With professional wrestling being as popular today as it has ever been, the question isn't whether or not WWE 2K18 will be announced so much as when. Each entry typically launches in the fall and, with the summer months slowing down for new game releases, we figure now is as good a time as any for fans to dive headfirst into the latest installment, WWE 2K17. To that end, we've put together a collection of unlock lists to help you beef up your game roster right out of the gate.

In WWE 2K17, they decided to handle the unlock system a bit differently this time around. Instead of needing to achieve certain in-game goals to unlock specific characters, you can instead spend an in-game resource known as Virtual Currency on the characters you want, when you want. Sure, some of your favorite stars might require you to save up a bit of Virtual Currency to add them into your game, but coming by those in-game funds is actually pretty easy.

For starters, you gain VC simply by playing the game. Jump into an exhibition match, play through the career mode or take your matches online. No matter how you want to play the game, you'll be earning some VC in order to unlock all of those additional goodies. Some folks aren't as excited by this form of unlock system, but we definitely prefer it over having to, say, win 10 matches with a wrestler we don't even like in order to unlock one that we do. Also, the game starts you off with enough VC to buy literally any of the unlockable characters, so you won't even have to scrimp and save if there's a particular wrestler you want on day one.

Speaking of which, we've decided to put together a few lists to help players figure out where to invest their starting allowance of 200,000 VC, beginning with one that's all about getting the most new characters for the lowest cost.

Most bang for your buck

Butch (5K)

Luke (5K)

Big Boss Man (5K)

Dusty Rhodes (5K)

Hunter Hearst Helmsley (5K)

Rick Rude (5K)

Billy Gun (15K)

Road Dogg Jesse James (15K)

Stunning Steve Austin (15K)

Trish Stratus (15K)

Bam Bam Bigelow (30K)

Rikishi (30K)

Tatsumi Fujinami (45K)

This list is all about getting you a nice selection of wrestlers for the lowest cost. We've got some heavyweights mixed in with the lighter divisions, all-stars with lessor known grapplers, newbies and old-school heroes alike.

For starters, the fact that the Bushwackers can be had for just 10K combined make Butch and Luke no brainers in our book. Also, while his son went on to insane notoriety as Gold Dust, Dusty Rhodes is a classic not to be trifled with.

There's some wiggle room if you've got a particular taste for certain wrestlers but, again, we wanted to find the most affordable roster that's also a solid mix from across the board with this particular list. If you're looking to beef up your selection of WWE 2K17 wrestlers as soon as possible, this is a good place to start.

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