2K Games and Visual Concepts’ WWE 2K20 got off to an awful start, so much so that during release day a hashtag was trending to get the game fixed since it came off the assembly line broken. A common trait for today’s AAA titles. In any case, if you were one of the (un)lucky ones to get the game booted and managed to start playing, there are some guides to help you out and teach you how to play this year’s iteration correctly.
YouTuber GamingWithOva has a basic seven minute video to give you a rundown for most of the basic controls to teach you how to play WWE 2K20.
How To Move
You can use the basic left analog stick to move your character around.
You can run into the ropes by moving in the basic left and right or up and down motions, or you can head to the turnbuckles by moving the left analog stick diagonally toward the corners while holding down the left trigger.
When outside of the ring, holding down the left trigger and moving the left analog stick toward the ring will slide you back into the ring.
You can change the direction of the opponent you’re facing by clicking in the right thumbstick on the DualShock 4 or Xbox controller. This is useful during tag-team matches, Battle Royales, or Royal Rumble matches.
How To Do Reversals
You can prevent an opponent from pulling off a grappling move on you by tapping Triangle on the DualShock or by pressing ‘Y’ on the Xbox controller just as they attempt to do the move on you.
A small icon should briefly appear over the wrestler’s head to indicate when a reversal can be performed.
You can also hold down the right trigger and Triangle or the right trigger and ‘Y’ to perform a payback move off the mat, which is a quick-attack performed shortly after a grappling attack has been done.
How To Do Submissions
While an opponent is on the ground or in a vulnerable position, hold down the right trigger and tap ‘X’ on the PS4 DualShock to perform a submission, or hold down the right trigger and ‘A’ on the Xbox controller to perform a submission.
The objective of the person performing the submission is to match the bars up until the center circle fills up to red. Once the inner circle is full, the person will tap. It’s similar to the way submissions are performed in EA Sports UFC games, which is a cat and mouse mini-game.
YouTuber WWE 2K19 Showcase explains how the system works, how to boost the damage in a submission and how to let go of the submission to maintain your stamina and avoid taking unnecessary damage.
How To Get Out of Submissions
As outlined in the video, you can get out of submissions by quickly passing your bar past your opponents bar until the inner circle turns blue and you either wear down their stamina or break the hold.
So long as you don’t let the inner circle fill up to red, you can get out of the submission hold.
Just keep rocking the bar until you make the inner circle blue and you’ll escape.
How To Strike
Tap Square on the DualShock to strike or tap ‘X’ on the Xbox controller to strike.
Keep tapping the strike button lightly to perform a short combo attack. You can hold down the strike button to perform a strong attack or a power attack.
This also works on the ground. If an opponent is on the ground, tap Square on the DualShock or ‘X’ on the Xbox controller to perform a simple stomp or ground attack. Hold down the strike button to perform a strong ground attack.
You can also run into the ropes and perform a running strike by tapping your strike button, or run into the ropes holding down the left trigger and then holding down the strike button to perform a powerful strike.
If you keep tapping the strike button and use the left analog stick, you can force an opponent to interact with the environment and then use legal parts of the environment to damage an opponent.
Basic Grappling Moves
You can perform a snapmare to get an opponent in a seated position by tapping down on the right analog stick on the DualShock or the Xbox controller. It’s a simple move to get an opponent off their feet for a quick strike or follow-up move.
You can perform a basic grapple move by tapping ‘X’ on the PS4 controller or by tapping ‘A’ on the Xbox controller.
The wrestler will perform the basic assigned grappling move corresponding to that button press.
You can also perform a grapple move from the ground position by tapping the grapple button when positioned near an opponent while they’re laying down.
Holding down the grapple button will perform a strong grapple attack.
You can target an opponent’s limbs by holding down the right trigger and tapping Square on the PS4 or ‘X’ on the Xbox controller while using the left analog stick to aim at the opponent’s body part.
Alternatively, holding down the right trigger and your strike button when you’re positioned at an opponent’s legs or head will perform the corresponding attack based on where you’re standing.
How To Run An Opponent Into The Ropes
You can Irish whip your opponent into the ropes by tapping Circle on the PS4 DualShock or by pressing ‘B’ on the Xbox controller.
You can change the direction of the Irish whip by using the left analog stick.
To run your opponent into the turnbuckle, aim the left analog stick toward the corners, diagonally.
You can perform a powerful, strong Irish whip by holding down Circle or the ‘B’ button. When performed toward the turnbuckle your opponent will bounce off the turnbuckle and take extra damage.
How To Drag An Opponent
You can drag an opponent from the grapple position by tapping up on the right analog stick.
You can then proceed to drag an opponent around using the left analog stick after initiating the drag.
You can initiate a front facelock by tapping ‘X’ while dragging an opponent with the PS4 DualShock or tap ‘A’ on the Xbox controller.
From the front facelock you can perform additional strikes or grapple moves by using the strike or grapple buttons.
