On Tuesday, 2K Sports released WWE 2K18, the 19th title in the pro wrestling series that dates back to THQ’s two SmackDown games released on the original PlayStation in 2000 and subsequently became an annual release. Unsurprisingly, it’s a massive disappointment of the same variety that the franchise has been churning…
Victor “Punk” Woodley has had a tough week. After months of first-place finishes on the Street Fighter V competitive circuit, most notably the $150,000 top prize in the Eleague SFV invitational, Punk experienced serious heartbreak in the Evo 2017 finals this past Sunday.
GLOW, the new series from Netflix, explores in entertaining fashion a fascinating chapter in the history of women and pop culture. But while the real-life, glittery, campy Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling certainly popularized the idea of women in the ring, they weren’t the first.
WWE champion Randy Orton is normally not much of an interesting follow on Twitter. Sometimes he’ll express a thought of his own, but for insight into his personality, you’re not usually getting it there. That changed over the weekend.
Wrestling fans might be used to hearing Justin Roberts introduce names like John Cena, Daniel Bryan or The Undertaker. But for the finale of the Video Game Championship Wrestling series, Roberts himself took to the mic to announce the entrance of rejected Street Fighter concept Zubaz and the dark lord of Hyrule…
In 2016, WWE turned towards the future. The WWE Network expanded both its user base and its program offerings. The NXT developmental program graduated a new class of Superstars to the main roster. The main roster split into a Raw brand and a SmackDown brand, a healthy move for a company that had gotten complacent due…
Last night, the pro wrestler Big E tweeted a picture of himself, Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston, Sasha Banks and Rich Swann holding their respective WWE championship belts with the caption, “#BlackExcellence.” While wrestling is staged, having this many black champions at once is still an accomplishment, and marking the…
The tail wagging the WWE this fall appears to be the people who just put out the new WWE 2K17 video game. How else to explain why the wrestling company’s top draw, Brock Lesnar, is getting lined up to face 49-year-old, long-retired wrestler Bill Goldberg next month?
With the release of WWE 2K17 right around the corner, we decided to delve one last time back into WWE 2K16's Community Creations and try to gain a sense of the madness we’ve seen this last year.
Pro wrestling is an act, as many a helpful Internet commenter will point out below any article about this stuff. It’s staged. It’s scripted. The evil Russian bad guys, it turns out, are often actually Americans.
Among the shirt-folding instructions, clips of puppies hugging babies, and trailers for gritty superhero movies that make up most of YouTube, there are certain videos that seem like they were created to dare viewers to watch them all the way through.
Wrestling may be scripted entertainment, but Xavier Woods’ Pokémon Go chat here is coming from a very real place.
Whatever 2K Sports is paying their marketing department employees, it’s not enough. The WWE 2K games get mixed to positive reviews, but the promotion of those games is consistent, first-rate, and exemplary. Whoever makes the games’ commercials has a masterful grasp on why fans love the WWE.
WWE wrestler Xavier Woods, noted enthusiast of the video games, unleashed a Street Fighter-style Hadouken on Aiden English in a bout last night.
I’m standing in Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, New York, a place Ali and Jake LaMotta trained in decades ago, and Johnny Rodz is giving me shit because I told him I like The Wrestler.
The future of the WWE is a 26-year-old woman who wears a side ponytail in a scrunchie and snap bracelets on her wrists. She’s an athletic hero to little girls and jaded, older male fans alike, and she wrestled in what may have been the WWE’s best match of 2015.