One of the core appeals of wrestling games is the ability to have wrestlers from different eras compete in some impossible dream matches. Evolution vs The New Day, Roman Reigns vs Hollywood Hulk Hogan or Madcap Moss vs Doink The Clown; these are just some of the dream matches available to players of WWE 2K23, but there’s another legend who’s playable in this year’s game who’s barely been featured in wrestling games despite his legendary status: Bruno Sammartino.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to unlock Bruno Sammartino.
In order to unlock Bruno Sammartino, you’ll need to complete the final match of WWE 2K23’s Showcase, including all the objectives. Showcase Mode runs through 14 of John Cena’s biggest matches, with you play as his opponents, but once you’ve completed them all, you’ll be challenged by Cena to another match, only this time it’s against Super Cena.
After dispatching with Super Cena and moving on to the next match, you’ll be given your final challenge in WWE 2K23’s Showcase mode: win a match against 3 legends. You’ll control John Cena as he faces off against Stone Cold Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan (in his 80’s prime) and Bruno Sammartino in an Elimination Fatal 4-Way match. Defeat them all, and you’ll unlock both Bruno Sammartino and Hulk Hogan, though other versions of Hulk Hogan are also available in the in-game store.
Winning this match is much tricky than your matches against Rob Van Dam or Kurt Angle, though it’s made easier by the fact that it’s an Elimination match, which means your opponents won’t interrupt your pinfalls or submissions. Two of the CPU wrestlers will also tend to target each other in the beginning of the match, leaving you to mostly focus on the remaining legend. We say mostly because the CPU has a tendency of running after you once they’ve incapacitated another CPU opponent. Keep eyes in the back of your head.
Getting the victory in this match is just as much about strategy as it is brute force. Pick your spots, and try to let the other opponents weaken each other as much as possible while you build up your signature and finisher meter. All three opponents also have Resiliency as their comeback, meaning they can break out of a pin or submission that’d otherwise eliminate them. Use pin combos or let the CPU use finishers on each other in an attempt to bait out their resilency usage, leaving you to come in, hit your finisher and gain a crucial elimination.
Something else to consider is that the match’s objectives state that you should eliminate all three opponents, as Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan and Bruno Sammartino have their own objectives. Because of this, it would be wise to earn all three eliminations yourself, instead of relying on the CPU to eliminate each other as that might not trigger the objective.
Once you’ve completed the match and all objectives, you’ll unlock Bruno Sammartino for use in pretty much every mode. Bruno Sammartino has a rating of 91, and is a Heavyweight Powerhouse.
WWE 2K23 is available on PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X & S, and Xbox One.
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