- Above is a new WWE Now video with Cathy Kelley looking at how Superstars are supporting Finn Balor in his upcoming Royal Rumble match against WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar. John Cena, Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins have all endorsed Balor in some way since the match was confirmed. Cathy also looks at how Paul Heyman once praised Balor on RAW.
- As noted, RAW Women's Champion Ronda Rousey was confirmed to do the voice for Sonya Blade in the upcoming Mortal Kombat 11 video game, which hits stores on April 23. Below is the official announcement on her involvement:
WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT REVEALS FIRST LOOK AT MORTAL KOMBAT 11 WITH GLOBAL CELEBRATION SHOWCASING CRUSHING NEW GAMEPLAY, ORIGINAL AND RETURNING FIGHTERS AND A MORE PERSONALIZED EXPERIENCE THAN EVER BEFORE
First Female UFC Champion, Olympic Medalist and WWE Superstar, Ronda Rousey, Announced as the Voice of Sonya Blade
Burbank, Calif. Jan. 17, 2019 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today revealed the first look at Mortal Kombat 11 with a showcase of crushing new gameplay, original and returning fighters, immersive story elements and innovative features that offer a more personalized experience than ever before. Livestreamed to a global audience, the experiential, community celebration featured multiple reveals, including an appearance by UFC champion, Olympic medalist and WWE superstar, Ronda Rousey, who was announced as the voice of Sonya Blade.
To view and share the official Mortal Kombat 11: The Reveal event livestream, visit: https://www.twitch.tv/NetherRealm
"I've been a lifelong Mortal Kombat fan, and Sonya Blade was the first kick-ass, female video game character that I related to," said Ronda Rousey. "Now I get to voice her in Mortal Kombat 11. It's a dream come true to be a part of the Mortal Kombat franchise that I grew up playing.
"We're thrilled to showcase Mortal Kombat 11 and reveal the gameplay, new features and epic characters to the fans," said Ed Boon, Creative Director, NetherRealm Studios. "We have an amazing community, and it's an honor to share this celebration of the Mortal Kombat franchise with all of our passionate fans around the world."
Today's Mortal Kombat 11 announcements included:
* UFC champion, Olympic medalist and WWE superstar, Ronda Rousey, was announced as the voice of Sonya Blade. To view and share today's Sonya Blade Reveal Trailer, visit:https://go.wbgames.com/MK11-Sonya-Blade
* First Gameplay Reveal Trailer featuring an original music track created in collaboration with international DJ, Dimitri Vegas, titled "You're Next." To view and share the First Gameplay Reveal Trailer, visit: https://go.wbgames.com/MK11-Gameplay-Trailer
* Introduction to the Story Mode, teasing the all-new, time-bending narrative, featuring Kronika, the first female boss character in Mortal Kombat history, who is the Keeper of Time and creator of existence. To view and share the Story Prologue, visit: https://go.wbgames.com/MK11-Prologue
* Announced new fighter Geras, a powerful and loyal servant of Kronika, who is able to manipulate time, along with fan-favorite characters, including, Baraka, Raiden, Skarlet, Scorpion,Sonya Blade and Sub-Zero. To view and share the Geras Reveal Trailer, visit: https://go.wbgames.com/MK11-Geras
* A montage of Mortal Kombat's most iconic feature, Fatalities, showcasing the most gruesome, over-the-top Fatalities in Mortal Kombat history. To view and share the Fatalities Trailer, visit: https://go.wbgames.com/MK11-Fatalities-Trailer
* Exclusive Mortal Kombat 11-inspired Under Armour Anatomix Spawn basketball footwear showcased via six custom designs by top sneaker artist and MK Kollective ambassador, Mache.
* Pre-order Mortal Kombat 11 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, Xbox One or Xbox One X to receive access to the beta, available March 28, 2019. Pre-orders will receive the in-game, playable character, Shao Kahn.
* Mortal Kombat 11 Kollector's Edition revealed, which includes the main game, Kombat Pack, Scorpion mask bust, exclusive steel case, commemorative magnet coin and authenticity plate.
Mortal Kombat 11 is the latest installment in the critically-acclaimed franchise, developed by award-winning NetherRealm Studios, and is scheduled for release beginning April 23, 2019 for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®4 Pro computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X, Nintendo Switch system and PC.
Mortal Kombat 11 is available for pre-order now; visit www.mortalkombat.com for more information. Pre-orders will receive the in-game, playable character, Shao Kahn. Those who pre-order onPlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, Xbox One or Xbox One X at select retailers, will also receive access to the beta, which will be available on March 28, 2019 for those platforms.
To learn more about Mortal Kombat 11, please visit www.mortalkombat.com or join the community conversation on Facebook (MortalKombat), Instagram (@MortalKombat), Twitter (@MortalKombat), Twitch (NetherRealm), YouTube (Mortal Kombat), Discord (MortalKombat) or Reddit (MortalKombat).
- Former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger (Jake Hager) continues to drop weight as he prepares for his MMA debut against JW Kiser at Bellator 214 on January 26 in Inglewood, California. Swagger tweeted these shots from his training camp this week:
"Done sayin, I'm done playing..." @bellatormma You Dont Know Jack (@RealJackSwagger) January 15, 2019
#bellator214 #jan26 #mma #wrestling #boxing #kickboxing #fighter #wethepeople #thecatalinatechnique #prowrestling #oklahoma #bornforthis pic.twitter.com/uTXkn7aMfz