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Today we will look into the upcoming WWE 2K22 Game and its possible features. In Fantasy Game Booking I want to look into specific wrestling games that are yet to be released and speculate about some possibilities, and also giving myself up to my imagination, with some features and ideas that would make an upcoming release an amazing wrestling game.

Important! Nothing in this article is confirmed by the developers. Everything included is pure speculation and fantasizing on my part. I am presenting a certain vision, with which you do not need to agree.

History of WWE Games

For many modern wrestling fans, the WWE Games series has always been a way to make our own plans and ideas a reality. We could create our own stories, wrestlers, attires, and much more. Some of the features have been removed over the years, some have been added.

Several WWE Games over the years were either a miss or hit. Some of the games improve upon the previous games in almost every aspect, where others just felt like a bug compilation video on Youtube.

With the recent misstep which was WWE 2K20, the developer took a gap year, from releasing the yearly installment in the series. They wanted to put more effort and focus into improving the existing stuff, bring back some long-requested features, and maybe shock us with some brand new ideas.

Basics of the Upcoming WWE 2K22 Game

Let’s set some ground rules and directions of where I will be going in my speculations and wishes. The upcoming WWE 2K22 game is another installment in a long-lasting WWE Games main series. It has a heavy focus on more simulation gameplay than over-the-top arcade-style wrestling games. I personally think that it should stay as a focus. For as long as I remember, the most fun I had with the game was creating instant classic matches with various superstars combinations and it should remain the focus.

2K Games created a poll where people could vote for their most requested features. More on that here.

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Perfect Vision for WWE 2K22

More Creation Options and Improved Community Creations

With the addition of community creations to the WWE Games, the developers gave us the ability to share our own creations like superstars or attires. It would be needless to say that often passionate gamers can create some amazing stuff and additions to any game, most likely out of passion and for free.

One of the features that would be an awesome addition in this matter is making Community Creations in the WWE 2K22 a cross-platform tool. We then would have an option to make use of creations with some players that have one platform that is different from yours.

We can already create a Superstar, Entrance, Arena, Championship Belt, or Briefcase. Expanding on that idea would be an amazing direction, especially with adding some more features to create like:

  • Create a Finisher

Last time we saw this creation option was a lot of time ago. With today’s technology and motion capture possibilities, that feature would be an amazing tool that could definitely make the WWE 2K22 game’s lifespan longer. You could just sink in and create your own move, based on thousands of pre-captured animations and with the expansion of Community Creations just share them with others.

  • Create a Story

This is also a feature that would make the game that much more replayable. If created well enough you could have endless amounts of possibilities with creating your own original stories or recreating real feuds or events from the whole wrestling history. You could play other people’s stories and just enjoy wrestling on the much more story-driven level from a different perspective than before.

Adding Custom Music

It has been a long-requested addition to the game, that would help to create your own wrestlers and wrestlers from other promotions much more believable. With some restrictions, a method of adding tracks from your own USB can be tricky but one simple solution is to create an integration between 2K Account and Spotify Account. It could result in you having the ability to use any music published on Spotify as an entrance theme for your created star.

Additional Match Types

We have a lot of match types already available in the game but there are never too many ways to play the game. For years the community wanted a return of some of the classic matches, and additions of the new ones. I would also expand on that and upgrade the creation of your own match types. I have always been a fan of elimination matches, either like Survivor Series classical 5 on 5 elimination match or something like 8 men elimination match or a 6-pack challenge.

Some of the most requested match types:

  • Buried Alive Match

In WWE 2K22, having some abnormal match types would be a great way to break up the normal matches, give some high stakes or blow off your own feuds in various game modes.

  • Casket Match

Similarly, with the Buried Alive match, it would be an awesome addition in breaking up the classical wrestling experience with some twists.

  • Special Guest Referee Match

It is a great break to further your own storylines in WWE Universe mode or just to play with your friends locally. You can play as a referee between two of your friends and screw with them for fun.

  • *screaming in Regal’s voice* WAR GAMES Match

Even though the match is quite old, its recent return to the NXT Brand made it popular again, and having the ability to perform various moves between two rings sounds like something you would want to do in a video game about wrestling.

Live Updates in WWE 2K22

I personally would not count on having updates with new debuting superstars for free, but attires on the other hand would be an awesome addition. During WWE’s PPV cycle they could either release free updates every PPV or even a paid add-ons with even new characters to play. It is debatable if these types of updates should be free or not, but if priced right, we all could get the best of both worlds. I would rather have the ability to purchase additional superstars, attires, or moves than not having them at all.

New Game Modes in WWE 2K22

  • GM Mode

A mode that is at the top of the request list by many players. It is an amazing feeling to manage your own wrestling company, hire superstars, manage and plan your own shows. It adds another layer to playing a wrestling video-game and with the upcoming WWE 2K22 Game, a return of the mode would bring some long-time fans of the series back and also introduced the mode to the newer players.

  • Revamped WWE Universe Mode

WWE Universe Mode is a personal favorite of mine. I would like it if they did not only replaced it with GM Mode but left the Universe Mode in and even revamped it. You could have additional options with the inclusion of some custom stories and pre-crafted scenarios that would not feel repeatable like over the last few years.

  • Fleshed Out Story Mode

Fifa showed us that there can be a pretty decent story in a sports game. WWE Games attempted it over the last few years and honestly, it came out pretty flat. It had its moments, but its graphics and writing were outdated already on release. A great story for your custom superstar, their journey, and potential involvement with creative storylines would be a great experience.

In addition, there could be multiple paths that would make us want to replay it as another star. For example, you could play out some storylines as a face male protagonist in one playthrough and as a hell woman superstar in other with different interactions and outcomes.

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Gameplay and Graphical Improvements

  • Next-Gen Graphics

With WWE 2K22 being the first wrestling game that is going to be released on the new generation of consoles with the PS5 and Xbox Series S/X, there is a potential to make the game looking better than ever. We have to keep in mind that the game will also release on the previous generation, so we would not want to repeat the situation from WWE 2K15, where we got almost 2 different games and the old console one was almost unplayable.

Due to the WWE 2K22's extended development time, we have a higher chance of getting a lot of brand new animations and superstar models than before. Technology is progressing these days faster than ever before, and we could be surprised at how the new WWE game could look like. We do not have to look far, we can just look at the other 2K Games series NBA 2K. The game has very detailed character models that are even improved upon with the PS5 or Xbox Series X/S versions.

  • Gameplay Fluidity

The most important aspect of a sports video-game with the focus on simulation, fluidity is a very important factor. We need to be able to chain some moves into incredible combos

  • Intelligent Comeback System

It is just an idea but predetermined comebacks can become repetitive quite fast. The idea is great of the chained animations together, but it would be so much cooler if we had more control over it and could chain animations like that more manually. The comeback animations could be dependent on your stamina, whether you are a heel or a face, and on animations assigned to your character. Let us say that you have a comeback that goes like, clothesline, clothesline and a power slam like Randy Orton. While using by Randy Orton the comeback would consist of the animation of clothesline 11 for example, and used by another superstar that is heavier it could make us of the animation of clothesline 7.

  • Countering the Counter

I love when real-life wrestlers use various combinations of moves, countering the moves with another counter. We have a glimpse of that in the current WWE Games, but expanding on this and adding additional counters to some moves would be a welcome feature for sure. Just imagine countering the Curb Stomp into the RKO like Orton did to Seth Rollins at Wrestlemania but in the game.

  • Submission and Pinning Alternatives

A great addition to the series would be alternative pinning and submission mechanics, that are not reliant on pure reflexes and dexterity. With games like The Last Of Us Part II, the accessibility options in games have exploded into countless possibilities, and having the ability to switch between different more accessible pinning and submission mechanics could allow some players with disabilities to enjoy the game without the frustration of losing a match.

We already have a lot of sliders and means to adjust the gameplay, but they are not so accessible for more casual players and require you to google for some explanations of certain sliders. We want to make a game more accessible and not easier, and it is a difference.

  • Improved A.I.

Let us just say that A.I. in the latest WWE Game is not bad or terrible but it definitely could be improved upon. The main purpose of playing against A.I. is to create some memorable and believable matches. In order to do that the A.I. has to understand what we do as a player and respond accordingly. The more ways and scenarios it can respond the better. It can create various unrepeatable scenarios depending on the superstars you play as.

