As the WWE continues to distance itself from Brock Lesnar, the wrestler has been removed from the cover art of the special edition of 2K’s upcoming WWE 2K24.
As spotted by wrestling reporter Andrew Ravens, who also posted a side-by-side of the original cover and the latest one, Lesnar was cut from the promo art of the Forty Years of WrestleMania edition of the game. There’s now a larger version of John Cena where Lesnar used to be.
Brock Lesnar was removed from the WrestleMania cover of WWE 2K24. The first photo is the latest version. pic.twitter.com/UPv2JCFsJG
— Andrew Ravens l WrestlingNews.co (@Andrew_Ravens) February 6, 2024
It’s unclear if Lesnar will be removed from the game altogether when it releases on March 8. A source with knowledge of the situation, however, tells IGN that steps are being taken to update the game in accordance with recent developments surrounding Lesnar and his reported connection to a lawsuit against Vince McMahon and the WWE. IGN has reached out to 2K for comment.
Lesnar has already been removed from 2K’s WWE Supercard mobile game. The developments come after the publication of the aforementioned bombshell lawsuit filed by former WWE employee Janel Grant, which contains a long list of disturbing allegations against McMahon, including sexual assault and sex trafficking.
The lawsuit alleges, among other things, that McMahon directed Grant to take explicit photos of herself for a WWE star that the company was trying to re-sign. The wrestler is not named in the lawsuit, but the Wall Street Journal reports that Lesnar is the wrestler in question.
Lesnar was also reportedly set to be a participant in last month’s 2024 men’s Royal Rumble, but those plans changed after the report.
WWE 2K24 will be released on Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PlayStation 4/5, and PC on March 8.
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