When it comes to sports entertainment, professional wrestling is incomparable. The mix of sports and entertainment is extravagant and adored by millions around the world. Even though there are tons of other sports entertainment platforms that exist, World Wrestling Entertainment seems to be winning the game for well over two decades now. The company owned by the McMahons has a rich history in professional wrestling and is currently the holy grail for professional wrestlers around the world. It's no denying that WWE is the 'grand-daddy of ‘em all' when it comes to entertainment. Perhaps entertainment on the television shows RAW and SmackDown along with several monthly pay-per-views wasn't enough that WWE is now ruling the video game industry as well with its newest release WWE 2K17. It's no denying the fact that the audience is already waiting for the upcoming glory of the game that WWE 2K18 is going to be.

Video game enthusiasts around the world have been discussing its release and all existing rumors for quite some time now. We'll be making an in-depth analysis of the game in this article, from its expected release date and trailer to its expected cover, roster and much more. Let us first start the discussion with the history of games that WWE has introduced.

WWE Video Game History

It wasn't long after WCW started taking control over WWE's (then WWF) ratings that Vincent Kennedy McMahon realized what works and what doesn't in sports entertainment. People love to do and watch the unthinkable that they could have firsthand experience in. This is one of the many reasons why the WWE video games became a part of the gaming industry far earlier than other sports industries such as the UFC even thought of.

WWE 2K18 Game Image

WWE 2K18 Game Image

The first of the notable releases was WWF Attitude which was made for PlayStation 1. The game featured all the superstars from the Attitude Era between 1997 and 1999. WWF Attitude featured background noises, all kinds of wrestling matches, excellent reversal capabilities, background commentary as per your current moves, and even complete entrance themes. This was the first of many WWE games that included such features. The reason this one couldn't do well was partly because of the audience that WWE was serving back then, which was very small.

This slowly changed when WWE SmackDown 2: Know Your Role came out for PlayStation 2. The game had storylines, entire seasons, surprise entrances, backstage interviews and pretty much everything there can possibly be in a video game. This was where viewers started to identify how good WWE video games can actually be. WWE SmackDown: Here Comes the Pain was next on the list and got the recognition it needed.

However, after that, everything started going downhill. That wasn't 2011 when WWE started improving its video game experience with WWE 2K12. It was arguably one of the most successful video games released that year and still is a crowd favorite. This is when the creative staff at WWE realized that they need to keep the spark alive and every year, a new unique addition to the series made it what it is right now. WWE 2K17 was the last game that added spark to the collection and continued the gaming legacy for the sports entertainment company and is now carrying the legacy for the upcoming extravaganza i.e. WWE 2K18.

About the Latest Game in the Series

WWE 2K18 Release Date

WWE 2K18 release date is the first important topic of discussion that has taken over Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and, of course, independent gaming forums. Ever since the release of WWE 2K17 in October 2016, the crowd has been waiting anxiously for the release of the next edition of the gaming series. Even though other games that count up in the 2K edition such as the NBA 2K games and the FIFA 2K games usually have a release date or at least a release month every year that keeps the crowd excited, that isn't the case with WWE.

In case you don't happen to be a passionate WWE fan, you ought to know that the company basically runs on nothing but good entertainment, hence the term sports entertainment. WWE has been working in sports entertainment for more than 3 decades now, and it has now cemented an unprecedented brand identity that sets it apart in the sports entertainment industry. Many entertainment providers have tried to replicate what WWE does and even though they're great, they are no competition for the pioneers in the business.

WWE's programming works in direct contact with the games. The storyline is very important for both the game and the programming to run in coordination, which is why WWE never announces a specific timing for the release of their games. All of their games are released at the mid of the year or maybe the end of the year like last year in October 2016. The coordination between storylines is always intact as you may have noticed in WWE 2K17 where Brock Lesnar vs Goldberg was the main storyline of the game. In actuality, if you watch WWE, you would know that they're working on the same storyline in real life sports entertainment shows and pay-per-views as well.