The match construction should be dependant on the superstar you choose. If you play as 2 big beefy men the match pace should be slower, with a focus on bigger moves, and with high flyers, the match should be faster and the animations should be adjusted accordingly. The problem I had with the last WWE 2K Game is that some animations would not fit the superstar. Not only the animation itself but the speed of it. I got a feeling that some animations were at 120% speed at some times. Hopefully, it will all be better in the upcoming WWE 2K22 game.

Ability to choose a match type. Not in the meaning of your classical one vs one or two vs two, but like a squash match. The mechanic was introduced recently and works pretty well with some matches, however, it is not consistent. Having the ability to choose the type of match you want to create would be an awesome addition giving more control over to players.

We could predetermine different matches, that they would play out differently. For example, we would have the ability to set a match to being a violent blow-off to the feud, and the A.I. would know that it has to be focused on kick-outs from finishers, doing big moves and big spots.

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Better Commentary

I always had a problem with the commentary in the WWE Games and the upcoming WWE 2K22 has a chance to change that, especially since the NBA 2K series has an amazing commentary in it. We need the game to better recognize our actions and definitely a bigger pool of anecdotes and stories of the past to fit the gameplay. It is unlikely unless they recorded something with him before his release but my god I would die for getting Mauro Ranallo in the game.

More Interactions

It is simple. The more interactions the better. If we would be able to interact with many objects outside the ring like tear down the mat from the outside or just throw opponents behind the commentary desk, or smash them with a bell. It has even greater potential in Backstage Brawls.

Ability to Search Moves by Name

This is a very simple, Quality of Life change that would make all the difference and shorten the time we use to create a move- set by a lot. Overall more ways to search for moves would be awesome, and if you put in a powerbomb for example it would also show up all the similar moves with different names like Batista Bomb for example.

MORE Weapons

The beauty of extreme matches is the various weapons you can use. The last game had some skins for existing weapons that made it a bit more original, which is a step in the right direction but far from what we could get. In addition to usual weapons like tables, ladders, chairs, or kendo sticks we could also get some character-specific weapons, like Elias’s Guitar.

MOOOOORE Moves

WWE Games always have plenty of moves to assign, we need more of them. There are never too many moves in a wrestling game. Combine it with a potential Create a Finisher mode and we could finally get the customization level we desire in regards to making our star move exactly how we imagined.

And Less Bugs

Quality Assurance is a lengthy and never-ending process of the production of every game. The game will always have some issues, but it is the first impression that will either keep the players playing or just scare them away. There is a desperate need to prove that a wrestling game can look and work as well as possible, especially when it is produced by 2K Games, which is known for its quality sports games.

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Is WWE 2K22 Going to be That Perfect?

Probably not. It is best not to set our expectations too high, and the point of this article is just to highlight some of the possible options and changes that we could see in the game. They are just my own ideas on how to improve the game and inspired by the WWE 2K Community Vote I tried to come up with the list of most important things we could address.

Hopefully, we will be able to see more information about the game and its development process pretty soon, as well as some graphical showcase in screenshots or even a trailer.


WWE 2K22 is scheduled to release in the fall of 2021

Click here for more information about the upcoming WWE 2K22 Game

Welcome to the world of RetroMania Wrestling! This a guide for the newly released RetroMania Wrestling game for Steam. This is the official sequel to the highly popular, WrestleFest which was released in the early 90s. The developers tried their best (and succeeded) to recapture that fast-paced, wild gameplay from the arcade days.

RetroMania Wrestling Controls

Computer Keys

  • Arrow Keys: Move Wrestler
  • A: Taunt
  • S: Tag
  • C: Strong Grapple Move
  • X: Medium Grapple Move
  • Z: Weak Grapple Move
  • V: Run
  • Right Shift Key: Pause
  • Double Tap Arrow Keys towards the ropes to Enter and Exit the ring.
  • Tap Z while moving towards the corner to climb the top rope
  • Double Tap UP while on the top rope to climb to the top of the cage. (Cage Matches Only)
  • Press V and a D-Pad key to whip your opponent.

Xbox/Steam Controller

  • D-Pad: Move Wrestler
  • Y: Run
  • X: Weak Grapple Move
  • B: Strong Grapple Move
  • A: Medium Grapple Move
  • LB: Tag
  • RB: Taunt
  • Double Tap D-Pad towards the ropes to Enter and Exit the ring.
  • Tap X while moving towards the corner to climb the top rope
  • Double Tap UP while on the top rope to climb to the top of the cage. (Cage Matches Only)
  • Press Y and a D-Pad key to whip your opponent.

TIP: Each wrestler will have a momentum bar beneath their health bar, it fills up red and has 3 levels. Level 1 will allow you to execute weak grapples, attempting medium or strong grapple moves before having built the appropriate momentum will result in an automatic reversal. You can execute medium grapples once 2 red bars are full, strong grapple when the red bars are completely full. When the red meter blinks it indicates you can use your special move.

RetroMania Wrestling Game Modes

  • Story Mode: Story mode sees you take control of Johnny Retro as he is coming back from an injury caused by Zack Sabre Junior. You can shape him as a Heel (Bad guy) Babyface (Good guy) or a Tweener.

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  • 10-Pounds Of Gold: In this mode, you can select any of the 16 available wrestlers and complete a series of matches (5) to challenge Nick Aldis for the NWA World’s Championship. Once capturing the world’s title. You then will defend it in 5 matches to stake your claim as the undisputed NWA World’s Champion.

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  • Retro Rumble: This is a Royal Rumble-style match. You can have up to 16 wrestlers compete. They will enter the ring at whatever time interval you choose until there is only one man left standing.

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RetroMania Wrestling Match Types

  • Single
  • Tag Team
  • Tornado Tag Team
  • Six-Man Tag Team
  • Eight-Man Tag Team
  • Triple Threat
  • Fatal 4-Way
  • Steel Cage
  • Falls Count Anywhere
  • Retro Rumble

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RetroMania Wrestling Roster

  • Austin Idol

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  • Big Stevie Cool

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  • Blue Meanie

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  • Brian Myers

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  • Colt Cabana

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  • Hollywood Nova

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  • Jeff Cobb

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  • Johnny Retro (John Morrison)

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  • Matt Cardona

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  • Nick Aldis

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  • Nikita Koloff

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  • Road Warrior Animal

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  • Road Warrior Hawk

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  • Tommy Dreamer

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  • Warhorse

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  • Zack Sabre Junior

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RetroMania Wrestling Arenas

  • RetroMania

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  • School

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  • The Ballroom

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  • Japan

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  • Warehouse

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  • Beach

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  • NWA 70th Anniversary

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  • NWA Powerrr

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  • House Of Hardcore

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  • Stevie Richards Fitness

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  • Universal Wrestling College

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  • Pro Wrestling Tees

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  • Major Wrestling Figure Podcast

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  • Hell

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  • STOMP In Paradise

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  • Too Many Games

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  • British Arena

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Final Verdict: 8/10

RetroMania Wrestling is a lot of fun and that should be the goal of any video game. It offers the most unique arenas in wrestling games in many years, a well-varied roster, simple gameplay, and just the right amount of nostalgia. It is not without negatives, however.

You can complete the story mode in about an hour or less, 10-Pounds of Gold can get redundant, and it is a small roster at a time where wrestling game rosters have ballooned up to over one-hundred playable characters.

While it is not expected that a simple independent developer could have such an enormous roster given the limited resources of “free agents” these days, a roster of 25 to 30 characters and the inclusion of female grapplers would have improved the game quite a bit.

Even with these cons, I have spent about 10 hours with it and have encountered no bugs and the only glitch is if you select your player to come out second, you will have a double and your selected opponent will be nowhere to be found.

I give RetroMania Wrestling an 8 out of 10. Highly Recommended.

RetroMania Wrestling is the official sequel to the highly popular WrestleFest Arcade Game. The game offers a short and to-the-point story mode where you take control of Johnny Retro AKA John Morrison, AKA Johnny Nitro, AKA Johnny Mundo (Did I miss any aliases?) who has just recovered from having both of his legs broken by Zack Sabre Jr.

On this page, we have a complete RetroMania Story Mode guide, along with the full list of matches you will encounter during the mode.

