THQ and the WWE revealed the upcoming WWE 12 roster over the weekend at the SummerSlam 2011 Axxess event. The upcoming WWE video game will feature all of the obvious WWE superstars, legends, and quite possibly even the UFC’s biggest star.
The big WWE 12 video game event at Axxess saw THQ and the WWE announce rosters, show videos, release cover information, and more. Of course all eyes were set on the segment of the day where the roster would be revealed. While most of your typical names like Randy Orton, The Rock, and John Cena were announced, several surprises were announced as well. Yet the biggest surprise is rumored to come in a few weeks.
[adinserter name=”366 right”]Brock Lesnar will be returning to the WWE. As a matter of a fact, that Lesnar vs. The Undertaker match a lot of fans have been waiting for may be right around the corner…in WWE 12 that is. Yes, Brock Lesnar is expected to be a part of WWE 12 as a playable professional wrestler. It’s not WrestleMania but this is likely the best you will get for the immediate future.
Lesnar is recovering from successful colon surgery and is reportedly in seclusion at home. Lesnar has reportedly cut off most communication during recovery and is taking a hiatus from his professional life. Lesnar is rumored to break that hiatus this October when he is announced as a playable character in the WWE 12 game and will take part in the marketing campaign to coincide with the announcement.
I have also heard rumblings that Paul Heyman will be joining Lesnar in the game as his manager. Wrestling Observer editor Dave Meltzer teased the news after the Saturday roster reveal on his F4Wonline.com website with the following blurb.
“There is at least one if not more major characters that will be announced in the future, a major one in September.”
The WWE, Lesnar, and the UFC have been reportedly in talks for awhile about getting Lesnar back involved in the company. The biggest negotiation reportedly came last year through early this year when the WWE tried to broker a deal to get Lesnar to return to action at WrestleMania 27. The UFC reportedly shot that deal down but the lines of communication were left open. There are also talks about a future Brock Lesnar DVD chronicling his WWE career.
[adinserter name=”366 left”]I have to say that I am really surprised by the move. For his time in the UFC, Lesnar has been the biggest draw among the current roster of fighters. Lesnar was obviously a big draw to the appeal of the first two UFC video games. As a matter of a fact, Lesnar was even on the cover of the first UFC Undisputed game. By allowing him to appear in WWE video games it is fair to question whether Lesnar’s overall appeal will be watered down. On the flip side, maybe it actually enhances his appeal at a time when he is at a career crossroads coming back from injury.
There will be a total of 77 playable characters in WWE 12. 63 were announced yesterday, leaving another ten. I have also heard rumors of Hulk Hogan being a playable character in the game although the buzz on that has kind of died down. Demolition, Arn Anderson, Booker T, and Kevin Nash will also be in the game.
Update: Dana White has been confirmed that Brock Lesnar will be in the game. He told TMZ.com, “I love WWE and I have nothing but love for Vince McMahon — I’m totally OK with Brock being in the game.”