In a press release this afternoon 2K announced the game, which will feature three match types, comprehensive move sets and entrances, Create-A-Superstar and Career modes and live multiplayer matches. The company also noted the price point will be $7.99. Some of the playable wrestlers mentioned in the release include Hulk Hogan, Sting, John Cena, Triple H, Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns.
WWE delivered a WrestleMania full of moments, entertaining matches and interesting booking last night in Santa Clara, CA. Coming in I had pretty high expectations for the show, based more on the card itself and the workers involved than the build. The company and its performers certainly did not disappoint.
Were there things you could nitpick about? Of course. But all in all I found this to be one of the best WrestleManias. Below are my quick hits on WrestleMania 31:
• The finish to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match could not have been booked any better. It was the first time a Money in the Bank cash in has been done during a match and with the briefcase being around for as long as it has, it’s always great when WWE can come up with a new way to use it. The tide of the match had just turned to Roman Reigns’ favor and both men were rocked, making it a perfect time for Seth Rollins to capitalize.
The way this was done makes it fairly easy to book the WWE Title picture all the way through SummerSlam, as well. Lesnar wasn’t pinned so he has a legit beef along with his rematch clause, which I would expect won’t come until SummerSlam. Roman Reigns took the pin but a program between the former Shield brethren is an obvious summer feud. And there’s also Randy Orton, who pinned Rollins earlier in the night following a spectacular RKO, who could claim rights to a title match.
The ending also can be used as the final piece of a Brock Lesnar babyface turn. We’ll see where that goes on tonight’s Raw.
• The aforementioned spectacular RKO earned the first pop of the night from this viewer. As with Money in the Bank cash ins, finding creative new ways for Orton to hit an RKO “OUT OF NOWHERE” can be challenging, but Orton turning a curb stomp attempt into the finisher was a truly clever spot. It was also perfectly executed by Orton and Rollins, so kudos to them.
The match was great but could have used a little more time. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, though, since these two are top shelf when it comes to in-ring work.
• The Intercontinental Championship ladder match had some good spots and a few scary parts as well, most notably the harsh landing Dean Ambrose took onto a ladder bridged between the barricade and the ring apron. Daniel Bryan winning is the right call. The IC Title desperately needs an image restoration and putting it around the waist of the hottest babyface in the company (with Brock Lesnar giving him a run for his money) is a wise move.
• I liked the incorporation of DX and the nWo into the Sting v. Triple H match, even though it didn’t make sense to have the nWo side with their longtime nemesis Sting. While it was a bit of a mess, it made sense given Sting’s age and the amount of time it’s been since he last wrestled a lengthy match while in TNA. I would have booked the match to end after the nWo showed up and Sting hit Triple H with the Scorpion Death Drop but apparently Vince McMahon wanted to make sure that – even 14 years later – everyone knew the WWE beat WCW.
I thought Sting looked great, especially for being 56 years old. While The Rock looked gassed shortly into his WrestleMania XXVIII match against John Cena, Sting showed no similar signs. Maybe this is it for the Stinger but if he has enough in the tank, it would be great to see him stick around for a few more WWE matches. Even better would be to see him go out with a win.
• Rusev had to lose eventually but I was really hoping he would get a WrestleMania moment over Cena. Getting the US Title off him could mean he’s headed to the WWE Championship picture, although that looks like a crowded landscape at the moment. Certainly giving Cena the strap will elevate the title in the same way the IC Title will be heightened by Daniel Bryan holding it but Cena didn’t need the win at ‘Mania.
The match itself was very good and it looks like we might be headed towards a Lana-Rusev breakup. Maybe Lana will come back from filming her movie as a babyface who suddenly lost her Russian accent?
• The match between Undertaker and Bray Wyatt was fine and Undertaker looked good, especially for being 50 years old, but it didn’t have that same mystique for me as usual. Obviously Taker not having the streak was a big reason for that. There were some good moments here, especially the spot where Wyatt was doing the reverse spider walk and Taker sat up. This one could have been booked either way and made sense, but it’s the second year in a row Wyatt loses to a high profile star at WrestleMania. That in itself can be considered quite the rub, though.