RetroMania Chapter I: Stevie Richards Fitness

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  • Match 1: This is more of a tutorial than a match as you work with Stevie Richards and the game teaches you the basic attacks and grapples.
  • Match 2: Johnny Retro vs. The Blue Meanie
  • Cut Scene: After the match with Meanie, you will have the opportunity to join the Blue world Order or betray Stevie and Meanie and remain a solo act. I chose to remain solo, so I assume the story and matches change depending on which option you choose.
  • Match 3: Johnny Retro and Stevie Richards vs. Hollywood Nova and Tommy Dreamer
  • Match 4: Johnny Retro vs. Stevie Richards

RetroMania Chapter II: House Of Hardcore

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  • Match 5: Johnny Retro vs. Jeff Cobb
  • Cut Scene: Tommy Dreamer congratulates you on your win over Cobb then informs you that Stevie Richards and The Blue Meanie showed up and are demanding to face you. Retro requests a handicap match but Tommy declines, instead teaming you up with Jeff Cobb.
  • Match 6: Johnny Retro and Jeff Cobb vs. Stevie Richards and The Blue Meanie
  • Cut Scene: Retro and Dreamer have an argument over Johnny wanting a title shot and Dreamer feeling as though he hadn’t earned it, he then puts you in a Falls Count Anywhere Match against Nova.
  • Match 7: Johnny Retro vs. Hollywood Nova in a Falls Count Anywhere
  • Cut Scene: Again, Dreamer and Retro are at odds over broken promises and this leads to Tommy reaching his breaking point with Retro and making a steel cage match between himself and Johnny.
  • Match 8: Johnny Retro vs. Tommy Dreamer Steel Cage Match

 

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  • Cut Scene: After defeating, Tommy, you are given the option to cut a promo saying that you plan to win the House Of Hardcore Championship and never return to New York or cut a promo burying Tommy Dreamer once and for all. I chose to talk about the title. Zack attacks you and hospitalizes you once more.

RetroMania Chapter III: World Tour Revenge

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After waking up in the hospital two days later, Johnny decides he no longer wants the House of Hardcore title, instead opting to go after Zack Sabre Jr for revenge for both of the attacks he had gotten from him.

  • Cut Scene: After arriving in, London, Johnny meets up with Jeff Cobb and together they decide that it is time to take out Zack Sabre Jr. You are then confronted by Hollywood Nova, who has since denounced the Blue World Order and has aligned himself with ZBJ. You also find out that Nova has some serious back-up in the form of Nikita Koloff.
  • Match 9: Johnny Retro and Jeff Cobb vs. Hollywood Nova and Nikita Koloff
  • Cut Scene: After the match, you are confronted by Nikita Koloff who challenges you to face him one on one.
  • Match 10: Johnny Retro vs. Nikita Koloff

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  • Cut Scene: Backstage, you talk with Dreamer who just helped you and Cobb fend off ZBJ, Nikita, and Nova. You can choose to bury the hatchet with Tommy or refuse to forgive him, I chose to bury the hatchet, and this led to an incredibly challenging six-man tag-match.
  • Match 11: Johnny Retro, Tommy Dreamer and Jeff Cobb vs. Hollywood Nova, Nikita Koloff and Zack Sabre Jr.

 

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  • Cut Scene: After the match, you will have a backstage altercation with Zack Sabre Jr. Basically he tells you that the Road Warriors are coming out of retirement and he wants you two to put the past behind you to enter the tag team tournament where the winners will face Hawk and Animal. Depending on what option you choose, you will either face Zack Sabre Jr. One on One or enter the tag team tournament.
  • Match 12: Johnny Retro vs Zack Sabre Jr.

 

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  • Credits: After defeating ZBJ you are shown a brief cut scene of Hawk and Animal riding on motorcycles before the ending credits rolled. This was just the path I chose, the game does at various points give you 2 different options and allows you to make your own story.

Final Thoughts

This was fairly easy to complete, I did so in about 2 hours and that is with really struggling with the six-man tag team match. The matches are fun and are typically no longer than 3 minutes making this among the fastest story modes in wrestling games.

Since you were Johnny Retro the dialogue was tailored towards his persona, so it did not have those awkward moments that you get in WWE games where the responses don’t match the character you’ve created. Overall, this was a fun, easy experience and one I think a vast majority of players will find fun.

RetroMania Story Mode Rating: 6.5 / 10

Is the upcoming release of AEW Dynamite the last hope for wrestling games? I am excited about AEW’s upcoming first-ever video game and do not expect it to be perfect. Having said that, I feel as though I have heard these same promises from 2K as far as gameplay and inspiration goes, only to be let down.

It is extremely easy to say “We’re using WWF No Mercy as a guide” when creating a wrestling game. The name No Mercy by itself fills wrestling gamer fans with the nostalgia of a by-gone era not only in wrestling but in wrestling video games. No Mercy in many ways is considered the benchmark by fans to which all other wrestling games are compared to.

In interviews, Kenny Omega, who has become the spokesperson for the game, has done a tremendous job at hyping the game which is still a year away from release. However, I have heard these same words from 2K representatives in past interviews only to discover that certain modes or features were nowhere to be found upon the game’s release, or even worse, they removed fan-favorite features with no explanation or a suitable replacement.

Don’t Expect Perfection

There is not, nor will there ever be a perfect wrestling video game but in the last five years wrestling video games have become stagnate, unimaginative and at times, downright bad. Professional wrestling is a genre unlike any other, at its core, it is a simulated fight between two participants incorporating theatrics, this world seems like it’d be tailor-made for video gaming but instead, we’ve got some real duds from namely, 2K. I am not going to completely bury 2K here as I think part of the problem is, 2K is primarily known for their NBA games and the NBA is a vastly different world than WWE.

In the off-season for Basketball, changes are made, but for the most part outside of some minor physical changes players relatively stay the same so when the new game comes out 2K can take the base from the previous years’ release, make some cosmetic changes, switch some players and call it a day for the most part; the world of WWE and professional wrestling as a whole is always changing, people change alliances, attires, hairstyles, stable-mates on a regular basis making it almost impossible for any game to be 100% accurate upon release.

2K also focuses on making the games as realistic as possible and this is often to the detriment of having a fun gaming experience. One thing I hope AEW does is to have a healthy blend of realism but also embrace the wild world of professional wrestling and its vastly unique characters. Now, this too is a problem and a reason why no wrestling game can ever be perfect.

Appeal To Both Audiences

You will have a split audience, those who want the most realistic wrestling experience possible right down to the slightest hand-twitch from a wrestler, then you will have those who want the wildest, craziest, most ridiculous experience possible with over-the-top moves and builds complimented with cartoon-like gameplay so really you can’t please everybody. What AEW can do, however, is to the best of their abilities to blend realism with over-the-top arcade-style gameplay.

One thing I do hope they do is to bring back the crazy and unique backstage brawl areas. Could we see the “Broken Universe” during our campaign? Maybe we could even battle into the AEW offices? That, for me, is one thing I miss about wrestling games, the enormous backstage areas.

My all-time favorite wrestling game is WWF Smackdown Shut Your Mouth, many factors contribute to this, the roster, the time period in wrestling but most of all, the gigantic backstage area, and outside areas you could take your fight to. I will not list all of them as there are far too many to name but some of my favorites were the boiler room, the parking lot, Times Square, The Subway Station, and WWF New York. 2K had begun to embrace the over-the-top aspect of wrestling but, unfortunately, bugs and a broken game made whatever fun these things offered short-lived.

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Release A Quality Experience

That is another thing AEW must avoid…at all costs delivering a broken game. Now that sounds simple, right? I mean what studio wants to release a broken game. But the last few WWE 2K games have been filled with glitches, some even game-breaking to the frustration of players, even worse when asked about them, 2K basically shuts down and ignores you. Nobody expects a completely smooth experience on day-one but just do your best to ensure that nothing catastrophic happens and release patches accordingly to fix any problems.

If AEW can deliver a fun, unique experience for wrestling gamers they may just create a healthy competition in the wrestling video game market and the players will benefit from it, however, if they release a similar experience as 2K has just with AEW arenas, wrestlers, and commentary it could put out the dwindling flames of professional wrestling games.

I tried not to be overly negative in this article and point out some things I feel AEW can and should do to create a fun game. Do you have your own ideas? Do you agree or disagree with me? Sound off in the comments below!

Ref Aubrey Edwards walks us through the core gameplay of the highly-anticipated GM Simulator game: AEW Elite General Manager.

Host Kenny Omega & Special Guest Brandon Cutler share new AEW Games development updates as part of Episode #2 of AEW 2.Show.

