WWE 2K18 MyCareer Part 7

FEBRUARY

Week 1: Fresh off my Royal Rumble “win” I was booked into a handicap match versus Brock Lesnar and Samoa Joe. Somehow I managed to win this match, which I think was my objective.

Week 2: Seth Rollins comes up to me to offer to help me combat Lesnar and Joe. I was skeptical of another allegiance but we faced Lesnar and Joe. Come to think of it, since i beat them 2-on-1, I’m not sure why I needed his help.

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Week 3: Seth tells me to find one more member to join our team. The choices go from Ambrose, Finn Balor, Apollo Crews and Roman Reigns. Given the competition, I spoke to the Big Dog. His response caught me off guard. He rejects my offer and we exchange words in the ring in a effort to convince Roman.

Week 4: Roman challenges me to a match and says if I can defeat him cleanly, he’ll accept my offer. I defeat Roman and he says he doesn’t trust me but also does. Not sure what he is saying but we’re going in to Fastlane as a unit.

567fc85f-2f91-4e09-a721-efb552ef9178Monthly PPV: We form a “new” Shield against the badass team of Lesnar, Joe and Mark Henry. Roman and I re-create the Shield entrance but Rollins comes out on his own. We defeat this team in a fun brawl where everyone gets in their signature and finishers on the opposition.

Now that I have a faction of my own, I have the confidence I’ll capture the Universal Championship no problem at Wrestlemania and you can believe that!

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MARCH

Week 1: I speak with Triple H backstage who applauds my formation of my new faction. I then proceed to cut a promo in the ring about how my faction will dominate the landscape of the WWE.

Week 2: Mick Foley approaches me backstage and yells at me for starting a faction and disregarding management. He sets up a non-title match with Samoa Joe. Mid match, Seth Rollins attacks to have the match end. A backstage brawl breaks out mid interview with Renee and me and Joe brawl once again.

Week 3: I cut another promo to address the GM and the future.

Week 4: Triple H called me out for being all talk over the past few weeks so I combat that with…talking some more. Joe comes out and looks to address me but ends up knocking me out. I confront Seth backstage asking why he didn’t come to make the save.

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Wrestlemania is upon us and I have my shot at the Universal Championship. A bit of a lukewarm build and not too much fanfare in this one. No elaborate entrances. I have Billie Kay in my corner and end up capturing the title fairly easily.

APRIL

There is a Superstar Shakeup and I cut a promo about my journey to this point. I take some pictures with fans and head backstage. Triple H applauds my efforts and my journey and thus ends the official story mode.

Overall my impression of MyCareer mode is that it lacked creativity and fluidity. My biggest grief is that you start off as 50 rating yet no one in NXT is rated lower then a 75. You’re pushed immediately and have to be competitive with main event guys oN NXT despite being weak. I think they should improve your rating by wins and accomplishments rather then using currency to enhance attributes. I also didn’t like that you had to fulfill your objectives in order to progress in Career mode. I think fulfilling objectives should remain included but impact your attribution growth.

I hate that there is no genius in wrestling games. You can have low mid card guys come across as a big deal. Nothing gets me more upset then seeing me square off against Epico or Primo individually or seeing Primo randomly team with Brock. There is no acknowledgement of teams or alliances. My guy went from being a bad guy to a good so often that I couldn’t tell what he was. The dialogue is repetitive and lacks authentic WWE speak. I appreciate the open world but there needs to be more side quests. Right now, I can continue in my career without the main story so we’ll see if anything exciting takes place. Any thing that is of interest I’ll write about but for now I’d say it was about a 6/10 game play experience for the WWE 2k18 My Career mode.

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WWE 2K18 MyCareer Part 6

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JANUARY

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Week 1: After some time away from the ring and reassessing those you can trust, you return in January 2020. Vince, Stephanie and Todd are all happy to welcome you back and give you the opportunity to deliver a promo of what’s been on your mind since you’ve been gone.

Week 2: Scheduled for a match with Luke Gallows and Brock Lesnar interferes mid-match and F5s me. We then meet backstage where I get a first class trip to Suplex City as I’m slammed through a car window backstage in the parking lot.

