In a first for the long-running wrestling series, the roster of WWE 2K23 will contain an action figure of John Cena in its playable roster.
Developer Visual Concepts is building up hype for WWE 2K23 with constant announcements before its March 17, 2023 release date. The latest WWE 2K23 announcement, just a day before its release, is a hilarious action figure skin for John Cena, which replaces the iconic wrestler with a plasticine model of himself. Here are images of the skins and another funny meme skin for the game revealed.
The skin was revealed by the developers on March 16 as a final spoiler before the game drops. Early images show a ball-jointed Cena fighting in the ring and showing off his iconic catchphrase. Seeing it next to realistic wrestler models is a little jarring, but it’s definitely a fun way to switch up the action. Despite his strange anatomy, he moves as normal in the ring.
2K23 is the follow-up to 2022’s WWE extravaganza, which itself was essentially a reboot after the series took a break for 2021. A change in engine and developers appears to have had a major impact on the game, and last year’s edition was accepted positively by most fans. These kinds of for-fun skins haven’t appeared in other recent wrestling games, and it’s a great way for fans to get hype for its release.
WWE 2K23 to feature two John Cena meme skins
In addition to an action figure variant, John Cena will also get special treatment with an invisible skin. This alternate costume turns the wrestler entirely see-through, though his clothes and accessories remain visible. It’s a cheeky reference to his iconic theme song, “You Can’t See Me,” which has become a meme even outside of the wrestling world.
Visual Concepts is keeping the lid shut on any other meme skins in WWE 2K23, but between action figure and invisible John Cena, there are likely other funny skins in the game. Players will have to wait until the release date of March 17 to learn for sure.