This episode includes a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming AEW Console Game, showing how the audio and the sounds of the game are being captured.

We also have some additional footage and details on the AEW Elite GM mobile game, and the official release date for the AEW Double or Nothing Casino Game, which is coming out... tomorrow, February 26, on Android and iOS devices.

Wrestling Revolution provides, in my opinion, the most unique and diverse wrestling experience available. With various, exclusive, and classic stipulations, the ability to have each match has its own storyline, as well as having various original wrestlers the only limitation, seemingly. In Wrestling Revolution is your imagination.

Here is a guide to the game’s “Shows” mode, this serves as an introduction to Wrestling Revolution as it showcases each of the things mentioned above.

The Revolution Begins

  • Match 1: Baby Bull vs. King Kong Bundy (Hardcore)
  • Match 2: Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Toshiaki Kawada (ironman Match)
  • Match 3: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (Hair vs. Hair Match)
  • Match 4: Giant Bab vs. Stan Hansen (Hardcore Last Man Standing)
  • Match 5: Whack Ax vs. Geno White vs. C-Breeze (6- Sided Ring)
  • Match 6: Newbie Nate and Roman reigns vs. Benz and Disputin
  • Match 7: Rick Dawson vs. Day Troy Lyons Lee (Octagon Cage Shoot Fight)
  • Match 8: Big Boss Man vs. Mike Bail (Steel Cage Escape To Victory)
  • Match 9: Abdullah The Butcher vs. La Parka vs. Yokozuna vs. Riki Choshu (Tables 4-Man Furniture Smash)
  • Match 10: War Games 10-Man Battle Royal

War Games

  • Match 1: Newbie Nate vs. Steve Williams
  • Match 2: Mr. Perfect vs. Jimmy Snuka
  • Match 3: La Parka vs. Brian Pillman
  • Match 4: Boomtown vs. Geno White
  • Match 5: Roman Reigns vs. Jon Moxley vs. Seth Rollins (Hardcore Triple Threat)
  • Match 6: Yokozuna vs. Riki Choshu (Ropeless Sumo Contest)
  • Match 7: Mitsuharu Misawa and Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Toshiaki Kawada and Shinsuke Nakamura
  • Match 8: Ricky Steamboat vs. Rick Rude (Best of Three)
  • Match 9: Dusty Rhodes vs. Jerry Lawler (First Blood)
  • Match 10: Caged War Games: Wrestling Revolution vs. Sports Entertainment (8-Man War)

Japan Tour

  • Match 1: Masahiro Chono vs. Rick Rude
  • Match 2: The Great Muta vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
  • Match 3: Ryo Hamma vs. Genichiro Tenryu
  • Match 4: Mr. perfect vs. Dolph Ziggler
  • Match 5: Big Van Vader vs. Terry Funk (Last Man Standing)
  • Match 6: Kenta vs. Hayabusa vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Sin Cara (Hardcore 4-Way Last Laugh)
  • Match 7: Yokozuna vs. Rusev (Octagon Shoot Fight
  • Match 8: AJ Styles vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
  • Match 9: Jushin “Thunder” Liger vs. The Great Sasuke (Best of Three)
  • Match 10: Old Generation vs. New Generation (6-Man Tag Team Match)

USA Tour

  • Match 1: Bret Hart vs. Whack Ax
  • Match 2: Daniel Bryan vs. Roman Reigns
  • Match 3: Dolph Ziggler vs. Randy Orton
  • Match 4: Rey Mysterio vs. Sin Cara
  • Match 5: Triple H vs. The Rock (Backstage Confrontation)
  • Match 6: John Cena and Hulk Hogan vs. Rusev and Andre The Giant
  • Match 7: Seth Rollins vs. Jon Moxley (Backstage Confrontation)
  • Match 8: Steve Austin vs. Phil Brooks
  • Match 9: The Undertaker vs. Bray Wyatt (Steel Cage)
  • Match 10: Countdown 20-Man Battle Royal

Six Sides Of Steel

  • Match 1: Austin Aries vs. CM Punk
  • Match 2: Whack Ax and Newbie Nate vs. Bobby Roode and James Storm
  • Match 3: Samoa Joe vs. Christian
  • Match 4: AJ Styles vs. Christopher Daniels (Best Of Three)
  • Match 5: Hulk Hogan vs. Matt Dickie (Confrontation)
  • Match 6: Sting vs. Bret Hart (Guest Referee Submission Match)
  • Match 7: Kurt Angle vs. Jeff Jarrett (First Blood Match)
  • Match 8: Brock Lesnar vs. Bobby Lashley (Six Sides Of Stee; Shoot Fight)
  • Match 9: Rob Van Dam vs. Raven vs. Taz (Hardcore Triple Threat Match)
  • Match 10: Countdown 6-Man Elimination

UK Tour

  • Match 1: The Rock vs. Rusev (Guest Referee)
  • Match 2: Roddy Piper vs. Drew McIntyre (Confrontation)
  • Match 3: PAC vs. Kofi Kingston
  • Match 4: Vince McMahon vs. Matt Dickie (Confrontation)
  • Match 5: Sheamus vs. Wade Barrett (Hardcore Last Man Standing)
  • Match 6: AJ Styles vs. CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan (Triple Threat Match)
  • Match 7: Paige vs. AJ Lee (Hair vs. Hair Match)
  • Match 8: Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara vs. Jushin “Thunder” Liger and The Great Sasuke
  • Match 9: British Bulldog vs. Bret Hart (Ironman Match)
  • Match 10: British Empire vs. The World (Team 10-Man Battle Royal)

Satire Series

  • Match 1: Goldberg vs. Ryback
  • Match 2: Mr. Perfect vs. Bret Hart (Best of Three)
  • Match 3: Hulk Hogan vs. The Undertaker
  • Match 4: Mystery Guest vs. Newbie Nate
  • Match 5: Brock Lesnar and Kurt Angle vs. Day Troy Lyons Lee and Bobby Lashley (Octagon Cage Shoot Fight)
  • Match 6: Team reigns vs. Team Wyatt (Hardcore 6-Man War)
  • Match 7: Road Warriors vs. Demolition (Simultaneous)
  • Match 8: Maple Leaf vs. All-American (8-Man Tag Team Elimination)
  • Match 9: Rising Sun vs. West Indies (8-Man tag Team Elimination)
  • Match 10: Team Cena vs. Team Rollins (10-Man Tag Team Match)

Mexico Tour

  • Match 1: La Parka vs. Kofi Kingston (6-Sided Ring)
  • Match 2: Eddie Guerrero vs. Rey Mysterio (Best Of Three)
  • Match 3: Sin Cara vs. Ultimo Dragon (Octagon)
  • Match 4: Rick Martel vs. Tito Santana (Hair vs. Hair Match)
  • Match 5: Ric Flair vs. Harley Race (First Blood)
  • Match 6: Road Warriors vs. Demolition (Steel cage Tag Team Match)
  • Match 7: Lita vs. AJ Lee vs. Paige (Triple Threat Match)
  • Match 8: Alberto Del Rio vs. Yuji Nagata (Octagon Cage Shoot Fight)
  • Match 9: Hardy Boyz vs. Edge and Christian (Hardcore Simulteameous)
  • Team Punk vs. Team McMahon (Backstage Confrontation)

 

2K announced today that infamous WWE authority figure and occasional in-ring competitor Mr. McMahon will step into the WWE 2K Battlegrounds ring alongside several additional WWE Superstars, Legends, and Hall of Famers, including Paige, Mustafa Ali, Lana, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, Doink the Clown, Mr. Perfect, The British Bulldog, Big Boss Man and more. The roster update starts Wednesday, February 10* and includes 24 new WWE Superstars, as well as two new arenas and 19 new customization items, making it the biggest roster update yet!

The following WWE Superstars, Legends, Hall of Famers, and arenas are currently scheduled to appear in WWE 2K Battlegrounds via automatic updates, with some content requiring unlocking:

 

Wednesday, February 10*:

  • Mr. McMahon;
  • Gran Metalik (unlocked);
  • Mojo Rawley (unlocked).

 

Wednesday, February 17*:

  • Mr. Perfect;
  • Doink the Clown;
  • Vader;
  • Sonya Deville (unlocked).

 

Wednesday, February 24*:

  • Paige;
  • Cactus Jack;
  • Mustafa Ali (unlocked);
  • Tucker (unlocked).