Week 3: A match and victory over the Miz and thankfully not run-ins or backstage brawls.

Week 4: This week, however, Brock and I battle backstage where I am conquered again. GM Mick Foley makes a Royal Rumble qualifying match for me against Brock at the Rumble PPV and if I win I’m going in but at #1.

Monthly PPV: I defeat Brock Lesnar, miraculously, and am accompanied to the ring by one half of Iconic in Billie Kay since I unlocked the female manager feature. I go backstage and talk to Stephanie who says she isn’t happy with Foley and says I can enter the Rumble at #27. It took several attempts to complete the objectives of win the Royal Rumble and get a 4 star rating. I wanted it to come down to Shinsuke and I in the end but either one of us would get eliminated. I ended up quitting the match to adjust the difficulty level however when I quit it led me to a cutscene saying I won the match. Also, Brock was not supposed to be in the match but as you can see in the title image, he is there so a lot of plot holes on the road to Wrestlemania. After the Rumble I end up in a brawl with Samoa Joe as build to our showdown at the showcase of the immortals.

What will the next few weeks before Wrestlemania hold for me as I look to capture the Universal championship? Check out a future post!

 

WWE 2K18 MyCareer Part 5

SEPTEMBER

Week 1: I went out for a promo declaring how I have the Money in the Bank briefcase and am also the US Champion and I have it all.

Week 2: I expected a major storyline but instead I was thrown into a nothing tag match with Ziggler versus Xavier Woods and Sami Zayn. Been there, done that. I spoke to Mr.McMahon who was in his office and said send me to RAW!

Week 3: I arrived on RAW. I was apparently stripped of the US Title and John Cena is now champion; with no explanation. I spoke to Finn Balor and he challenged me to a match at Clash of Champions which I accepted. On my return night to RAW I teamed up with the Beast Incarnate, BRRRRRRRRROOOOOOOOOOOCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKK Lesnar to defeat Luke Gallows and Sheamus by Countout.

Week 4: I went from being with a Paul Heyman guy to being with a Titus Brand guy in Apollo Crews as we defeated Brock Lesnar and Primo; obviously pinning Primo.

Monthly PPV: Card subject to change. Instead of facing Finn Balor I squared off against the Club with Lesnar as my partner. I got hit with the Magic Killer and Lesnar did not make the save. Nonetheless he was listed as my ally.

OCTOBER

Week 1: I defeated Darren Young.

Week 2: I defeated Karl Anderson.

Week 3: I defeated Braun Strowman by Countout.

Week 4: I defeated Luke Gallows.

Monthly PPV: I challenged the Universal Champion, Samoa Joe and won the championship. No build. No apparent cash-in. Just a cold title change…or so I thought!

NOVEMBER

Week 1: I talked with Mr. McMahon who said it’s time I think about cashing in the briefcase and take my rightful place at the top. I thought I was already the Universal Champion, but turns out we had an apparent Dusty finish and Joe was once again listed at champion. He said go talk to Stephanie or Mick so I chose the Billion Dollar Princess herself. She said she wasn’t aware I had her father’s favour and she too believed in me. I cut a promo saying I’d be cashing-in. I met with Samoa Joe afterwards who said I was supposed to be watching his back.

Week 2: I had a promo battle with Samoa Joe who bested me on this night.

Week 3: I had a scheduled match with Big Show but Joe attacked me from behind before the match could start. I got my revenge and ambushed Joe backstage.

Week 4: I had a scheduled match with Epico and Joe interfered mid match this time and nailed me with a bat. Once again we brawled backstage.

Monthly PPV: 76c9cf08-4805-45e1-b694-04cb8f0c1a78Survivor Series and as a Canadian I was afraid I’d get screwed on this night. I got the greenlight to go cash-in on Joe. I handed my briefcase to the referee and the bell rang. All of a sudden, my “ally”, Brock Lesnar attacks me and Joe is able to retain the Universal championship. I had the option to quit and take my ball home or take some time to reassess…and take my ball home.

Unsure of the timeline of my return. Check out my next post to see if I make a return to a WWE squared circle.

