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WWE 2K18 PS4 and Xbox One Controls - All Moves, Buttons, Grapples, Holds

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WWE 2K18 has a lot of controls. If you’ve never played a WWE game before you might find yourself mashing buttons without a clue what you’re doing. We’ve put together this complete WWE 2K18 Controls guide so you know what to do on PS4 and Xbox One. These instructions will tell you how to grapple, how to hold, how to perform signature moves, and how to perform reversals in WWE 2K18.

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WWE 2K18 PS4 Controls

Read on for a full list of controls for the PS4 version of WWE 2K18. With this handy list at your disposal you’ll have a better idea how to batter your opponents.

WWE 2K18 PS4 Misc Controls

  • Signature/Finisher: R1 + Triangle: OMG!
  • Wake Up Taunt: D-Pad Up
  • Toggle Signature/Finisher: D-Pad Down
  • Taunt Crowd: D-Pad Left
  • Taunt Opponent: D-Pad Right
  • Pick Up Object/Climb: L1
  • Run: Hold L2 + Left Stick
  • Enter/Exit Ring: Tap L1 + Left Stick Toward Ropes

WWE 2K18 PS4 Grappling Controls

  • Normal Grapple: Left Stick Up/Down/Left/Right + X
  • Strong Grapple: Left Stick Up/Down/Left/Right + Hold X
  • Turn Opponent Around: Right Stick Left or Right
  • Snapmare to Seated Position: Right Stick Down

WWE 2K18 PS4 Front Facelock Controls

  • Lock Up: Press X without holding a direction on Left Stick
  • Grapple Attack: Left Stick Up/Down/Left/Right + X
  • Working Hold: X while Left Stick is neutral
  • Submission: Hold X
  • Strike: Square
  • Drag Opponent: R2 and Left Stick in any direction
  • Irish Whip: Circle
  • Release Front Facelock: L1
  • Limb Target: R1 + (Circle or X or Triangle or Square)

WWE 2K18 PS4 Dragging Controls

  • Grab your opponent in a Front Facelock and press R2 to drag them
  • Grab a Standing or Kneeling opponent by Holding R1 and pressing R2
  • Escape a Standing Drag by rapidly pressing Circle
  • Drag downed opponent by holding R2
  • Environmental Attack: Left Stick Direction + Hold Square
  • Throw Opponent Over Ropes: Left Stick Direction + Hold R1 + Square
  • Irish Whip: Circle
  • Snapmare: Right Stick Down
  • Front Facelock: X
  • Release: L1

WWE 2K18 Carry Controls

  • Lift a Standing opponent into Carry by holding R1 and pressing Right Stick Up/Down/Left/Right
  • Interrupt grapples to carry opponent by holding R1 as you enter a Carry pose
  • Escape Carry by rapidly pressing Circle
  • Grapple: X
  • Environmental Attack: Left Stick Direction + Hold Square
  • Switch Positions: Right Stick Up/Down/Left/Right

Reposition Opponent in WWE 2K18 PS4

  • Use Right Stick to reposition a downed or stunned opponent

WWE 2K18 PS4 Downed Opponent Controls

  • Lift Opponent: Right Stick Up
  • Turn Opponent Over: Right Stick Left/Right
  • Lift Opponent to Seated Position: Right Stick Down
  • From Head, Side or Feet you can perform the following: Grapple (X), Strong Strike (Hold Square), Submission (Hold X), Limb Target (R1 + X)

WWE 2K18 PS4 Submissions Controls

  • Rotate Right Stick in circular motion to move slider around the submission mini-game
  • As the defender (blue slider), avoid the attacker (red slider)
  • Grab the glowing orb to help your cause

WWE 2K18 PS4 Alternative Submissions Controls

  • Attacker and Defender must repeatedly press the on-screen button being displayed. The button will keep changing.

WWE 2K18 Pinfall Controls

  • Press X when the meter is in the target zone to escape the pin
  • With Rope Break ability you can press Circle when prompted
  • With Dirty Pin ability, Hold Circle when opponent is lying parallel near the ropes

WWE 2K18 PS4 Reversals Controls

  • R2 Icon: Normal Reversal. Move has a single reversal. Requires a single reversal stock
  • Green R2 Icon: Minor Reversal. Move has a Major reversal. Requires a single reversal stock
  • Orange R2 Icon: Major Reversal. Last reversal opportunity for this move. Requires two reversal stock

WWE 2K18 PS4 Opponent Stunned in the Corner Controls

  • Turn Opponent Around: Right Stick Left/Right
  • Lift and Place on Top of Turnbuckle: Right Stick Up
  • Place in Tree of Woe (hanging in corner): Right Stick Down

WWE 2K18 PS4 Opponent Stunned Against the Ropes Controls

  • Place Opponent Stunned on Middle Rope: Right Stick Left/Right

WWE 2K18 PS4 Chain Wrestling Controls

  • In One on One Tag Team Matches if both wrestlers attempt to grapple at the same time. Also triggered by Holding R1 and pressing X
  • When you Lock Up in Chain Wrestling, gain the upper hand by choosing a chain hold (Square, Triangle, Circle). Find the hot spot with Right Stick.
  • Strike: Square
  • Wrench: X

WWE 2K18 PS4 Ladder Controls

  • Lean Ladder Against Ropes: Move Left Stick towards ropes, Hold R1 + press L1

WWE 2K18 PS4 Roll Out Controls

  • When you roll out you will remain ringside while Roll Out Meter fills - once full you will recover and receive a Buff
  • Press X to recover early, but you will receive a Debuff

WWE 2K18 PS4 Table Controls

  • Damage opponents using tables to fill their Table Break Meter
  • Once Table Break Meter is full you can perform Table Grapples and put opponent through table
  • Table Grapple is performed by pressing X
  • If opponent is leaning against a table propped in the corner, a Running Strike can put them through the table

WWE 2K18 PS4 Manual Targeting Controls

  • To perform manual targeting in WWE 2K18 on PS4 press in the Right Stick. This will switch to another target.

