THQ Press Event with ‘Attitude’

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August 30, 2012

Attitude Era panel discussion

Talk then turned to the Attitude Era, and to "WWE '13's" epic and in-depth single-player campaign that allows gamers to play through that time in WWE history — a period that spans from the formation of D-Generation X through WrestleMania XV.

"We want you to relive every moment from the era," Ledesma stated before showing off some of the Attitude Era-specific features of the game, such as the ability to follow either an Austin 3:16 storyline, or a DX story, both of which span two years on the Attitude Era timeline. All matches in that timeline will feature the classic announce team of Jim Ross and Jerry "The King" Lawler on commentary, authentic Attitude Era entrances and themes and an Attitude Era-specific audience.

After the video presentation, the stage was cleared for a panel discussion featuring three WWE Hall of Famers and a host of current Superstars, all amped up and ready to talk about "WWE '13" and the impact of the Attitude Era. Legendary commentator Jim Ross led the panel, which included "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Mike Tyson, WWE Champion CM Punk, World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler, AJ Lee and Brodus Clay and The Funkadactyls.

The discussion was lively, as Superstars spoke fondly about their memories of the Attitude Era — whether from the perspective of a participant or as a fan watching on television. J.R. set the tone for the evening, saying, "This is one of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve had in 38 years." He added, "This is a very smart video game."

Speaking about the Attitude Era specifically, J.R. pointedly stated, "Nothing was rehearsed — it was just what came out of our hearts." Austin, who was the catalyst of that time period, added, "It’s great that this game comes back around [to those times]. It just shows how powerful the Attitude Era was." WWE Champion CM Punk, the cover Superstar of "WWE '13," said, "The Attitude Era had this chaos about it," a notion that THQ promises will be well-represented in the game.

When asked about favorite Attitude Era moments, everyone on the panel had a different, memorable recollection. For recent WWE Hall of Fame inductee Mike Tyson, his favorite moment was similar to one of his heyday in-ring victories — short and to the point: "Knocking out Shawn Michaels. It was a good right hand."

After the panel, various media affiliates had the opportunity to speak with each participant about the game, and about what the Attitude Era meant to them. A visibly excited AJ Lee told WWE.com, "I just found out through Twitter [that I am in the game]. I didn’t think I was in it. It was a very pleasant surprise. I cried like a little baby — for real."

As a kid playing WWE games, Dolph Ziggler used to create and play as a Superstar he named “The Natural” (a Superstar combining Billy gunn’s hair, abs and trunks, and "Stone Cold’s" knee braces "just for the street cred"). "A dream come true for me would be to get in the ring with Shawn Michaels," he said while discussing the new game. "I don’t know if that’ll happen in real life, but I can make it happen in 'WWE '13.'"

Sheamus' favorite feature in the new game is the inclusion of "Spectacular Moments." The Great White told WWE.com, "Being driven through a barricade at ringside — as Mark Henry did to me last year — When I saw that moment recreated in the video game, I felt every bit of it." For his part, The Funkasaurus was direct in his answer to what he’s most looking forward to about "WWE '13": "I’m looking forward to Brodus Clay going absolutely buck-wild in the Attitude Era."

As he so often did during the Attitude Era, "Stone Cold" closed out the show and summed things up nicely, saying, "I’m excited to be part of this game. I think THQ has done the best job of capturing what the Attitude Era embodied — attitude."

And now, for the first time in 15 years, a WWE game will feature moments and storylines taken directly from those years when "WWE '13" hits stands on October 30. 

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