You can also instantly drag an opponent by holding down the right trigger and tapping ‘X’ on the DualShock or ‘A’ on the Xbox controller to drag them around without entering into the grapple position.
In order to drag an opponent who is on the ground, simply hold down the right trigger and tap ‘X’ on the DualShock or hold down the right trigger and tap ‘A’ on the Xbox controller to drag an opponent. Use the left analog to then drag an opponent around the ring.
How To Carry/Lift An Opponent
You can also lift an opponent up holding down the right trigger and the right analog stick. Use the right analog stick to then indicate the direction you want to lift/carry the opponent.
You can then use the left analog stick to walk around while you’re carrying the opponent.
You can use the lift/carry move to set your opponent up for a powerbomb, a piledriver, an overhead slam, or a gorilla press.
You can toss an opponent over the rope after initiating the drag either from tapping up on the right analog stick or by holding down the right trigger and tapping the grapple button. From there you need to drag an opponent over to the ropes and press the left analog stick toward the ropes while also tapping ‘X’ on the DualShock or ‘A’ on the Xbox controller.
How To Maneuver Around The Ring
You can exit the ring and step onto the right apron by pressing the right bumper and the left analog stick toward the direction of the ropes.
Alternatively, you can tap up on the right analog stick and move toward the ropes using the left analog stick to exit onto the ring apron.
You can bypass the ring apron altogether and exit to the floor by holding down the right bumper and pressing the left analog stick toward the ropes. This will allow the character to drop all the down to the floor.
How To Climb The Turnbuckle/Ladder/Tables
You can also use the right bumper to climb the turnbuckle while walking toward the turnbuckle with the left analog stick. If you tap the right bumper while aiming at the turnbuckle you will climb up to the second rope to perform a minor high-flying maneuver.
You can perform a more devastating attack by climbing to the top turnbuckle. To climb all the way to the top, hold down the right bumper on either the Xbox or PS4 controller, and the wrestler will climb all the way to the top.
You can also use the right bumper to climb up on top of desks and other objects when outside of the ring.
If you have a ladder in the ring (or outside of the ring) you can use the right bumper to climb up the ladder while aiming toward the ladder with the left analog stick.
How To Pin
You can pin an opponent in a variety of different ways. Usually after performing big moves where you land on top of an opponent or end up in a pinning predicament, you can tap Circle on the DualShock controller or ‘B’ on the Xbox controller to instantly perform a pin.
Alternatively, if you knock down an opponent, simply go over to them and press ‘Circle’ on the DualShock or ‘B’ on the Xbox controller to pin them normally.
Be on the lookout for certain moves having pinning combinations, as a button prompt will flash on the screen quickly, indicating that you can tap the pin button after performing the move (or while performing the move) to turn it into a pinning combination.
How To Perform Signature And Finishing Moves
You can perform a signature move on an opponent by pressing Square and ‘X’ together on the PS4 DualShock. Pressing ‘X’ and ‘A’ together on the Xbox controller will allow you to perform a signature move.
After performing a signature maneuver and doing a taunt, your finisher will be charged, and you can then press Square and ‘X’ again (or ‘X’ and ‘A’ on the Xbox controller) to perform your finishing maneuver.
Alternatively, you can hold down the right trigger and press Square and ‘X’ (or ‘X’ and ‘A’ on the Xbox controller) to perform your finisher when it’s charged.
Depending on your finishing maneuver, you may have to get into proper position in order to perform it after executing your signature move. Some finishers are performed from the top rope or from the Irish whip. So be sure you know where you need to be positioned to execute your finishing move.
How To Perform An OMG! Move
Certain wrestlers can perform OMG! Moves, such as Roman Reigns or Braun Strowman. You can perform these maneuvers when prompted by pressing Triangle and Circle on the PS4 controller or by pressing ‘Y’ and ‘B’ on the Xbox controller.
How To Taunt
You can easily taunt your opponent or the crowd by pressing the corresponding button on the D-Pad.
Pressing up on the directional pad will force an opponent to “wake up”. This is useful for setting up your signature or finishing maneuver, especially if you need your opponent to stand up to execute the move.
You can taunt your opponent to build heat regularly by pressing the right digital pad. This can help shift momentum or lower your opponent’s momentum as well.
You can taunt the crowd to also build heat by pressing left on the digital pad.
How To Grab Objects
You can grab foreign or standard objects by pressing the left bumper on the DualShock or Xbox controller.
Simply walk over to the object and press the left bumper. You can use this to grab objects laying around ringside, or you can over to the ring apron and tap the left bumper to bring items out from underneath the ring. Hold down the left bumper to search for items under the ring apron.
You can use the left bumper to also grab ladders. Tap ‘X’ on the DualShock or ‘A’ on the Xbox controller to setup tables or ladders. You can also bridge ladders by holding down the right trigger plus the left bumper.
To drop items/weapons simply tap Circle on the DualShock or ‘B’ on the Xbox controller.
You can also throw weapons out of the ring (or into the ring) by holding down Circle/’B’ and using the left analog stick to direct where you want them to throw the object.