While other promotions might be a bit more liberal with their use of claret (looking at you, AEW and Jon Moxley in particular), the only way you see blood in WWE these days is by unfortunate accident. Still, that hasn’t stopped WWE 2K23 developers Visual Concepts from allowing players to enable blood if they want to.
If adding a bit of colour to your matches sounds great, here’s what you need to know about enabling blood in WWE 2K23.
In order to enable blood, you’ll need to head over to Options > Gameplay, then scroll down until you reach the Blood setting, which you’ll want to toggle to On.
After you’ve done that, blood will be enabled in all modes, but in order to actually get someone to bleed, you’ll need to perform attacks that damage a wrestler’s head. Punches, kicks, grapple attacks and weapons are all effective at causing your opponent to bleed, so focus on their moneymaker if you want to see the red stuff.
Like other editions of WWE 2K, WWE 2K23 allows players to create their own custom match types with different settings, and enabling this setting will allow players to create First Blood matches, a match type that hasn’t been seen in WWE since John Cena vs JBL at One Night Stand in June 2008.
In order to create the First Blood match type, go over to Creations > Custom Matches on the main menu. You can pick from a variety of match types, but for authenticity, pick an Extreme Rules match as that’ll give you more weapons to play with. On the second tab, you’ll be able to pick your win condition, and you’ll want to turn Pin Or Submission to Off, then toggle the First Blood setting to On.
After that, all you need to do is name your match type, and then you can play First Blood matches to your heart’s content in the game’s Play mode, or you can even use it as a match type in Universe Mode if you like.
WWE 2K23 is available on PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X & S, and Xbox One.
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