WWE 2K22 Universe Mode: Chapter 10 – There’s HELL (in a Cell) to PAY(back)!

As a new era dawns in WWE, so does to in my own Universe. As I mentioned in the last blog, I’m going to try and do things a little differently from here on… You’ll notice a fair few new names popping up in the next couple of blogs, and I’m going to keep the rosters quite loose for now as I sort things out. Raw is pretty much set, I’m fairly happy with where that’s going… And although SmackDown still needs a little bit more work, I still think it’s a solid show in the meantime. So now then… With Survivor Series in the books, we now creep upon the start of the Road to WrestleMania, with my December shows culminating with my PPV for the month, And for some… it is time for some well deserved PAYBACK!


Raw (December Week 1)

TRIPLE H in-ring promo, announces Payback main event, BROCK LESNAR comes out! Brock in-ring promo on Roman and Heyman… “See you on SmackDown!”…

Randy Orton comes out for his match… but no Riddle… he’s been laid out backstage… by The Viking Raiders…

The Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar) defeated Randy Orton in a 2on1 Handicap match

Asuka (and Io Shirai) in-ring promo

Ember Moon defeated Asuka (with Io Shirai) – Toni Storm ‘bats away’ potential Io Shirai interference

Seth Rollins V Samoa Joe video package

Tomasso Ciampa defeated R-Truth

Rhea Ripley in-ring promo, Candice LeRae comes out but stays on the ramp… eventually Indi Hartwell attacks Ripley from behind!

Becky Lynch defeated Shayna Baszler (with Ronda Rousey) – after the match, Liv Morgan comes out and ‘goes ROGUE’ on Baszler and Rousey with a chair! She attacks them both, making the save for Lynch…

Edge in-ring promo, AJ Styles out after… Karrion Kross (with Scarlett) eventually out after too, and soon Styles and Kross get into a brawl as Edge makes a swift exit…

Damian Priest defeated Austin Theory

Triple H backstage… runs into Keith Lee, gives him a ‘pep talk’… “Show everyone who the REAL Keith Lee is!”…

Robert Roode video package

‘The Monday Night Messiah’ Seth Rollins defeated Samoa Joe in a Last Man Standing match

SmackDown (December Week 1)

Cesaro (C) defeated Roderick Strong to retain the Intercontinental Championship – Sheamus runs out and attacks Cesaro after, then holding the IC title belt aloft

Bianca Belair defeated Natalya – Bayley comes out and has a back and forth promo with Bianca (from the ramp)

Charlotte Flair in-ring promo… SD Women’s Championship ‘Open Challenge’… KACY CATANZARO answers!

Charlotte Flair (C) defeated Kacy Catanzaro to retain the SmackDown Women’s Championship

Charlotte stays in ring… asks ‘who’s next?’… Raquel Gonzalez comes to the ring, they have a staredown, and Flair eventually backs away…

Legado del Fantasma (Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza with Santos Escobar) defeated Shelton Benjamin & Cedric Alexander

‘The Kevin&Sami Show’ with guests The New Day & Finn Balor – in-ring segment…

Drew McIntyre defeated Happy Corbin

Alexa Bliss – Nikki Cross backstage… Peyton Royce & Billie Kay confront them…

Dolph Ziggler defeated Apollo Crews

Brock Lesnar in-ring promo, Paul Heyman then Roman Reigns come out not long after… very passionate, back and forth promo segment, Lesnar BITCH SLAPS Roman, with Paul Heyman and The Usos backing Reigns away as Lesnar laughs and challenges Reigns to stay and fight…

Raw (December Week 2)

Edge in-ring promo – Seth Rollins (with Murphy) follow… after a promo back&forth Karrion Kross (with Scarlett) follows next, but then AJ Styles is out and they all get into a big brawl…

Robert Roode defeated Titus O’Neil (Roode does the ‘title belt’ gesture after)

Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell backstage interview

Tomasso Ciampa backstage promo

Keith Lee defeated The Miz (with John Morrison)

Tegan Nox & Shotzi walk backstage, they are talking as they walk to the ring for a match… but then Shotzi attacks Nox!

