If there‘s one thing the folks at 2K Games know how to do, it’s throw a party.
And, wow, did the developer do just that during SummerSlam Week to celebrate the upcoming release of “WWE 2K17” and additions to the “WWE SuperCard” mobile game.
The SIR Stage 37 in New York City was transformed on Friday, Aug. 19 into Suplex City with media from around the world in attendance. There was a police car with flashing lights, barrels with the “WWE 2K17” logo, food trucks and a massive sign with the two words emblazoned in lights as a backdrop to the DJ stage.
Suplex City is the overarching theme for this year’s installment of the popular video game franchise with Brock Lesnar on the cover. Lesnar, who doesn’t make many appearances or grant a ton of interviews, participated this night with his advocate Paul Heyman.
I was one of the lucky ones to speak with the “Beast Incarnate.”
He is a man of few words and some expletives. What you see is what you get with Lesnar.
Here is how the conversation went:
SF: Since the game is Suplex City, when you picture the perfect city for yourself, what does that include?
Lesnar: Dead bodies. That’s really about it.
SF: There is Bill Goldberg in the game as a pre-order playable character. What are your thoughts about him being involved?
SF: What is it like to be on the cover?
Lesnar: It feels good. It’s an honor. It is what it is.
SF: Did you play any video games growing up?
SF: When you look at the future opponents, are there any you have in mind?
Lesnar: I don’t look that far ahead. I have Randy Orton on Sunday. He is coming off an injury for nine months. This Sunday I’m going to take him to Suplex City at SummerSlam. On Monday, he is back on injured reserved.
SF: What do you think is the biggest misconception about yourself?
Lesnar: That I’m a nice guy, and I am not.
Goldberg also fielded questions from media and made eye contact with his former WrestleMania XX opponent. The former multi-time champ also said a quick hello to rapper Lil Jon, who hosted a live DJ set at the end of the event.
The red carpet included many top names with Sheamus, AJ Styles, Kevin Owens, Shinsuke Nakamura, Charlotte, Sasha Banks, The Miz, Maryse, Enzo Amore and Big Cass. Enzo could be seen sharing a moment with rap star Wale after his many interviews concluded and the party officially got started. Game aficionado Xavier Woods enjoyed himself and spoke to Lesnar and Heyman for a bit. No suplexes were thrown.
Mark Little, executive producer of “WWE 2K,” and Harley Howe, co-studio head of Cat Daddy Games, which produces “WWE SuperCard” also made themselves available for questions. The festivities gave the lucky people there a hands-on experience for “WWE SuperCard” and first look at “WWE 2K17” game play. The incredible roster combined with a high level of realism in presentation leads to the belief 2K Games has once again raised the bar.
Little gave a hint of what fans are excited about with “WWE 2K17.”
“There is the addition of backstage brawling and in-arena fighting,” he said.
“There is the ability to go over the barricades and go backstage or have your match continue or just beat someone up. That’s sometimes what happens on WWE programming and is a very different way to interact with the superstars and create a different game play experience. It’s something we are watching people play for the first time and really enjoy. It’s something fresh and new for the title.”
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- WWE SummerSlam
WWE SummerSlam 7 p.m. ET Sunday, Aug. 21 live on WWE Network from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The Beast Incarnate Brock Lesnar with Paul Heyman vs. The Viper Randy Orton.
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Dean Ambrose faces Dolph Ziggler in a title match.
The inaugural WWE Universal Champion will be crowned when Seth Rollins battles Finn Balor.
WWE Women’s Champ Sasha Banks defends the belt against former champ Charlotte.
John Cena vs. AJ Styles.
WWE Tag Champs The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson.
WWE Intercontinental champ The Miz with Maryse faces Apollo Crews.
WWE U.S. champ Rusev with Lana against Roman Reigns.
Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs. Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens.
Carmella, Becky Lynch and Naomi vs. Natalya and Alexa Bliss.
Pre-show: The Professional Cesaro vs. The Celtic Warrior Sheamus.
Pre-show: The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von) vs. Sami Zayn and Neville.
Pre-show: American Alpha (Jason Jordan and Chad Gable), The Hype Bros (Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley) and The Usos (Jimmy and Jey Uso) vs. Breezango (Fandango and Tyler Breeze), The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor) and The Vaudevillains (Aiden English and Simon Gotch).
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