One of the reasons why WWE focuses on creating storylines as its base is good entertainment and for that, the right timing works. As per speculation, the game is expected to be released anywhere near October 2017 or maybe a month after it.

WWE 2k18 Wishlist Features

So, this is where we round up all the rumors that have been circulating ever since the release of 2K17. Game enthusiasts are quite literally getting excited enough to jump out of their pants, and that isn't changing a lot. They love to make sure whatever is going on is known to them and that's not just for the WWE 2K series; it's pretty much for every game they follow. Similarly, rumors for the WWE 2k18 wishlist are already in the air and people are starting to give their input on what they think is an excellent storyline or features that they think might be the perfect addition to the game.

WWE 2k18 Wishlist Features Photo

WWE 2k18 Wishlist Features Photo

WWE usually ends up creating a game featured on current or upcoming storylines, which is why it is harder to predict what might be added to the game. However, there are a few things that we see coming true. The first thing that makes it to the rumor list as well as to the wish list is the return of Kurt Angle to the game. If you're not familiar with professional wrestling, let us give you a heads up on who Kurt Angle really is. Kurt Angle is one of the finest wrestlers that professional wrestling has ever produced and a future WWE Hall of Famer. In fact, WWE has recently announced that 'The Wrestling Machine' (as he is called) will be inducted into the Hall of Fame later this year at WrestleMania. Since WWE is very keen on getting its storylines noted, this seems to be a great addition. What this guarantees is the fact that the former Olympic gold medalist and a 6-time WWE World Champion will definitely be a great addition to the roster. Further additions to the roster will be discussed further on in the article, so let's leave it at that.

What viewers have also noticed in the WWE 2K Series is a great enhancement of life-like characters. This can vividly be seen in all of the WWE 2K games that introduce more lifelike gaming experiences, maneuvers, better tactics and, best of all, excellent strategies to create your superstar and have him live through the WWE timeline. Yes, that's right! FIFA might have introduced this feature only in FIFA 17, but the creative directors at WWE have the ball rolling on this for a good 15 years. These are the unique features that actually set WWE apart from other games as well.

Another great feature that is set to be a part of the game is online modes where different wrestlers of your preference can fight online with wrestlers from around the world. This creates an essence of gaming that can't be matched, and the only game that can compete with this in the sports entertainment industry is FIFA or UFC.

In addition, there will also be hidden characters and wrestlers to unlock if you obviously pay extra for the limited edition WWE 2K18 games or even if you pre-order the game before it releases.

All in all, a great suspense-filled experience is ready to come your way and entice you in the form of WWE 2K18. Now, wait, what about the roster? Is Kurt Angle the only addition to the game? Of course not! There are tons of other wrestlers that will be added to the roster, and that's what we're going to discuss next.

WWE 2K18 Roster

Do I hear a drumroll? Because we can certainly use one as it is time for the most important and exciting part of the article. Yes, that's right. We're talking about the WWE 2K18 roster rumors. Though there hasn't been any official announcement on what additions there are going to be on the roster, it isn't going to stop us from making stuff up, right? That's why rumors are so fun. So without further ado, let the predictions begin.

The first addition, as it has already been discussed, will be Kurt Angle to the roster. Like every Hall of Fame inductee in the past, Kurt Angle too will be a part of the game.

WWE 2k18 Kurt Angle Image

WWE 2k18 Kurt Angle Image

The next addition that we can obviously see are superstars that have very recently been added to the main roster. Mainly superstars like Samoa Joe, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Enzo Amore, Big Cass, Braun Strowman, American Alpha, Neville, Rhyno, Alexa Bliss, Naomi, Carmella, Finn Balor, and many more. These superstars have shown their talent in the NXT ring and now, it's time for them to receive their final call to the WWE ring. Yes, I know, they are already on the WWE main roster, but what we're talking about is the game itself.

