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Information, thoughts on WWE 2K19 video game with Champ AJ Styles on the cover

The Phenomenal One AJ Styles, who is the WWE Champ on SmackDown Live, was chosen for the cover of the WWE 2K19 video game. A big honor in the WWE and video game world, Styles made the announcement during a recent virtual press conference. WWE 2K19 will be available worldwide on Oct. 9.
The Phenomenal One AJ Styles, who is the WWE Champ on SmackDown Live, was chosen for the cover of the WWE 2K19 video game. A big honor in the WWE and video game world, Styles made the announcement during a recent virtual press conference. WWE 2K19 will be available worldwide on Oct. 9. Photo Courtesy 2K

“The Architect” Seth Rollins graced the cover of the WWE 2K18 video game last year, but WWE 2K19is guaranteed to be “phenomenal” as this year’s cover superstar is current WWE Champ AJ Styles of SmackDown Live.

AJ Styles deserves to be on the cover with the amount of accolades he collected since debuting for WWE at the 2016 Royal Rumble.

And just like last year's cover (Rollins), Styles is also a fellow video game enthusiast and appeared on a number of episodes of Austin Creed's (aka WWE superstar Xavier Woods) YouTube gaming channel, UpUpDownDown.

Styles made the announcement via a virtual news conference Monday, along with disclosing details for the WWE 2K19 Million Dollar Challenge. Eligible entrants can participate in the global contest via Playstation4 system and Xbox One in four steps:

1) ▪ Beat a to-be-announced new mode in the game

2)▪ Submit a winning promotional video that shows why you will beat AJ Styles in WWE 2K19

3)▪ Make it to the semifinal round of competition and beat the other three semifinalists in WWE 2K19

4 ▪ As the finalist, you compete one-on-one in "WWE 2K19" against Styles — and defeat him — to win $1 million

“As a hardcore gamer and ambassador of everything it means to ‘Never Say Never’ in both my professional and personal life, it is a dream come true to be selected as the WWE 2K19 cover Superstar,” AJ Styles said via press release. “From Seth Rollins last year to Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, John Cena, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Brock Lesnar, I am honored to join this incredible list of past WWE 2K cover superstars and put my own unique stamp on the franchise. Get ready to join me in the virtual ring, because WWE 2K19 and the WWE 2K19 Million Dollar Challenge will be nothing short of phenomenal!”

Video of Styles making the announcement

Chris Snyder, vice president of marketing for 2K, added: “Each year, we work to deliver the best in WWE product authenticity, gameplay, modes, customization and creative control, and this year will be no different for our passionate worldwide fan base. Buckle in and get ready, as we have some big surprises in store this year!”

I’m going to be one of many to throw my hat in the ring for the 2K Million Dollar Challenge. I will be willing to do anything to get to face and defeat AJ Styles in WWE 2K19 to become a millionaire. Ironically, I was a contestant on ABC's "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire," taped in 2013 and broadcast in 2014, before the Academy Awards.

As for WWE 2K19, I hope to see the return of 2K Showcase that features the rise of Styles or the rise of NXT as a brand via classic matches.

Premium Products

In addition to the other news, 2K announced details surrounding WWE 2K19 premium product offerings and their scheduled release dates:

Players who purchase the WWE 2K19 Deluxe Edition, available in both physical and digital varieties at participating retailers, will receive Early Access to their game copies and in-game bonuses beginning four days early on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, for the PS4 system, Xbox One and Windows PC.

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Photo Courtesy 2K

The WWE 2K19 Deluxe Edition includes the following items:

  • Copy of WWE 2K19 video game with Deluxe Edition packaging;
  • Access to WWE 2K19 Season Pass digital content (details announced this summer);
  • Access to WWE 2K19 pre-order bonus digital content (details announced this summer);
  • Access to WWE 2K19 Collector’s Edition digital content (details announced this summer).

Here is info on WWE 2K19 Collector's Edition.

Players who purchase the WWE 2K19 Collector's Edition at participating retailers will also receive early access to their game copies and in-game bonuses beginning four days early on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 for the PS4 system and Xbox One. The WWE 2K19 Collector's Edition includes the following items:

Copy of WWE 2K19 Deluve Edition which includes the following items:

  • Copy of WWE 2K19 video game with Deluxe Edition packaging;
  • Access to WWE 2K19 Season Pass digital content (details announced this summer);
  • Access to WWE 2K19 pre-order bonus digital content (details announced this summer);
  • Access to WWE 2K19 Collector’s Edition digital content (details announced this summer);
  • Premium packaging;
  • Exclusive and rare physical collectibles;
  • Limited Edition WWE SuperCard content

Developed collaboratively by Yuke’s and Visual Concepts, a 2K studio, WWE 2K19 is schedule for worldwide release on Oct. 9 for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and Windows PC.

For more information on WWE 2K19 and 2K, visit wwe.2k.com, become a fan on Facebook, follow the game on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #WWE2K19 and #NeverSayNever or subscribe on YouTube.

About the writer

Steve Mesa of Hialeah in Miami-Dade County has been playing video games ever since his parents bought him the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1988. He's been writing about video games as he annually covers the WWE 2K series.

Mesa was crowned the WWE '12 King of the Ring Champion during WrestleMania Weekend where he defeated the winner of the 2012 THQ Superstar Challenge, AJ Lee. He also made it to the finals of the 2K Tournament of Champions in 2015 during WrestleMania Weekend where he was mentored by former NXT Champion Sami Zayn.

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