In a move reflecting the tumultuous waves hitting the world of professional wrestling, Brock Lesnar finds himself at the center of a controversy leading to his removal from the special edition cover art of the much-anticipated WWE 2K24 video game. The alteration underscores the wrestling entertainment giant WWE’s efforts to navigate through the fallout of a lawsuit that has stirred the industry.
Initially gracing the cover art of the Forty Years of WrestleMania edition alongside John Cena, Lesnar’s image has been conspicuously replaced with an enlarged image of Cena, indicating a significant repositioning by the game’s creators and WWE. This decision, first highlighted by wrestling reporter Andrew Ravens through a revealing side-by-side comparison, has sparked widespread speculation and discussion among fans and industry insiders alike.
The core of the controversy lies in Lesnar’s reported connection to a disturbing lawsuit against Vince McMahon, WWE’s influential figure, involving serious allegations that have sent shockwaves through the professional wrestling community. This lawsuit, brought forth by former WWE employee Janel Grant, contains allegations against McMahon that range from sexual assault to sex trafficking, marking a significant scandal for the organization.
Brock Lesnar was removed from the WrestleMania cover of WWE 2K24. The first photo is the latest version. pic.twitter.com/UPv2JCFsJG
— Andrew Ravens l WrestlingNews.co (@Andrew_Ravens) February 6, 2024
As WWE 2K24 gears up for its release across multiple platforms, including Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PlayStation 4/5, and PC, on March 8, the gaming community is left to wonder about Lesnar’s overall presence in the game. Sources close to the situation have hinted at ongoing updates to the game to reflect recent developments surrounding Lesnar’s legal entanglements and public standing.
This isn’t the first digital space from which Lesnar has been excised; he has also been removed from WWE’s Supercard mobile game, further indicating WWE’s cautious approach to managing its association with the wrestler amid the lawsuit’s revelations.
The Wall Street Journal’s report that Lesnar is the unnamed wrestler implicated in the lawsuit has only added fuel to the fire, complicating his future involvement in WWE events, including a noted withdrawal from the 2024 men’s Royal Rumble.
This incident not only highlights the immediate impact on Lesnar’s representation in WWE-affiliated media but also reflects broader questions about accountability, image management, and the consequences of off-ring actions on professional athletes’ careers.
As WWE and 2K navigate this delicate situation, the wrestling and gaming communities are keenly watching how these developments will unfold and what they signify for the future of wrestling entertainment.