I've always loved wrestling and I've also always had a soft spot for wrestling games. More than anything I'm simply a huge fan of wrestling history. This is what makes WWE 2k14 interesting to me: its focus on wrestling's past. So when I got the chance to speak to Cory Ledesma, the Creative Director of WWE 2k14, I took the opportunity to ask him about some of his favourite moments in WWE history.
Favourite Wrestlemania match
That's really, really tough.
Shawn Michaels vs the Undertaker — those two matches. It's hard to argue those two matches aren't right up there. Shawn Michaels is Mr Wrestlemania. The Undertaker's undefeated streak is a great storyline. When you pair those two up and add the fact they both put on great matches and rise to the occasion at Wrestlemania. You're gonna see greatness there.
Wrestlemania III, Randy Savage vs Steamboat. Those guys just put on a great match. And back then when storylines weren't as big a deal as they are now, using the match to tell the story. They did a great job in the ring. That really made the match enjoyable and the complete package. That's high up there. It's hard to pick one.
Favourite Wrestlemania moment
That's tough as well!
I mentioned the matches, those had great moments, but I always liked some of the memorable stuff. Maybe it was something unrelated to the match or the outcome but you always remember. Like Shawn Michaels coming down on the zipline before the Iron Man match with Bret Hart. It doesn't matter how many times I see it, it always puts a smile on my face.
Those moments are the ones I geek out for.
I remember the Brock Lesner and Kurt Angle match. Brock Lesnar did the shooting star press and landed on his head. That was jaw dropping.
Greatest Rivalry in WWE History
I think Austin/McMahon has to be number one on that list. That was during the attitude era, a really pivotal moment in wrestling history.
There are other rivalries that are less well known that I like. Triple H and Shawn Michaels. When Shawn came back after his injury that was a great rivalry. Then there was Evolution forming and stuff. I loved it because back then I was a younger guy really into wrestling.
CM Punk is phenomenal and he's one of my favourite guys. The storyline he recently did with John Cena — that carried on for a long time and that was a great modern rivalry.
Greatest wrestling babyface
Hulk Hogan absolutely. John Cena absolutely. Who else? Those two are definitely number one and number two. As far as just well known babyfaces it's definitely those two because they held that spot for so long.
Greatest Wrestling Heels
That's a great one. I've always been a big fan of the heels. It has to come across genuine! It's a special skill.
The heels I like... whenever Paul Heyman is involved in something it turns to gold. Whenever he does stuff with CM Punk or Brock Lesnar it turns to gold. Actually Brock Lesnar, even though he doesn't talk much, he's a great heel when he has a mouth piece like Paul Heyman. I love that. I think over the years guys like Shawn Michaels, Triple H, they've had a great run as heels. And there's no greater heel than Vince McMahon. Stephanie? She could be great. I liked a lot of her stuff, especially as the Billion Dollar Princess.
Favourite Pure Wrestler
In terms of pure in ring performance? Shawn Michaels, absolutely. Current guys like Daniel Bryan are great to watch. Same with Dolph Ziggler. No-one sells like Dolph Ziggler. Really just adds so much to the match.
I always pay respect to guys like The Undertaker who has been doing this for so long and can still put on a great match.
Anyone here into wrestling? Drop some of your favourites in the comments below!