WWE 2K22 Universe Mode: Chapter 5 – The Summer of Cena!

This is a big moment for me in my Universe Mode, not only because I now have JOHN CENA (for now…), but my first ‘big 4’ Pay Per View means a chance to do some seriously big things, and a chance for a bit of a refresh after the main show itself too.

After I repeated what WWE did irl in my previous PPV, John Cena confronted Roman Reigns to set up my own SummerSlam main event. But what else would be on my card, and how would I make use of the 16-time World Champion in my very own ‘Summer of Cena’. Well… lets find out shall we…


Raw – August, Week 1

John Cena cuts an in-ring promo … it is interrupted by… Elias…

John Cena defeated Elias

Rhea Ripley in-ring promo, Io Shirai interrupts

United States Championship (open challenge): Damian Priest defeated Sheamus (C) – by DISQUALIFICATION.

Priest then challenges Sheamus to a re-match at SummerSlam

Asuka defeated Dana Brooke

Alexa Bliss appeases on the titantron. Before she can began, Asuka gets very angry in Japanese, and (in English) promises to “end this!”

Mickie James and Nikki A.S.H are interviewed backstage

The IIconics (C) defeated Mickie James & Nikki A.S.H to retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship

Keith Lee backstage interview

Liv Morgan locks eyes with and talks to Rhea Ripley backstage. Reckoning can be seen in the background looking on at Morgan.

Bobby Lashley (with MVP) defeated King Nakamura

Karrion Kross & Scarlett video promo

Walter defeated Randy Orton, Samoa Joe, Mustafa Ali, AJ Styles and Pete Dunne in a 6-way to become the new number 1 contender for the WWE Championship

SmackDown – August, Week 1

The IIconics in-ring promo, Tegan Nox & Shotzi interrupt

Tegan Nox & Shotzi defeated Shayna Baszler & Sonya Deville (The IIconics at ringside)

Paul Heyman backstage interview

Finn Balor defeated Murphy

Sasha Banks-Bianca Belair-Charlotte Flair-Bayley in-ring segment

Drew McIntyre backstage interview

The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) defeated Alpha Academy (Chad Gable & Otis) – Big E returns and stops Alpha Academy cheating

Kevin Owens backstage interview

Ricochet (with Cesaro) defeated Kevin Owens (with Sami Zayn)

Seth Rollins backstage interview

Naomi (with Tamina) defeated Mandy Rose

Drew McIntyre defeated Seth Rollins – DQ after Edge came out to attack Drew, Jeff Hardy makes the save

Liv Morgan goes eye to eye with Sasha Banks backstage

John Cena – Roman Reigns (with Paul Heyman) in-ring promo segment

Raw – August, Week 2

AJ Styles (with Omos) – Riddle in-ring segment

Riddle defeated AJ Styles (with Omos) – Randy Orton helps Riddle win

Alexa Bliss – Io Shirai backstage segment

Sheamus in-ring promo

United States Championship (open challenge): Sheamus (C) defeated Mansoor to retain – Sheamus destroys Mansoor after, Priest comes in to run him off

Karrion Kross and Scarlett video package

Liv Morgan defeated Mickie James (with Nikki A.S.H)

Liv Morgan backstage interview… lights go out, Retribution surround Liv, Reckoning attacks her

Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel defeated Tyler Bate & Trent Seven (with Pete Dunne)

The IIconics backstage promo on Nox&Shotzi, … they go eye to eye with Asuka and Rhea Ripley

The Hurt Business backstage promo

Bobby Lashley (with MVP) defeated Braun Strowman

Io Shirai and Alexa Bliss defeated Asuka and Rhea Ripley

Keith Lee – Walter contract signing segment

SmackDown – August, Week 2

Roman Reigns (with Paul Heyman) and The Usos in-ring segment, John Cena interrupts

Cesaro defeated Apollo Crews

Bianca Belair backstage interview

Murphy defeated X-Pac – Murphy ‘batters’ X-Pac afterwards

Tegan Nox (with Shotzi) defeated Peyton Royce (with Billie Kay)

Big E backstage promo, John Cena walks by and ‘bigs up’ Big E

Seth Rollins & Edge backstage, Jeff Hardy & Drew McIntyre backstage elsewhere

Seth Rollins & Edge defeated Jeff Hardy & Drew McIntyre

Charlotte Flair backstage interview

Charlotte Flair (with Bayley) defeated Bianca Belair (with Sasha Banks)

