Rocket League is no stranger to crossovers, with DLC like the Back to the Future DeLorean and Hot Wheels working out nicely. They have announced a partnership with WWE to sponsor the upcoming SmackDown-only Backlash Pay-Per-View. This may seem like an odd pairing, but WWE has had its share of car-related antics before. Beyond things like monster trucks being used to crush cars (and thankfully not engage in horrible sumo-esque warfare on the top of a building), parking lot brawls, and a classic early Raw moment where Howard Finkel’s new car was smashed by Mr. Perfect and Shawn Michaels – it’s also had a car-themed game.
WWE Crush Hour was released on the PlayStation 2 and GameCube and attempted to mix Twisted Metal-esque car combat with WWE’s roster. The results were…mixed, although the ongoing commentary was a nice idea and led to things like memes off of TWISTY ROCKETS – an attack and a ridiculous call by Jim Ross in the game. Rocket League, thankfully, is a far better action-oriented car game and easily the biggest indie hit on the market today outside of Shovel Knight. It’s amazing to see how the game has gone from an updated version of a failed PS3 game to something that has universal appeal and has really turned the base game into something so much more.