I started watching WWE in earnest with this year's WrestleMania. Oh sure, my friends had occasionally convinced me to watch the odd pay-per-view, but WrestleMania 32 got me invested in the product as a whole -- it was so poorly executed, yet so compelling. And then the Raw after 'Mania happened, and I realized wrestling could be legitimately good. I've been a mark ever since, with a regular WWE Network subscription and five TV tapings under my belt.
That's why I jumped at the chance to review WWE 2K17. I know what's up with this little slice of pop culture; maybe not enough to deliver a complete history lesson on the DDT, but I can still review a sports ("sports") game and drop all kinds of jargon to the delight of a learned audience. It's like Samit never left!
So you can imagine the mix of disappointment and delight I currently feel; I had to play this disappointing video game, but now I get to prove my bona fides by taking it to fool school. Wrestling fans will likely feel the greatest Sting, but I can't imagine casual fans looking for a virtual representation of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will find much to (dude) love either.... read more