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‘WWE 2K18’ roster reveal, Part 3

It can — and probably is —  said every year, but the roster for this year’s WWE video game is shaping up to be the most impressive collected.

Indeed, the most recent group of 43 playable characters announced for “WWE 2K18” continues the trend from the first two roster reveals by including NXT stars, established main-roster guys (and girls), popular legends and a few first-timers.

The big names that jumped out at me from this week’s list are two of those aforementioned first-timers, Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa, formerly known as the tag team DIY. Like many fans, I was pretty bummed that the “powers that be” saw fit to break up this duo, so I’m already looking forward to correcting that wrong and reuniting them in my virtual WWE universe.

For a look at another tag team making its series debut, check out the entrance video for the Authors of Pain above.

Here’s the complete list of names revealed this week: Akam, Alexa Bliss, Apollo Crews, Asuka, Big Cass, Carmella, Cedric Alexander, Chad Gable, Chris Jericho, Dana Brooke, Dash Wilder, Finn Bálor, Jason Jordan, Jimmy Garvin, Johnny Gargano, Kevin Owens, Lex Luger, Michael P.S. Hayes, Mick Foley, Miss Jacqueline, Mr. Perfect, Neville, Nia Jax, Nick Miller, Randy Savage, Razor Ramon, Rezar, Ric Flair, Rick Martel, Rick Rude, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, Rikishi, Roderick Strong, Rusev, Samoa Joe, Scott Dawson, Seth Rollins, Shane Thorne, TJP, Tommaso Ciampa, Tye Dillinger and Vader.

“WWE 2K18” releases Oct. 17 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.