Finally got everything up and running have just played through the first year on mine. Just about to have Wrestlemania for the first year. I even created a tracker on MS Excel just to log all my PPV results as I go along.
Anyway I'm pretty much using EVERYONE in the game. There's the main roster who appear on Raw and Smackdown together meanwhile NXT is its own brand filled with most the established NXT guys mixed with some lower card main roster guys or some veterans sent down there to mix things up or reinvigorate their careers.
I didn't really touch the PPV's for the main roster however every 2nd Sunday of each month there's an NXT Takeover PPV. Some of which have particular gimmicks.
Pay Per View Events:
As for the titles it's pretty much as you'd expect. The 5 main titles all active on the main roster. Over on NXT I brought back the European Championship as their midcard title. Add to that the KOTR crown and there's quite a lot to go after in my Universe.
Current Champions (as of March Year 1, going into Wrestlemania):
So after all of that, here's how we got to where we are following the stories of all the title belts up to now...
Story of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and Money in the Bank.
Seth Rollins started Universe Mode holding the top title and began things with a feud against Macho Man Randy Savage for the title. After retaining the title at Extreme Rules he entered into a long feud with Daniel Bryan over the gold. Seth defeated D-Bry at Payback then again at Money in the Bank however in their third and final battle, Daniel Bryan was able to hold onto the title all the way through to Survivor Series. Along the way Bryan defeated The Rock at Summerslam, then Faarooq (don't ask, Universe Mode just booked it that way) at Night of Champions and then defeated Batista at Hell in a Cell.
At Survivor Series Daniel Bryan retained his belt one more time against Lex Luger however after the match the WWE Universe was shocked when the Money in the Bank holder, Bret Hart, cashed in on a helpless Daniel Bryan. Despite Bryan putting up a good fight and I mean a really good fight (his resiliancy in this game is ridiculous), Bret Hart was finally able to beat Bryan and take the gold and in effect make him a Heel in the eyes of the WWE Universe.
This setup a feud in which a rather patronising Bret Hart would give Bryan his rematch at TLC however along the way he was becoming more and more heelish in how he acted towards Bryan in which he become very dismissive of the challenge of Bryan. He acknowledged Bryan was good but just not excellent like he is. Some would say he echoed Triple H's viewpoint of Bryan is a B+ Player.
Bret retained the gold at TLC after brutalising Bryan to full on jeers from the crowd and thus cementing his Heel status before he'd go on to retain the gold over John Cena at the Royal Rumble then an old foe in Shawn Michaels at Fastlane thus sending him on the path to Wrestlemania as the Champion where he'll face....
The Royal Rumble
Daniel Bryan won the Royal Rumble and he's more determined than ever to get one over Bret Hart, get back his title and once again prove he is not a joke. He is not a B+ Player and he belongs at the top of the company.
Story of the WWE Intercontinental Championship
"The One" Billy Gunn began things holding the Intercontinental Title and his first feud over the gold was with Stardust. Retaining the belt at Extreme Rules he moved onto Payback where he met Rick Rude. The Ravishing One came up short that night but won the title from Gunn at Money in the Bank.
The two met again at Battleground with Rude once again scoring the victory to retain the gold however at Summerslam he'd put the title on the line against Hideo Itami.
Itami has won the King of the Ring tournament at NXT: Takeover in July and thus won 2 things. A place on the main roster and a guaranteed shot at either the United States or Intercontinental Champion. The Japanese star singled out Rick Rude and went after the gold at Summerslam however Tricky Ricky found another way to sneak a victory over Itami. Rude defended the belt against Itami again at Night of Champions and managed to retain before allowing him one more crack at the title at Hell in a Cell. Third time was the charm as the King of the Ring added the title to his collection.
Itami retained the title over Brian Pillman at Survivor Series and then retained again over Kevin Owens at TLC however in a rematch with Owens at the Royal Rumble, Itami lost the gold.
Kevin Owens retained the title over Ken Shamrock at Fastlane and still holds the title as we go towards Wrestlemania.
Story of the WWE United States Championship
Speaking of Kevin Owens, he did infact start Universe as the United States Champion, retaining the gold against Chris Jericho at Extreme Rules before entering into a hard hitting fued with Cactus Jack over the following months.