• The Tag Team Championship 4-Way match was a crazy yet entertaining trainwreck. I’m glad they kept the belts on Cesaro and Tyson Kidd. The team is getting over and if they’re not ready to give Cesaro a real singles run, it’s smart to keep the two together and let them grow as a team.
• Big Show winning the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal was fine. If you got upset that someone else didn’t get the rub or Big Show “didn’t need the win,” you must have forgotten how little it did for Cesaro last year. Show had never won a battle royal or Royal Rumble before so it was a nice touch to give him the nod, along with the obvious comparisons throughout his career to (his one-time father, according to WCW) Andre the Giant.
Miz and Damien Mizdow were also able to tell their story in a big way, which was important. I would expect a match between the two at Extreme Rules.
• I thought the special entrances were all well done, even Triple H’s Terminator cross-promotion which was either the greatest thing ever or the hokiest thing in wrestling history, according to my Twitter timeline. It could have done without the whole “targeting” view-from-the-Terminator thing, but it was fine.
Rusev’s tank-riding entrance was the best of the night for me and I’m disappointed there was only a Fox News viewer’s dream of a video package before Cena entered. Really thought he would MURICA it up a little more.
On the heels of a noteworthy and praise-earning WrestleMania 31, WWE has announced several new series that will be coming to the WWE Network. In addition, the semi-regular NXT Takeover specials will now be monthly events.
Camp WWE, Swerved, a new Divas Search and Jerry Springer’s show were all announced during ‘Mania but the release also reveals that Chris Jericho’s podcast will be a monthly feature. Unfiltered with Renee Young will debut in May while Culture Shock with Corey Graves premieres in June. WWE The List will also premiere in June, which seems very similar to the current Countdown shows. There will also be new episodes of WWE 24, Countdown and Rivalries, along with a special showcasing the Big Show v. Floyd Mayweather WrestleMania XXIV match. WWE also announced that episodes of Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘N’ Wrestling will be added to the Network.
It’s great to see so much content being added to the WWE Network and the news of WWE increasing to 1.3 million subscribers undoubtedly has the company willing to spend a little bit more on the vehicle.
The full release from WWE is after the jump.
You’ve probably heard about the “Wrestling Isn’t Wrestling” video made by Max Landis that everyone is talking about. If you haven’t watched it yet, check it out above. It’s a really great look at why we love wrestling and how it’s just as compelling as any other television show (even if, right now, the product isn’t so compelling.) The whole thing is told through the storyline of Triple H’s career. There is also a vast number of cameos in the video, including Joey Ryan, John Morrison, Seth Green, Macauley Culkin, Haley Joel Osment, Colt Cabana, Brittany Furlan, Chris Hero, Justin Roberts, the “I Like Turtles” kid, former WCW Champion David Arquette, Max’s father John Landis, and probably a ton more that I missed.
Yeah, the whole “Shawn Michaels coming back” part is out of order but it’s pretty great nonetheless.
TNA has uploaded its weekly Impact in 60, highlighting all the happenings from the March 13, 2015 episode of Impact Wrestling on Destination America. The show featured Bobby Roode taking on Eric Young in a Last Man Standing match, a Hair v. Hair contest between Ethan Carter III and Rockstar Spud and Brooke taking on Robbie E.
In a move sure to upset those that bought WWE 2K15 in the last few months and aimed to lure in those who haven’t yet taken the plunge, 2K is offering the Showcase Season Pass DLC for free with any new purchase of WWE 2K15. The Showcase Season Pass includes the Accelerator and 2K Showcase modes One More Match, Hall of Pain, and Path of the Warrior. The Showcase Season Pass is a $32 value.
WWE will air a first look at the new Chris Jericho DVD and Blu ray set, “The Road is Jericho,” tonight immediately following Raw on the WWE Network. The collection releases tomorrow in the United States and is available as a 3-disc DVD set for $19.99 or as a 2-disc Blu ray set for $24.99 on Amazon.
