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Published on November 19th, 2015 | by Don Parsons


WWE 2K16 – CSW Introduction

While I have dabbled in WWE 2K’s “Universe” mode in the past, I’ve been more involved in wrestling this year so I wanted to fully enjoy it. I miss the good ole days of WCW, but after that, the roster split was the time period I enjoyed most as a wrestling fan. The amount of talent in WWE is incredible, and with a single-roster philosophy, it diminishes that talent in my opinion. With that said, I figured it would be fun to split the roster and run several events to see how things played out in a virtual WWE via WWE 2K16’s WWE Universe mode.


Before I get into the first PPV and notable things, I’ll lay out some backstory. WWE 2K16 has an immense roster, full of current superstars and legends. I decided to have fun with this, and blend a good bunch of those legends and retired wrestlers into the three different rosters. I also tried to keep an even split for main eventers and mid-carders.

Raw is the primary show, so Undertaker, Steve Austin, and Sting are the main three retiree’s that were mixed in with the bunch. I’m a huge fan of Dean Ambrose and see him going places, so I plopped him in there, and Roman Reigns is with him on the Raw roster. Bray Wyatt, Sheamus, and Kane round out the mix of main eventers, while Seth Rollins brings over the WWE Championship and US Championship. I bumped up Baron Corbin from NXT, to see him wrestle with Kevin Owens, Cesaro, the legendary Lex Luger, Rusev, and more in the undercard.

Finn Balor heads up NXT, but faces a host of new challenges from retired wrestlers like Ultimate Warrior, Ric Flair, Diamond Dallas Page, Bret Hart and a few others. Titus O’Neil and Darren Young got demoted, mostly because I hate tag team wrestling. But that’s better than what happened to the poor Uso’s, a tag team that just returned last Monday on Raw. I axed them completely.


The other good chunk of retired wrestlers went to Smackdown, such as Kevin Nash, Booker T, Randy Savage, Edge, and The Rock. But they contend with Triple-H, Brock Lesnar, Chris Jericho, and Randy Orton, whom I deemed the World Heavyweight Champion. Ryback, sadly, is the Intercontinental champion, but will end up clashing with Bad News Barrett, Stardust, Neville, Big Show, and some tag-team degenerates like Big-E and Kofi Kingston.

Additionally here are a few quick rules I laid out. I will not manipulate the card too much, and I’ll mostly let the AI booker do it’s thing. I set the difficulty to normal, as opposed to how I usually play, on easy. Except the PPV’s, which will be listed in full, I am only playing one match per event. Each week’s article will mostly be a recap of the PPV, with minor builds if I decide to do so.

Stay tuned in the next few days for the first PPV, Extreme Rules.


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About the Author

got into podcasting in 2007, and transitioned into writing in late 2008. In late 2011, he went from blogging to writing for a small site called Vagary.tv. Don attended E3 for Vagary.tv in 2012. Now, Don is one-fourth of the foundation of Critically Sane.

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