Despite some of the enormous potholes in the road and sins committed in the name of grappling on consoles, pro wrestling and video games go together like Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar. The narrative is there, there's combat, there's opportunity to take control of a product that most fans will think they can run better... And you can impact the results.
That's why 2K Games behemoth WWE franchise continues to surge forward, adding new elements, fixing old issues and evolving into something that is increasingly good-looking and increasingly organically tied to the real life product. Sure, it's the product as it was about 8 months ago, but these things take time to cook.
This year, the game is another step forward, with advancements made in gameplay and aesthetics and a replay factor that should take it through to WWE 2K18. And there's a lot to say about it.
Here are the 10 key things you need to know about WWE 2K17...