Karrion Kross & Scarlett video package

John Cena defeated Jey Uso

Raw – August, Week 3

Rhea Ripley in-ring promo, Maryse interrupts

Rhea Ripley defeated Maryse

‘Imperium’ backstage interview

Karrion Kross & Scarlett video package

Damian Priest defeated Bobby Lashley (with MVP) – Sheamus came out mid-match and tried to distract Priest, but inadvertently distracted Lashley and ended up costing him the match

Liv Morgan backstage interview

Omos (with AJ Styles) defeated Randy Orton (with Riddle)

Alexa Bliss video segment

Samoa Joe & Liv Morgan defeated Mustafa Ali & Reckoning

The IIconics backstage promo

Keith Lee backstage promo

Toni Storm defeated Nikki A.S.H (with Mickie James) – Mickie James is very unsupportive after Nikki A.S.H’s loss

The Miz & John Morrison are in the parking lot… Maryse leaves in a car… Miz says ‘we gotta do something, something’s gotta change’… Morrison then says ‘I GOT IT!’…

Imperium (Walter, Fabian Aichner, Marcel Barthel) & Alexander Wolfe defeated Moustache Mountain (Tyler Bate & Trent Seven), Pete Dunne & Keith Lee

SmackDown – August, Week 3

Sasha Banks in-ring promo, Bayley interrupts

Edge defeated Drew McIntyre in a Backstage Brawl

Shotzi (with Tegan Nox) defeated Billie Kay (with Peyton Royce)

Seth Rollins backstage interview, Jeff Hardy interrupts

Murphy, Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens defeated Ricochet, Cesaro & Finn Balor

Karrion Kross & Scarlett video package

Naomi (with Tamina) defeated Natalya

The New Day go and knock on The Bloodline’s locker room door, The Usos and Paul Heyman step out to confront them

Breezango defeated Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo

Alpha Academy backstage interview, Roode & Ziggler interrupt, Street Profits come out to confront them, and later The Mysterios come into the segment also

Sasha Banks & Bianca Belair defeated Charlotte Flair & Bayley

John Cena in-ring promo, Roman Reigns (with Paul Heyman) interrupt

Raw – August, Week 4

Walter (with Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner) defeated Pete Dunne (with Tyler Bate & Trent Seven)

Mickie James turns heel backstage, attacking Nikki A.S.H… Toni Storm makes the save

Randy Orton & Riddle defeated Shelton Benjamin & Cedric Alexander

Imperium attack ‘BSS’ backstage

Io Shirai defeated Dana Brooke – Rhea Ripley on commentary, Io Shirai cuts an aggressive promo on Rhea after the match, leads to a huge brawl with officials having to break it up.

Karrion Kross & Scarlett video package

‘Retribution’ promo segment

Sheamus defeated Damian Priest in a backstage brawl

Alexa Bliss ‘invites Asuka into her playground’

Backstage segment where AJ Styles (with Omos) and Bobby Lashley (with MVP) get into an argument… MVP tries to hold Lashley back but he’s too focused on Styles…

Liv Morgan defeated Reckoning

Keith Lee defeated Alexander Wolfe – Walter DESTROYS Keith Lee after

SmackDown – August, Week 4

John Cena in-ring promo, Paul Heyman (stood on the rampway) interrupts him, Apollo Crews than jumps Cena from behind, Big E comes out to run Apollo off…

Tegan Nox (with Shotzi) defeated Natalya (with Billie Kay & Peyton Royce)

John Cena and The New Day backstage, Edge walks by, goes eye to eye with Big E, then we have a promo with Edge – John Cena/Big E

Murphy defeated Ricochet – Murphy cuts a promo after on Jeff Hardy and the Intercontinental title

Jeff Hardy backstage interview

Jeff Hardy defeated Happy Corbin – Seth Rollins on commentary

Bianca Belair backstage interview

Alpha Academy backstage, Roode & Ziggler interrupt

Bianca Belair v Sasha Banks – Charlotte Flair and Bayley interfere

Karrion Kross & Scarlett video package

The Mysterios defeated Roode & Ziggler – Alpha Academy come to ringside, and subtly distract Roode and Ziggler so they lose

John Cena and The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) defeated Roman Reigns, The Usos & Apollo Crews


SummerSlam – August, Sunday Week 4 (Las Vegas, Nevada)

Before I get in to saying what happened. This is he first show I’ve done so far where I played every match (without skipping any), and I had a BLAST! I really really enjoyed this show and it played out very much how I wanted it too… So, here is my Universe Mode’s SUMMERSLAM PPV!