 

Wednesday, March 3*:

  • Ricky Steamboat;
  • British Bulldog;
  • Maryse (unlocked);
  • Big Boss Man (unlocked).

 

Wednesday, March 10*:

  • Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart;
  • Earthquake;
  • Tamina (unlocked);
  • Austin 3:16 Anniversary Arena (unlocked).

 

Wednesday, March 17*:

  • Typhoon;
  • The Brian Kendrick;
  • Lana (unlocked).

 

Wednesday, March 24*:

  • Curtis Axel;
  • Alundra Blayze;
  • Bo Dallas (unlocked);
  • WrestleMania 37 Arena (unlocked).

 

*Exact dates subject to change.

For all the information on WWE 2K Battlegrounds check out the WWE 2K Battlegrounds Main Section, and for an updated list of all the confirmed Superstars for the game, you can visit the WWE 2K Battlegrounds Roster Page.

Wrestling Revolution 3D provides what I would consider the craziest career mode in any wrestling game I've ever played. It does follow any particular promotion, storyline, or rules. Since it was released independently the only limitations were Matt Dickie’s imagination. While the insanity could not possibly be covered fully in any singular article, I will try to list just some of the crazy situations you could find yourself in as you embark on a new career in professional wrestling.

Selecting A Wrestler

Obviously, no career starts without choosing your wrestler. With no voice acting or limitations, you can choose anyone in the game as your character. Through the edit universe option, you can select the promotion you want to start your career with, although you are not guaranteed to end it there. Male, female…a mummy? They’re all here and at your disposal. If you are choosing to be an original character, I would suggest beginning in Wrestling School for the most “authentic” experience in the career mode.

Storylines

Wrestling Revolution provides without a doubt the most insane stories created in ANY wrestling game. They dared go where no other officially licensed game will ever dare to go. While I have not still experienced every single story there is to have, I will list the ones that I have experienced.

  • Wrestler Murdered, other wrestler linked to the tragedy- One of the earliest plots I encountered was the murder of Shinsuke Nakamura and Hiroshi Tanahashi being lined to his death. While this had no impact on my character, Wrestling Revolution keeps you informed of all the goings-on in the multitude of promotions in the game through “newspaper-like” headlines once you complete a match.
  • Buying pain killers from a fellow wrestler-Yes, in this game you are capable of buying drugs from another wrestler.
  • Using Steroids-After completing a match I was confronted by another wrestler and asked if I would like to take steroids to increase my stats. Careful though because not only can you buy them but if you are caught (a completely random event) you will have to pay a fine on top of paying for the enhancements.
  • Stolen Clothes-As Andre The Giant, AJ Styles stole my wrestling gear, and, for a price, he would give them back to me. If you choose not to pay the wrestler you will have to complete at least one match in your underwear.
  • Wrestler Overdose-In another career I was playing, Stephanie McMahon was found dead in her hotel room due to an overdose.
  • Wrestler Suicide- Sometimes you will read that a certain wrestler has committed suicide, when this happens, your next show will be a Memorial Show and results in you not getting paid.
  • Forming a Stable/Team-A staple of wrestling games for the last decade seemingly, you are given the option, multiple times, to form a stable or team with another wrestler, or even make the offer yourself.
  • Wrestler Takes a Hit Out-You can also be asked to attack a wrestler backstage for a price and if you accept, you have a backstage confrontation with the wrestler you were asked to take out.

wrestling revolution sting attacks bret hart

 

  • Fired-Throughout the career, your current promoter may (or may not) give you tasks you need to complete by a certain date, most times, failure to meet the requirement results in you going back to wrestling school until another contract is offered.
  • Gimmick Change-I found out early on that a crucial aspect of your contract is ensuring you are given "creative" in it. If you don’t have it you are at the promoter’s whim. Stephanie once changed me from my character to “Nicholas Nash” and made me dress like Batman.

 

wrestling revolution batman

 

  • Branded Negligent- You can injure wrestlers during matches, although there is no specific method in which you can guarantee this result, however, doing so will have you branded as negligent.
  • Interpromotional Match- Your current promotion may challenge another or be challenged by another to an inter-promotional match. While nothing major happens for you, a win will see you increase the reputation of the company while a loss has you damaging its reputation.

Selecting Your Promotion

If you decide to use a real-life wrestler, you can still move them to whichever promotion you’d like through the edit universe feature.

  • Wrestling School- Where beginners learn. No notable names here, just an opportunity to lose money as since you are not under contract, you will not be paid for matches you compete in.
  • Federation Online-An original promotion that is a bit more “outlaw” in its feel. A small roster means small pay.
  • All American Wrestling- Obviously based heavily on WWE, you will encounter characters such-as but not limited to, John Cena, The Undertaker, Triple H, and Roman Reigns.
  • United Kingdom Wrestling- Headed by Paul Heyman this company provides a mixture of Impact and ECW names. Some of the talents include AJ Styles, Raven, Tommy Dreamer, and Abyss
  • Rising Sun Puroresu- A strong New Japan and All-Japan vibe as you will encounter, Giant Baba, Kazuchika Okada, Tetsuya Naito, Stan Hansen, Terry Funk, and many others.
  • Maple Leaf Grappling- This promotion has a strong Canadian influence. Here you will encounter names like Bret Hart, Owen Hart, Andre The Giant, and Bobby Heenan
  • Super Lucha Libre- Headed by Eric Bischoff, this company will give you a strong WCW vibe as you can face, Sting, Eddie Guerrero, Rey Mysterio Jr. Konnan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, and The Road Warriors
  • Strong Style Wrestling-A heavy UFC influence as the promotion is booked by Dana White, you can face off against, Brock Lesnar, Ronda Rousey, Goldberg, Bob Sapp, and even Bruiser Brody.
  • Hollywood- While you cannot compete in Hollywood, this is where you go once retired or you may get promotional offers from them throughout your career. Movie parts, a book, or maybe even the chance to shill a product for them.

Storylines are not limited to a particular promotion so that should not hinder your experience at all. Each company does seem to have its preferred match types, however. So, for example, Strong Style Wrestling will have you compete in no rope octagon cage matches, which is obviously a nod to MMA bouts in UFC. Whereas in the United Kingdom, they seem to have a variety of gimmick matches for you to compete in at random times. Also, you can issue challenges to other wrestlers by selecting a date on the calendar and the wrestler you’d like to face. In this area, you can choose the stipulation and gimmick. For instance, you can have a “To The Death Loser leaves” Match. Now to the death is not a literal interpretation, it simply means you fight until your health meter is empty.

These are just a handful of the opportunities that are presented to you in the career mode for Wrestling Revolution. You really do have to play it for yourself to truly experience the madness and joy this game provides. If there is a downside, it is that all of these plots are completely random, meaning there is no sure way to trigger any of them happening in your career. Also, there are no cut scenes so typically the story is a one-match angle and has no bearing further down the line in the career mode. Despite these negatives, I have played various careers as various wrestlers and each time has been a fun experience. Also, the only way for your career to end is if you retire…or die (seriously, you can die in this game) Wrestling Revolution 3D’s career mode is something you truly have to play for yourself to understand the fun it provides.

This is a renaming guide for Matt Dickie's Wrestling Revolution 3D (Also will work with the recently released Wrestling Empire) The names of the wrestlers in this game are whacky, absurd and at times, hilarious. I have gone through and listed their real-life counterpart for those who wish to make the WR3D experience as "real world" as possible.

Some characterizations were obvious, others could be a couple of different wrestlers, in that case, I went with who I thought was the most likely person it was meant to be. I hope this helps anyone that might be confused.

