Thirteen years ago, Brock Lesnar was named the cover athlete for WWE Smackdown! Here Comes the Pain on PlayStation 2. Despite being one of the WWE’s biggest stars for his entire career, the only other time he’s seen himself on the cover of a video game since 2003 was for UFC Undisputed 2010. That is, until today.
WWE 2K17 revealed that Lesnar will be the cover star for its upcoming wrestling game that will be released on October 11th for Xbox 360, Xbox One, Playstation 3 and Playstation 4. Lesnar seems pretty excited about the opportunity, too, since he called WWE Games out on Twitter by saying they “finally wised up and put The Beast on the cover of #WWE2K17.”
— WWE 2K17 (@WWEgames) June 27, 2016
Lesnar’s manager, Paul Heyman, doubled down on that statement by saying this is yet another example of his client conquering anything that dares stand in his way.
“Ladies and gentlemen, my client has truly conquered everything in his path, and unleashing Suplex City through WWE 2K17 will be no different,” said Heyman. “As the advocate for Brock Lesnar, I can assure you his embodiment of unadulterated excellence, combined with a Beast’s desire to CONQUER all platforms in the gaming world, will make for a video game and supporting campaign that fans will embrace and absolutely cannot ignore this year.”
Of course, not everyone agrees with Heyman, since Lesnar isn’t as active in the ring as he once was. It was almost three months ago when he defeated Dean Ambrose at WrestleMania 32, and he’s pumping the breaks on the WWE to return to the UFC later this year when he fights Mark Hunt on July 9th in what the WWE is calling a “one-off opportunity.” While he’ll likely join the WWE again by August, that still didn’t prevent some angry people on Twitter from questioning 2K’s motives.
@WWEgames so a guy who only wrestles a few times a year over a guy or woman who is there day in day out well.
— shan. (@meowitsshan) June 27, 2016
— Jackson Conway (@jacksonjconway) June 27, 2016
Just don’t mention that to the dude who turned Lesnar’s knife tattoo into an actual weapon.