WWE 2K18 Xbox One Controls

Read on for a full list of controls for the Xbox One version of WWE 2K18. With this useful guide on hand you’ll have a better idea how to batter your opponents.

WWE 2K18 Xbox One Misc Controls

  • Signature/Finisher: RB + Y: OMG!
  • Wake Up Taunt: D-Pad Up
  • Toggle Signature/Finisher: D-Pad Down
  • Taunt Crowd: D-Pad Left
  • Taunt Opponent: D-Pad Right
  • Pick Up Object/Climb: LB
  • Run: Hold LT + Left Stick
  • Enter/Exit Ring: Tap LB + Left Stick Toward Ropes

WWE 2K18 Xbox One Grappling Controls

  • Normal Grapple: Left Stick Up/Down/Left/Right + X
  • Strong Grapple: Left Stick Up/Down/Left/Right + Hold X
  • Turn Opponent Around: Right Stick Left or Right
  • Snapmare to Seated Position: Right Stick Down

WWE 2K18 Xbox One Front Facelock Controls

  • Lock Up: Press A without holding a direction on Left Stick
  • Grapple Attack: Left Stick Up/Down/Left/Right + X
  • Working Hold: A while Left Stick is neutral
  • Submission: Hold X
  • Strike: X
  • Drag Opponent: RT and Left Stick in any direction
  • Irish Whip: B
  • Release Front Facelock: LB
  • Limb Target: RB + (B or A or Y or X)

WWE 2K18 Xbox One Dragging Controls

  • Grab your opponent in a Front Facelock and press RT to drag them
  • Grab a Standing or Kneeling opponent by Holding RB and pressing RT
  • Escape a Standing Drag by rapidly pressing B
  • Drag downed opponent by holding RT
  • Environmental Attack: Left Stick Direction + Hold X
  • Throw Opponent Over Ropes: Left Stick Direction + Hold RB + X
  • Irish Whip: B
  • Snapmare: Right Stick Down
  • Front Facelock: X
  • Release: LB

WWE 2K18 Carry Controls

  • Lift a Standing opponent into Carry by holding RB and pressing Right Stick Up/Down/Left/Right
  • Interrupt grapples to carry opponent by holding RB as you enter a Carry pose
  • Escape Carry by rapidly pressing B
  • Grapple: X
  • Environmental Attack: Left Stick Direction + Hold X
  • Switch Positions: Right Stick Up/Down/Left/Right

Reposition Opponent in WWE 2K18 Xbox One

  • Use Right Stick to reposition a downed or stunned opponent

WWE 2K18 Xbox One Downed Opponent Controls

  • Lift Opponent: Right Stick Up
  • Turn Opponent Over: Right Stick Left/Right
  • Lift Opponent to Seated Position: Right Stick Down
  • From Head, Side or Feet you can perform the following: Grapple (X), Strong Strike (Hold X), Submission (Hold X), Limb Target (RB + X)

WWE 2K18 Xbox One Submissions Controls

  • Rotate Right Stick in circular motion to move slider around the submission mini-game
  • As the defender (blue slider), avoid the attacker (red slider)
  • Grab the glowing orb to help your cause

WWE 2K18 Xbox One Alternative Submissions Controls

  • Attacker and Defender must repeatedly press the on-screen button being displayed. The button will keep changing.

WWE 2K18 Pinfall Controls

  • Press A when the meter is in the target zone to escape the pin
  • With Rope Break ability you can press B when prompted
  • With Dirty Pin ability, Hold B when opponent is lying parallel near the ropes

WWE 2K18 Xbox One Reversals Controls

  • RT Icon: Normal Reversal. Move has a single reversal. Requires a single reversal stock
  • Green RT Icon: Minor Reversal. Move has a Major reversal. Requires a single reversal stock
  • Orange RT Icon: Major Reversal. Last reversal opportunity for this move. Requires two reversal stock

WWE 2K18 Xbox One Opponent Stunned in the Corner Controls

  • Turn Opponent Around: Right Stick Left/Right
  • Lift and Place on Top of Turnbuckle: Right Stick Up
  • Place in Tree of Woe (hanging in corner): Right Stick Down

WWE 2K18 Xbox One Opponent Stunned Against the Ropes Controls

  • Place Opponent Stunned on Middle Rope: Right Stick Left/Right

WWE 2K18 Xbox One Chain Wrestling Controls

  • In One on One Tag Team Matches if both wrestlers attempt to grapple at the same time. Also triggered by Holding RB and pressing X
  • When you Lock Up in Chain Wrestling, gain the upper hand by choosing a chain hold (X, Y, B). Find the hot spot with Right Stick.
  • Strike: X
  • Wrench: X

WWE 2K18 Xbox One Ladder Controls

  • Lean Ladder Against Ropes: Move Left Stick towards ropes, Hold RB + press LB

WWE 2K18 Xbox One Roll Out Controls

  • When you roll out you will remain ringside while Roll Out Meter fills - once full you will recover and receive a Buff
  • Press A to recover early, but you will receive a Debuff

WWE 2K18 Xbox One Table Controls

  • Damage opponents using tables to fill their Table Break Meter
  • Once Table Break Meter is full you can perform Table Grapples and put opponent through table
  • Table Grapple is performed by pressing X
  • If opponent is leaning against a table propped in the corner, a Running Strike can put them through the table

WWE 2K18 Xbox One Manual Targeting Controls

  • To perform manual targeting in WWE 2K18 on Xbox One press in the Right Stick. This will switch to another target.

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