WWE 2K22 Universe Mode: Chapter 8 – THE HORROR SHOW!

Now this really is one I’m looking forward to!

Given I’m playing out this fantasy world of WWE in my own image on a PS4 game, any chance to do ‘gimmick’ matches is one I will happily lap up. And so whilst I haven’t gone quite as… extreme… as WWE used to do with this PPV (where every match was contested under a different ‘extreme’ set of rules), nor have I had any matches where someone loses their EYE… But I’ve used this show to put on some quite spectacular matches. In the build I’ve also began a subtle build to some of my matches at my next ‘Big 4’ PPV, which is just around the corner…

And of course as mentioned in the last chapter, this will feature the debut in my Universe Mode of a certain BEAST…

So without going on anymore, let me get into how the run up to THE HORROR SHOW at Extreme Rules went down…


Raw – October Week 1

Edge comes out for an in-ring promo, Karrion Kross (with Scarlett) interrupts…

‘The Monday Night Messiah’ Seth Rollins defeated Samoa Joe in a Backstage Brawl

Becky Lynch backstage interview – ‘I didn’t get pinned (at the ppv), respect to Rhea Ripley, but now it’s time to take back the title I never lost’

Elias does his entrance ‘gimmick’

Damian Priest defeated Elias

MVP & Omos in-ring promo, Omos SCREAMS for AJ Styles, AJ Styles comes through the crowd with a chair and fights away Omos & MVP, then makes the challenge for Extreme Rules!

Rhea Ripley defeated Mickie James

Asuka fumes backstage in locker room (over failure to win Raw Women’s title at COC), Io Shirai calms her down (in Japanese), whispers something to Asuka, and after Asuka is now very excited and happy

‘Viking Raiders’ defeated Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode

‘The Dirt Sheet’ (on RK-Bro)

Karrion Kross (with Scarlett) defeated Ricochet

‘Imperium’ video package

(Billie Kay enters with Peyton Royce, Nikki Cross enters with Toni Storm and then chases Billie Kay to the back… R-Truth comes out with Carmella, he shrugs his shoulders and then ‘joins in’ the chase to the back…)

(All the women enter for the main event. Becky Lynch is due to enter last… her music plays but she doesn’t come out, we go backstage and see she has been attacked! She therefore is no longer able to take part in the main event)

Shayna Baszler defeated Reckoning & Toni Storm & Peyton Royce & Carmella in a fatal-5-way match to become the number 1 contender for the Raw Women’s Championship

SmackDown – October Week 1

Drew McIntyre in-ring promo, Brock Lesnar interrupts, Paul Heyman out (on rampway)… Drew and Brock brawl, locker room empties to separate them

Alexa Bliss defeated Bayley & Raquel Gonzalez in a triple threat match (Bliss pins Bayley) to become the number 1 contender for the SmackDown Women’s Championship

Shinsuke Nakamura backstage promo, Bobby Lashley, then Cesaro interrupt

‘The New Day’ backstage, ‘The Usos’ approach them…

Isaiah ‘Swerve’ Scott defeated Austin Theory

Finn Balor defeated Cesaro in a Backstage Brawl

Sasha Banks and Tamina backstage, Asuka and Io Shirai approach…

Sheamus defeated Tyler Breeze (with Fandango)

Bobby Lashley is found backstage (by Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander), having been attacked and laid out…

Asuka & Io Shirai defeated Sasha Banks & Tamina to become the new number 1 contender’s for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship (Naomi distracts Tamina to allow Asuka and Shirai to get the win)

‘The Sami & KO Show’ with Special guests ‘Street Profits’

Shinsuke Nakamura (C) vs Finn Balor for the Intercontinental Championship ends in a no contest when Cesaro and Bobby Lashley come out, eventually we get into as big brawl, with all 4 men staring each other down to close the show

Raw – October Week 2

Omos (with MVP) defeated Trent Seven (with Tyler Bate)

Shayna Baszler defeated Nikki Cross – after Rhea Ripley is seen watching on from backstage, when an injured Liv Morgan says ‘she wants next’…

Tegan Nox & Shotzi backstage interview, Asuka & Io Shirai confront them

‘The Dirt Sheet’ on RK-Bro and Viking Raiders

Damian Priest vs Ricochet – ended when ‘Imperium’ attacked them both

Keith Lee in-ring promo, Karrion Kross (with Scarlett) interrupts via the Titantron …

Reckoning (with Mace) defeated Carmella (with R-Truth)

AJ Styles backstage promo, challenges Omos to a CAGE match!

‘RK-Bro’ defeated ‘Viking Raiders’

‘The Monday Night Messiah’ Seth Rollins video package (on Samoa Joe)

Karrion Kross defeated Keith Lee in a Backstage Brawl

SmackDown – October Week 2

‘The New Day’ in-ring promo

‘The Usos’ (Jimmy & Jey) defeated ‘The New Day’ (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods with Big E) – Legado del Fantasma attack Big E, this distracts Woods & Kingston enough for The Usos to get the win.