All American Wrestling (WWE)

  • Lance Monaco: Vince McMahon
  • Jim Sierra: John Cena
  • Les Miserable: The Miz
  • Nightshift: The Undertaker
  • Trojan Force: Roman Reigns
  • Brad White: Bray Wyatt
  • Fanny Monaco: Stephanie McMahon
  • Rory Awesome: Randy Orton
  • Hardback: Ryback
  • Mike Showshot: Shawn Michaels
  • Ronan Raw: Seth Rollins
  • Hairy Harass: Luke Harper
  • Ripper Ace: Triple H
  • Ralph Lipper: Dolph Ziggler
  • Slow-Mo: Big Show
  • Dragon Ryan: Daniel Bryan
  • Amber Lance: Dean Ambrose
  • Robin Nest: Erick Rowan
  • Mr. Benjamins: “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase
  • Paper Cut: Irwin R. Schyster
  • Hanz Cuffs: Big Boss Man
  • Splinter: Mankind
  • General Genocide: Sgt. Slaughter
  • Mustard Gas: Col. Mustafa
  • Brother Sucka: Booker T.
  • Geek Chic: AJ Lee
  • Jessie Bell: Nikki Bella
  • Jigsaw Jeremy: “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan
  • Cabal: Kane
  • Tom Stone: Paul Bearer
  • Road Hog: Road Dogg Jesse James
  • Stunner Stu: Bad Ass Billy Gunn
  • Majesty: Jerry “The King” Lawler
  • Bubby Cue: Jim Ross
  • Sean Monaco: Shane McMahon
  • Errol Hathaway: Earl Hebner

Rising Sun Puroresu (NJPW/AJPW)

  • Anton Chinoki: Antonio Inoki
  • Machine Miuri: Mitsuharu Misawa
  • Thunder Tiger: Jushin “Thunder” Liger
  • Ken Ryu: Genichiro Tenryu
  • Reign Maker: Kazuchika Okada
  • Tower Misawa: Giant Baba
  • Tanned Heihachi: Hiroshi Tanahashi
  • Killer Karado: Toshiaki Kawada
  • Snake Suzuki: The Great Sasuke
  • Butter Monk: Riki Choshu
  • Gree Ciabata: Katsuyori Shibata
  • Ultra-Bull: Big Van Vader
  • Nico Moron: Shinsuke Nakamura
  • Bash Nagata: Kenta Kobashi
  • Mutox: The Great Muta
  • Master Chrome: Masahiro Chono
  • High Yakuza: Hayabusa
  • Canado: Tetsuya Naito
  • Jumbo Akira: Jun Akiyama
  • Gill Otine: Doc Gallows
  • Andy Sun: Karl Anderson
  • Sam Handsome: Stan Hansen
  • Bobby Southside: Terry Funk
  • Tug Jaffazero: Danny Spivey
  • Sumorai: Yokozuna
  • Chang Mynami: KENTA
  • Tenryu Mist: Taka Michinoku
  • Eugene Yamato: Yuji Nagata
  • Uri Yakuza: Keiji Mutoh
  • Zanzi Budokan: Hiroshi Tenzan
  • Prince David: Finn Balor
  • Motorola Chan: Red Shoes

Maple Leaf Grappling

  • Rusty Rose: Dusty Rhodes
  • Brad Goodman: Bret Hart
  • Perfect Sean: Curt Hennig
  • Crispin Noir: Chris Benoit
  • Aftershock: Earthquake
  • Gabriel: Christian
  • Perry Class; Ric Flair
  • Ned Heart: Jim Neidhart
  • Slick Dude: Rick Rude
  • Dan Maverick: Dean Malenko
  • Max Mullet: Lex Luger
  • Union Jack: Daveyboy Smith
  • Andy Aniston: Arn Anderson
  • Oje Goodman: Owen Hart
  • Obelisk: Andre The Giant
  • Tidal Wave: Typhoon
  • Enigma: Edge
  • Super Stan: “Superstar” Billy Graham
  • Luke Cannon: “Flyin” Brian Pillman
  • Teddy Big: Big John Studd
  • Manny Quinn: Rick “The Model” Martel
  • High Note: Honky Tonk Man
  • Low Road: Cody Rhodes
  • David Hybrow: Damian Sandow
  • Gorilla Grundy: King Kong Bundy
  • Steve Engine: Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat
  • Drew Durham: Lance Storm
  • Duke Miniman: The Mountie
  • Theo Sultana: Tito Santana
  • Charlie Grace: Harley race
  • Sally Stride: Trish Stratus
  • Gary Mallet: Greg “The Hammer” Valentine
  • Vito Soprano: Dino Bravo
  • Bubba Hyena: Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

United Kingdom Wrestling (TNA)

  • Hustle Hayes: Paul Heyman
  • Vulture: Raven
  • Jerry Buckler: Jeff Jarrett
  • Meg Knight: Paige
  • Wayne Barrage: Wade Barret
  • Anton Apex: Austin Aries
  • Agent Kyle: AJ Styles
  • Bloody Lee: Bubba Ray Dudley
  • Buddy Brew: Bobby Roode
  • Gravitas: PAC
  • Shane Asterix: Sheamus
  • Abysmal: Abyss
  • Angel Dust: Christopher Daniels
  • Blood Brother: D-Von Dudley
  • Ethan McCloud: James Storm
  • Dominator: Rob Van Dam
  • Mac Donald: Drew McIntyre
  • Chi Guy: CM Punk (Ring Of Honor look)
  • Judgment Dave: Sid Justice
  • Monty Python: Jake “The Snake” Roberts
  • Demento: Sabu
  • Tony Screamer: Tommy Dreamer
  • Jake Obscene: Justin Credible
  • Dean Cutlas: “The Franchise” Shane Douglas
  • Mutha Forker: Abdullah The Butcher
  • Prime Time: M.V.P.
  • Brutus Long: Brodus Clay
  • Ryan Hero: Rhyno
  • Ghetto Child: Taz
  • Bang-Bang: Cactus Jack
  • Ian tense: Test
  • Beckie Lane: Mickie James
  • Keith Dewback: Jerry Lynn
  • Silk Siren: Velvet Sky

Super Lucha Libre

  • Dirk Switchoff: Eric Bischoff
  • Venom: Sting (Surfer)
  • Bullfrog: Demolition Smash
  • Joel Hardon: Jeff Hardy
  • Emil Tequila: Konnan
  • Machismo: Scott Hall
  • Essa Carreera: Eddie Guerrero
  • Red Eagle: Road Warrior Hawk
  • Headsore: Demolition Ax
  • Miles Hardon: Matt Hardy
  • King Bombard: Rey Mysterio
  • Heavy Snatch: Kevin Nash
  • Pedro De Niro: Alberto Del Rio
  • Red Gator: Road Warrior Animal
  • Maskara: Sin Cara
  • Lola: Lita
  • Jordan Hangtime: Billy Kidman
  • Helix: X-Pac
  • Voodoo: Papa Shango
  • Super Safari: “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka
  • Zulu: Kamala
  • Crash Cougar: Headbanger Thrasher
  • Glittery Arty: Goldust
  • Dream Hornet: Ultimo Dragon
  • El Giantina: El Gigante
  • Sam Mower: Rikishi
  • False Hood: R-Truth
  • Mick Marvel: “Marvelous” Marc Mero
  • Lest At Macabre: Gangrel
  • Lost Boy: Vampiro
  • Hard Gainer: La Parka
  • Joey Morrissey: John Morrison
  • Cameron Cool: Kofi Kingston
  • El Dorado: El Matador Tito Santana
  • Grand Bhishma: The Great Khali

Strong Style Wrestling

  • Danny Might: Dana White
  • Hooker Hudson: Ken Shamrock
  • Emma Roused: Ronda Rousey
  • Tundra: Rusev
  • Ryan Schneider: Rick Steiner
  • Mo Qi: Low-Ki
  • Brook Laser: Brock Lesnar
  • Gold Boulder: Goldberg
  • Ryan Pippin: “Rowdy” Roddy Piper
  • Iguana: Lana
  • Frank Incensed: Scott Steiner
  • Bruiser O’Lay: Samoa Joe
  • Armstrong: Mark Henry
  • Boar Miller: Bob Sapp
  • Ruthless Rufus: Bruiser Brody
  • Ethan Asia: “Dr. Death” Steve Williams
  • Bro Bones: Jon “Bones” Jones
  • Al Pine: Cesaro
  • Upside Frown: Bad News Allen
  • Gross Antonio: Giant Antonio
  • Outback: Bushwhacker Butch
  • Julian Damn: Ron Simmons
  • Paul Street: John “Bradshaw” Layfield
  • Bud Harley: Bob Holly
  • Ewan Trust: Steve Blackman
  • Cracker: Dan Severn
  • Minotaur Spuki: Minoru Suzuki
  • Rick Dawson: Josh Barnett
  • Gruesome Sharon: Luna Vachon

Hollywood

  • Hank Slogan: Hulk Hogan
  • Scarecrow: Sting (Crow)
  • Li Xiao Long: Bruce Lee

  • Slam Dunk: CM Punk (Final WWE look)

  • Block Buster: The Rock

  • God of War: The Ultimate Warrior

  • Libby Rator: Chyna

  • Beast Eater: Batista

  • Jay Enrico: Chris Jericho

  • Redneck Rosteen: "Stone Cold" Steve Austin

  • Mat Showman: "Machoman" Randy Savage

  • Mack Bison: Mike Tyson

  • Yogi Beard: Diamond Dallas Page

  • Hollywood Hank: "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan

 

Despite this massive list of wrestlers, this does not cover everyone in the game. There are dozens of original characters in Wrestling Revolution 3D and again the characterizations go from the intriguing to the insane, then onto hysterical.