WWE 2K18 MyCareer Review Part 4

JULY

Week 1: I had a promo battle with AJ Styles where he demanded I surrender the briefcase after he got me in the match. The only choices were to talk trash and tell AJ I’d be cashing in on a future date and for him to watch his back.

Week 2: I was scheduled to team up with John Cena but against the random team of Sin Cara and Xavier Woods. Sin Cara hit a Swanton on me for the win as Cena stayed on apron rather than break up the pin; guess he couldn’t see me. There is also a whiteboard, which I haven’t mentioned. This is where you can see the matches for the night and schedule a promo or run-in. I was able to call out US Champion Chris Jericho but I lost this battle as I tried to Talk with Jericho!

Week 3: I squared off against Jason Jordan and won. I then called out Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens who is also a master on the mic and I lost this promo battle as well.

Week 4: I tagged with Ziggler despite our history to square off against AJ and Dash Wilder. I pinned the WWE Champion in an effort to send a message that won’t compute in the game. Instead of calling out anyone, I just cut a self promo to gain some popularity/influence points.

Monthly PPV: I battled Tozawa at the Battleground PPV for another win. I then cut another promo not calling anyone out.

AUGUST

Week 1: Triple H congratulates me on winning the Money in the Bank briefcase. I then go out to cut a promo about cashing in on either the WWE or Universal Champion. I think I told Todd prior to my promo I was going to challenge for the US Title…so I guess I went off script.

Week 2: I went out for another promo, but Kevin Owens comes out and challenges me to a match at Summerslam, presumably for his Intercontinental Championship.

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Week 3: Luke Harper comes up to me to offer some insurance as I challenge for the title even though I tried to attack him (I guess he knows the power of being under Bray’s spell). We exchange pleasantries and call one another brother and say this is blossoming bromance so moving forward we will be know as: HARPER, ALLY! BLOSSOM BROTHERS!

66c7fde7-490c-4888-880e-ab8d0eaa5240I challenge Owens to a non-title match and Harper interferes on my behalf and attacks Owens! I go to talk with Renee, unfortunately there is no Talking Smack in the game. Owens interrupts me and the two of us brawl backstage. I gain the advantage in this one.

Week 4: I talk to Triple H backstage and ask him to set up a 2-on-1 Handicap match. We get the green light so I figured it was Owens vs. the Blossom Brothers. My partner ends up being Baron Corbin, but we get the win.

Monthly PPV: I arrive at Summerslam to challenge Owens for the Intercontinental Championship. I customized MyPlayer’s outfit to resemble that of Bret Hart who won the same championship at Summerslam 1991! Prior to the match, Kane asks if he should accompany me to the ring. Where has my Blossom Brother gone? My match objectives were to win the United States Championship and get an OMG moment. I figured they meant win the title otherwise I will never progress past this point. Once I win the match there is no cut scene of me with the Intercontinental Championship. When I return and go to check the list of champions, I’m listed as the US Champion. A major glitch but nonetheless, time to dawn the red, white and blue.

What’s next for Mr. Money in the Bank and Mr. USA? Check out my future posts!

 

 

WWE 2K18 MyCareer Review Part 3

APRIL

So I ended up staying on Smackdown Live.

Week 1: You are prompted to talk to Daniel Bryan (Fan Favourite) or Shane McMahon (Company Man). I had tried Career mode prior and spoke to Shane who wanted you to start a tag team and I accidentally spoke to Jinder Mahal. I deleted MyPlayer and MyCareer and reset my Xbox to undo all progress at this point and start fresh. Jinder ruins everything! So this time I spoke to Daniel Bryan and he said they’d be challenging me over the next few weeks to see what I’m made of. My objective was to score 100 on my promo which I did on the first try.

Week 2: I was booked in a 6-man Battle Royal with Mojo Rawley, Fandango, Sin Cara, Rusev and AJ Styles. This took me almost a million tries because each of these jabronis eliminated me with one move but the match objective was to win (ugh!). What was my reward? Approval from producer Todd Mullin.

Week 3: The next week I enter a promo battle with Rusev. He says I cheated to win the Battle Royal despite the million attempts it took me. Nonetheless, Happy Rusev Day!

Week 4: I’m scheduled for a match with Rusev which he jumps me from behind, presumably heating up our rivalry and match at the upcoming PPV.

