The 'ups' section will examine how 2K bowing to fan pressure and bringing back some old story elements has made 2K19 a better game. This isn't the 'ups' however, it's the 'downs', and that means we must take the developers to take for one infuriating exclusion.
No, it's not NXT Champ Tommaso Ciampa.
He might have been included though had 2K not decreed that a game based on WWE didn't need a fully-fledged story mode centred around actual WWE Superstars. Yes, MyCareer (which, again, we'll get to) does have room for everyone from Triple H and Braun Strowman to Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt, and yet they're not the focal point.
Your CAW is, and therein lies the problem. It wouldn't be too difficult for 2K to develop a story mode like the old SmackDown series had. That was an absolute joy to play through, and it rocked to step into the shoes of real on-screen heroes and march them through a year or two of feuds and storylines.
2K19, for all its plus points, is a poorer title without that sort of vicarious experience.