. Sophia Crawford (Chameleon) also made an appearance.

(Note: With the exception of Michael M. Foley, who portrayed "Tracy Swedom" (ki-symbol: "Tracer"), all actors on this list played themselves, with their ki-symbols being an element created for the show.)

  • Hakim Alston - The Machine
  • Clayton Barber - Hollywood (character never used)
  • Michael Bernardo - Turbo
  • Erik Betts - Panther (Season 1)
  • Richard Branden - Yin Yang Man
  • Chris Casamassa - Red Dragon
  • Mike Chaturantabut - Wizard (Season 2)
  • Mer-Mer Chen - Princess
  • Sophia Crawford - Chameleon (Season 2)
  • Marco Johnson - Little Bam
  • Willie Johnson - Bam (sometimes referred to as "The Bam")
  • Michele Krasnoo - Mouse (Episode 2.6)
  • Larry Lam - Warlock
  • Lynnette Love - Tarantula (Season 1)
  • Hien Nguyen - Tsunami
  • Akihiro 'Yuji' Noguchi - Cyclone (Season 2)
  • Tiana Noguchi - Black Widow
  • Ho Sung Pak - Superstar
  • Ho Young Pak - Star Warrior
  • Herb Perez - Olympus
  • Bridgett Riley - Baby Doll (Season 1, with only one appearance in Season 2)
  • Rey-Phillip Santos - Reign (character never used)
  • Christine Bannon Rodrigues - Lady Lightning
  • Carmichael Simon - Kid Carmichael/The Kid
  • Johnny Lee Smith - Tiger Claw
  • Michael M. Foley (Tracy Swedom) - Tracer (Season 2)
  • Taimak - Striking Eagle (episode 2.6)
  • Jamie Webster - Great Wolf
  • Pedro Xavier - Axeman (character never used)
  • Stuntperformers / Ninjas / Kabuki warriors / Shadow warriors / etc.

Sho Brown, Willie Johnson, Dave Kramer, James Sang Lee, Christopher Leps, John Medlen, David Morizot, Phi-Long Nguyen, Rich Purnell, Christophe B. Tortora, Ryan Watson, Alex Wen, Lee Whittaker, Tyrone Wiggins

Notes

  • Tracy Swedom is also an anagram for "Destroy WMAC".
  • Ho Sung Pak and Ho Young Pak are siblings in real life, as are Yuji and Tiana Noguchi; Mike Chat and Larry Lam, although their characters happen to be half-brothers, are not actually related.

Martial Arts Disciplines

Signature Moves

  • Hakim "the Machine" Alston...Switching Axe-Kick
  • Mike "Turbo" Bernardo...Double-Spin-and-Strike
  • Erik "Panther" Betts...Double Side-Kick
  • Richard "Yin Yang Man" Branden...Butterfly Kick
  • Chris "Red Dragon" Casamassa...Spinning Hook Front-Kick
  • Mike "Wizard" Chaturantabut...Shaolin Fury
  • Mer-Mer "Princess" Chen...Jumping Outside-Kick
  • Willie "Bam" Johnson...Bam-Slam
  • Michele "Mouse" Krasnoo...Hawkeye Kick
  • Larry "Warlock" Lam...Spinning Side-Kick
  • Hien "Tsunami" Nguyen...Rainbow Kick
  • Yuji "Cyclone" Noguchi...Cyclone Kick
  • Ho Sung "Superstar" Pak...Pumping Side-Kick
  • Ho Young "Star Warrior" Pak...Double Tornado
  • Herb "Olympus" Perez...Spinning Back Hook Kick
  • Bridgett "Baby Doll" Riley...Slingshot Kick
  • Christine "Lady Lightning" Rodrigues...Classic Axe-Kick
  • Carmichael "Kid" Simon...540-Degree Kick
  • Johnny Lee "Tiger Claw" Smith...Roundhouse-Hook Kick
  • Jamie "Great Wolf" Webster...Windmill

Season 1 synopsis

Season 1 involved personal storylines of the WMAC Masters. In the first episode, we were introduced to the masters themselves, and Hakim Alston talked about how he earned his namesake, "The Machine". Throughout the first season, they talked about the highs and lows of the masters, from the feud between Johnny Lee Smith (Tiger Claw) and Jamie Webster (Great Wolf) due to a broken promise, Ho Sung Pak (Super Star) surrendering to his brother Ho Young Pak (Star Warrior) to Richard Branden's blindness in one eye thus began wearing an eyepatch, to Hien Nguyen (Tsunami) overcoming the odds and winning 3 Ki-Symbols for his once-empty Dragon Belt winning a bet he had with Superstar. Superstar then got a chance to challenge Olympus in a special double dragon star match were he won and became the new dragon star champion. However, the biggest shocker was at the end of season 1 when Hakim Alston and then-Dragon Star champion Ho Sung Pak (Superstar) got knocked off the rotating pedestal by a ninja during the Dragon Star match between the two. Which began season 2....

