2K announced today that the upcoming WWE 2K19 wrestling game will include none other than Olympic medalist, feature film actress, UFC® Hall of Famer, and current WWE® Superstar, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey®. Ronda has shocked wrestling fans as of late with a surprise Royal Rumble® 2018 appearance and blockbuster WrestleMania® 34 debut match, so it makes sense that one of the most recognizable women in the WWE universe is included in their upcoming flagship game.
“From an Olympic tatami to the UFC Octagon to the WWE ring, Ronda is a one-of-a-kind athlete and incredible ambassador for career and life empowerment,” said Chris Snyder, Vice President of Marketing at 2K. “Her discipline, determination, and attitude toward accomplishing her goals and silencing her critics make her the perfect embodiment of WWE 2K19’s ‘Never Say Never’ global marketing campaign. We are thrilled to welcome Ronda to the WWE 2K family and can’t wait to see what’s in store for her in the years to come.”
Ronda Rousey is not the first person in the WWE ring to carry the "Rowdy" name, which comes with a long history. Rowdy Roddy Piper is one of the most famous names in wrestling history and Ronda takes to the ring in Roddy Piper inspired signature gear, in real life and in the game. She's proud of her connection to the "Rowdy" legacy:
“As a WWE Superstar, having support from the Piper family means everything to me,” said Ronda Rousey. “It’s an honor to be part of WWE 2K19 and have my name mentioned alongside so many important Superstars in WWE history, including Rey Mysterio, Kurt Angle®, Ultimate Warrior®, Sting™ and Goldberg™.”
It seems that the Piper family is happy to have Ronda in their ranks, as well:
“Anybody can call themselves ‘Rowdy’, but it takes a special, talented and dedicated individual to live up to the ‘Rowdy’ name,” said Colt Toombs, son of “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. “My dad saw it in Ronda, and so do we. She is truly ‘Rowdy to the core,’ and that mindset really comes through in the trailer for WWE 2K19.”
Rousey and former WWE Champion Rey Mysterio will be available as bonus content for players that pre-order the game at participating retailers. WWE 2K19 is currently scheduled for worldwide release on October 9, 2018, with Early Access players receiving their copies and in-game bonuses beginning four days early on October 5, 2018. WWE 2K19 will be available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
The WWE 2K19 Deluxe Edition includes Early Access, Season Pass digital content, and pre-order bonus digital content (playable Rey Mysterio “Royal Rumble 2018” character and playable Ronda Rousey “WrestleMania 34/Roddy Piper-inspired” character). The Collector's Edition includes Deluxe Edition content plus premium packaging, exclusive physical collectibles, and Limited Edition WWE SuperCard content.
Last night's WWE Monday Night Raw featured 2K’s global pre-order trailer for WWE 2K19, marking Ronda's impressive entrance and rise in the WWE, with the popular video game being a major development in her career.
Watch the trailer: