WWE 2K17 Video Guide Teaches You How To Play
WWE 2K17

2K Games released a new trailer just ahead of the launch of WWE 2K17 for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The trailer is actually a beginner’s guide that teaches long-time fans and newbies alike how to control and play their characters in WWE 2K17.

Entertainment Buddha did a post highlighting the new video that highlights the basic controls over the course of four minutes. You can check out the video below.

So you move around with the left stick, which is standard fare wrestling controls. L1 (or the left bumper) gets you in and out of the ring. Tapping the left bumper puts you on the apron while holding down the button will take you from the ring all the way to the outside.

The left trigger is to run, and you can run and tap the left bumper to slide out of the ring. Running takes stamina so you can’t run around the ring forever.

Square, or the ‘X’ button on the Xbox controller, is to perform basic strikes. Rapidly tapping the strike button will allow you to perform a combo.

Very similar to AKI’s WWF games, if you hold down the strike button – Square or the ‘X’ button – you will perform a strong strike. The strong strikes usually knock an opponent down and take extra health.

You can perform different attacks based on pressing the strike button and the left stick for directional attacks.

Grapple moves are performed by pressing the ‘X’ button on the DualShock controllers or the ‘A’ button on the Xbox controllers. You can perform different grapple moves by pressing the grapple button and the left stick in a specific direction.

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Tapping the grapple button without moving the directional stick will hold an opponent in the front facelock. You can perform strikes from the front facelock, just like the clinch hold in EA Sports UFC 2.

Holding down the right trigger while in the front facelock will allow you to drag an opponent around.

Combining moves like running with the left trigger and pressing the strike button will perform a running strike attack. These can be done coming off the ropes, in corners or while an opponent is on the ground.

You can climb up the turnbuckle and perform strike attacks by tapping Square or the ‘X’ button on Xbox controllers. To climb to the middle turnbuckle simply aim our wrestler at the turnbuckle and tap the left bumper. Holding down the left trigger while aimed at the turnbuckle will climb to the top rope.

Irish whips are performed by tapping the Circle button (or the ‘B’ button on an the Xbox controller) while using the left analog to direct them in the direction you want. You can press the strike button to perform an Irish whip attack or tap the grapple button to do an Irish whip slam or grapple move.

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Holding down the Irish whip button while near the ropes will throw your opponent over the top rope.

You can counter grapple moves using the right trigger when the prompt appears over the wrestler’s head. You have a limited amount of reversal slots, so use them wisely. The reversal slots will recharge over time.

There are two types of reversals, normal reversals and major reversals. The major reversals will debuff your opponent and prevent them from reversing any moves for a set period of time. Major reversals, however, require two reversal slots.

They’ve also added all new taunt positions. You get standing, apron, middle rope and top rope taunts.

WWE 2K17 Taunts

Different taunts have different effects, which is kind of cool. Tapping up on the D-pad will perform a rising taunt, which will cause opponents to stand up and buff your character.

Tapping right on the D-pad will give you a damage buff and make grapple and strike attacks slightly more powerful.

Tapping left on the D-pad will perform a crowd taunt, which raises your momentum and will allow you to perform your signature move once your momentum reaches 100%. Getting your momentum to 150% will allow you to perform your finisher.

To pin a downed opponent, simply tap Circle or the ‘B’ button if you’re playing on Xbox.

An alternative to taking out an opponent is using a submission move. You can perform three different types of submission attacks, including normal, signature and finisher submissions. You can use a normal submission by tapping ‘X’ (on PlayStation, ‘A’ on Xbox) when an opponent is grounded.

Normal submissions aren’t really designed to submit someone but they’re great for wearing an opponent down. Signature submissions can be performed by tapping the Triangle button (or the ‘Y’ button on Xbox) when your opponent is grounded.

WWE 2K17 Submission

There are two different ways to execute submissions, one is by using the right analog to overlap your opponent’s bar while they attempt to avoid being overlapped. If the aggressor keeps the defender overlapped until the meter fills up red, then the person gets submitted. If the defender manages to evade being overlapped and the meter fills up blue, then the person escapes the submission. It’s like a little mini-game where a circular icon appears and one player tries to flee while the other tries to capture.

The second submission mechanic is a button mashing mini-game. It’s a quick-time segment basically, where different button prompts will appear and the aggressor must quickly tap the button on screen until the meter fills up red in order to submit an opponent. As the defender, you must quickly tap the button to avoid being submitted and if the meter fills up blue, then you’ll escape.


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    Why are the wrestlers staying down for so long after every move? Hopefully it’s just a bug and will be patched soon.

  • Is this in the MyCareer mode or just in the basic game menu?

  • Wy2muthafukinoutspoken

    What about Tag matches? Since we no longer have control of both members of a team, what are buttons to control the action of the cpu while im on the outside of the ring?

    • Hm, doesn’t seem to be a way to control the AI while you’re on the outside other than calling them over to tag you.

      • Seth Rollins

        I’m pretty certain the you can press back on XBOX to control them

  • Jason Lee

    3 question 1 is it true if you got a signature up and did not use it and it upgrades to a finisher you can press down on the d-pad to switch back and forth i use a xbox one so need to know and second thing is how do you throw people off the stage (is their certain things or match type ect what do i need to do it) and finally is their a easier way to search in the download area (other custom stuff) hashtag is extremely difficult to get stuff done or is their a certain hashtag i must use or do i need to use all and if so how ect please help

    • D-pad down still works the same on Xbox One to switch. I don’t think you can throw people off the stage? Did you try holding down B while your back is at the stage and running an opponent toward the edge? Usually you had to hop down and then drag them into the staging area, knock them down (or setup a table) and then perform a move off the stage.