So, for the past few months I have been consistently sitting at the edge of my bed playing WWE ’13 on my Xbox 360. Sure I play other games, but WWE ’13 has been my go-to game to game to put me to sleep. After an hour of WWE Universe I feel like a GM and booker. I’m still upset because I have yet to see the pop-up which gives you the option of storylines and decision-making but I am persistent to achieve that goal and play through a whole year. This reminds me of the first time I played a video game based on professional wrestling. It so happens the name of the game was Pro Wrestling for the NES. Players could choose between fighters such as Starman and The Amazon in pursuit of winning the VWA and VWF Championships. Through the years, games such as Tecmo World Wrestling, WCW vs. The World and WWE Attitude tapped into what would become this genre of games. Not soon after we saw the dawning of a new wrestling era was when WCW/NOW Revenge, WWE Wrestlemania 2000 and No Mercy showed the video game community that wrestling games can be taken seriously. With the birth of next-gen consoles came games such as WWE Day of Reckoning, WWE Smackdown: Know Your Role and Smackdown vs. Raw, players were able to not only feel as they were in the main event but also create their own wrestlers with gimmicks and style. Although I miss the days of old, with the direction these games are going we may be seeing a new kind of promoter and promotion via YouTube and other social video media. So, with that being said, I bring to you…
Face and Heel of the Week
Face of the Week: Sami Zayn (NXT)
For any indy fan, I know it’s tough saying his name without thinking of his previous gimmick – it’s just like many of us would prefer to say Claudio Castagnoli over Antonio Cesaro. But Sami Zayn is his name and he is making a huge splash in the developmental grounds of NXT and is proving to be a standout star. In the indy scene, fans were loyal to El Generico, the masked superhero who always saves the day with his luchador style, and were excited to hear he was leaping to WWE. Now unmasked, Sami Zayn made an immediate impression on those who were unaware of his skills by defeating Curtis Hawkins. Just as quick as his debut, he was just as quickly thrown into a rivalry with an old nemesis, Antonio Cesaro. In the past few weeks, these two men have been showing why they were the hottest indy professionals and the fun hasn’t stopped yet. Ole’!!!
Heel of the Week: Cody Rhodes (WWE)
What?! Am I losing my mind?! Did I just put Cody Rhodes up as HotW? The heat must be getting to me. As you can tell, I’m not a big fan of Cody Rhodes, IN FACT, I can’t stand him at all! The way he talks, the way he looks, the way he wrestles, HIS MUSTACHE!!! But, in the end I must give credit where credit is due. This past week, Cody has looked to step out of the shadows in which his legendary father Dusty Rhodes and his brother Goldust have laid and is proving to be a performer on his own. This past Sunday at Money in the Bank, Cody showed he could take as well as he can give, all for the purpose of capturing that blue suitcase for a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship. Dare I say, I even had a moment where I rooted for him to climb the ladder and snatch the case? But in the end, his” best friend” being the true villain he is, Damien Sandow pushed Rhodes off and snatched victory away. You’re Welcome…