You can overwrite anyone in-game to add a missing wrestler, a newer version, or maybe your favorite star has changed their appearance since the game's release, whatever the case is I hope this guide proves useful and you manage to create your own world of fun because in Wrestling Revolution 3D, the landscape is wide open and the possibilities are endless.

Today let’s journey back to the year 2002 where wrestling was beginning its decline, but their video games were starting their peak. Smackdown Shut Your Mouth was released on October 31, 2002. This was for me, the greatest WWE Video game ever made still to this day. I know No Mercy for the Nintendo 64 and even Smackdown: Here Comes The Pain are more beloved than this title, but I will attempt to explain my reasoning for placing this game above those two.

Roster

For starters, here is the roster:

  • The Rock
  • Steve Austin
  • The Undertaker
  • Kane
  • Kurt Angle
  • Chris Jericho
  • Big Show
  • Hulk Hogan
  • Kevin Nash
  • X-Pac
  • Triple H
  • Shawn Michaels
  • Booker T.
  • Edge
  • Christian
  • Farooq
  • Bradshaw
  • Bubba Dudley
  • D-Von Dudley
  • Billy Gunn
  • Chuck Palumbo
  • Rico
  • Goldust
  • Randy Orton
  • Ric Flair
  • Vince McMahon
  • Test
  • Tazz
  • Raven
  • Maven
  • Al Snow
  • Hardcore Holly
  • Diamond Dallas Page
  • Eddie Guerrero
  • Mark Henry
  • Matt Hardy
  • Jeff Hardy
  • Chris Benoit
  • Rhyno
  • Rikishi
  • Rob Van Dam
  • Scotty 2 Hotty
  • Tajiri
  • Val Venis
  • William Regal
  • Lance Storm
  • The Hurricane
  • Albert
  • Billy Kidman
  • Brock Lesnar
  • Spike Dudley
  • Shawn Stasiak
  • Stephanie McMahon
  • Trish Stratus
  • Lita
  • Ivory
  • Molly Holly
  • Jazz
  • Torrie Wilson
  • Stacy Keibler

Season Mode

The fun didn’t end there, however! The game really excelled in the Season mode. Here you could play as every member of the roster with the exception of The female superstars, Vince McMahon, Ric Flair, and Shawn Michaels, while not playable in season, Flair and McMahon would be main characters in the story as the Raw and Smackdown General Managers respectively. Shawn Michaels also made a few cameos throughout the season and the women would also be apart of side stories and on occasion the main story as well. You could also take a custom wrestler throughout the season as well, making it a more personal experience.

Season Mode was two years in length. You would take a chosen superstar through various storylines as seen at the time on television, and even some original ones as well. Despite being long as two years where you are fighting in matches every week does seem like a tedious process, however with the various storylines and the fact that not once are these angles repeated throughout the years, the season never seems boring or seems to drag; in fact, I found myself refusing to stop playing until the particular story played out. Just to list some of the stories that you will encounter throughout the years: Personal Servant, this will see you face Ric Flair and/or Vince McMahon and if you win, they will be your servant the following week and you can give them one of three commands. You will also get to play out the return of the New World Order and relive the emotional encounter with Hollywood Hogan at WrestleMania 18 (Although you do not have to be The Rock to access this story) just to name a few. Also, there are character-specific stories you can play as well such as The hair versus Hair match between Kurt Angle and Edge (You must be one of them to get this story) You can have Steve Austin choose Raw or Smackdown, You can also relive the epic feud over spilled coffee between Chris Jericho and Kane! There are also numerous unlockable items throughout the years in the WWE Shop, so you found yourself playing season mode two or three times just for the Unlockable Items.

Match Types

If you didn’t want to jump right into season mode, Shut Your Mouth offered plenty of other options, it had a Slobber Knocker mode where you chose a superstar and took on an endless stream of opponents one after the other. You could also compete in Hardcore, I Quit, Last Man Standing, Fatal Four Way, Triple Threat, Battle Royal, Royal Rumble, Steel Cage, Hell In A Cell, Ladder, and TLC matches as well. What made the matches even more fun, specifically Hardcore, I Quit and the Last Man Standing matches so fun was the enormous backstage area!

Unlike today's games where you have a few rooms and long corridor and are limited to punching and kicking your way through it, Smackdown Shut Your Mouth boasted a huge circular corridor, a locker room, the General Manager’s office, a Storage hall, and storage room, a parking lot, the Subway Station, WWF New York, Time Square and a two different plaza’s your fights could end up going to. Each area had its own set of weapons and interactive staging to fit accordingly. Also, you could wrestle in the snowy outdoors and even throw snowballs at your opponent!

Creations

Move-sets were not as in-depth as they are in today’s video games, and that is not a bad thing. Every star had their finisher and trademark moves and mannerisms, making for at the time the most authentic WWE Experience available. The Create-A-Wrestler Mode was much simpler as well and again, that is not a bad thing. It gave you ample parts to create an original wrestler or even legends like Randy Savage, Sting, and The Ultimate Warrior. You could be as detailed as you needed to be or just throw some tights on a guy, mess around with their body type for a bit and then spend about half an hour giving them moves and creating their entrance. While I appreciate the amazing attention to detail in today’s games, I also get irritated that it takes me about three hours to create one wrestler including moves and entrances, and I don’t even spend a ton of time on body managing.

Final Word

I still play Smackdown Shut Your Mouth today and it was released sixteen years ago almost! I waited a year to buy 2K17 and it mostly sits on my shelf collecting dust. No, graphically, Shut Your Mouth is not stellar, it's not an in-depth hands-on creation suite masterpiece, the wrestlers do not move exactly like their real-life counterparts but Shut Your Mouth for me is the most fun I’ve ever had playing a WWE video game. It has a huge story/season mode, a good create a wrestler mode, various matchups, and styles, and is endless fun. That is what video games should be!

I appreciate realism as much as the next gamer, but what good is realism if it hinders the fun of the game? If you have a PS2 buy this game immediately, if you don’t have a PS2, get one then get this game! While I acknowledge a lot of these things come down to personal preference, Smackdown Shut Your Mouth is the best WWE game of all time for my money.

Have you played this game? Do you have a different favorite WWE game? Sound off in the comments below.

The first 2K Battlegrounds update for 2021 has just been announced for over the next 2 weeks.

This update has 6 new superstars and a brand new themed arena to fight in.

So in this article we will be going over what to expect in Battlegrounds over the next 2 weeks:

Week 1: 27/01/21

The first week of updates has 3 new superstars and a themed arena and they are:

  • Chyna
  • Mark Henry
  • Tyler Breeze (Unlocked from start)
  • Hell in a Cell Themed Arena

Week 2: 03/02/21

 The second and final week of this update will have the last 3 superstars for this update added in which are as followed:

  • Christian
  • Otis
  • Dana Brooke (Unlocked from beginning)

Finally viewers of this Sunday's Royal Rumble PPV should keep their eyes peeled for a special bonus locker code.

This code when put into 2K Battlegrounds will award the player with 500 golden bucks

Here is a video showing all of the update's superstars in action.

 

 

Unlike in the main 2K Franchise, Battlegrounds’ Campaign mode is not voice acted. Instead, you control 6 different characters, each with their own fighting style. This seems like a way to familiarize the player with the different fighting styles in the game, similar to the Tekken or Dead Or Alive Franchises.

The concept is simple: Paul Heyman convinces Vince McMahon (rather easily) to let him begin a new concept, he would go around the world and recruit nobodies and have them compete on their home turf against established WWE superstars and legends all in the hopes of signing with World Wrestling Entertainment and he’d call it Battlegrounds.

Before heading on the journey, Heyman stops at the Broken Skull Ranch and again easily recruits Stone Cold Steve Austin to help him scout talent. After a brief conversation, Austin says he’s in and flies to New York where we meet our first WWE Hopeful.

