I like the masked wrestler theme. The first stage looks great after that though it starts to lose the pokemon feel for me. Too human like when it comes to the upper body. Granted machoke is a bit too close but he was an original and distinguishing the looks from them should be a style mark for this set.
The mask idea is very nice. To spice it up I was thinking what if the mask is actually painted on. Sort of like a worrier markings. So the shape of the head and face would stay the same but the color and marking would be different for each one (like different masks for different wrestlers). To that effect to disgrace one you would wipe the "mask" off it's face (To show defeat and loss of pride). As the evolutions progress they would keep the coloring they had in the previous stage but the facial structure would change (To something ether more defined, bold, or masculine).
The bands on the third stage are a good distinguishing mark from the second stage I say make it stand out a bit more. The feet on the third stage should change to something stronger looking. Where did the tail go? I feel that the tail keeps it from looking too much like machoke. Plus it would make for awesome fight scenes to have him use it as a prehensile wrestling tail.
With the stage progression it looks like the gloves and boots are one of the main features. I think showing them "grow" in would be a nice touch like calis' growing in to prevent damage to body part. So no gloves/no boots, wrist back hand gloves/ankle open toed boots, full lower arm fingerless gloves/thick boots with light toe separations.
I have more suggestions but I think I will stop myself here unless you would like to hear them.
I must say this on every fakemon line you make, but I just love your style^^ it matches so perfectly. These look like they were literally taken from the game, and I love it when artists can accomplish that! awesome job!!!
same here.. so far, i've managed to create an evil team/gang, the simplified region, and a few of the pokemon. i can hardly even make trainer designs beyond the evil guys (who are government rebels taking over the region)