WWE 2K23 Showcase - Matches, Unlockables & More

WWE 2K23 John Cena - Rock

WWE 2K23 John Cena - Rock

It's finally time to step into the ring once again, with WWE 2K23 finally landing to overwhelming critical praise.

In our review, we praised WWE 2K23's Showcase Mode, lauding the way it takes you into the mind of Cena's opponents and gives you the chance to test out Superstars you may have otherwise overlooked.

Showcase mode offers plenty of action this year and we're pleased to say that it's a truly masterful addition to the game.

With that in mind, check out our full Showcase Mode guide to help you progress through the career of John Cena.


We've just released our full review for WWE 2K23 and we're delighted to confirm that this year's game is one of the best we've ever seen.

From gameplay to Superstar design, WWE 2K23 is truly one of the greatest wrestling games ever released.

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ON TOP OF THE WORLD - WWE 2K23 is one of the best wrestling games ever

Click here to read our full review of WWE 2K23.

WWE 2K23 Showcase Mode

In our first look at WWE 2K23, We dived into some brand new showcase mode gameplay, detailing the rollercoaster career of John Cena.

The two matches we got to experience was RVD vs Cena at ECW one night stand and Cena's debut against Kurt Angle.

WWE 2K23 John Cena
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THE TIME IS NOW - John Cena stars in WWE 2K23's Showcase Mode

Both of these matches featured the classic style of real footage mixed with gameplay animation, with notes from Cena acting as checkpoints to allow you to advance.

The main twist of Showcase Mode this year is that it allows you to take control of Cena's opponents, meaning you can alter the course of WWE history.

Showcase mode in WWE 2K23 will also take on a more documentary-style feel, with Cena's charismatic narrations carrying you through some of his most iconic moments.

Showcase Matches

2K have now confirmed the full list of matches that will feature in the WWE 2K23 John Cena showcase, documenting some of the biggest moments from the great man's career.

WWE 2K23 Kurt Angle
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MAJOR BATTLES - Cena's debut vs Kurt Angle is documented

The matches are as followed:

  • SmackDown (2002) John Cena vs. Kurt Angle
  • Backlash (2003) John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar
  • Vengeance (2003) John Cena vs. Undertaker
  • SummerSlam (2006) John Cena vs. Edge
  • ECW One Night Stand (2006) John Cena vs. Rob Van Dam
  • New Year’s Revolution (2006) John Cena vs. Edge
  • SummerSlam (2008) John Cena vs. Batista
  • Night of Champions (2008) John Cena vs. Triple H
  • Hell in a Cell (2009) John Cena vs. Randy Orton
  • WrestleMania 28 John Cena vs. The Rock
  • SummerSlam (2014) John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar
  • SummerSlam (2016) John Cena vs. AJ Styles
  • WrestleMania 34 John Cena vs Undertaker
  • SummerSlam (2021) John Cena vs. Roman Reigns

While the matches are locked to keep the “countdown” aspect a surprise as you play, the Showcase itself does not take place chronologically.


WWE 2K23's Showcase Mode offers a host of unlockable features that you can only access via completion of the mode.

From classic titles to iconic arenas, completing the Showcase Mode won't only enhance your game whilst in the mode itself, but it will also expand to give you even more choice across the game.


Smackdown 2002
Showcase Unlockable
Backlash 2003
Showcase Unlockable
Vengeance 2003
Showcase Unlockable
New Year's Revolution 2006
Showcase Unlockable
ECW One Night Stand 2006
Showcase Unlockable
SummerSlam 2006
Showcase Unlockable
Night of Champions 2008
Showcase Unlockable
SummerSlam 2008
Showcase Unlockable
Hell In A Cell 2009
Showcase Unlockable
WrestleMania 28
Showcase Unlockable
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Title Belts/Championships:

WWE Championship 13-14
Showcase Unlockable
WWE Championship 05-13
Showcase Unlockable
WWE Undisputed Championship
Showcase Unlockable
World Heavyweight Championship
Showcase Unlockable

As you can see, there are plenty of unlockable items up for grabs in Showcase Mode this year and you can be sure that all of these items will enhance your overall experience in WWE 2K23.

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