The Ultimate Warrior is a good start
The wonderful thing about the previous installment of the WWE video game series, WWE 13, was the ability to relive the glory days of the mid to late 1990’s as the battle between the WCW and the then WWF fought for ratings in what would become the Monday Night Wars. Within this new aspect of the game we relived the storylines and cast of one of the most exciting periods of the history of wrestling. I am well aware that the times have changed and that the production and development companies have shifted over to 2k sports but I really hope that this concept continues in to the upcoming WWE 2K14. With one difference, I hope that they focus on the 1980’s to the early 1990’s.
The period of the 1980’s WWF/WCW has almost completely been forgotten and erased from the current WWE universe. There are several great storylines and wrestlers who can be implemented in the 80’s era to create a phenomenal game experience. In order to make me happy, I need to see these 20 wrestlers or storylines in the “Rise of Wrestling” 1980-1994 Mode (I am not going to discuss the gimme’s such as Andre the Giant, Hogan, Piper, Steiners, etc):
1. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat. To me, as a kid, there was really no other wrestler that exhibited cool in the way “The Dragon” did. I wore my karate headband and pretended I was him while my friends pretended to be the more common Hulkamaniacs. Including Steamboat opens the doors for the Macho Man storyline of the fight.
2. Hillbilly Jim: This was the true original Hillbilly of the WWF universe. He finally deserves the recognition in a game that no one gives him.
3. Big John Studd: Studd was a legit monster during the 80’s and his battles with Greg Valentine were awesome, which leads to.
4. Greg “The Hammer” Valentine: Valentine is known for his elbows but during the 1980’s and early 90’s he was a common part of the WWF universe.
5. Quest for Elizabeth Storyline w/Randy Savage: Any game including the 1980’s-1990’s without Macho Man getting his due. The storyline’s available just for Savage could create an entire game unto itself. For me personally, I would enjoy a “Quest for Elizabeth” scenario with Elizabeth being awarded as an unlockable.
6. Sensational Sheri : The anti-version of Ms. Elizabeth but every bit as important.
7. Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase WITH Virgil: People tend to forget that during the 80’s DiBiase was an integral part of many storylines, including buying his franchise and his wins.
8. Demolition: Do I really need to explain this? We’ve seen them before recently, so let’s see ’em again.
9. Road Warriors: See above.
10. Bushwackers: One of the goofiest but most enjoyable parts of my childhood. Thank God, the WWE stopped letting their wrestlers lick their fans.
11. HackSaw Jim Duggan: Hooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
12. Rock and Roll Express: What can I say? The 1980’s were the true era of the tag-team. The tag team division should be given its own scenario to follow.
13. The 4 Horseman – Rise and Fall Storyline: Anything with Arn Anderson and I am happy. The truth is you can create an entire scenario out of the rise of the Horseman as well as the transitions of members.
14. The Great Muta: Muta is often forgotten in how awesome he was in the 1980’s. The Green Mist followed by the Red Mist, that’s all I need to see in a game.
15. “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes. Rhodes has fought the who’s who of the 1980’s and 90’s and could easily build himself an entire scenario that follows his rise to the top.
16. Mr. Wonderful Paul Orndorff: The guy had a phenomenal body and could play the villain or the hero. He has been pushed to the annuls of wrestling history for the past 25 years. Time for them to give him due.
17. The Hollywood Blondes: What better way to prove your love of the early 90’s than with one of the most successful WWE storylines before they were at each other’s throats. Everyone knows of the Brian Pilman/Steve Austin storyline involving the gun. Wouldn’t it be awesome to link the two from when they were tag-team champions?
18. Sting: The WWE needs to just play hardball on the fact that it does own the rights to all of the WCW’s footage and as a result has the ability to use the likeness and history of arguably the most marketable fighter of the 1980’s and 1990’s outside of the WWE. If they are not going to sign him, the least they can do is let us play as him. I would love to see the buildup of a Black Scorpion storyline.
19. Sid Vicious: Vicious was an awesome physical specimen and had a great energy about him. While his in ring skills were not the greatest, as most big men during the 80s-mid 90’s weren’t, he was an integral part of the storylines of both the WWF and WCW and could be put in any storyline easily.
20. “Mean” Gene Okerland Interviews: To tell you the truth, the number one thing I think of when I think of wrestling in the 1980’s-mid 1990’s is the real voice of wrestling, Mean Gene. If I didn’t hear Mean Gene’s voice doing the announcing and during interviews, the game would immediately feel like a failure.
The fact is that there is no longer a reason why a quality, serious wrestling games focused on the 1980’s to the mid 1990’s would not be able to work and be successful. The fans of today’s wrestling long for some recognition of their childhood heroes. If the WWE is not going to bring back WW(f)E Ice Cream bars then the least they can do is give us a game that practically writes itself. There are at least fifty other wrestlers we can think of, and 200 different events and storylines that could be included. I am hoping WWE 2k14 begins to pay respect to arguably the most enjoyable period of wrestling, the “Rock and Roll” days.
Also be sure to check out the latest announcement regarding WWE 2K14: Hogan, Andre Confirmed for WWE2K14