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Latest News and Rumors Surrounding WWE 2K14 for Sept. 23

Ryan DilbertWWE Lead WriterSeptember 23, 2013

Latest News and Rumors Surrounding WWE 2K14 for Sept. 23

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    Photo: 2K Sports
    Photo: 2K Sports

    An explosion of recent reveals will have WWE 2K14 fans anxious to play the upcoming video game.

    As the Oct. 29 United States release date nears, 2K Sports is done teasing us and is showing the game’s full face. Fans now know every match available in the 30 Years of WrestleMania mode and will soon find out the full array of Superstars available for the rest of the modes.

    It was a week of plentiful screenshots and more rumors about Hulk Hogan's involvement with the game.

    Sure, there are WrestleMania matches in WWE 2K14 fans would like to trade out for others, but reading through the list of available matches is enough to get one's mouth salivating.

Raw Roster Reveal

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    Screenshot of 2K.com
    Screenshot of 2K.com

    It's time to know every Superstar fans can control and/or beat up on in WWE 2K14.

    The majority of the roster has already been announced, but there are still a number of questions marks remaining. WWE fans tuning into Monday's Raw will be treated to the final roster reveal.

    The ENTIRE #WWE2K14 roster will be revealed this Monday on #Raw, @WWE & http://t.co/nIthfKxf54! Who do you want to see?

    — WWE 2K (@WWEgames) September 19, 2013

    The roster on the 2K Sports site shows 13 available slots. Fans of Wade Barrett, Mark Henry, Damien Sandow and others will be hoping to see their favorite Superstar get one of those final spots.

Every Match from 30 Years of WrestleMania Mode

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    Photo: 2K Sports
    Photo: 2K Sports

    No more need to guess; all 45 matches from the 30 Years of WrestleMania mode have been announced.

    There's sure to be debate over which bouts were included, but there is a surplus of classics and a few fun surprises on the list. Players can dive into these battles and plenty more.

    • WrestleMania VIII: WWE champion Ric Flair vs. "Macho Man" Randy Savage
    • WrestleMania XII: WWE champion Bret "Hit Man" Hart vs. Shawn Michaels
    • WrestleMania X-Seven: WWE champion The Rock vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin
    • WrestleMania 23: WWE champion John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels
    • WrestleMania XXVIII: Undertaker vs. Triple H

    The virtual version of Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg at WrestleMania XX should prove to be better than the real one. There's plenty to savor here from the Hulkamania era, the Attitude era and more recent matches as well.

The Absentees

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    Sorry, David Sammartino, 2K Sports can't possibly fit everyone from WrestleMania history into the game.

    Various reasons have left big-name Superstars out of the lineup. Ben Sin of SportsIlustrated.com discussed Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero's exclusion from WWE 2K14.

    He wrote, "Perhaps they feared Guerrero's title win that night was too closely associated with Benoit's win."

    Guerrero not being in the game isn't a big surprise, though. Without the ability to include Kurt Angle, 2K Sports couldn't let us play Guerrero’s best match at the event.

    There are plenty of names that are vital to WrestleMania's history—from Owen Hart to Roddy Piper—that aren't a part of the game. You can't blame the company for going the safe, least controversial route here.

    The mode's imperfections won't prevent WWE 2K14 from being a nostalgia-tinged joyride.

     

Screenshots Galore

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    Photo: 2K Sports
    Photo: 2K Sports

    The plethora of revealed matches over the last week also gave fans a number of glimpses into just what the game will look like.

    Screenshots of King Kong Bundy and a retro Undertaker, Sgt. Slaughter as WWE champion with an Iraqi flag in hand and Steve Austin destroying an announce table with an elbow drop to The Rock are among the many new images of WWE 2K14 available to gawk at.

    The graphics don't look like a major improvement over previous version of the game. Still, seeing WWE's history and present merge together in this mode is exciting.

    The images show off the game's accuracy.

    Chris Jericho looks just like he did at WrestleMania X8, and 2K Sports captures the evolution of Undertaker's look quite well.

More Hulkster Rumors

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    Paul Kane/Getty Images

    The buzz over Hulk Hogan's contract and how that allowed him to be in a WWE video game despite being in TNA has refuses to die.

    A report from Wrestling Observer, via 411Mania.com, started it all. It said that "many people considered his signing to appear in a WWE video game as a 'slap in the face' of TNA."

    Eric Bischoff tweeted an angry response, saying that there was no new deal signed.

    There is no Hulk Hogan/2K Sports deal. WWE is simply utilizing tradmarks/assets they currently own in a repackaged video game. Nothing new.

    — Eric Bischoff (@EBischoff) August 27, 2013

    Hogan's agent, Peter Young, said that Hogan didn't sign off on appearing in the game, per ProWrestling.net. Young says that "2K Sports had a renewal option on Hogan's old contract" and used that to have Hogan be a part of WWE 2K14.

    From what Young and Bischoff are saying, it sounds clear that Hogan’s appearance in the new video game was something he had no part in, at least not since he signed that old contract.

    In spite of all the clarifications, the rumors still persist about the tension that this video game has caused between Hogan and TNA.

    Eric B. Stephen of CagesideSeats.com writes that Hogan's involvement with WWE 2K14 may frustrate TNA in another way. Stephen writes that "TNA is now worried that Hogan's deal with 2K Sports may prohibit him from marketing and/or appearing in the long-rumored TNA video game, which would be the company's first since 2010."

    This sounds overblown.

    If TNA thinks Hogan can make them money as an authority figure, the company will keep him around. The kind of tension any involvement with WWE 2K14 might have caused isn't something worthy of not re-signing him.

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