Over the years, WWE has seen how WWE NXT has seen a huge amount of support from the fans. This is one of the many reasons why superstars like Shinsuke Nakamura, Austin Aries, Samoa Joe, Chris Hero a.k.a. Kassius Ohno and many others who have already spent time all around the world showing their immense talent have been featured in this game. WWE's developmental area is slowly growing bigger and better, which is why the quarterly pay-per-views it has in the shape of NXT Takeover are usually sold out in seconds. This is one of the many reasons why we believe NXT and WWE developmental would play a great role in the storyline section no matter which superstar you have.

Another news that has been circling all over the internet is that WWE is focusing on helping superstars from its Cruiserweight Classic division get an extra boost by helping them become a part of the WWE main roster. The WWE main roster is eager to get the cash flowing with 205 Live, but even with some of the best superstars in the world such as Zach Sabre. Jr, Noam Dar, Mustafa Ali, Brian Kendrick, Funaki and many others, they can't seem to get things right. In fact, if anything, the rating only seems to have gone downhill, even after Neville turned heel and won the Cruiserweight title. With special high-flying moves and excellent maneuvers, WWE plans on getting 205 Live the push it needs with inclusion in WWE 2K18.

Rumors in the air also suggest some excellent stables to be a part of the WWE 2K18 video game such as one that is in development between Samoa Joe, Kevin Owens, and Triple H. Older stables might also get to be a part of the game. For instance, The Shield, NWO, The Rockers, and many other classic tag teams that ruled the television screen for ages might as well be a great addition to the game. This is why you need to be more focused on WWE. The creative writers of the game want it to be based slightly on fantasy as well. It is one of the many reasons why they focus on creating ideas like getting you an old stable like D Generation X or the Nation of Domination and have it face a new stable such as American Alpha or DIY.

All in all, fans are on the edge of their seats to see what superstar they can get to be if the transition does take place. People thought Goldberg vs Brock Lesnar could be the ultimate apocalypse in the battle of all battles. These ideas surely are on the list for WWE to implement and they will surely make the game even more amazing if you ask me.

WWE 2K18 Trailer

For now, there has obviously been no inside news on the game, but the WWE 2K18 trailer will be with us as soon as August 2017. WWE likes to keep its market updated with whatever the latest storyline is going to be, and that's literally what's on everyone's mind right now. There is no development at the moment about who the trailer will be based on similar to how it was based on Goldberg and Brock Lesnar earlier this year. But according to a few sources, Samoa Joe can very well be the impact-maker this year or maybe even Finn Balor. Both superstars made their consecutive debuts on RAW earlier this year and are set to be in the main event. However, what storyline might actually be the one that leads to the trailer? That's a tough one.

Since WWE is developing a stable between Samoa Joe, Kevin Owens and Triple H, it is quite clear that Joe will soon be in the title picture for the WWE Universal Championship. However, some fans have also anticipated that Roman Reigns can also make it to the main event if and only if he attains his position back in real life. Roman Reigns has been a victim of criticism from the WWE Universe for quite some time and much of that criticism is justified as well. However, when Vince McMahon has set his mind to take a man to the main roster, anything can happen. Let us see where the storyline takes us when the game is about to be released.

WWE 2K18 Cover

If you're a fan of collecting covers of your favorite video games, this just might be what you need to talk about. What the rumors suggest is a new superstar to be featured on the game's cover. Previously superstars like Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Triple H, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and Goldberg had been provided the privilege to be on the main cover of the game. But only one of those superstars was ever allowed to make it to the cover photo twice, and that was John Cena. Undoubtedly, exceptions can be made if you're the face that runs the place. However, these exceptions might not be possible again. WWE has started to notice that newer inclusions to the roster are an excellent way for it to raise TRP and are great for the online wrestling community to enjoy fantasy matches they might have only dreamt of at a certain time of their lives. This is why rumors suggest a new face to dawn the cover of the video game, making it easier for them to get to the very top of the ladder. Some fan favorites for the WWE 2k18 cover have been Samoa Joe and AJ Styles.

Final Words

Waiting for the WWE 2k18 game to hit stores? Well, we certainly are. There might only be a few months left till the inception of the game, so fasten your seat belts. Got some rumors that you might think will make it to the list? Be sure to share them with us in the comments section!