Earlier this evening as part of this year’s SummerSlam WWE and 2K unveiled the latest trailer for WWE 2K22 which gave fans a quick glimpse of what’s to come, when to expect it and a quick look at the first female superstars of WWE 2K22. Before we delve into things let’s check out the official WWE 2K22 SummerSlam trailer.
Soooo before we get in over our heads let’s start with the elephant in the room, that March 2022 release date. I’m not going to lie I’m pretty damn gutted but if it means 2K22 has every chance at being the very best it can be then I’m all for it but that also means fans won’t settle for anything less because of that March release date. I imagine this also means Superstars who have sadly parted ways with WWE in recent months have even less chance of being in next year’s game and it will be down to the talented CAW Creaters and modders to fill the void they will undoubtedly leave behind.
It also leaves me questioning whether or not the current attires and titantrons within the trailer are placeholders for the time being because as we all know WWE and it’s superstars can change themes, titantrons, gimmicks, hairstyles and anything you can dream on a whim, so even though the models look pretty sweet for the most part the majority are sporting looks we saw quite some time ago already without that added 7 month window. The coolest part about the new release window is that it falls directly in line with the WrestleMania season so anything and everything could be possible in the final weeks of the game’s development and release and I can’t wait to see how 2K utilizes those possibilities.
The trailer opens with a look at WWE 2K22’s version of the SmackDown thunderdome arean which for all intents purposes looks pretty damn slick. We then get another look at Rey Mysterio who is sporting a different attire this time around before Sheamus hits a backbreaker on what looks to be Ricochet who we see a few short seconds later. I have to say the Ricochet shots are some of my absolute favourite shots in the entire trailer and the team have done a great job of really capturing his likeness.
We then get our very first look at WWE 2K22’s first female superstars with Bayley and Carmella going toe to toe with a peeved looking Bayley taking Carmella to the the mat with a vicious clothesline. Whilst we can’t get a clear look at Carmella in this trailer, she is sporting her red leather return attire from last year as part of her new styling. Bayley on the other hand looks to be sporting a purple variant of her heel attire which stems way back to her Women’s tag team championship run alongside former best friend Sasha Banks. We then get a quick look at a slew of Superstars making their entrances to the squared circle including Finn Balor, The Miz, Roman Reigns, Shinsuke Nakamura and the former RAW Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley. Whilst I can’t pin down the exact date for Rhea’s attire on this one it looks to stem from her late NXT days before moving to the main roster as part of her feud with Asuka and Charlotte Flair.
With entrances out of the way it’s time for some more in-ring action as Roman Reigns begins amping up the crowd for one of his signature moves before Kane hits one Hell of a Chokeslam on Shelton Benjamin. That was a pun get it? Okay, moving on. Up next we see the returning Goldberg hitting a spear on the unsuspecting dirty dog Dolph Ziggler before Bobby Lashley sends Kofi Kingston pummelling to the mat in a spectacular colourful beatdown.
As the trailer comes to a close we see Drew McIntyre make his iconic entrance to the ring along with Angela in a sequence that not only looks stunning but ends the trailer with a bang.
I have to say whilst the trailer didn’t give too much away I am pretty excited thanks to the stunning visuals and I can’t wait to see how the rest of the female superstars look in the coming weeks and months. I would like to point out there are a few red flags for me personally such as Bayley’s character model which upon closer inspection looks extremely similar in the face to her 2K20 model and I can only hope updates rectify this before release. With another 7 months to play with I can only hope that WWE 2K22 will be just as good if not better than WWE 2K19 which for me personally is one of the greatest wrestling games of all time. But that’s enough of what I think, I want to know what you at home make of the WWE 2K22 SummerSlam trailer and what your thoughts are on the new release date.