WWE 2K Games dominate the summer season in the world of wrestling. With the road to the annual video game’s release beginning around the SummerSlam extravaganza, it’s time to start gearing up for 2K20 press releases and lay down some predictions for who we could see be given the honour of this year’s cover star.
Last year saw ‘The Phenomenal’ AJ Styles become the face of the franchise, as he unveiled the storied Million Dollar Challenge and some of the game’s latest features. With the spotlight now shifting onto fresher faces, who could possibly replace him as this year’s cover star?
We’re going to run down a list of our five most likely predictions for WWE 2K20’s cover star. Make sure you leave your own guesses in the comments section down below.
1. The Four Horsewomen
Rumours have suggested that the newest instalment in the 2K franchise will dedicate a lot of its campaign-style modes to the Women’s Revolution, and how the female superstars have obliterated gender barriers over the past few years. With that being said, it would be a safe bet to assume that a woman will grace the cover of the game for the first time in history. But who could possibly take up that moniker?
Naturally, a lot of assumptions have been either Becky Lynch or Charlotte Flair, arguably two of the biggest attractions in WWE right now. ‘The Man’ and ‘The Queen’ have both had prominent roles in the Women’s Revolution, and have cemented their legacy as trail-blazers in the industry. Lynch and Flair have been involved in countless historic moments, first-ever matches and of course this year’s WrestleMania main event alongside Ronda Rousey. Perhaps even both superstars will be featured on the cover together; we haven’t seen more than one WWE star on the cover of a WWE video game since long before 2K took the helm.
Of course the women’s roster doesn’t stop at Flair and Lynch. The other two members of the Four Horsewomen – Sasha Banks and Bayley – are equally responsible for some of the greatest moments in women’s wrestling history. The first ever Women’s Tag Champions could join their cohort on the front cover, but with their star-power slowly fading, their chances might have dwindled. I would definitely see them being given due credit in this year’s Showcase mode, or Career mode depending on which feature is given the theme.
2. Ronda Rousey
Ronda Rousey has obviously been a massive addition to the WWE as a whole. With her name value being what it is, it wouldn’t shock me if WWE use the opportunity to make her the face of the 2K franchise. Rousey has been featured on the cover of EA’s UFC video game, so perhaps she could become the first ever female star to be included in two different sports franchises as a cover star.
‘The Baddest Woman on the Planet’ was used as last year’s pre-order bonus, and she quickly became one of the most unique characters to play as. Surely she’ll once again be one of the most talked about inclusions on the 2K20 roster, especially now the modelling department have had a whole year to improve her likeness and move-set.
Although with her absence now spanning the majority of the year, the likelihood of her being pushed as the front cover girl might be less than it would have been if she stuck around after WrestleMania. I’m sure she’ll be included in the game’s base roster nonetheless.
3. Roman Reigns
Shifting attention away from the speculated Women’s Evolution theme and on to some of the male superstars that have been successful this year. There’s a few names that have cropped up in discussion that could be viable cover stars, and several of this generation’s top performers have yet to be considered for the front cover of a 2K game: Roman Reigns, Daniel Bryan, and Finn Balor been ignored in the past. All three could justifiably be put on the front of 2K20, but Reigns in particular would be one of my top bets for this year’s game.
WWE have pushed Reigns to the moon, and he’s easily become one of their most marketable superstars and would be a natural choice for the face of the brand this year. Now that Roman has pretty much shaken off the animosity of the crowds, people are more likely to accept him as the poster boy of the summer.
If Dean Ambrose hadn’t jumped ship to become Jon Moxley once again, I would have put my money on The Shield being featured as a trio on the cover of this year’s game. But of course, that’s never going to happen any time soon.
4. John Cena
John Cena has also managed to shake off that notoriety for being rocket-strapped by the system. Even though Cena is tied down in Hollywood nowadays, WWE can still abuse his star power. Cena is still very brand loyal and I’m sure he’d be willing to lend his services for 2K20, a big earner for the face that runs the place.
Perhaps if 2K were to do a retrospective of Cena’s career, then fans could be in for a big Cena-themed edition to compliment his almost two decades long career. John still has enough namesake for it to not seem like they’re flogging a dead horse, even if he doesn’t show up for every pay-per-view like he used to.
5. The Undisputed Era
A slightly more left-field prediction for this year’s cover star(s), but I have a gut feeling that we might see some of NXT’s biggest stars grace the cover this year. 2K have been very obvious with their love for the grungy developmental brand, putting a lot of focus on the difference in environment and tone in their showcase and MyCareer modes. I’m sure they know that an NXT themed pre-order bonus or special edition of the game would sell big numbers, so putting one of the brand’s hottest acts on the front would go a long way in pushing those digits.
Adam Cole is currently the NXT Champion, so naturally he should be the first choice to be the face of the future. The Undisputed Era are most likely the first headliner that comes to mind when you think of NXT, along with Johnny Gargano, Matt Riddle and The Velveteen Dream. If anyone deserves to be put forward as a marketable ambassador, then any of those guys could fit the bill. But I think this is The Undisputed Era’s year, and a takeover of the annual video game’s marketing campaign would go a long way in presenting them as a big deal for when they eventually come up to the main roster.
So who would you want to see on the cover of WWE 2k20 this year? Do you think it should go to the women for the first time? Or should they give the honour to one of the gents that have put in years of service? Let us know in the comments.