Episodes

  • 1.1: Meet the Masters
  • 1.2: Brothers in Arms
  • 1.3: Going for Gold
  • 1.4: Broken Promise
  • 1.5: A Man Can Dream
  • 1.6: Ninja Challenge
  • 1.7: Quest for the Dragon Star
  • 1.8: The Joke's on You
  • 1.9: Double Dragon Star Match
  • 1.10: Blindsided
  • 1.11: Icebreaker
  • 1.12: Reaching the Top
  • 1.13: Showdown: Part 1

Season 2 synopsis

Season 2 begins where season 1 left off. A masked ninja took out both the Machine and Superstar in the Dragon Star match. However, if both masters were thrown off the pedestal, no one wins the Dragon Star. This became a problem throughout the World Martial Arts Council. To make matters worse, Larry Lam (Warlock) made a pact with the newest master, Tracy Swedom (Tracer) and joined a cult called "Jukido". Jukido was a secret group of martial-arts masters who did not want to follow the code of the Dragon Star; for this, they were banned from the WMAC, so they wanted to steal the Dragon Star to get back at them. During the investigation, some of the masters were accused of being the masked ninja, including Ho Sung Pak's brother, Ho Young Pak (Star Warrior), and former Dragon Star Champion Mike Bernardo (Turbo). But all of them were cleared. Another master, Mike Chaturantabut (Wizard), was also involved. Although he has the red dragon mark of Jukido, he actually denounced that group and left it, and was brothers with Warlock (who according to Wizard only pretended to leave Jukido). During the Dragon Star championship, Chris Casamassa (Red Dragon), who was the Dragon Star champion, was facing Warlock. During the match, a hooded ninja from Jukido (who was one of the ninjas that came in during a violation in the match) came to Warlock's aide and fought against Red Dragon. But, Red Dragon won nonetheless and retained his title. Then, Jamie Webster (Great Wolf) was having horrifying dreams about the Dragon Star either disappearing or being a fake and the role Jukido would play in this. At the end of season 2, after defeating both Mer-Mer Chen (Princess) and Christine Rodrigues (Lady Lightning), Sophia Crawford (Chameleon) won the Dragon Star. However, the Dragon Star was replaced with red dragon crest of Jukido, to which Great Wolf responds "I knew it, I just knew it." Olympus, The Machine, Tiger Claw and Superstar, along with Wizard, figured out that Tracer and Warlock were behind the theft, but were convinced there had to be a "third man" in the group, and they originally suspected Chameleon of being the third member. The Masters then realized she couldn't have been involved - Superstar had previously overheard Chameleon blow off Tracer when he offered her a chance to be part of the "team". Also, Chameleon screamed in fear when she saw the crest of Jukido on the rotating platform following her Dragon Star Match victory, furthering the Masters' doubt that she was involved with Jukido. It is revealed that Jukido was indeed successful in stealing the Dragon Star, not only by Tracer and Warlock, but by, of all people, Hien Nguyen (Tsunami), who the Masters never suspected and in fact never even found out as that was the last scene of the show. There has been speculation by fans that Tsunami was perhaps spying for the Masters in order to set up Jukido for a trap and recover the Dragon Star for the WMAC (which would explain Tsunami handcuffing himself to the briefcase that contained the stolen Dragon Star; in Great Wolf's dream ("Vision of Evil"), Tsunami was a hero for recovering the real Dragon Star, so Tsunami's actions at the end of the series could also have been a heroic act. Who Tsunami was working for remains a topic of debate among fans of the show).

Episodes

  • 2.1: Showdown: Part 2
  • 2.2: Dragon Star Rematch
  • 2.3: Ladies' Night
  • 2.4: Fired Up
  • 2.5: Wizard and Warlock
  • 2.6: Battle of the Brothers
  • 2.7: Bad Blood
  • 2.8: Super Challenge III
  • 2.9: Mixed Doubles
  • 2.10: Name of the Game
  • 2.11: Vision of Evil: Part 1
  • 2.12: Vision of Evil: Part 2
  • 2.13: The Turning Points of the Masters

Cancellation

Due to low ratings and low prices on the action figures, WMAC Masters was cancelled after 2 seasons. There were no plans for the third season. The fate of the Dragon Star remains in the air. One last episode did air in 1997 after the end of the show, which was known as "The Turning Points of the Masters"; in this episode, four masters (The Machine, Yin Yang Man, Superstar and Olympus) told their stories that were their personal "Turning Points" (these stories were actually all previously shown during episodes of Season 1). NOTES: The Machine, and not Superstar, narrated Superstar's story. Star Warrior and Panther made appearances in Superstar's and Olympus's stories, respectively.

Fortunately, a website was found showing what could’ve been a Season 3 of WMAC Masters and what could have happen to the Dragon Star.

The Dragon Star

The Dragon Star represents the greatest martial artist in the world. The 8 Points of the Dragon Star represented the 8 points on how a true martial artist would live. The 8 Points are: Discipline, Courage, Forgiveness, Compassion, Honor, Wisdom, Loyalty and Respect.

In Season 2, members of Jukido would be banned by the WMAC for not following the Code of the Dragon Star, but some members managed to infiltrate the competition. At the Season 2 ending (presumably the series finale), Hien Nguyen (Tsunami) steals the Dragon Star and brings it to a rooftop building where Michael Foley (Tracy "Tracer" Swedom) and Larry Lam (Warlock) were awaiting a helicopter. The WMAC has discontinued all competition until the Dragon Star can be recovered.

External links

  • WMAC Masters at the Internet Movie Database
  • [1] at the unofficial WMAC Masters website

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