An updated version of WWE 2K24's 40 Years of WrestleMania cover was unveiled at the end of a gameplay first look trailer released Feb. 6. John Cena has replaced Brock Lesnar on the cover pictured next to The Undertaker.
On Jan. 25, a lawsuit was filed against former WWE chairman Vince McMahon alleging sex trafficking and sexual abuse against former employee Janel Grant. Former WWE Head of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis and another WWE Superstar were named in the lawsuit with the latter described as a former UFC Heavyweight Champion. Lesnar himself was not explicitly named in the lawsuit, though a report from the Wall Street Journal stated that the superstar being referred to was Lesnar.
Lesnar was reportedly considered for a spot in the 2024 Men's Royal Rumble (with future plans for a WrestleMania 40 appearance), though it's to be believed that NXT Superstar Bron Breakker was booked in the spot following the lawsuit.
Lesnar had already been removed from the WWE Supercard mobile game, and now WWE and 2K have removed him from the premier edition of the upcoming 2024 edition. At the end of the trailer embedded below, viewers will now see a new version of the cover featuring John Cena where Lesnar was once pictured.
Brock Lesnar Removed From WWE 2K24 40 Years of WrestleMania Cover
Cena was already on the cover, but now he's pictured in Lesnar's spot next to The Undertaker. Triple H was moved to where Cena was originally pictured next to Bret Hart. There is no other addition to the cover to replace a superstar pictured next to Shawn Michaels.
The original cover is pictured below.
The WWE 2K24 website also has an updated landing page removing Lesnar in place for Cena. It's to be expected Lesnar will not be a playable character in the franchise entry. Lesnar still has a superstar page on WWE's website, while Vince McMahon was removed on Jan. 26.