WWE 2K18 Practice

This is a practice course for WWE 2K18

Introduction

What is "WWE"

The meaning of "WWE" 



 

From 1963 to 1979, the WWE was referred to as the "WWWF" (World Wide Wrestling Federation). After that, the brand was shortened to the WWF (World Wrestling Federation) until 2002, when it had to change to WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) after losing a legal dispute with another company that was using the WWF acronym (World Wildlife Fund)

The eras of WWE

WWE has been known to go through various phases, more commonly referred to as "eras". Each era has a name attached to it, which, although not being used officially by the company, is used by the fans to associate an era with a timeline. For example, the "Golden Age" era was from 1982 to 1993. More information on that below.


  • "The Golden Age Era (1982–1993)" began in 1982, and lasted until 1993. During that time, fans saw the debut of many wrestlers that are still remembered to this day, such as Hulk Hogan, Roddy Piper, André the Giant, Ricky Steamboat, "Macho Man" Randy Savage, The Ultimate Warrior,  and many more. This era was also the first one to host what would eventually become one of the most watched events in the world, WrestleMania. This era would also be the beginning of one of the biggest wrestling scandals ever, the "Steroid Trial", which started in 1991.
  • "The New Generation Era (1993–1997)" started in the middle of the Steroid Trial in 1993. During this time, the likes of Hulk Hogan were to testify that they had purchased steroids from one of the WWF's physicians. The latter saw Vincent Kennedy McMahon (the owner of the company) face up to 8 years of prison and a fine of 500 000$ dollars if found guilty. A week after the start of the trial (July 7th 1994), McMahon was acquitted of all charges. This era saw the buildup of future hall of famers such as Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, The Undertaker, Diesel, and many many more, along with the debut of probably the most famous stable (a team with multiple members), the New World Order (nWo).  This era also saw a few of the mentioned famous superstars depart for another grossing wrestling company at the time, WCW, which would eventually lead up to the Monday Night Wars, where both the WWE and WCW weekly shows were competing for the best ratings, every Monday at the same time period.
  • "The Attitude Era (1997–2002)" is regarded by many as the best era the WWE has ever had. In a time where WCW had better ratings than its competitor, Vince McMahon decided to take a more realistic and edgier approach to its story lines. This era saw the debut of superstars such as Stone Cold Steve Austin, a wrestler that, even to this day, is considered one of, if not the most, influential superstars of all time. The starting point of his rise to the top was the infamous Austin 3:16 speech, which lead to some of the most iconic moments in professional wrestling. In addition to that, it would also be the debut of the second weekly program of WWE, SmackDown, which is still running to this day, although it is not aired on Fridays anymore, but rather on Tuesdays, and is now known as SmackDown Live. This is the time period where a lot of the superstars reached their peak and went on to have some of the most memorable careers ever. Some other memorable events to note: The Montreal Screwjob, The purchase of WCW by the WWF and the  The Invasion storyline.
  • "The Ruthless Aggression Era (2002-2008)" was a product of WWF's purchase of WCW. It signaled the end of the Attitude Era, as well as the transition from the WWF to the WWE acronym. During this era, many superstars made a name out of themselves, such as Rey Mysterio, Kurt Angle, Randy Orton, Triple H, Eddie Guerrero, and John Cena, the latter would eventually end up being one of the most influential figures of this era, not only in the WWE, but in today's entertainment forms in general. This also marked the return of ECW, a third brand to RAW and SmackDown that had more of a hardcore flavor to its wrestling. Although a lot less edgy and shock provoking than the Attitude Era, the shows were still rated PG-13. ECW was one of the main culprits of this rating, as the show featured brutal matches that would often end with blood being spilled and people being put through tables, hit with chairs, etc... also know as a "Extreme Rules" match. Some other memorable events to note: John Cena's rise to the top, the death of Eddie Guerrero and (very controversial) Chris Benoit. 
  • "The PG Era (2008-2013)" officially signaled the end of the "edgy" content. The July 22nd episode of SmackDown was the first one to use the "PG" rating. In this era, fans saw the likes of CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, The Miz, Dolph Ziggler, and once again, John Cena, have some of the best matches and moments of their careers. Although a lot of the old school fans ditched the WWE due to their "child friendly" content, this era was the host of the Summer of (CM) Punk story line, which lead to the "Pipebomb Promo", largely regarded even to this day as the most controversial promo a superstar has ever cut, mainly due to "Breaking the 4th wall (aka, Kayfabe)", in the sense of exposing certain problems with the company that were not appropriate to mention on TV, and the famous line "This company would be much better if Vince McMahon was dead". Additionally, during this period, we saw the death of ECW in February of 2010, which would be replaced a bit over a week later by NXT, which would serve as a launching platform towards the main shows for superstars in developmental.
  • "The Reality Era (2014-2016)" was the product of social media for the most part. In March of 2014, Triple H (no longer a wrestler, now known as the Executive Vice-president of Talent, Live Events and Creative) acknowledged the Internet and fans being more knowledgeable than ever as well as having more influence on the company than ever before. This era saw the debut of the WWE Network, a monthly subscription based program designed to replace Pay-Per-Views by offering them on the network, along with all previous events of the past, present, reality TV shows with WWE superstars, and much more. Events to note: The end of Undertaker's WrestleMania Streak, The debut of AJ Styles, which shocked many as he was the poster boy of one of WWE's main competitors at the time, Impact Wrestling, the debut of The Authority. The defining Superstars of this period were Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Brock Lesnar, to name a few.
  • "The New Era" (2016 - present) is the era that we are currently in. This era started shortly after WrestleMania 32, where WWE announced it's Brand extension , meaning that, instead of having the same superstars on both SmackDown and Raw, each superstar would be under contract with either one of the brand and appear solely on said brand, with some rare exceptions. This era also saw the debut of many superstars that were incredibly popular in the "Indy scene" (New Japan Pro Wrestling, Pro Guerilla Wrestling, Impact Wrestling, Ring of Honor, etc..) such as Finn Balor, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Samoa Joe, Shinsuke Nakamura, as well as the debut of many of WWE's home grown talent from NXT like Bray Wyatt, Baron Corbin, Braun Strowman, etc.. One of the key events that happened so far has been the Woman's Revolution, which, to the pleasure of many fans, saw the female wrestlers finally be taken more seriously by the WWE, as opposed to simply using them as "eye-candy" in the past. A brand new title was unveiled and the previously used "Divas of WWE" term was dropped. The pioneers of this revolution were Stephanie McMahon, Charlotte Flair, Alexa Bliss, Becky Lynch, Bailey, Naomi and Asuka, the latter which holds the longest undefeated streak as a champion of all time (both male and female wrestlers), with a total of 510 combined days as the NXT women's champion. Asuka would then vacate the title, before making her debut on the main roster in early October 2017.