The latest WWE video game has had an interesting development history. It’s been plagued by delays. Some of those were caused by WWE talent releases. Many wrestlers needed to be taken out of the game despite all the work it took to create their characters in the game.
Bronson Reed spent almost three years working for WWE. He had a memorable run on the company’s NXT brand, culminating in a loss to Adam Cole. He was released from his contract in August of 2021. He is now working in Impact Wrestling as JONAH.
Reed was expected to appear in the new WWE 2K22 game. He even showed up for facial and tattoo scans. Now he isn’t sure if he will appear in the game at all. JONAH spoke about the experience to Sean Sapp of Fightful Select.
“I did the scans, all the different facial feature scans and I came in for a separate scanning for my tattoos and stuff. I was sent videos from the MoCap people of them doing all my moves and making sure they were right. I was all ready to be in there, but I don’t think that’s happening now.
I would love to be in the game. I think, if they were smart, that would appeal to a lot of the fans. ‘Ah, WWE kept these people in the game,’ or unlockable characters, however you want to do it. Nowadays, you pay for them, but it’s something to do. They own the name Bronson Reed, so it’s up to them. I think it would be they would pay my royalties, I don’t have to sign off on anything because I have already done the scans and everything. It would just if they want to pay me money.”
WWE probably doesn’t want to pay royalties to talent that don’t work there anymore if they don’t have to. It is ultimately up to the company whether they want to include released wrestlers. Time will tell if Bronson Reed makes the cut.
Fans have waited a long time for a new main-line WWE video game. There are a lot of expectations for WWE 2K22. Now WWE will decide if they want to acknowledge their past or replace old stars with new ones in the game.
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