Cesaro backstage, runs into The Hurt Business

Cesaro defeated Shinsuke Nakamura

Bianca Belair backstage interview, Bayley just laughs at her…

Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn defeated ‘Street Profits’

Alexa Bliss in-ring promo, Charlotte Flair interrupts her

Io Shirai defeated Tegan Nox in a Backstage Brawl

Sheamus backstage interview, Isaiah ‘Swerve’ Scott interrupts

Naomi defeated Tamina

Finn Balor defeated Cedric Alexander (with Shelton Benjamin) – Bobby Lashley on commentary, Nakamura/Cesaro backstage (different locations) watching on…

Roman Reigns (with Paul Heyman) in-ring promo, Drew McIntyre interrupts, eventually hits a CLAYMORE!

Raw – October Week 3

Edge in-ring promo

Samoa Joe defeated Oney Lorcan (with Danny Burch) – Joe wins quickly, then destroys Burch too, then goes marching to the back to look for Seth Rollins

MVP backstage interview, ‘Retribution’ come in, then Mustafa Ali cuts a promo on AJ Styles

Randy Orton defeated The Miz (John Morrison and Riddle on commentary)

Keith Lee backstage interview

Damian Priest defeated Fabian Aichner (with Marcel Barthel)

Samoa Joe is on a rampage backstage (destroying everyone and everything in his sight, as he is seething!)… Eventually he finds Rollins, before Seth then escapes into a car, and drives away…

AJ Styles defeated Mustafa Ali (with Mace & Reckoning)

Walter defeated Ricochet in a Backstage Brawl

Rhea Ripley in-ring promo, Shayna Baszler interrupts

Keith Lee vs Karrion Kross (with Scarlett) in a number 1 contenders match for the WWE Championship ends in a double finish… Keith Lee taps out when in Kross’ hold… AS Kross’ shoulders are pinned on the mat for a 3 count. The ref counts the 3, however another ref comes down and pleads with him to watch a replay, arguing that Lee tapped out so can’t be declared the winner. They eventually call the match a draw. Edge (who is on commentary) is baffled and confused by this… (eventually on social media the match for the PPV is announced as a 3 way).

SmackDown – October Week 3

Charlotte Flair in-ring promo, Alexa Bliss interrupts

Bobby Lashley defeated Finn Balor

Roman Reigns is in ‘The Bloodline’ locker room. He is FURIOUS (The Usos and Paul Heyman are also there)

Bianca Belair is backstage, Bayley confronts her

Chad Gable (with Otis) defeated Murphy

Shotzi backstage interview

Sheamus defeated Isaiah ‘Swerve’ Scott

Shinsuke Nakamura backstage interview, Cesaro interrupts, Finn Balor then attacks both men with a chair, Bobby Lashley then comes in and they all get into a big brawl.

Shotzi defeated Io Shirai (with Asuka) – Tegan Nox comes in and fends off Asuka

‘Street Profits’ backstage promo

Sasha Banks & Tamina are backstage… Bayley can be seen watching on in the background…

Santos Escobar defeated Xavier Woods

Alexa Bliss & NIKKI CROSS defeated Charlotte Flair & NATALYA – Bliss pinned Flair

Roman Reigns (with Paul Heyman) in-ring promo, Brock Lesnar comes out, then so does Drew McIntyre…

Raw – October Week 4

Rhea Ripley defeated Mickie James – Shayna Baszler on commentary, goes to sneak attack Rhea, but she is wise to it

Keith Lee/AJ Styles/Samoa Joe all backstage together

R-Truth & Carmella backstage – Mustafa Ali, Mace, Reckoning confront them

Walter defeated Ricochet – Damian Priest watches on from backstage

Tegan Nox arrives with a baseball bat, security lead her away and out of the building, Asuka and Io laugh…

Riddle (with Randy Orton) defeated John Morrison (with The Miz) – Riddle wins by DQ after Miz interferes, they all brawl after, then a furios Riddlechallenges them to a tag match next week

‘The Monday Night Messiah’ Seth Rollins – Omos – Karrion Kross all backstage (Scarlett and MVP work as mediators)

Io Shirai leaves the arena…

Shotzi defeated Asuka in a Backstage brawl

Mustafa Ali & Reckoning defeated R-Truth & Carmella

Edge backstage interview (then his entrance and he joins commentary)

Karrion Kross (with Scarlett) & ‘The Monday Night Messiah’ Seth Rollins & Omos (with MVP) defeated Keith Lee & AJ Styles & Samoa Joe in a 6 man tag – FINISH= Keith Lee hits a Spirit Bomb to Rollins, then Omos hits the Tree Slam to Lee, then Styles & Joe take Omos out of the ring, Styles then does a big dive onto Omos on the outside, and finally Kross comes behind Joe and takes him down with the ‘Kross’ hold to get the win when Joe passes out.