New York: Bolo Reynolds

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Bolo crashes into Steve Austin while riding his bike. Bolo asks Austin if he is blind, the two have a staredown but Steve diffuses the situation and tells Bolo that he thinks he has what it takes to become the next WWE superstar. Austin then takes Bolo underground to the New York Subway station after a short conversation Austin tells Bolo to prove himself worthy of being a WWE superstar he has to show his toughness. Baron Corbin then emerges from the Subway, he asks Bolo if he thinks crashing with his bike is enough to make him a WWE superstar (How he knew of the Austin/Bolo incident is never explained) he then promises to be Bolo’s End of Days.

  • Match 1: One Versus One: Baron Corbin
  • Reward:  Power-Up
  • Match 2:  One Versus One Steel Cage Match: Samoa Joe
  • Side Match: One Versus One: The Miz
  • Reward: Power Up
  • Match 4: One Versus One: Apollo Crews
  • Reward: Vanity Item
  • Match 5: Two Versus Two: Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe
  • Side Match: One Versus One: Kevin Owens
  • Side Match: One Versus One: Baron Corbin
  • Reward: Character Unlock
  • Side Match: One Versus One: Apollo Crews
  • Reward: Character Unlock
  • Side Match: Two Versus Two: Baron Corbin and Dolph Ziggler
  • Match 6: One Versus One: Finn Balor

The Everglades: Billy Huggins

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After his time in New York, Austin heads down to Florida where Paul Heyman has told him about a Gator wrestler that could be a fit in WWE. Austin hesitantly agrees to watch the Gator Wrestler, Billy Huggins.

  • Match 1: Fatal 4-Way Versus: Akira Tazawa, Bobby Roode, and Elias
  • Side Match: One Versus One: Bobby Roode
  • Reward: Power-Up
  • Match 2: One Versus One: Erick Rowan
  • Match 3: One Versus One Steel Cage Match: Jake Roberts
  • Reward: Power-Up
  • Side Match: Gauntlet Match: Akira Tazawa, Elias, Erick Rowan, and Jake Roberts
  • Side Match: One Versus One: Bobby Lashley
  • Reward: Power-Up
  • Side Match: One Versus One: Jake Roberts
  • Reward: Character Unlock
  • Match 4: One Versus One: Brock Lesnar
  • Reward: Battleground: The Everglades

Mexico: TJ Salazar

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Heyman wakes Austin up by knocking on his door endlessly. Austin is unable to move, Paul tells him about a famous healer in Mexico. Austin goes to see him, and we meet the next Battlegrounds contestant, T.J. Salazar.

  • Match 1: One Versus One: Daniel Bryan
  • Reward: Power Up
  • Match 2: One Versus One Steel Cage Match: Kalisto
  • Reward: Vanity Item
  • Match 3: Gauntlet Match: Big Show, Bolo Reynolds, Cesaro, and Elias
  • Side Match: One Versus One: Big Show
  • Side Match: One Versus One: Cesaro
  • Reward: Power-Up
  • Match 4: Royal Rumble
  • Side Match: One Versus One: Braun Strowman
  • Reward: Character Unlock
  • Match 5: One Versus One: Lince Dorado
  • Reward: Battleground: Mexico

Boot Camp: Cassie and Patty Velle

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During a training seminar at the WWE Performance Center, Steve Austin, Paul Heyman, and Shawn Michaels are interrupted via Satellite by Cassie and Patty Velle who make a challenge to WWE’s Twin Sisters, Brie, and Nikki Bella. Austin goes to France to meet them and after seeing their entitled attitude, he decides they need Bootcamp.

  • Match 1: Two Versus Two: Alicia Fox and Carmella
  • Reward: Power-Up
  • Side Match: One Versus One Steel Cage Match: Alicia Fox
  • Reward: Vanity Item
  • Side Match: Tornado Tag Team Match: Carmella and Naomi
  • Reward: Battleground: Boot Camp
  • Match 2: One Versus One: Asuka
  • Side Match: One Versus One: Naomi
  • Side Match: Triple Threat: Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair
  • Reward: Power-Up
  • Side Match: Royal Rumble
  • Reward: Character Unlock
  • Match 3: One Versus One Steel Cage Match: Alexa Bliss
  • Match 4: Tornado Tag Team Match: Brie and Nikki Bella

Glasgow: Jessica Johnson

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After Straightening put the Velle Twins, Austin heads to Glasgow Scotland in hopes of finding some more prospects. Austin’s suitcase gets busted, he shouts to who did it saying they owed him a new one. We find out that it is Jessica Johnson who promptly jacks Austin up against a wall; impressed by her strength, Austin recruits her for Battlegrounds.

  • Match 1: One Versus One: Ember Moon
  • Match 2: One Versus One: Natalya
  • Reward: Power-Up
  • Side Match: One Versus One: Nikki Cross
  • Side Match: Royal Rumble
  • Side Match: Two Versus Two: Ember Moon and Ronda Rousey
  • Reward: Battleground: Glasgow
  • Side Match: Tornado Tag Team Match: Beth Phoenix and Natalya
  • Side Match: One Versus One: Ember Moon
  • Reward: Character Unlock
  • Side Match: One Versus One: Stephanie McMahon
  • Reward: Power-Up
  • Side Match: One Versus One Steel cage Match: Nikki Cross
  • Reward: Battleground Creation item
  • Match 3: One Versus One: Beth Phoenix
  • Reward: Power-Up
  • Match 4: One Versus One: Nia Jax
  • Side Match: One Versus One: Alexa Bliss
  • Reward: Character Unlock

Detroit: Gabriel Pierce

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Feeling satisfied with their selections, we see the Battlegrounds Contestants with Austin and Heyman back at the Performance Center; before they can get too far into their speeches, they are disrupted. After figuring out they were hacked, Austin is challenged to go to Detroit to scout one last entry for Battlegrounds.

  • Match 1: One Versus One: The Miz
  • Side Match: Tornado Tag Team Match: Baron Corbin and Jeff Hardy
  • Reward: Power-Up
  • Match 2: Fatal 4-Way: Luke Gallows, R-Truth, The Rock
  • Side Match: Triple Threat: Aleister Black and Bobby Lashley
  • Reward: Battlegrounds Creation Item
  • Match 3: One Versus One Steel Cage Match: The Fiend
  • Side Match: One Versus One: The Rock
  • Reward: Battleground: Detroit

WRESTLEMANIA

With 7 New members of the WWE roster, the Battlegrounds Contestants now are at WrestleMania hoping to cement their legacies.

  • Match 1: As Billy Huggins Versus The Undertaker
  • Match 2: As Bolo Reynolds and Gabriel Pierce Versus Shawn Michaels and Triple H
  • Match 3: Men’s Royal Rumble
  • Match 4: Women’s Royal Rumble
  • Reward: Battleground: WrestleMania 

 

In the AEW Games 2.Show, AEW World Champion Kenny Omega answered the top 5 questions about the AEW Console Game, while AEW Referee Aubrey Edwards revealed new details and gameplay for the AEW Elite GM mobile game.

Check out the full video below:

Just recently 2K Battlegrounds have announced the third batch of free DLC for Battlegrounds.

In this article, we will show what you can expect over the next 5 weeks beginning the 23rd.

First Drop: 23/12/20

The first drop will have four new superstars and they are as followed:

  • Ric Flair
  • Sheamus
  • Montez Ford (Unlocked from start)
  • Sting (Unlocked from start)

During this week there will also be a new holiday-themed arena unlocked for the player just in time for Christmas.

Second Drop: 30/12/20

The second drop will have three new playable stars in it and they are as listed below:

  • Diesel
  • Razor Ramon
  • Angelo Dawkins (Unlocked from start)

Like the previous week, a new arena will be added with this one being a winter bear one.

Third Drop: 06/01/21

The third drop will only include two new playable characters with them being as shown below:

  • Bret Hart
  • Sami Zayn

Fourth Drop: 13/01/21

Just like the last drop this one will only have two more characters in the update and they as seen below:

  • Chad Gable
  • Akam (Unlocked from start)

Final Drop: 20/01/21

The final drop will have the last three playable superstars which includes as followed:

  • Rezar (Unlocked from start)
  • Fandango
  • Rowdy Roddy Piper

What do you guys think about the third batch of Battlegrounds content?

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