Two legends of the squared circle may have been removed from the recently released WWE 2K17 prior to launch, according to evidence discovered within the grappling sim.
Last month, publisher 2K Games revealed a comprehensive list of all DLC that would be made available for the latest instalment of its long-running professional wrestling sim in the months after release.
As with WWE 2K16, a Hall of Fame Showcase mode was confirmed for inclusion, which will allow fans to recreate a number of historical matches featuring legends inducted into the WWE’s Hall of Fame Class of 2016 earlier in the year. The likes of Sting, The Fabulous Freebirds, The Godfather, The Big Boss Man and Jacqueline will all headline such bouts in WWE 2K17 – but former AWA world heavyweight champion Stan Hansen is conspicuous by his absence.
However, newly discovered evidence found within the game suggests that the Texas wrestling legend, best known for being a legitimate hardman who was notoriously stiff with his opponents, was originally scheduled to make an appearance as part of this DLC pack.
In WWE 2K17’s community creations mode, where fans can share their own custom grapplers, logos and more, it is possible to search by a hashtag that corresponds to one of the game’s existing roster members. Curiously, both Hansen and ‘The Model’ Rick Martel – who isn’t an official part of the game’s lineup, either – are listed as options for superstar hashtags; with the latter’s theme music “The Model” also listed in WWE 2K17’s credits.
Given the two faced off for the AWA world title in December 1985, where Hansen picked up his sole championship victory, it seems more than likely that this match was originally supposed to feature in the game’s Hall of Fame Showcase DLC.
We have reached out to 2K Games for confirmation and will update this article with any response we receive accordingly.