WWE 2K20 has had a slow and sluggish start. From numerous bugs mentioned in our official review to silly crashes once the new year hit (a game called WWE 2K20 that didn’t work once it’s 2020), Visual Concepts had to churn out more patches to keep the game stable. And, of course, there were also DLCs that mostly added cosmetic content. There will be another round tomorrow. That’s when WWE 2K20‘s patch 1.07 and the Southpaw Regional Wrestling DLC go live.
WWE 2K20: Southpaw Regional Wrestling
To say that WWE’s main roster programming has been disappointing in the last few years would be an understatement. It’s no wonder that pro-wrestling fans have gravitated towards alternatives such as NXT (touted as the “third brand”) and other promotions such as NJPW and AEW. Still, there was a bright spot for performers somewhere in the confines of YouTube and the WWE Network. That was Southpaw Regional Wrestling.
The episodic series poked fun at the bygone days of the 80s when the “territories” had wrestlers coming up with zany gimmicks, silly promos, and questionable booking decisions. The tongue-in-cheek take showed the comedic chops — obligatory “WOOOO!” because I said the word “chops” — of superstars such as “Chad 2 Badd” (Karl Anderson), “Tex Ferguson” (Luke Gallows), “Lance Catamaran” (John Cena), “Big Bartholomew” (Rusev), “Impressive Pelvis Wesley” (Heath Slater), “Dan Bandana” (Daniel Bryan), and many others.
Just to give you an idea of how ridiculous (and downright funny) the series is, here’s one such episode:
If you’re wondering why I’m giving you that context while listing down the names of half a dozen characters, it’s because WWE 2K20‘s Southpaw Regional Wrestling DLC, curiously, does not include many of them. The game’s official site mentions Rusev’s “Big Bartholomew” and Tyler Breeze’s “Mr. Mackelroy” alter egos as playable characters, sure, but several of those in the actual show remained unlisted.
Instead, players are getting alter egos for wrestlers such as Lana’s “Dosvetanya,” Charlotte’s “Georgia Washington,” and the IIconic’s “Perth Preppies.” They seem less like Southpaw creations and more like ones inspired by Netflix’s GLOW. Even Lana’s character in the show was called “Christian Joy,” far different from a faux “Zoya the Destroya.”
In any case, Southpaw Regional Wrestling, like previous DLCs such as Bump in the Night and Wasteland Wanderers, will provide new competitive towers, 80s-themed costumes, character reskins, weapons, and arenas. Likewise, the release of the Southpaw Regional Wrestling DLC also coincides with patch 1.07. The update is expected to fix several lingering issues such as crashes, floating or warping characters, animations, custom logos, tattoos, and more. You can view the full patch notes here.
WWE 2K20‘s Southpaw Regional Wrestling DLC releases tomorrow, February 7, 2020. You can purchase it separately for $14.99 or as part of the season pass via Steam. For more information, head over to our WWE 2K20 guides and features hub.