Lastly, you get a wave of 80s flavored nostalgia as soon as the loading screen starts. The old, yellowed fonts announcing wrestlers return, as well as smaller touches. Remember the old guard rails, and not those funky wooden, black protectors separating fans from the ring? Well, those guard rails return, as well as the old blue mats on the floor. We also spied the old WWF - yes WWF - title belt, wrapped firmly around the Hulkster’s midsection.
Howard Fink is the ring announcer, while Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross handle match announcing duties. It would’ve been cool to see Jessie Ventura announce with Gorilla Monsoon, but something tells us that’s not happening. We hear the old blue steel cage will return, but we didn’t get to see it. Oh, and the game is gorgeous, despite the liberties taken with each grappler we saw. No, Hogan was never that buff and he had already lost much of his hair by 1987. Andre was never that buff either. And we suppose there might be some magic lost if Stone Cold entered the ring wearing two knee braces. But the overall presentation was enough to jog our memory and release happy wrestling-related endorphins.
Of the talent appearing the game, we can only say the following for sure: Hogan, Andre, Bobby Heenan, the Rock, Stone Cold and Jimmy Hart. We hear the final cast would be upwards of 80 or so superstars, but we can’t confirm nor deny that. However, we leave you with the main events of the first 15 WrestleMania’s to get you speculating.
WM1: Hulk Hogan and Mr. T vs Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff
WM2: Hulk Hogan vs King Kong Bundy in a Steel Cage
WM3: Hulk Hogan vs Andre the Giant
WM4: Randy Savage vs Ted DiBiase for Vacated WWF title
WM5: Randy Savage vs Hulk Hogan
WM6: Hulk Hogan vs Ultimate Warrior
WM7: Sgt. Slaughter vs Hulk Hogan
WM8: Hulk Hogan vs Sid
WM9: Bret Hart vs Yokozuna AND Yokozuna vs Hulk Hogan
WM10: Yokozuna vs Bret Hart
WM11: Lawrence Taylor vs Bam Bam Bigelow
WM12: Bret Hart vs Shawn Michaels in a 60-minute Iron Man match
WM13: Sid vs Undertaker in a no-DQ match
WM14: Shawn Michaels vs Steve Austin
WM15: The Rock vs Steve Austin
Note: these wrestlers HAVE NOT been announced.
Dec 22, 2008