Just when it seemed like gamers were on the verge of a wonderful era of cross-platform compatibility, where people can play online with their friends regardless of what device they use, Sony went and stomped all over it in the worst way possible.
If you’ve been paying attention to the wrestling internet in the past couple of months, you’re probably aware that there is an ongoing legal skirmish between the WWE, Impact Wrestling, and Matt and Jeff Hardy over who, exactly, owns the rights to the intellectual property known as the “Broken Universe” — the Hardy’s wildly strange (yet successful) gimmick in Impact Wrestling that included things like Broken Matt, Brother Nero and the Final Deletion.
It was a little over a year ago that Cody Rhodes aka Stardust (real name Cody Runnels) stunned the wrestling world by announcing that he had requested his released from the WWE, due to constant displeasure over the way writers were using him and his character. Even more shocking, perhaps, was that the WWE simply let him walk away from his contract. Since then, Rhodes has essentially been his own boss, taking bookings all around the world in promotions both big and small.
These days, A.J. Styles is known as one of the best wrestlers in the world. But 15 years ago he was basically jobbing to people like Gregory “The Hurricane” Helms on WWE Metal, the company’s now-defunct Saturday afternoon show, in a try-out match. Even then, though, he was announced as A.J. Styles.
In their Pokémon-focused Nintendo Direct this morning, Nintendo announced that Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon will be coming out this fall for the 3DS only and not the Nintendo Switch like many had expected.
The PlayStation 4 has been a huge success for Sony, with global game development boss Shawn Layden recently telling TIME that the console has sold-through 60 million units worldwide, making it the fastest-selling PlayStation console yet. That being said, the PS4 is still missing some key features in some gamers’ eyes, most notably any sort of true backwards compatibility (PlayStation Now is a half-measure at best). Microsoft earned a ton of goodwill with the introduction of Xbox 360 backwards compatibility on the Xbox One two years ago, but Sony never followed suit with a solution of their own.
With all the focus put on Nintendo and the overnight success of the company’s Switch console in the first half of 2017, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that Sony has quietly been having a successful year with its PlayStation division. The PlayStation 4 in particular continues to be a hot seller, with close to 60 million units sold worldwide since its launch in November 2013.
Despite all the rumors to the contrary, Kenny Omega didn’t up leaving New Japan Pro Wrestling and making the jump to the WWE when his contract expired in early 2017. Instead he remained with NJPW, as leader of the Bullet Club, and put on an all-time great match with Kazuchika Okada at Wrestle Kingdom 11.
In a curious case of strange booking, the WWE put their most important championship, the Universal Title from Raw, around the waist of Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 33. Having Lesnar be a champion isn’t the problem — he’s a very worthy (and marketable) superstar. The weird thing here is that Lesnar only works on a part-time contract, good for a limited number of appearances and matches every year.