Hulk Hogan, Ronda Rousey, Lionel Messi (!): the 15 WWE 2K18 creations you have to download right now

Shelton Benjamin

After seven years on the independent circuit, former Intercontinental champion – and one-man ladder-match highlight reel – Benjamin returned to WWE in the summer as Chad Gable’s new tag partner. The move came too late to be included as an official 2K18 character, but murrell16’s effort is a fine substitute.

Tony Nese

Eamonn120385 is another creator name to keep tabs on across 2K18’s lifetime. His pairing of Maria and Mike Kanellis is worth grabbing from the servers ASAP – but even Smackdown’s soppiest couple can’t match 205 Live cruiserweight Nese for authenticity. Little wonder it’s just passed the 5,000-download mark.

The Velveteen Dream

This spot-on interpretation of the man also known as Patrick Clark is the work of eXecutionerX85. ECW fans will definitely want to take a look at his other submissions to Community Creations: Bubba Ray Dudley, D-Von Dudley, Raven, and Sabu each merit one of your 100 download slots.

Velvet Sky

As a long-time star of rival fed TNA, Sky has never featured in a WWE game – but you can rectify that by downloading this excellent KeMorrison creation. (He’s also made tag partner Angelina Love.) Fun fact: while she’s never been in one of its games, Velvet did appear as an extra on WWE TV on various occasions across 2005 and 2006.

Road Warrior Animal

There’s a strong market for retro tag-teams on the Community Creations servers, and dyn0mytecaw’s interpretations of the Dudley Boyz, Headbangers, and Acolytes are all worth consideration. But it’s his Legion Of Doom CAWs which rank as essential, with Animal so good it’s tough to believe this likeness isn’t an official render.

Kelly Kelly

At time of writing robberr22 has ten excellent female creations available for download, including relative newcomers Sonya Deville and Lacey Evans. It’s old schoolers Michelle McCool, Kelly Kelly and Victoria who’ve scored the most downloads, however, and all three would be worthy inclusions here. Kelly gets the nod simply so I can remind the world that her real name is… Barbie Blank.

Lionel Messi

As a rule, comedy creations within WWE games make me want to bang my head against a wall – but you’d have to be an emotionless cyborg not to smile at DRANZ_98’s lifelike interpretation of the Barca star. Should you want to see a true footballing grudge match play out in a WWE ring, he’s also made Cristiano Ronaldo.

WWE 2K18 is out now. Wondering which wrestlers did make the game? Then check out our extensive look at the WWE 2K18 roster