With WrestleMania right around the corner, it's official - we're getting deep into 2017. Before long, the show of shows will be in the rear-view mirror, and WWE will be steamrolling into spring with some post-'Mania momentum.
Will the period directly after WrestleMania delight or disappoint? It's really impossible to know just yet, but one thing is for sure - video game aficionados and fans of WWE's "2K" series will start getting their hopes up as the weather gets warmer. New information about the next iteration of the series - WWE 2K18 - will start to be revealed, including who will get the coveted spot on the game box's cover.
Even for fans who don't play the games, the information will undoubtedly be significant. Last year on May 31, Goldberg was unveiled as a special pre-order playable character. On June 27, it was announced that Brock Lesnar would be on the cover of the box. The associations that both men had with the game ultimately led to Goldberg returning to the company, beating Lesnar, and winning the Universal Title from Kevin Owens. Now, the two men are slated to meet one last time in the main event of WrestleMania.
So who can get the all-important video game rub this year?
Scott Fried is a Slammy Award-winning* writer living and working in New York City. He has been following/writing about professional wrestling for many years and is a graduate of Lance Storm's Storm Wrestling Academy. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/scottfried.
*Best Crowd of the Year, 2013