Yesterday at Summerslam Fan Axxess, the WWE community-involving event that hypes the upcoming pay-per-view event, publisher THQ unveiled the nearly complete line-up of wrestlers for the reboot to its long-running wrestling franchise. WWE announcer Todd Grisham was joined on stage by the awesome former champion The Miz and hall of famer/Andy Kaufman colleague Jerry Lawler, and the trio ran down the list of superstars in WWE '12. Though the group unsurprisingly includes most of the wrestlers currently appearing on TV, we were pleasantly surprised how deep into WWE’s past the developers went.

Above: Sadly this did not happen live yesterday

Obviously all the biggies were there: cover star Randy Orton, John Cena, CM Punk (aka Best in the World), Divas like Kelly Kelly and Beth Phoenix, as well as midcarders like Yoshi Tatsu, Sin Cara, and Michael McGillicutty. McGillicutty’s appearance lead to one of the more interesting moments of the day, as Randy Orton later made an appearance to hype the game and broke character somewhat to publically complain that McGillicutty, son of the late Mr. Perfect/Curt Hennig, should be allowed to wrestle under his true name Joe Hennig.

After the audience implored Orton to RKO Miz (which, sadly, didn’t happen) the group went on to show the strong collection of classic wrestlers making an appearance in WWE '12. Perhaps in response to the success of WWE All-Stars, WWE '12 has such recent legends Stone Cold Steve Austin and Eddie Guerrero joined by WCW throwbacks like Arn Anderson and the Road Warriors, plus odd but welcome additions Demolition and Vader. Now we can finally have the Road Warriors/Demolition dream match we’ve been waiting over 20 years to see.

Above: You can also vote on the game’s Facebook page whether you want The Rock (yay) or Cena (aka Fruity Pebbles) on the cover of the collector’s edition

The group on stage mentioned that one member of the roster had yet to be revealed (we’d put our money on Macho Man Randy Savage or Shawn Michaels) and co-host Jerry Lawler revealed that he’d be one of the first of the DLC wrestlers for the title. With the WWE '12 site showing 13 more DLC wrestlers to be revealed (and don’t forget The Rock as a pre-order bonus) the list isn’t finished just yet, but below you’ll find nearly everyone you’ll be playing as come November 22. We’ll have a more detailed look at the game very soon, but in the meantime you can plan out your perfect Royal Rumble with the list below:

Alberto Del Rio
Alex Riley
John Cena
Kelly Kelly
Randy Orton
Rey Mysterio
The Miz
Wade Barrett
Zack Ryder
CM Punk
The Rock
Triple H
David Otunga
John Morrison
Ted Dibiase (Jr.)
Mark Henry
William Regal
Husky Harris
Daniel Bryan
Tyson Kidd
Vladimir Kozlov
Santino Marella
Evan Bourne
Mason Ryan
Michael McGillicutty
Yoshi Tatsu
Big Show
Kofi Kingston
Jack Swagger
Cody Rhodes
Dolph Ziggler
Chavo Guerrero
Drew McIntyre
Ezekial Jackson
Justin Gabriel
Heath Slater
Michelle McCool
Beth Phoenix
Arn Anderson
Ricky Steamboat
Road Warrior Animal
Road Warrior Hawk
Kevin Nash
Booker T
Ax (Demolition)
Smash (Demolition)
Eddie Guerrero
Vince McMahon
Steve Austin
Sin Cara
Jerry Lawler

Aug 14, 2011




  • SpartanWin - August 16, 2011 12:47 a.m.

    No Ultimate Warrior?
  • sternparez - August 15, 2011 2:19 p.m.

    I vote for Tracy Smothers and Mideon to be the cover stars.
  • chrisantistas2inchpenis - August 15, 2011 2 p.m.

    Always going to be great as long as Zack Ryder was in it WWWYKI
  • EdDeRs1 - August 15, 2011 11:50 a.m.

    why not an undertaker edition? gald to see daniel bryan, kozlov, santino and edge still on the list, shame there is no RVD and the negotiations with sting about a WM match vs undertaker fell through, would have loved to see sting in the game. hope there is a vs nexus game mode, and if there is u dont have to play john bloody cena...
  • CitizenWolfie - August 15, 2011 11:39 a.m.

    Glad to see Edge is still there but Macho Man would be a pretty good bit of fan service and a nice tribute. Looks like I'm back to making my own RVD and Kurt Angle again though *sigh* If only a decent TNA game would come out.
  • disturbeddemonlord - August 15, 2011 9:46 a.m.

    I wants a HD remake of no mercy =[
  • JoeMulvihill1 - August 15, 2011 8:53 a.m.

    why no goldberg? :( glad to see edge still in it :) who in their right mind would vote for john cena over the rock?
  • JoeMulvihill1 - August 15, 2011 8:42 a.m.

    why no goldberg? :( glad to see edge still in it. who the funk would vote for john cena over the rock. madness?
  • moan4stalone - August 15, 2011 5:30 a.m.

    I would buy this if it had macho man. Wwe allstars macho man entance was weak so I would love to see what they could do with him.
  • Michael Basco - August 23, 2012 1:50 a.m.

    Picture 44 shows Macho Man Randy Savage doing his elbow drop to Ricky The Dragon Steamboat.
  • xLiquidSwords - August 15, 2011 4:47 a.m.

    Yes STEVE AUSTIN ! I honestly wouldn't buy a game if he wasn't in it , he was probably the only reason I saw wrestling next to the rock and undertaker :D
  • Dr.Robert - August 15, 2011 3:47 a.m.

    what ever happen to the boogie man? xD lol
  • chicgods107 - August 15, 2011 2:53 a.m.

    Wonderful. Share a website with you , ( ) Believe you will love it. We accept any form of payment.
  • normalguy417 - August 15, 2011 12:44 a.m.

    I just wish the gameplay wasn't so slow and tedious. I really want to buy a wrestling game, but this series hasn't been fun since Here Comes the Pain. Maybe if they dropped some of the "realism", and opted for a more arcade style wrestling game. All Stars was a step in the right direction, but the wrestling doesn't need to be insane in order for it to be fast paced and fun.
  • Redeater - August 15, 2011 12:23 a.m.

    I'm confused. Now I haven't kept up with wrastlin' for a hell of a long time but I did watch the CM Punk thing when it happened. Should I assume that whole mic outburst was staged? I recall the shit hitting the fan when this happened and it seems he is still with WWE.
  • TurkeyOnRye - August 14, 2011 11:50 p.m.

    Kevin Nash was signed to a Legends contract (along with Booker T) in January at the Royal Rumble.
  • MonocledYaoGuai - August 14, 2011 10:07 p.m.

    Awesome! Can't wait to hear about Summerslam on TalkRadar!
  • angelusdlion - August 14, 2011 10:01 p.m.

    @iceblue>> going to take a random guess and say that he's still an employee of Impact... not sure if that's true or not but it might be the reason.
  • NinjaWalrusMeow - August 14, 2011 9:54 p.m.

    Will Sin Cara realistically botch at least one move per match?
  • ateamfan - August 14, 2011 8:17 p.m.

    Might get this game, but not because I watch wrestling (at least, not anymore) but because of the competition with friend to see who's the best. :P SvR, despite its flaws, will always have a place in my heart where we all sit around the (insert console here) and play till the hours of the night.

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