Cactus Jack took the title at Payback then retained against Owens at Money in the Bank. Successful defences against Bad News Barrett, Stardust and Rikishi followed however Jack lost the title to Faarooq at Hell in a Cell.
Faarooq's reign was short lived as Booker T took the title from him at Survivor Series then retained in a rematch with Faarooq followed by wins over Brian Pillman and Honky Tonk Man meaning Booker T is still the Champion to this day.
Story of the WWE Diva's Championship
The Queen Bitch herself Stephanie McMahon began things as the Diva's Champion and proved her dominance for months on end retaining the belt in matches with both Bella Twins, Paige and Natalya. She eventually come unstuck in a shock loss to Layla at Hell in a Cell however Layla proved she was no fluke by retaining the title for a few months all the way through to Fastlane before eventually losing the belt to Brie Bella.
Brie is the current champion.
Story of the WWE Tag Team Championship
The Usos started life in Universe Mode as the Tag Champions and retained the gold over Kama & D'Lo at Extreme Rules however lost the belts the next month to The New Day at Payback.
At Money in the Bank the Usos regained the titles over The New Day and held them all the way through to Survivor Series defeating The New Day, Kama & D'Lo, Tyson Kidd & Cesaro along the way.
They were eventually upended in an upset to Adnan & Mustafa however they were unable to hold the belts for long as they lost the titles to the Prime Time Players at Tables, Ladders & Chairs.
Darren and Titus are still the champs to this day.
Over on NXT...
Story of the NXT Championship
Sami Zayn started as the NXT Champion and in the first Takeover (Fatal 4 Way) he defeated Finlay in a Belfast Street Fight however on the same show, Jack Swagger turned up in NXT and won a #1 contendership Fatal 4 Way Match meaning he'd challenge Zayn at the next Takeover.
Swagger defeated Zayn on the next Takeover then proceeded to hold onto the title for the rest of the year defeating the likes of Curtis Axel, Adam Rose and Christian along the way.
At the December Takeover, Swagger would face Finn Balor in a title-for-title match (see below) and would lose in the end.
Balor's reign as NXT Champion was short lived as at January's Takeover show (NXT: Takeover Elimination Chamber), Sami Zayn once again won the gold inside the Chamber with Balor, Swagger, X-Pac, Christian and Bo Dallas.
Sami Zayn's still the champion to this day however will be defending the gold at the March Takeover against X-Pac.
Story of the European Championship
As the GM of NXT and recongised as the greatest European Champion of all time (sorry D'Lo), William Regal reinstated the European Title to the company as part of NXT. So he started as the champion however at the very first Takeover in April, he was beaten by Baron Corbin for the gold. On the same night, Finn Balor had won the #1 contendership Fatal 4 Way for the title and became European Champion on the Takeover special in May.
Finn Balor still holds the European Title to this day and will meet another Irishman, Finlay, at the NXT Takeover in March. Finn even held BOTH the NXT and European Championship at the same time for a short spell along the way.
Story of the NXT Women's Championship
Alicia Fox started as the NXT Women's Champion and she still is to this day however she did lose the title, for a spell, to Summer Rae. Summer won the title at May's Takeover and retained it all the way through till September when she lost it back to Alicia Fox.
Alicia proved her dominance in the division by retaining the title constantly through the rest of the year and still to this day. Mostly with victories over Summer Rae and Eva Marie.
Fox will defend the title against Emma at the March Takeover.
Story of the NXT Tag Team Championship
The Vaudevillains began as the Tag Team Champions and defeated Lucha Dragons to retain the gold on the first Takeover however lost the title to The Ascension on the May special.
Lucha Dragons took the titles at the August Takeover however lost them the very next month back to The Ascension. They still hold them to this day proving their dominance over the division with wins over Lucha Dragons, The Vaudevillains and Enzo & Big Cass along the way.
So now we head towards Wrestlemania for the first year and "stacked" doesn't begin to describe the top 6 matches on the card. Especially looking forward to the "Big Hoss" battle of Lesnar vs Owens.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match: Bret "Hitman" Hart © vs Daniel Bryan
Brock Lesnar vs WWE Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens (non-title)
Paul Wight vs The Undertaker
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs Bray Wyatt
Shawn Michaels vs The Rock
Seth Rollins vs John Cena
I shall post up the results of 'Mania and Raw the night after once I've played them.