WWE 2K16: First Overalls Revealed – Thoughts And Reactions

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With this blog post, I wanted to do something different. Usually I don’t do a lot of articles on WWE games. In the last few weeks, I’ve done a few articles which have gained quite a lot of views so I’m going to do some before the release of WWE 2K16. This article is mostly looking at the “overalls” of the wrestlers on the game. For those of you that haven’t played the games, the wrestlers are each given a rating based on strength, speed, durability etc. These stats contribute to how well the wrestlers play in the game and give you a bit of an idea about how WWE ranks everyone on their roster. Recently 22 overalls were revealed for the game and what I thought it’d be fun to do a reaction piece to this list. We’re going to have a look at what these rankings were and whether I agree or disagree with them. Without further ado, here’s the 22 rankings in question…

  • John Cena: 95
  • Brock Lesnar: 94
  • Daniel Bryan: 92
  • Seth Rollins: 92
  • Kevin Owens: 91
  • Sheamus: 90
  • Cesaro: 88
  • Rusev: 88
  • Finn Balor: 88
  • Sami Zayn: 87
  • Neville: 86
  • Dolph Ziggler: 86
  • Bad News Barrett: 86
  • Stardust: 86
  • Ryback: 86
  • Luke Harper: 86
  • Hideo Itami: 85
  • The Miz: 84
  • Damien Mizdow: 84
  • Sin Cara: 84
  • Tyson Kidd: 84
  • Curtis Axel: 83
  • Kalisto: 83
  • Colin Cassady: 82
  • Baron Corbin: 81
  • Enzo Amore: 80
  • Simon Gotch: 80
  • Aiden English: 80

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So we’re going to go from top to bottom with this thing. The first thing to notice is that the top wrestler in terms of rankings is John Cena. John Cena usually is one of the top wrestlers of the game. He’s usually only ever beaten by a few legends and is usually the top guy on the main roster. Understandably, the WWE want to promote Cena as their top wrestler by giving him the highest rankings in the game. The only issue I have with this is the fact that he’s above Brock Lesnar. Brock Lesnar, if you recall, beat the crap out of John Cena at Summerslam 2014. Brock Lesnar was champion for about 8 months I think. To argue that he is inferior to John Cena seems a bit too much. If it was me, Lesnar would be around a 96 and Cena would be 95. I think Brock is just on a completely different level to the other wrestlers in terms of kayfabe, especially when you consider his MMA career too. That’s why he’s treated as a special attraction. Therefore, I think it’s only fitting that he gets a much greater rating.

Daniel Bryan and Seth Rollins are both on 92. I think someone mentioned on a YouTube video that Daniel Bryan has dropped 2 points from last year. I can understand that since he’s not been wrestling a great deal since the last game. He also never competed for the WWE World title or anything when he returned, so his rating makes sense. Seth Rollins, on the other hand, seems a little underrated. It’s very strange that the WWE World Heavyweight Champion is three points behind the United States Champion. That really doesn’t sit well with me. Of course, the US Champion is John Cena. However, give Seth a little bit of credit. I think a 93, 94 or possibly even a 95 would have been more suitable for Rollins.

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Kevin Owens is at 91. I know Kevin Owens is a very unique character that completed domianted NXT. However, I think is hugely overrated in this game. I think it’s mostly because he’s rated so close to Seth Rollins. He’s struggled to go up against the likes of Rusev and Cesaro on television, yet he’s miles in front of them on the video game. He only just beat Ryback at Night of Champions and he’s miles ahead of him too. I think there’s a few times on this list where the NXT wrestlers are way higher than they should be. Kevin Owens is a special kind of talent though, so I’d put him at around 89. That way, he’s not leagues ahead of Cesaro and Rusev. I think 89 would be an acceptable rating for someone with his position on the card.

Sheamus is at 90. Other than being below Kevin Owens, I don’t really have a problem with this rating. I don’t think he’s anyway near the likes of Rollins and Cena, as he’s been losing a lot on television. Rusev and Cesaro are names I’ve mentioned before. Maybe Rusev should get a few more points, because he did have the big undefeated streak last year in which he beat John Cena. I know that ended in March, but he’s still a top wrestler in the company (even with his storyline also involving Dolph Ziggler and Lana). Finn Balor being on the same level as Rusev and Cesaro seems a bit extreme for an NXT star, even if he is the NXT Champion. Sami Zayn is also on 87, which we’ll get onto in a bit. Finn is still an NXT star. To say that he’s already on the same level as Cesaro and Rusev without even being on the main roster is a bit absurd. If Finn Balor was to be pushed as if he was on that level when he debuts, I could accept this rating. However, we have no idea what’s on the horizon for the main roster run of Finn Balor.

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Sami Zayn is also at 87. To be honest, Sami Zayn at 87 would be an actually decent rating for him. At least it would be, if it were not for all of those rated at 86 that he’s beating! According to WWE 2K16, Sami Zayn is better than Dolph Ziggler, Bad News Barrett, Luke Harper, Ryback and Stardust! Four of these men have been Intercontinental Champion in the past year but yet Sami Zayn is somehow superior to all of them! The majority of these men have been on the main roster for five years. I know it’s important to promote the NXT stars, but it’s important to do that without making the main roster look bad at the same time! I actually don’t have a problem with Sami Zayn being higher than Neville on the list. Sami Zayn BEAT Neville at NXT TakeOver in their last encounter, so it makes sense that he’d be higher.

Hideo Itami is at 85, which surprisingly doesn’t bother me. He is higher than The Miz, someone that has won many titles in the WWE. However, I don’t really have much of a problem with this. Maybe they should be on the same level, but Hideo would have the far superior wrestling moveset anyway. The Miz being on par with Damien Mizdow makes sense, as they were pretty much on par in their feud earlier on in the year. I understand Damien being above Curtis Axel, since he did beat him during their mini-feud in May. Sin Cara being above Kalisto makes sense, considering Sin Cara has spent more time on the main roster than Kalisto. The one that really bothers me at around this range is Tyson Kidd.

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Tyson Kidd was a former champion in the past year. He was part of the best tag team of the year, alongside Cesaro. They were WWE Tag Team Champions. The idea that Cesaro is a whole FOUR points above his partner makes Tyson look incredibly weak. They properly underrated Tyson Kidd with his overall.

Speaking of making somebody look incredibly weak, Baron Corbin is at 81! Baron Corbin is supposed to be a main-eventer on NXT but is given such a low rating compared to the likes of Finn Balor and Hideo Itami. He’s even surpassed by Big Cass! I figured that Baron would be around the 84-85 range.

The last thing to point out is that the combined ratings of Enzo Amore and Big Cass is greater than the combined ratings of the NXT Tag Team Champions the Vaudevillians. The NXT Tag Champions should really have a better rating than the other NXT tag teams. On the other hand, the developers might be thinking that people would want to play as Enzo and Cass more than the Vaudevillians. To that end, they might have given them the better rating so people could have a better time playing with them.

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So there you go. There are my thoughts at these overalls. Half of them are fine but a few of them seem to be overrated, particular the NXT stars. However, we’ll get an even better understanding of how they stack up compared to the rest of the roster when the game is released. As long as Terminator is a 100, I’ll be fine!

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