For my opener I opened with the same match the main card of the irl SummerSlam 2021 show opened with…

Loved this match. Played out how I wanted with the finish too with Orton pinning Styles. And now RKBro is born, which given how the team has played out in reality was just something I couldn’t resist booking in my Universe Mode.

Next up was another big match… NOT for the IC title by the way. Thought about it but… well (SPOILER ALERT) I didn’t want Jeff to drop the title… but also…

As much as I value Jeff, and he will get his run eventually trust me I have plans… I have other things in mind for Seth coming up, so he needed the big win here more…

Match 3 was one I actually made a late change on (result wise), after a new update brought about a different form of someone in the game… that I think will be a lot for useful for me and my ongoing Universe Mode plans…

Two huge names, and a solid match I thought. I’ve big plans for Asuka, and plans for Bliss too, so either result wouldn’t of been too disastrous for either… but I felt it best to go with Asuka getting the win here… Ideally, but not possible in the game, I’d of had Bliss pass out as opposed to tapping.

Match 4 was a BIG one… and Usually I have to work very hard to get the result I want in mutli-person matches… This one though had a finish that couldn’t of been more perfect for the story I wanted to tell…

So… let me tell you about this finish…

Charlotte hits Natural Selection to Bayley, as Bianca and Sasha brawl on the other side of the ring… Charlotte begins her pin on Bayley so the ref counts, only for Bianca to then try and pin Sasha… But as the ref was already counting Charlotte’s pin he finished that before even taking into account the fact Bianca had Sasha beat. So somewhat of a genuine, but kind of cool ‘screwy’ finish. I’m sure this adds fuel to a possible future Charlotte-Bianca title match, but we shall see… For now The Queen reigns once again over SmackDown!

My next match was another that took place at the real event as well…

I LOVE me some Damian Priest, so…

I do have plans long term for Sheamus (as you’ll see in my next blog), as for Priest he’s just gonna go on a roll now I think and make the US title seem as big as possible… cause he’s cool as fuck isn’t he lets be honest?! The little screwy finish here with Sheamus grabbing the rope wasn’t ideal, but it adds to me booking a very angry (even more so than normal) Sheamus going forward. And Priest can just go on and be the fighting babyface and beat people up. Can’t wait!

This next match was one I was genuinely looking forward to playing. Their previous one was so good I decided to run it back here…

And there we have it… Ripley retains! I liked how it worked that Io was just about to get Rhea off the ladder as she grabbed the title down… Helps protect Shirai a little even in defeat. This story isn’t over though, and we will have new players entering the equation… lets see who can be THE woMAN of the moment…

Match 7 on this absolutely STACKED show… another BIG banger…

Yep, Drew going over. Edge (with that briefcase of his in mind) will be FINE… and Drew is gonna use this win to go on to a BIG time feud…

Speaking of BIG… What about this for a WWE title match?!…

Had to be big Keith to retain. As much as the idea of Walter ruling WWE intrigues me, I got a feeling Mr Lee is gonna have another contender very very soon…

In my penultimate match, I wanted to give the women’s tag titles a prominent spot, so the semi-main of a big 4 PPV isn’t bad right?

As much as I love Billie & Peyton as a team, I just felt it was the right time to end their reign, and it was the right challengers to be the new champions. Tegan and Shotzi are great babyfaces on their own, but as a team I just think they’re great. I’m still a little gutted WWE let Nox go, what could’ve been 😦 …

And finally, time for the main event.

Again it’s the same as WWE booked for the real SummerSlam main event, and I did that because it’s quite simple THE match to make. The star of now vs the star of the previous era.

Their actual match was pretty good, and I thought my 2k22 match was decent as well…

Sorry Cena, no number 17 this time. Roman’s Reign is far from over…

And then… I just have to do it… I’m ending my SummerSlam exactly how WWE ended the real one…

My next blog is going to feature a LOT of changes to my rosters. Post big 4 PPV is a time I always like to do a bit of a refresh. And this time, I have a BEAST to book!

Josh.

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