Gaming

WWE 2K15 delayed, while league looks to NFL for new talent

Wrestling fans who were counting down the days until October 28th will have to wait just a little bit longer for the next game, as 2K announced a slight delay for the upcoming WWE 2K15 on PS4 and Xbox One. The PS3 and Xbox 360 versions will still launch as planned on Oct. 28th.

Greg Thomas, the President of Visual Concepts explains, “Visual Concepts and Yuke’s are committed to delivering the most authentic and action-packed WWE experience to date, including release for the very first time on next-generation consoles. The additional development time enables our talented teams to ensure the WWE 2K15 next-gen experience fully meets our expectations.”

While the delay is not the best news for those of us waiting to get our hands on the current-gen versions of the game, it is nice to hear that 2K intends to release nothing but the best quality product. I would gladly trade a few weeks to insure that everything is tip top.

Perhaps 2K needs to remove wrestlers who are no longer with the company, such as Alberto Del Rio and CM Punk. In fact, CM Punk, who recently had a less than amicable split from the WWE, is the centerpiece of a new career mode entitled 2K Showcase. With a well publicized lawsuit against the WWE for in-game royalties, it wouldn’t be a shock if a major part of 2K Showcase needed to be removed altogether to change the CM Punk/John Cena rivalry to something else. We’ll just have to wait and see!

Meanhwile in WWE related news, the Wrestling Observer Radio and a recent entry to the Triple H conference call, report that the WWE may be looking to the NFL for some new up and coming talent.

NFL players being involved with the WWE is not a new concept; one needs to look no further than Wrestlemania XI, where Lawrence Taylor took on Bam Bam Bigelow in the main event. No names have been mentioned yet, but the WWE is looking for bigger names for a bigger draw.

During the Triple H conference call, it was mentioned that the WWE has a “loose working relationship” with the NFLPA and that there are a few big name players that they are looking to bring in. Triple H also mentioned that he will take talent wherever it comes from, whether it’s the NFL, Indies, or actors.

Bringing in outside entertainers to the squared circle can be hit or miss, but it’s easy to see where the appeal lies. Remember Karl Malone and Dennis Rodman in WCW? Or how about Mike Tyson’s stint with DX prior to Wrestlemania XIV, which was arguably the best storyline of the Attitude Era?

Then again on the other side of the coin, you have David Arquette winning the WCW title or Kevin Federline appearing on Raw, so you win some, you lose some.