After announcing that legendary luchador Rey Mysterio as a bonus pre-order character for WWE 2K19, 2K Sports has now announced another pre-order bonus: Former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion and current RAW Superstar “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey. Check out the announcement trailer below, which features quotes from “Rowdy” Roddy Piper about Rousey.
Debuting at Royal Rumble 2018, Rousey has seen a number of standout performances in the WWE. Her match at Wrestlemania 34 received acclaim, as did her WWE RAW Women’s Championship against Nia Jax at Money in the Bank 2018.
On her inclusion in WWE 2K19, Rousey said, “As a WWE Superstar, having support from the Piper family means everything to me. It’s an honour to be part of WWE 2K19 and have my name mentioned alongside so many important Superstars in WWE history, including Rey Mysterio, Kurt Angle, Ultimate Warrior, Sting and Goldberg.”
Rowdy Piper’s son Colt Toombs similarly gave his blessing to Rousey. “Anybody can call themselves ‘Rowdy’, but it takes a special, talented and dedicated individual to live up to the ‘Rowdy’ name. My dad saw it in Ronda, and so do we. She is truly ‘Rowdy to the core,’ and that mindset really comes through in the trailer for WWE 2K19.”
Chris Snyder, Vice President of Marketing at 2K, also praised Rousey’s determination and spirit. “From an Olympic tatami to the UFC Octagon to the WWE ring, Ronda is a one-of-a-kind athlete and incredible ambassador for career and life empowerment. Her discipline, determination and attitude toward accomplishing her goals and silencing her critics make her the perfect embodiment of WWE 2K19’s ‘Never Say Never’ global marketing campaign. We are thrilled to welcome Ronda to the WWE 2K family and can’t wait to see what’s in store for her in the years to come.”
WWE 2K19 will release on October 9th for PS4, Xbox One and PC (but not for Nintendo Switch). Those who pre-order the Deluxe and Collector’s Editions will receive four days early access and be able to play on October 5th. 2K Sports also announced that current WWE Champion AJ Styles will be the cover athlete this year.