Monthly PPV: Payback, the RAW exclusive PPV features Smackdown Live superstars which sort of bothered me. More bad news was to come. Prompted to talk to Todd, he says I’ve been moved to the pre-show…but not against Rusev. I’m inserted into a six-man tag with the Usos versus the Ascension and Ziggler. My objectives was to hit 2 finishers, 3 Stars and make the pin. This took forever to complete because of my low rating it took forever to build momentum. Also the Usos would go for pins before I could meet my objectives so I’d have to interrupt my teams’ pin. I finally met all my objectives and both My Player and I were equally frustrated at how hard I had to work on a pre-show match.

MAY

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Week 1: I return backstage and talk to Todd and he says I’m booked in a rematch from the pre-show. MyPlayer says give him a mic so he can share his grievances. He storms ringside and proceeds to cut a “shoot” promo threatening to be a star in another promotion and that other guys were held down and we know who and they left (CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Neville?). I apparently did well because i cut another perfect promo as seen above. Todd gets worked up saying I’m out of control and need to calm down. He says Vince needs some time to think what he’ll do with my character.

Week 2: I defeated Baron Corbin and get retribution for that squash at the Performance Centre (I never forgot; thank you A-Train) and have also earned the right to decide who I can attack in a pre-match run-in. I chose Ziggler who was fighting my friend Nakamura. This didn’t progress any storylines.

Week 3: I defeated Zack Ryder in a nothing match.

Week 4: I defeated TJP in another nothing match. I spoke to Bray Wyatt in an effort to tease joining the Wyatt Family and he ordered me to attack former Wyatt Family member, Luke Harper, mid match.

Monthly PPV: We are at Extreme Rules and Harper is in a Triple Threat I believe. My objective is to win the mid match attack. I’m scheduled to interrupt Jason Jordan vs. Noam Dar for some reason. This turns into Harper vs. Dar. I tried to attack Harper but nothing seemed to get done so I proceeded to the back. I found out I failed the objective and I speak to Bray who says this is why I must “Follow…”

JUNE

Week 1: I’m prompted once again to talk to either Daniel Bryan or Shane McMahon. Seeing as Bryan got me booked in that awful Battle Royal which led to the pre-show I decided to talk to Shane. MyPlayer asks to be in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match and Shane says no (so this was a brilliant choice). I then see AJ Styles outside who says he heard I’m not in the match but he can get me in if I help him out. He says attack Randy Orton so I do and he is effectively out of the Ladder match.

Week 2: AJ and I are booked in a handicap match versus Cena which we win.

Week 3: I am then booked in a handicap match versus Cena and Ambrose which I win.

Week 4: Another handicap match versus Zayn and Reigns which I win. AJ says some of these guys are still going to be able to compete in the MITB match and that I need to win.

Monthly PPV: AJ got me into the Ladder match and I end up winning as it was my match objective. I also hit a OMG Finisher off the Ladder. Ambrose, Reigns, Cena, Zayn and Tyler Breeze were also in this match. This was actually a fun match to play. After the match, AJ congratulates me and says next week on Smackdown I can relinquish the briefcase because that was the plan all along.

Check out my next post to see how I show my gratitude for AJ getting me in the match to become Mr. Money in the Bank!

 

WWE 2K18 MyCareer Review Part 2

JANUARY

Week 1: Triple H welcomed me to the main roster. He informs me I was brought up and the orders are to lose to Mark Henry. The match objective was get 3 stars and lose. I was caught off guard that my instructions in a wrestling video game was to job. In fact they use the term jobber in one of your possible responses. I guess we all know what wrestling is in 2017. So like a good soldier I went out and made my main roster debut in a loss.

Week 2: I arrived at RAW backstage and the producer, Todd Mullin, told me I had to go out and lose to the returning Big Show. My guy vowed this was the last time he was going out to lose. Todd says the fans want a good match and don’t need to know about decisions backstage. I went out and gave Big Show a good match that ended with a KO punch as I dove from the top rope.

