‘WWE 2K14’ ‘WrestleMania Mode’ Recreates 30 Years of Legendary Matchups

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The “Showcase of the Immortals” is filled out at last. Following weeks of feverish fan-led speculation, WWE 2K14 developer Yukes! Interactive has unveiled the identities of all 46 of the game’s “WrestleMania Mode” matches. First announced back in August of this year, “30 Years of WrestleMania,” links three decades of in-ring hijinks directly to your joypad, replacing last year’s “Attitude Era” retrospective with a Hall of Famer-level offering.

Slated to make its debut on October 29th 2013, grapple-fans everywhere can now look forward to five distinct eras of entertainment (sorry, “territory age” enthusiasts), including those of bumbling big men, hot-shot small fries, loudmouthed brawlers, flashy technicians and more.

Check out WWE 2K14‘s full roster then have a look at the legendary matchups below:

The ‘Hulkmania’ Era

  • WrestleMania I: André the Giant vs. Big John Studd
  • WrestleMania II: Hulk Hogan vs. King Kong Bundy
  • WrestleMania III: Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat vs. ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage w/ Miss Elizabeth
  • WrestleMania III: Hulk Hogan vs. André the Giant w/ Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan
  • WrestleMania IV: Randy Savage w/ Miss Elizabeth & Hulk Hogan vs. ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase w/ André the Giant
  • WrestleMania V: Randy Savage vs. Hulk Hogan
  • WrestleMania VI: The Ultimate Warrior vs. Hulk Hogan
  • WrestleMania VII: Hulk Hogan vs. Sgt. Slaughter
  • WrestleMania VIII: Randy Savage w/ Miss Elizabeth vs. ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair w/ Mr. Perfect
  • WrestleMania IX: Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart vs. Yokozuna w/ Mr. Fuji – Followed by Hulk Hogan vs. Yokozuna in an impromptu Title match

‘The New Generation’ Era

  • WrestleMania X: ‘The Heart Break Kid’ Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon (Ladder Match)
  • WrestleMania X: Bret Hart vs. Yokozuna w/ Mr. Fuji
  • WrestleMania XI: The Undertaker w/ Paul Bearer vs. King Kong Bundy w/ Ted DiBiase
  • WrestleMania XI: Diesel vs. Shawn Michaels
  • WrestleMania XII: The Undertaker w/ Paul Bearer vs. Diesel
  • WrestleMania XII: Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels
  • WrestleMania XIII: Bret Hart vs. ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin

‘The Attitude Era’

  • WrestleMania XIV: The Undertaker vs. Kane w/ Paul Bearer
  • WrestleMania XV: The Rock vs. Steve Austin
  • WrestleMania 2000: Triple H vs. The Rock vs. Big Show vs. Mick Foley w/ The McMahons
  • WrestleMania X-Seven: The Rock vs. Steve Austin

The ‘Ruthless Agression’ Era

  • WrestleMania X8: The Rock vs. ‘Hollywood’ Hulk Hogan
  • WrestleMania X8: ‘Y2J’ Chris Jericho vs. Triple H
  • WrestleMania XIX: Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho
  • WrestleMania XIX: The Rock vs. Steve Austin
  • WrestleMania XX: John Cena vs. The Big Show
  • WrestleMania XX: Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar
  • WrestleMania 21: John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield vs. John Cena
  • WrestleMania 22: Edge w/ Lita vs. Mick Foley
  • WrestleMania 23: ‘The Animal’ Batista vs. The Undertaker
  • WrestleMania 23: John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels
  • WrestleMania XXIV: Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair
  • WrestleMania XXIV: Randy Orton vs. John Cena vs. Triple H

The ‘Universe/PG’ Era

  • WrestleMania XXV: ‘The Rated-R Superstar’ Edge vs. John Cena vs. Big Show
  • WrestleMania XXV: Triple H vs. ‘The Viper’ Randy Orton
  • WrestleMania XXVI: Chris Jericho vs. Edge
  • WrestleMania XXVI: Batista vs. John Cena
  • WrestleMania XXVI: The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels
  • WrestleMania XXVII: Edge vs. Alberto Del Rio
  • WrestleMania XXVII: The Miz vs. John Cena
  • WrestleMania XXVIII: The Undertaker vs. Triple H
  • WrestleMania XXVIII: CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho
  • WrestleMania XXVIII: The Rock vs. John Cena
  • WrestleMania 29: Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H
  • WrestleMania 29: CM Punk vs. Undertaker
  • WrestleMania 29: The Rock vs. John Cena

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Despite the breadth of match-ups on offer, some fans may be disappointed by the game’s more obvious omissions. While the likes of Owen Hart, Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit, Bubba Ray Dudley and Jeff Hardy were unlikely to make the cut — for a variety of different reasons — the lack of any one WM “Money in the Bank” ladder match remains unfortunate (each one features at least one ex-WWE talent).

With WWE’s main “competitor” TNA wrestling steadfastly refusing to get out of first gear, the grappling giant has little to fear from advertising its now-former employees. If the company can mend ties with The Ultimate Warrior and cut a deal with Hulk Hogan – an icon already at work for the opposition – why not sign up the likenesses of a few more vintage mainstays? After all, no list of must-see WrestleMania matches could be complete without the classic Hardyz/Dudleyz/Edge and Christian clashes from WM 16 & 17, the Lesnar/Angle “Stupid Star Press” exhibition at WM 19 or Eddie/Kurt from WrestleMania 20.

Perhaps even more surprising are the missing bouts owned and operated by the WWE, including The Undertaker’s first outings against Shawn Michaels and Triple H. Oddly, while neither of these gold-standard grapple fests make the cut, both of The Rock’s recent turns with John Cena (7 out of 10 encounters, at best) make an appearance. Additional omissions include:

  • The Ultimate Warrior vs. ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage (WM 7)
  • Shawn Michaels vs. ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin (WM 14)
  • Triple H vs. The Undertaker (WM 17)
  • The Undertaker vs. Ric Flair (WM 18)
  • John Cena vs. Triple H (WM 22)
  • Edge vs. The Undertaker (WM 24)

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With new publisher 2K Games touting the mode as a 30-year retrospective, gamers are likely to encounter even more matches following 2014’s unfortunately titled WrestleMania XXX, (probably as paid DLC). If the event fails to live up to expectations, expect Yukes! to dip into its treasure trove of unused classics to supplement whatever the 30th event ends up offering.

What’s your favorite WrestleMania moment? Which classic matches are missing from this list? Have your say in the comments below, and be sure to check out the game’s Phenom Edition Collector’s Set and exclusive pre-order bonuses (hailing from “Parts Unknown”).


WWE 2K14 will arrive on October 29 for Xbox 360 & PS3.

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