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In-Depth Look At The John Cena Showcase Mode In WWE 2K23

Do you want to beat up John Cena? You’re going to get your chance in the new Showcase mode for WWE 2K23.

The following is a press release from 2K regarding the John Cena Showcase in WWE 2K23:


In a franchise first, step into the shoes of some of John Cena’s toughest rivals across a historic 20-year WWE career through an interactive sports documentary

2K today unveiled new details of the 2K Showcase “Never Give Up,” in which players will experience an interactive sports documentary covering pivotal moments from cover Superstar John Cena’s 20-year WWE career, coming to WWE® 2K23 at launch on March 17*. In a fresh take on the 2K Showcase formula, players will step into the shoes of some of Cena’s greatest opponents and prove they have what it takes to defeat the all-time great.

Check out an in-depth Ringside Report written by Dino Zucconi, Showcase Lead Designer at Visual Concepts, detailing the thought process and challenges behind creating the Showcase, as well as the full match list, here.

“Never Give Up” introduces a new take on the Showcase formula, with iconic matches and in-game innovations, including:

  • John Cena’s Toughest Losses: Go toe-to-toe with John Cena across each portion of his career, from a young unknown challenging Kurt Angle on SmackDown in 2002, to SummerSlam 2021 as Cena took on the Head of the Table, WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns, and everything in between;
  • An Interactive Sports Documentary: Hear directly from Mr. Hustle, Loyalty and Respect himself through interspersed vignettes, explaining the history and importance of each match;
  • Fresh, Varied Gameplay: Play as John Cena’s greatest and toughest opponents, keeping each match fresh with new move sets and strategies;
  • See John Cena Across Eras: Face-off against different versions of John Cena through the years, from his debut to the Doctor of Thuganomics, and the leader of the “Cenation” who has faced some of the baddest Superstars to ever set foot in a WWE ring;
  • Slingshot Technology: Fast-paced gameplay flawlessly transitions to live-action historical footage for a truly immersive experience.

Stay tuned for additional news in the coming weeks to reveal even more of what’s new in WWE 2K23.

Here is the complete match listing for the John Cena Showcase in WWE 2K23:

  • John Cena vs. Kurt Angle (SmackDown 2002)
  • John Cena vs. Batista (SummerSlam 2008)
  • John Cena vs. Edge (SummerSlam 2006)
  • John Cena vs. Edge (New Year’s Revolution 2006)
  • John Cena vs. Triple H (Night of Champions 2008)
  • John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar (SummerSlam 2014)
  • John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar (Backlash 2003)
  • John Cena vs. The Undertaker (Vengeance 2003)
  • John Cena vs. Randy Orton (Hell in a Cell 2009)
  • John Cena vs. Roman Reigns (SummerSlam 2001)
  • John Cena vs. The Rock (WrestleMania 28)
  • John Cena vs. AJ Styles (SummerSlam 2016)
  • John Cena vs. The Undertaker (WrestleMania 34)
  • John Cena vs. Rob Van Dam (ECW One Night Stand 2006)

WWE 2K23 is scheduled for release on March 17 for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC via Steam.

If you pre-order the Deluxe or Icon versions, you’ll get the game three days early on March 14. You can pre-order the game by clicking here.

READ MORE: WWE And 2K Games Announce Full Roster For WWE 2K23

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