Week 3: Triple H applauds the work I’ve been doing and says he needs me to lose to Braun Strowman. This may be a good place to indicate that you can choose to be a fan favourite or a company man. This depends on match quality and what you say to those you interact with or through promos. You are then prompted to go talk to Smackdown Live GM Daniel Bryan. He tells you don’t lose the match and your match objective is changed to win the match. After several tries, I defeated Braun Strowman, as you can’t progress if match objectives aren’t met. Deep down I didn’t want Braun to put me over. Once you defeat Braun, you see a fuming Triple H who asks who I am to go into business for myself. Triple H fires you after this (perhaps rightfully so). Daniel Bryan is in the parking lot and says I did the right thing and offers me a chance to come onto Smackdown Live.

FEBRUARY

Week 1: So you miss the Royal Rumble but I’ve arrived on the blue brand after being fired from RAW. Producer Todd Mullin is backstage again and says the idea is to do a Best of 5 series with Dolph Ziggler. Even in the video game, Ziggler is called upon to put over new talent. In the first match, there’s a cut scene where Ziggler rolls you up with his feet on the ropes for the 1-0 lead. Mullin says that’s how it goes and we go from saying this is a work to kayfabe and saying that’s how the cookie crumbles.

Week 2: You continue the Best of 5 but this time another cut scene appears and Ziggler holds the ropes as he applies the figure four for the illegal advantage and you’re quickly down 2-0. Mullin says Renee Young wants an interview with you. You can gain Influence/Popularity through your responses depending on whether you want to be a Company Man/Fan Favourite (respectively). Ziggler interrupts and a brawl breaks out. Thankfully I was able to get some form of retribution but I remained down 0-2.

Week 3: When you arrive backstage you’re prompted to talk to the Rock who is backstage. For some reason he is invested in this mid-card feud and says he’d like to accompany you to the ring to prevent Ziggler from further illegal tactics. I won the match while the Rock looked on and really wasn’t involved. Down 2-1.

Week 4: You square off against Ziggler again with the Rock in your corner. Almost identical to week 3 and the series is tied 2-2. The fifth match was originally slated for the pre-show but you talk to Shane McMahon who says he’s bumped us to the first match to set the tone for the PPV.

Monthly PPV: We are the first match at the Elimination Chamber PPV. I end up winning this match to win the best of 5. Backstage the Rock says he sees something in me. I chose to copy his catchphrases and Rock admonishes me and says I haven’t earned the right to use his phrases. Rock says he’ll be backstage occasionally and to look out for him.

MARCH

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Week 1: You do some more exploring backstage and look to prompt side missions. I spoke to Nakamura who talked about creating some chaos. I ended up having a match with Shinsuke but since there were not match objectives, I decided I’d gladly put over Nakamura.

Week 2: On this night I’d ambush AJ Styles from behind and win the pre-match run-in. Nakamura asks when I will attack which is weird as I just attacked Styles.

Week 3: I ambush John Cena on this night and Nakamura once again says he can’t wait to see me attack someone, so we see some glitches in side mission stories, but I’ve attacked two big names back to back.

Week 4: I was asked to run-in during a Tyler Breeze vs. Kofi Kingston match. I thought I’d have my choice of who to run in on so I waited until Breeze finished his entrance as attacking the New Day would be a bigger career move (…or so I thought). Apparently I was suppose to attack Breeze only and so failed my side mission objective and Nakamura says too bad Breeze got the best of me. So I didn’t get any rewards and no story progression from my attacks but I continued to talk to Nakamura as you can see above and 2K throws some shade at both of us.

Week 5: After failing my objective, I’m presumably thrown into a nothing match against TJP. It’s nice to see the Cruiserweights able to fight other superstars but I beat the “Fil-Am Flash”

Check out my next post. There is no Wrestlemania for the Prince but there is a Superstar shake-up. Maybe I return to RAW to confront the Authority?

WWE 2K18 MyCareer Review Part 1

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So I recently bought the new WWE 2K18 game, the first WWE video game I’ve purchased since WWE ’13. I was sold on the massive roster and the new technology and development that makes for a realisitic (ironically) experience. The gameplay is a bit wonky but there is so much detail that a wannabe promoter can book a show with all the details.