SmackDown – October Week 4

Tegan Nox & Shotzi defeated Sasha Banks & Tamina

Asuka & Io Shirai promo on titantron to Nox & Shotzi

Kevin Owens (with Sami Zayn) defeated Angelo Dawkins (with Montez Ford) – Zayn helps Owens win

‘The New Day’ and Drew McIntyre backstage

Otis (with Chad Gable) defeated Murphy

Intercontinental Championship match contract signing = Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro & Bobby Lashley & Finn Balor

Charlotte Flair defeated Alexa Bliss in a Backstage Brawl

‘The Usos’ and ‘Legado del Fantasma’ are backstage, Heyman and Escobar act as mediators, before Roman Reigns enters…

Bianca Belair defeated Bayley

‘The New Day’ (Big E & Xavier Woods & Kofi Kingston) & Drew McIntyre defeated ‘The Usos’ (Jimmy & Jey) & ‘Legado del Fantasma’ (Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza with Santos Escobar) in an 8 man tag match – Big E pins Joaquin Wilde for the finish.

After the match… BROCK LESNAR comes out and… “SUPLEX CITY, BITCH!” … Then Reigns and Heyman come out, but Hyeman persuades Roman not to enter the ring so they stay on the ramp, that’s when Drew McIntyre recovers to give Lesnar a Claymore Kick to close out SmackDown…

Quite the build to a PPV huh? Well, you aint seen nothing yet…


The Horror Show at Extreme Rules – October, Sunday Week 4 (Detroit, Michigan)

We open with what should be an absolute BANGER…

My winner here… was CESARO!

Yes indeed, it’s the Swiss Man’s time here! Not that Nakamura did anything too wrong in his title reign, but putting the IC title on Cesaro is part of a longer term plan for he and that belt. Hopefully I can have him have a few bangers defending it from here on…

Next is a repeat of one of my favourite NXT Women’s Title matches irl (seriously go watch when Ripley won the NXT title from Shayna, listen to the pop for the finish!)…

Yes Ripley retains here. But all is not lost for Baszler, as I’ve a huge storyline planned involving here leading up to Survivor Series… same goes for the champions Ripley as well…

Now time for a real grudge match, and the culmination of a feud I’m disappointed they barely touched in real life, but for me it deserved a big spot on a PPV like this…

For me, it had to be the big man getting the win. He needs it so much more, and Styles is eternally over just cause of how great he is, so he can take the loss and be fine…

Should be a fun one this next match, although with lots of moving parts could also be a little chaotic…

Had to be New Day winning here, for reasons that will become very apparent in the lead to Survivor Series…

Next a match that on paper could I would love to see really happen, maybe one day…

Another title change here! Again much like with Nakamura earlier, Nox & Shotzi weren’t bad champions at all, it is simply time for Io Shirai & Asuka. I’m really going to try my best to make these women’s tag titles a big deal now, I’ve already got a big WrestleMania match in mind for them…

Another grudge match next, and one that although has been done before irl, I’d love to see it again…

Rollins wins, but in my world I’d of had MURPHY return to joins Rollins’ side once again, and cost Joe the match. Yes, although I can’t quite get the full crew, I am going to give The Messiah gimmick his followers and disciples…

What a match this next bout should be…

Edge the slimeball retains here. I simply have way too much left in the tank to take the WWE title from him now, as tempting as giving it to Kross is…

Another match with some big stars next in the semi-main…

Whilst Bliss is a worthy contender, Flair retains. Gotta get some heat on Charlotte and having her beat big names like Bliss, for me just makes her a bigger scalp when it’s her time to drop the title…

but I’ve a feeling that’s not going to be for a while yet…

and finally… THE main event…


(JUST AN FYI, I’VE NO IDEA WHY AT THE END OF THIS VIDEO MY GAME DECIDED THAT ROMAN HAD JUST WON THE TITLE FROM BROCK, AS OPPOSED TO RETAINING IT… BUT WHATEVER…)

After just pure chaos, Roman Reigns retains here. I was unsure of how to have this match go finish wise… but the end result was always going to be the same.

Onwards we go in the Reign of the Tribal Chief…

But have we seen the last of Brock Lesnar?… We shall see…

My next chapter is a big one as it’s the build up to and the playing of the show itself for Survivor Series! And with the matches I’ve already got in mind, my build up is going to have to be something else… As I want my 2nd ‘big 4’ PPV to be just as good as my SummerSlam was… Find out next time if I can deliver…

Josh.

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