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In 2007 former company behind the WWE games THQ, released WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2008. Since then, SVR 2008 has become one of my favourite wrestling video games from when I was a kid. I understand some updates have been made regarding WWE 2K22, and 2K themselves have created a forum asking fans what they would like to see featured in the game later this year. Fortunately, 2K has had some extra time to work on this next installment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So, what are some of the small things I'd like to see? Find out below!
Double Champion Entrances:
Keep in mind, I said these are the "small" things I'd like to see in the next installment from WWE 2K. So, why does this matter so much to me? In recent years, there has been at least one double-champion every year in WWE. Let's look at Seth Rollins for example, he's been a double-champion THREE times since 2015. Yet, we have not been able to do this the right way in video games. Of course, wrestlers can hold more than one championship at a time. However, you will never see them bring both belts down to the ring with them.
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I want to be able to do this for story-line purposes. Back in 2019, Becky Lynch became the first woman to hold the Raw and Smackdown women's titles at the same time. Lynch won the titles in the main event of WrestleMania 35, in what was a great match! What if fans wanted to do that in WWE 2K, and have the wrestler come down to the ring with two belts on their shoulders cutting a promo? What if I wanted to have someone hold the NXT women's and Raw women's titles at the same time? It would make video game storylines more interesting.
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More choices in Career Mode:
I played SVR 2008 for the first time when I was eleven years-old, and I remember this about the career mode: you could choose whatever brand you wanted. In September 2019, NXT became WWE's official third brand with its move to the USA Network. Furthermore, WWE 2K should not automatically treat NXT as a farm territory in the next game. Since WWE 2K15, players have started on then-developmental NXT while playing the game's career mode. In my opinion, the NXT Championship is just as important as the WWE Championship.
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With respect to WWE 2K22, I want to be able to start on either of the three major brands. Just a few weeks ago, Edge appeared on the NXT brand (at the time of writing this article) and declared he has "three world champions on notice" following his Royal Rumble victory. Again, WWE has established the importance of the NXT brand, beyond developmental territory. In 2019 the NXT Championship was defended on both Raw and Smackdown, further elevating the title that has existed since 2012.
When it comes down to it, I want some of these smaller things to be possible in WWE 2K22. Of course, a game that runs well is much more important, but the issue of championship supremacy has always been one of my favourite motifs.
Thank you for the support,
The Modernist Son, 2020-