The set includes matches from nearly all of Jericho’s career, including bouts from ECW, WCW and WWE. The DVD set runs around seven hours while the Blu ray edition rings in at eight and a half hours of content, containing more than 20 matches and 25 newly filmed interview segments. The full match and content listing is available at WrestlingDVDNews.com.
We’re just under three weeks from the biggest show of the year, WrestleMania 31, which comes to us live on pay-per-view and the WWE Network from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, the home of the San Francisco 49ers. The card is finally starting to fill out, with the main event set and two matches designed to get multiple bodies on the WrestleMania card. Below is a look at what we know so far:
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
Roman Reigns v. Brock Lesnar
Sting v. Triple H
WWE Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match
Dolph Ziggler v. Dean Ambrose v. Luke Harper v. R-Truth v. Bad News Barrett
(It’s safe to assume Daniel Bryan and at least Stardust will also be added to the match, with Goldust another possible addition.)
2nd Annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
Participants announced so far include Big Show, Kane, Darren Young, Titus O’Neil, Zack Ryder, Jack Swagger, Fandango, Adam Rose, Ryback, The Miz and Curtis Axel.
It seems inevitable that John Cena will challenge Rusev for the United States Championship once more, despite Lana and the champion both refusing to give Cena another shot, and we’re also all but guaranteed a Bray Wyatt v. Undertaker contest. Also likely to be added are a Tag Team Championship match and/or Divas Title contest.
Rumors are floating around today that Vince McMahon has decided on a WrestleMania 31 main event that will feature Brock Lesnar defending his WWE World Heavyweight Championship in a triple threat match against Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan.
The idea makes a lot of sense and the road to that match is easy to lay out.
Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan are set to go one-on-one at WWE’s generic-as-can-be Fast Lane pay-per-view on Feburary 22nd, with the winner heading to WrestleMania to challenge the Beast Incarnate. Let’s remember that just a week ago, Roman Reigns interfered in the Bryan v. Seth Rollins match, costing Rollins a shot at Reigns at the PPV. Also don’t forget that Randy Orton’s return is imminent and he will have his sights set on Seth Rollins, who put him out of action with a storyline concussion.
The number one contender’s match at Fast Lane is ripe for a schmozz finish.
Rollins comes to the ring to screw Reigns out of the WrestleMania headliner as revenge for costing him this past Monday. Randy Orton returns to get even with Rollins. And then, of course, all hell breaks loose resulting in a no contest. Therefore, a triple threat match between Bryan, Reigns and Lesnar would be… best for business.
Going the route of a triple threat match makes a lot of sense. Lesnar doesn’t have to take the pin if you want to protect him and allow him to return at, say, SummerSlam claiming that since he never got pinned, he deserves a championship rematch. If there are any nerves about Reigns and Lesnar not being able to work a solid match together, you have Daniel Bryan in there as the glue to hold it all together.
It also makes sense because if Bryan wins at Fast Lane, there really isn’t a sensible WrestleMania program for Reigns, since Rollins will likely be paired with Randy Orton no matter what happens. Unless we want another Reigns v. Big Show match. The same can be said for Daniel Bryan who, aside from the Dolph Ziggler Twitter angle, doesn’t have a logical opponent who isn’t already tied up with something else. Putting Bryan and Reigns in the big match with Lesnar might be the most smooth road of all.
WWE has completed the card for NXT’s fifth live WWE Network special, Takeover: Rival. The event will air February 11th. If you haven’t yet checked out an NXT special event, be sure to tune in for this one as all of these events have been excellent so far.
Below is the current card for the big show:
NXT Championship Match
Kevin Owens v. Sami Zayn
NXT Women’s Championship Fatal 4-Way Match
Sasha Banks v. Bayley v. Becky Lynch v. Charlotte
Match to Determine the Number One Contender for the NXT Championship
Finn Balor v. Adrian Neville
NXT Tag Team Championship Match
Buddy Murphy & Wesley Blake v. The Lucha Dragons
No DQ Match
Baron Corbin v. Bull Dempsey