Becky Lynch defeated Shayna Baszler in a Backstage Brawl

Ember Moon&Toni Storm – Asuka&Io Shirai video package

Mysterios come to the ring for their match, then Imperium do so, before then cutting a promo on Rey&Dominik…

Imperium (Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel with Walter) defeated Rey Mysterio & Dominik Mysterio

The Viking Raiders video package

Rhea Ripley defeated Indi Hartwell (With Candice LeRae)

Ronda Rousey in-ring promo, she calls out Liv Morgan, they then have a back&forth promo…

Karrion Kross (with Scarlett) defeated AJ StylesEdge and Seth Rollins on commentary

SmackDown (December Week 2)

The New Day in-ring promo

Big E (with Xavier Woods & Kofi Kingston) defeated Sami Zayn (with Kevin Owens & Finn Balor)

Bobby Lashley backstage interview

Charlotte Flair backstage… Sasha Banks & Bayley approach her…

Dolph Ziggler defeated Roderick Strong

Kacy Catanzaro video package

Bianca Belair & Raquel Gonzalez backstage interview, Kacy Catanzaro eventually joins…

Street Profits (Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins) defeated Legado del Fantasma (Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza with Santos Escobar) Bobby Lashley distracts LdF…

Brock Lesnar in-ring promo … Usos come out and try to jump him, but Lesnar suplexes and F5s them both…

Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross defeated The IIconics (Billie Kay & Peyton Royce)

Pete Dunne backstage… runs into Shinsuke Nakamura…

Sheamus defeated Humberto Carrillo

Sheamus in-ring promo, Cesaro runs out… Sheamus runs off

Kacy Catanzaro & Bianca Belair & Raquel Gonzalez defeated Charlotte Flair & Bayley & Sasha Banks in a 6 woman tag match

Raw (December Week 3)

Keith Lee defeated John Morrison (with The Miz)

Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell backstage… run into Asuka & Io Shirai

Ronda Rousey defeated Becky Lynch in a Backstage Brawl

Imperium in-ring promo

Tomasso Ciampa defeated Dominik Dijakovic

Edge – Karrion Kross (with Scarlett) – ‘The Monday Night Messiah’ Seth Rollins (with Murphy) – AJ Styles in-ring contract signing

Shotzi defeated Dana Brooke

backstage interview – Rhea Ripley & Toni Storm & Ember Moon

Shotzi backstage interview

Riddle in-ring promo, calls out Viking Raiders, Erik promos back…

Riddle defeated Erik (with Ivar) – Randy Orton comes in and RKOs Erik after Ivar tried to distract the referee…

Robert Roode – Damian Priest video package

Candice LeRae & Asuka & Io Shirai defeated Toni Storm & Ember Moon & Rhea Ripley in a 6 woman’s tag match

SmackDown (December Week 3)

Roman Reigns (with Paul Heyman) in-ring promo, BRAUN STROWMAN interrupts!

Raquel Gonzalez defeated Peyton Royce (with Billie Kay)

Drew McIntyre backstage interview, Sheamus interrupts…

Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn (with Finn Balor) defeated The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods with Big E)

Kacy Catanzaro backstage interview

Bobby Lashley (with Shelton Benjamin & Cedric Alexander) defeated Santos Escobar (with Raul Mendoza & Joaquin Wilde)

Braun Strowman backstage interview

Street Profits backstage promo

Sheamus defeated Drew McIntyreCesaro joins commentary

Charlotte Flair backstage promo … turns into a brawl with Raquel Gonzalez

Pete Dunne defeated Shinsuke Nakamura

‘DING DONG, HELLO?!’ (Bayley with Sasha Banks and guest Bianca Belair)… in-ring segment

Roman Reigns (with Paul Heyman) defeated Braun Strowman

Raw (December Week 4)

Karrion Kross (with Scarlett) in-ring promo, calls out Edge… but Retribution come out instead…

Karrion Kross (with Scarlett) defeated Mustafa Ali (with Mace & Reckoning)

Liv Morgan backstage interview

Asuka & Io Shirai (C) defeated Ember Moon & Toni Storm to retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship

Keith Lee backstage promo

Imperium in-ring promo

Ricochet & Rey Myserio & Dominik Mysterio defeated Imperium (Walter & Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel) in a 6 man tag team match

Tegan Nox ‘hunts’ Shotzi backstage… Shotzi eventually makes an escape out of the arena…

The Viking Raiders vs RK-Bro video package

Damian Priest (C) defeated Robert Roode to retain the United States Championship Tomasso Ciampa absolutely destroys Priest after the match

