The (new) champ is here!
Last year THQ ditched its long-running SmackDown! series and replaced it with the easy to remember title WWE 12. It wasn't perfect, but it was a very fine update of what made the SD! franchise so good. The publisher's WWE 13 just hit store shelves with new cover star CM Punk. We've got the full list of every wrestler in the game right here, and don't forget to read our WWE 13 review to see how much we enjoyed this year's entry.
Famous for years on the indie scene, CM Punk stepped up to the big leagues in 2007, but it wasn't until last year that he made his biggest impact. He's become the voice of the voiceless, calling out the WWE powers that be on their crap, all while dominating in the ring. After proving time and again he's the best in the world, Punk looks to be this year's cover athlete and star.
After taking some time off, Jericho returned early this year to challenge CM Punk for the WWE Championship and the title of "Best in the World." Though he lost to Punk a couple times, he put on some great matches and has been chasing championships on both Raw and SmackDown. When not angering Brazilians, Jericho is making people tap to the Walls of Jericho (we liked it better when it was the Lion Tamer).
The Big Show
Weeeeellllllllll, it's the Big Show, the world's largest athlete and an integral part of the WWE for more than a decade. Known for his heavy hands and toughness, Show recently captured the Intercontinental title and got his first pinfall victory at WrestleMania. Of course, he ended up throwing away all that goodwill by selling out to the man aka John Laurinaitis.
Also known as the Great White, Sheamus has been part of the main event since he first came to the WWE. The pale Irish giant has won multiple titles and even joined the prestigious ranks of the King of the Ring winners. He's proven that even a ginger can make it in pro wrestling.
Named the World's Strongest Man for legitimately impressive feats of strength, Mark Henry's had a strange wrestling career. He's shifted from unstoppable monster to ridiculous comedy character over the years, but until very recently, he was never a world champion. Now he's stepped up as one of the most dominant heels in the biz, though we still miss Sexual Chocolate.
Beloved by mainstream and hardcore fans alike, Mankind was one of the more deranged personalities Mick Foley took on over the years. Known for taking huge risks in the ring and coming back from tremendous punishment, he ended up being one of the biggest draws of the Attitude Era. Mankind seems to be one of a number of throwback characters in WWE 13, so we can't wait to reenact his classic Hell in the Cell matches.
Stone Cold Steve Austin
Another of the classic wrestler's seen in the trailer (WHAT?), Stone Cold Steve Austin needs little introduction (WHAT?). The biggest star of the Attitude era (WHAT?), SCSA battled authority and everyone else that got in his way to the top (WHAT?), whether it was Vince (WHAT?), his stooges (WHAT?). The Rock (WHAT?), or Kurt Angle (WHAT?). It's been year's since he last wrestled (WHAT?), but Austin will still show up every now and then to deliver a Stunner (WHAT?).
Undertaker (Attitude Era)
He's been a star for over 20 years, facing virtually every wrestler of note in the last two decades, so we knew the Undertaker would make an appearance. However, as the first trailer showed, Taker is dressed in his pre-Ministry Attitude Era clothes. Will the circa 1998 version of the Phenom be the only one to appear in WWE 13, or will Taker's current shaved head look from Mania 28 make an appearance too?
Announced as a special preorder bonus, some boxing fans might be puzzled by the inclusion of the Baddest Man on the Planet. Though he barely spent any time in the wrasslin' compared to most playable characters, Tyson's involvement in WrestleMania 14 is credited as giving a major boost to WWE when it was struggling. His involvement in the Stone Cold Steve Austin/Shawn Michaels title match more than earned him a place in the WWE Hall of Fame and a roster slot in WWE 13's tribute to the Attitude Era.
Mark Henry (Attitude Era)
He may have only become a world champion in the last year, but Mark Henry has an impressively long history with the WWE going more than 15 years. Originally billed as merely the worlds strongest man, he soon joined the militant heel faction The Nation of Domination which was led by the then-evil Rock. He often teamed with DLo Brown even after The Nation split up, staying dominant as a bad guy, but never making it to the top. He spent a good chunk of the late 90s as the comical Sexual Chocolate, but it looks like WWE 13 is choosing to ignore that period of his career.
Know why The Miz is awesome? First off, he began as a wannabe wrassler on MTVs Real World and through talent and determination ended up getting hired in a non-wrestling capacity by the WWE. That didnt last long as The Miz pushed his way up the ranks, proving himself to the audience again and again on the mic and in the ring as one of the best bad guys on the show. By WrestleMania 27 Miz had made it to the main event, defeating John Cena to retain the title (with some help from The Rock). Even when hes not the champion, The Miz does his best to stay in the minds of the WWE Universe picking up wins wherever he can. And why not? He is The Miz and hes awesome!
A small time wrestler few have heard of, Cena is really only known on the indie scene... ok, enough jokes. Love him or hate him, Cena has been the most high profile superstar for a whole generation of WWE fans. Like Hulk Hogan, he's an unbeatable Superman that kids love and hardcore adults disrespect. Still, anyone that really watches him perform know he works hard for the whole audience whether he's in the main event or in the co-main event (but we'll still be chanting "Cena sucks").
And the rest!
Who else has been confirmed for the game? Look at the deepest roster in WWE game history!
The Great Khali
Alberto Del Rio
Bret Hart (Attitude Era)
Big Bossman (Attitude Era)
Edge (Attitude Era)
Billy Gunn (Attitude Era)
Road Warrior Hawk (Attitude Era)
Road Warrior Animal (Attitude Era)
APA Bradshaw (Attitude Era)
APA Faarooq (Attitude Era)
Lita (Attitude Era)
The Godfather (Attitude Era)
Triple H from DX (Attitude Era)
Ken Shamrock (Attitude Era)
Dude Love (Attitude Era)
Shane McMahon (Attitude Era)
Stephanie McMahon (Attitude Era)
Eddie Guerrero (Attitude Era)
Trish Stratus (Attitude Era)
Christian (Attitude Era)
Kane (Attitude Era)
British Bulldog (Attitude Era)
Shawn Michaels from DX (Attitude Era)
The Big Show (Attitude Era)
John Cena (Doctor of Thuganomics)
Vader (Attitude Era)
X-Pac (Attitude Era)
Road Dogg Jesse James (Attitude Era)
Hunter Hearst Helmsley (Attitude Era)
Cactus Jack (Attitude Era)
The Rock (Attitude Era)
Chris "Y2J" Jericho (Attitude Era)
Mr. McMahon (Attitude Era)
Woo woo woo, you know it!
As time goes on and more wrasslers get revealed for the game, we'll keep updating our roster. So far we know seemingly everyone on the retail disc, but what about all the DLC? THQ has detailed its DLC plans for the game, revealing the many characters you'll be able to get post launch... for a price.
AJ Lee (DLC)
Damian Sandow (DLC)
Antonio Cesaro (DLC)
Brian Pillman (DLC)
Chainsaw Charlie (DLC)
Drew McIntyre (DLC)
Diamond Dallas Page (DLC)
Lord Tensai (DLC)
Too Cool (Scotty 2 Hotty and Grand Master Sexay) (DLC)
The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso) (DLC)
Val Venis (DLC)
Yoshi Tatsu (DLC)