I thought I’d give a review and talk about MyCareer progression so far. As you can see I’m approaching my first appearance at one of the big four PPVS; Summerslam. I’m challenging for the Intercontinental Championship, my first title bout against one of my favourites in Kevin Owens, but first let me bring you up to speed on the journey MyPlayer has taken to make it here.

So you start off creating your player but there are limited hair, accessories and outfit options so you can look rather generic. I named my guy after myself but added “the Prince” since my last name is Ally and it fit in Aladdin. You can even create your own custom video so it isn’t the WWE logo rotating–so again some great added detail. Your move-set, entrance and music are under easy creation where you can choose from a pretty wide selection. Everything else has to be earned as you progress in your career.

OCTOBER

Day 1: In October 2018, I began my WWE journey as I arrived at the Performance Center . You see the Rock and Tye Dillinger wrestling and going over drills. There are other NXT Superstars around that you can chat with. You talk to Matt Bloom (A-Train) and he has you do a brief match with Tye. This is to get you familiar with the basic controls. You also practice promos. This is where you choose from a selection of phrases and try to string along a logical flow. The options aren’t great and can sound generic or cheesy so the challenge is trying to choose the best for the most reward.

Day 2: You show up and practice the Carry moves. My guy isn’t a big guy like Braun Strowman or Kane so I will rarely use this, but 2K added this feature this year so I guess they want players to grow familiar. You also practice submissions on Tomasso Ciampa and your day ends after that. You can select using the the analog stick or button mashing for how you want to make an opponent tap out.

Day 3: You square off against Baron Corbin as he is prepping for a PPV. I was squashed in seconds however Matt Bloom was teaching me to accept all outcomes. I can’t complain because after this he said I’m getting called up to NXT TV and will make my debut.

NOVEMBER

Week 1: I made my in-ring debut against Hideo Itami with a win. You have the choices of a match, a promo or a run-in.  IXAooYtYou also speak to a producer Barron Blade who gives you the run down of the night and may or may not give you options. I hate how this guy looks and was hoping they’d build to an eventual match between him and I. Turns out he is a former superstar from previous 2K career modes.

Week 2: I was booked in a match against Kassius Ohno and mid match, the NXT Champion, Bobby Roode attacks me to set up our TakeOver match.

Week 3: You’re given the option of running in on Roode, a match with Roode or a promo. Like any good promoter I knew not to give away the match on TV and the Prince is honourable and wouldn’t attack a man from behind so I cut a promo. I strung together a few of the available phrases to a score a perfect 300 on my promo.

Week 4: Despite my claim to honour, there was a match between Roode and Ohno and I attacked him from behind and nailed him with his–I mean my soon to be NXT Championship.

Monthly PPV: Then TakeOver takes place and was in Toronto which was a cool twist. Here is what I didn’t enjoy. Since my created guy was 61 and Roode was an 85, it was hard to inflict damage and meet match objectives such as a star rating. You obtain a greater star rating by using various moves, making memorable moments and coming out victorious. For this match I had to get 3 Stars and the title win. When I failed at winning the title (every move is reversed), it made me redo the match until I achieved all objectives. I’m glad for the opportunity I just hate that you can’t progress until all objectives are complete and your guy MUST win. I feel they could simply “push” you or not whether you’re able to meet objectives.

DECEMBER

Throughout December you get to explore all of the backstage and accept or reject prompts from superstars.

Week 1: Eric Young challenged me to a match which I won.

Week 2: Killian Dain said I’d get the crowd going with a promo so for some reason I took my orders from him.

Week 3: Roderick Strong asked me to team up with him and we lost to Authors of Pain. I just realized the first couple weeks I was dealing with sAnity so would have been cool to face them in the tag match but the the WWE 2K genius is weak and pits random wrestlers against one another as you’ll see.

Week 4: Triple H told me I was getting called up to the main roster because there are injuries and I’m scheduled for a goodbye promo. Kassius Ohno interrupts me and calls me out. When I returned backstage Triple H is mad at me for some reason. This sets up our TakeOver match.

Monthly PPV: The match objectives are to retain the title and get 3 stars. Once I did this, Barron tells me to cut my goodbye promo to the NXT crowd.

Check out my next post where I make my main roster debut and deal with the pressures of working directly for the McMahons!