If you thought the Ultimate Warrior appearing in the next WWE video game was a shocker wait until you hear this one. WWE 2K14 will feature a 30 Years of WrestleMania mode highlighted by TNA Wrestling booker and star Hulk Hogan.
The WWE sent out a press release earlier this week with the announcement and went out of their way to promote Hogan’s involvement in the game.
“2K announced the all-new “30 Years of WrestleMania” mode in “WWE 2K14,” the upcoming video game in the award-winning franchise. Details about the exciting new single-player campaign were revealed during a conference call with WWE COO Triple H and 2K Creative Director Cory Ledesma.
Inspired by the landmark WrestleMania XXX, which will emanate from New Orleans on Sunday, April 6, 2014, “30 Years of WrestleMania” will be a nostalgic journey through three decades of WWE history. Utilizing the greatest video game roster ever assembled, “30 Years” will allow players the chance to relive and experience 45 classic WrestleMania matches, including Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant at WrestleMania III, Hogan vs. The Rock at WrestleMania X8 and The Rock vs. John Cena at WrestleMania XXVIII.
The inclusion of Hulk Hogan in the game is a particularly exciting announcement, and one the WWE Universe has eagerly anticipated.”
It should be noted that the deal for the video game is strictly between Hogan and 2K. This is not necessarily a WWE deal although it has been said in the past that Vince McMahon must sign off on all additional characters in the game. Vince signing off on Hogan as well as Hogan in the game while he is not only the booker but top star in TNA Wrestling is fascinating on a lot of levels.
To me this goes down as another one of the many embarrassments in TNA Wrestling history. I have no doubt that TNA are paying Hogan a lot of money to be running and appearing in the company. I could see them not being able to afford merchandising rights but to sign Hogan without any kind of clause that prevents him from appearing in WWE-related products is almost inconceivable. Some will probably say it isn’t a big deal. I think it’s a big mistake and another case where they become a laughing stock at the WWE’s expense (Ric Flair on the Hall of Fame show while under TNA contract).
It’s a big win for fans as it is almost impossible to include any kind of mode like this in a WWE game without Hogan. Like him or not he was the face of Mania for so many years and is a huge part of the history. His matches with Andre the Giant and The Rock are true classics and it would seem almost pointless to promote a WrestleMania history mode in the game without him.
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