Madden Curse invades WWE THQ/2k Video Game Series?

Posted: April 10, 2013 by Kick Out At 2! in Robbie C
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Browsing through Twiter this morning I came across this Tweet from Stephanie McMahon announcing that The Rock would be on the cover of “WWE: 2k14”. As both a huge fan of The Rock and this Video Game Series this makes the wrestling fan in me nothing but happy. After a moment of this sinking in I remembered a conversation I had with Shane and Derick Sunday where I stated “The Madden Curse” seems to be wanting to jump to WWE. Look’s as if I was right.

For those of you who do not know what The Madden Curse is, Wikipedia sums it up perfect with their description:“While appearing on the cover has become an honor akin to appearing on the Wheaties box, much like the Sports Illustrated Cover Jinx, certain players who appeared on Madden video game box art have experienced a decline in performance, usually due to an injury.”

The series dropped the popular Smackdown vs Raw title at the end of 2011 and opted to go with the the new WWE series format for their title. WWE ’12 was the first game released under the new banner at the end of 2011 and featured Randy Orton on the cover. Shortly after Randy suffered a herniated disc on the L4-L5 level of his left side, resulting in pain and weakness in his leg. The following year we saw CM Punk on the cover of WWE ’13 when it was released in October 2012. By late November CM Punk had suffered a knee injury requiring surgery, this ultimately resulted in him being taken off the card for December’s PPV known as TLC. Ironically there was a “Stone Cold Collector’s Edition” released this year as well. If you still follow Stone Cold you will know that he had a knee surgery over the past year also.

Stephanie’s Tweet is actually dated on April 6, just one day before Wrestlemania where The Rock was injured in his match against John Cena. The Rock tore his abdomen & adductor muscles pretty bad. Since then he has received doctors care and is currently in the physical rehab process to return to his busy schedule.

While being on the cover of a video game would be a great accomplishment, not to mention an incredible ego boost to any WWE Superstar, it does look like it comes with a price at this point. The last couple guys selected haven’t been that lucky but maybe a Superstar will be selected that will break this “Streak” and put this curse to an end before it picks up to much steam.

-Robbie C.


  1. Nice. I Like the idea of the Madden Curse in the WWE games.

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