I have been a long-time fan of wrestling video games. I owned virtually every THQ game on N64, with my favourites being WCW/nWo Revenge (which I still maintain had the deepest roster of any game ever) and the venerable WWF No Mercy. I then migrated over to Sony and have owned every single PS2 adaptation of SmackDown except for Just Bring It (which apparently means I own all the GOOD ones).
Everyone loves to create their own legends wrestlers and have their favourite classics take on each other, or current superstars. But these “creations” were never 100% “right”. If only a game coming along would allow you to truly go back, in a way that was (until now) only hinted at with the Blue Steel Cage and WrestleMania IX ring from a few SmackDown’s ago. Good news… there IS.
THQ has announced a WWE Legends of WrestleMania game. While minimal details are known at this time, it is confirmed that Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan are in the game. And judging by this video here, it looks incredible.
IGN also has an interesting little preview, and I am exceptionally pumped to hear that Heenan (as Andre’s manager) actually gets involved in the match.
No roster details are announced, so let the specualting begin! It’s highly unlikely that the Ultimate Warrior will be in the game due to his licensing issues with WWE/WWF, not to mention his questionable sanity. And unfortunately, I doubt “Macho Man” Randy Savage will be in; they still haven’t released a DVD compilation of one of their best World Champions ever, nor have they had any involvement with him since he left WCW. While there are rumours about why this is so (rumours which I will not help perpetuate), it is a shame. Because I would love to re-enact the Main Events from WrestleMania V and VI.
The game contains 40 wrestlers, and is set in the 80s and 90s. There are countless stars from those eras for WWE to choose from, and so many WrestleMania Moments to be recreated. I can’t wait!
Last week’s Monday Night RAW was a surprisingly entertaining one. CM Punk cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and won the world title from Edge, who had just been destroyed by Batista. Santino Marella then cut an amazing promo on Rey Misterio, which featured this tidbit:
“There are only two reasons to wear a mask. Either you are incredibly ugly, or you are the Batman. And YOU SIR…. ARE NOT the Batman.” (this is infinitely funnier if you can imagine Mr. Marella’s over-the-top bad Italian accent while reading this)
In other highlights Dusty Rhodes’ son Cody FINALLY looked interesting thanks to his teaming with the infinitely more charismatic Ted DiBiase Jr., Jamie Noble had a cameo, and CM Punk’s defense against Bradshaw was much more entertaining than it had any right to be.
And then WWE proved it wasn’t a fluke, and had ANOTHER strong show. The opening promo with Vicky Guerrero, Cena, JBL, Batista and Kane was strong, Cryme Tyme and Cena destroyed JBL’s limo (come on, who doesn’t love watching a car get destroyed? Those bonus levels were the BEST PART of Street Fighter II), Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho had yet another in a long line of stellar promos to build their storyline, and Kofi Kingston got a clean win.
As someone who has been a fairly jaded WWE fan over the past few years, I can genuinely say I am enjoying almost all of their Monday Night RAW program right now. Plenty of twists and turns, good promos, matches that have clean finishes, and the return of that “anything can happen” feeling while the shows are still fresh from the entry draft. No complaints from this fan, that’s for sure.