As has already been documented elsewhere, in the wake of THQ’s bankruptcy, the WWE Games franchise was recently picked up by the absolutely incredible publisher 2K. Being that 2K puts out great games like BioShock, Borderlands, NBA2K and more, that’s pretty awesome news, but here’s something even awesomer:
THEY BROUGHT ME ALONG TOO!
That’s right, bros and ladybros, I’m back doing that funky Interactive Marketing thang over at 2K now, in the brand-spanking-new WWE Games Dojo (seen up above). I’m super-duper excited about the opportunity, as a) I love my gig, b) 2K is one of my favorite games publishers, and c) I’m hoping I can get my hands on some more Borderlands 2 gold keys.
Check out the full announcement.
Posted by Aubrey Sitterson on February 22, 2013
Another in the series of “Aubrey talks awkwardly with men much larger, stronger and all around better than him,” I recently had the opportunity to interview none other than Ryback about his inclusion in the newest downloadable content pack for WWE ’13. Talk mostly centers around Ryback’s rating in the game (87) and how that stacks up against other WWE Superstars, but the Big Hungry also clues us in to his favorite WWE Games as a young Ryback.
Watch it now why don’t you?
Posted by Aubrey Sitterson on December 11, 2012
Lest you think that I only do video interviews with wrestlers, BEHOLD: A written chit-chat with none other than reigning WWE Champion, Voice of the Voiceless and Best in the World, CM Punk.
Punk’s been one of my favorite wrestlers for years, and having followed him since his days in Ring of Honor, it’s thrilling to see him ensconced in his rightful place at the top of the wrestling industry. The interview revolved around WWE ’13 (on sale now!), but I managed to get Punk talking on a number of different topics, including his favorite wrestling crowds, who he sees as WWE’s next “break-out” talent, his thoughts on the Rock and even who he likes to squash in WWE Games.
Check out the full interview!
Posted by Aubrey Sitterson on October 30, 2012
Not to brag (too much), but as Community Manager for WWE Games at THQ, I’ve got kind of the coolest gig. Not only do I get to play video games at my desk at work, but I also get the opportunity to meet all sorts of awesome wrestling folks. To wit: The Voice of the Voice of the Voiceless himself, Mr. Paul Heyman.
For the uninitiated, Heyman is, without a doubt, one of the greatest wrestling minds in the industry today – maybe ever. After starting his career as a wrestling photographer while still a teenager, Heyman traveled the country, working as a manager all over in the dying days of the territory system. But one of Heyman’s biggest achievements came next, when he became a promoter and brought ECW into the world, kicking, screaming and swinging a barbed-wire bat over its bleeding head.
After revolutionizing the wrestling industry with the small Philadelphia-based promotion, Heyman went on to have notable runs as a manager, announcer and creative team member in WWE, where he currently acts as the manager of WWE Champion CM Punk, who is sometimes known as the Voice of the Voiceless (hence, the Voice of the Voice of the Voiceless).
Most importantly for our purposes, however, Heyman is also credited as the “Creative Rabbi” on WWE ’13, a role that I chitchat with him about in this video interview, while also going into the influence of ECW, Heyman’s eye for talent, his approach to wrestling storytelling and Brock Lesnar. Go watch it!
Posted by Aubrey Sitterson on October 9, 2012
One of the neatest part about my job as Community Manager for WWE Games at THQ (aside from, you know, working in video games for a living) are the opportunities I’ve had to speak with folks in the wrestling industry. Of the folks I’ve met so far, one of the most fun and enlightening experiences I’ve had has to be my chit-chat with the legendary Paul Bearer.
I was fortunate enough to talk with the future WWE Hall of Famer a few weeks back as part of an interview promoting his appearance as a manager in WWE ’13. But while we started off talking about the game, the more than two hour long interview covered a multitude of topics, including his time with the Undertaker, the role of managers in WWE and even some thoughts on country music icon George Jones.
I had a blast talking with Paul (and meeting him the following Sunday at a Championship Wrestling from Hollywood taping!), and you can check out some of the highlights from the interview over at the WWE.THQ.com mothership.
Posted by Aubrey Sitterson on October 5, 2012
As you might have noticed, there haven’t been any Raw recaps, SmackDown previews or pay-per-view write-ups from me for a few weeks running now. That’s because I’ve taken on an exciting new position at THQ as the Community Manager for their WWE Games franchise. Wrestling and video games – what’s not to love?
While I won’t be writing up any shows for the foreseeable future, I’ll still be talking incessantly about wrestling on Twitter, so make sure you come follow me there. Even better, I’ll be creating all sorts of content and features tying into the new WWE ’13 video game between now and the game’s October 30 release and linking the best bits of it up here for your enjoyment. Speaking of which…
The first announced members of the WWE ’13 roster! Attitude Era Deadman up there is one of them, but make sure you click through to see full Superstar portraits of the other seven, and stay tuned for more deetz!
Posted by Aubrey Sitterson on May 31, 2012
Today is March 16, ie. 3/16, which on account of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s legendary catchphrase, “Austin 3:16,” joins Wednesday’s Pi Day (3/14) and May’s Star Wars Day (“May the fourth be with you”) in the growing calendar of made-up holidays for people on the internet to freak out about. So, in keeping with that, what better way to celebrate than to read an interview with the Texas Rattlesnake himself, conducted by your old pal, Shitterson?
This piece was conducting last year while Austin was working with THQ to promoteWWE All-Stars, so the interview largely focuses around that video game. Still, there’s definitely stuff for wrestling fans in there, as Austin sounds off on CM Punk (prior to the already-legendary “Pipebomb” promo), Bret Hart, The Miz, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat and others. Also, I was really excited because I got the Texas native talking about WCCW, specifically one of my favorites, Bruiser Brody.
Shitterson 3:16 says “You just read my blog!”
Posted by Aubrey Sitterson on March 16, 2012