As well as giving us the skinny on WWE Rivals, THQ also revealed the first details on Championship Scramble and new Royal Rumble features. Championship Scramble is a brand new match type, a frantically paced free for all that sees five superstars going at it against each other in a mad dash to claim one of the WWE's individual championships. It begins with two superstars, with three more joining intermittently throughout the match. With each pinfall or submission a new champion is crowned, and whoever is left holding the belt at the end of the time limit walks away as the official champion.
Bar this, anything goes. You can use foreign objects and fight outside of the ring, but pinfalls and submissions have to occur on the mat. The challenge comes from isolating an opponent long enough to record a fall - the three other competitors will always be quick to jump in and break the count or submission attempt.
Our final exclusive SDvsRaw reveal concerns Royal Rumble, perhaps WWE's most famous event. Dispatching foes in the Royal Rumble is no longer handled solely through button mashing, as there are now three new mini-games that govern who wins and loses those all-important struggles at the ropes, in the corner and on the apron. In addition, you now have the ability to dispatch your opponents with the use of Royal Rumble Finishers specifically designed to send superstars over the ropes and down to the floor below.
Middle Rope Elimination requires you to rapidly press the flashing button to gain the upper hand. You can escape this position instantly if you have a finisher stored. Corner Elimination sees you press the button that appears on screen before your opponent to gain the advantage. Again, you can escape this position instantly by using a stored finisher. To chuck your opponent out using the Bottom Rope Elimination, you need to stop the cursor in the blue target zone by pressing A (on the Xbox 360 version). To escape this you need to rapidly press the buttons, or, to escape instantly, use a stored finisher.
So that's your lot for exclusive new WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 details. WWE Rivals, Championship Scramble, the changes to Royal Rumble, as well as all the new creation features outlined in our hands-on preview, should ensure this year's game is one that justifies forking out your hard-earned cash. With the game out later this month, you won't have to wait long to find out.
WWE SmackDown VS. Raw 2010 is due out for PS3, Xbox 360, PSP, Wii, PS2 and Nintendo DS on October 23.