Liv Morgan defeated Shayna Baszler

Ronda Rousey cuts a promo from the ramp on Liv Morgan…

Rhea Ripley – Candice LeRae in-ring segment

AJ Styles defeated ‘The Monday Night Messiah’ Seth Rollins (with Murphy) Edge and Karrion Kross both come out after and a huge brawl ensues

SmackDown (December Week 4)

Charlotte Flair in-ring promo … Kacy Catanzaro comes out, back and forth promo and then Flair attacks Catanzaro… Raquel Gonzalez runs out and makes the save to run Charlotte off…

The Usos defeated Street Profits

The New Day backstage promo

Sheamus defeated Cesaro in a Backstage Brawl

Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross backstage interview – Sasha Banks & Bayley interrupt…

Sasha Banks & Bayley defeated Alexa Bliss & Nikki CrossBianca Belair makes the save after the match when Banks & Bayley attack Bliss & Cross

The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) (C) (with Big E) defeated Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn (with Finn Balor) in a match for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship by DQ after Finn Balor attacked New Day with a chair!

Jinder Mahal in-ring promo

Drew McIntyre defeated Jinder Mahal

The Hurt Business backstage promo

Charlotte Flair (C) defeated Kacy Catanzaro to retain the SmackDown Women’s Championship Raquel Gonzalez on commentary

Brock Lesnar comes to the ring, followed by Roman Reigns (with The Usos and Paul Heyman) for an in-ring contract signing… eventually it develops into a huge brawl that empties the locker room!


Payback – December, Sunday Week 4 (Atlanta, Georgia)

I opened the PPV with what I see as a perfect kind of match to get the crowd hyped and get the night off on the right foot…

I’d of had Big E get the pin here. That leaves me open still to do KO and Sami vs Kofi and Woods for the tag titles, and possibly a big singles match at some point with E and Balor. Just think this would be a great match with 6 fantastic wrestlers.

Next up, the first of our 3 women’s matches of the show…

Thought this was a decent match. I liked how Raquel took a lot of it, but in the end the steel and wherewithal of the champion was enough to see her past yet another challenger…

What I couldn’t make happen in the game, but would want to happen, was after Charlotte had left the ring with her Championship belt… I’d have DAKOTA KAI come in and attack her former best friend/turned rival Raquel Gonzalez… this would set up the next feud for the defeated challenger…

3rd on the card I had another high stakes women’s match… this time it was the Money In The Bank briefcase that was on the line!!!

What a performance from Liv Morgan! I felt she really needed this win, particularly after what happened at Survivor Series. For her to become only the second woman to pin Ronda Rousey in WWE gives her a huge boost… but what now for Ronda? She’s failed to capture the MITB briefcase… she still has Becky Lynch to deal with, and plus the Royal Rumble and the beginning of the road to WrestleMania is just around the corner… The future is uncertain for Rousey after this tough loss…

Another solid PPV match follows…

Two guys who I think really should FIGHT FOREVER… So I just had to have it happen in my Universe Mode at some point….

Yeah I had wanted to give Sheamus the final piece to make him a Grand Slam champion in WWE from the very start to be honest. I just think it’s long overdue… And the way the finish went as well just worked perfectly with him being a heel too…

The WWE Championship was on the line next… About as stacked a 4 way as I could make on Raw I think… I had hoped this would be a great match…

I was not disappointed…

I genuinely think this was one of the best matches I’ve ever played out on a computer game! And the finish went exactly as I had intended as well, with Edge pinning Rollins… GREAT stuff!

After this was another banger… Weapons all over the place in this one too…

Ripley retains, which she was always going to, but given the fight Candice put up, I don’t feel like she’s hurt too much here in defeat. So good stuff all round.

And… FINALLY… it is TIME… My very own FINAL EVER Brock vs Roman match…

My one idea I had for how I wanted this match to go was I just wanted to make it… FUCKED!

I think I did a decent job of that…

Yep… I did that… Recovering from being flung off the top of the cell TWICE… BROCK LESNAR IS MY NEW UNIVERSAL CHAMPION!!! The Reign of the Tribal Chief is OVER!

I won’t give too many of my ideas away, but in short I’ve gone this way because it just opens up a tonne more possibilities for me, and possible things I can do leading up to WrestleMania… So what now? Well you’ll just have to read my next blogs in the series to find out… Next blog will be my build to ROYAL RUMBLE… and the beginning of the road to WrestleMania… All with my NEW UNIVERSAL CHAMPION…

BRRRRRROCK LLLLLESNARRRRRR!!!!

Josh.

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