Braun Strowman (confirmed)
Former Wyatt Family member Strowman was the hottest character WWE had in 2018. Inevitably it failed to capitalise, to the point that Braun went completely unused on this year's Summerslam show. The 6ft 8in behemoth will still be a force in WWE 2K20 regardless of how bafflingly he's booked on Raw or Smackdown.
Bray Wyatt (confirmed)
This year's DLC packs comprise something 2K is tabbing as WWE Originals – and one of the first characters revealed is a zombie version of Wyatt. Even better is confirmation that his 'Fiend' alter-ego, which debuted at Summerslam, is also coming as part of that same 'Bump In The Night' DLC. Cool!
The Brian Kendrick (rumoured)
Effectively the third member of WWE 2K19’s unholy trinity: like Nikki Cross and Tommaso Ciampa, Kendrick was puzzlingly left off last year’s roster despite being under contract and the senior pro of its 205 Live division. He should make this way back in this year, and with numbers on the cruiserweight show thinning out you’d hope Visual Concepts finds a way to include recent debutant Humberto Carrillo too.
Brie & Nikki Bella (both confirmed)
March 2019 brought sad news for Bella Twins devotees as both announced their retirements: Brie to focus on motherhood, Nikki due to being "too old for all that travel" – and a serious neck injury. Even so, their popularity remains high, and past achievements ensure they'll be 2K series fixtures for a while yet.
Bret Hart (confirmed)
After endorsing newly established rival fed AEW, most expected the legendary Hit Man to be axed from the WWE series this year – yet in a mild surprise he retains his slot for at least another 12 months. Good news as, for our money, Hart remains the best in-ring technician of all time.
Brock Lesnar (confirmed)
These days the former NCAA, IWGP, WWE and UFC champ wrestles only when he wants to, making Lesnar’s week-to-week WWE status unpredictable – but there’s no such uncertainty regarding his spot in the company’s official videogame. Ringside associate Paul Heyman is returning as an NPC too.
Buddy Murphy (confirmed)
Murphy’s 2K19 absence looked a foolish decision when he captured 205 Live’s cruiserweight championship in October 2018. After holding the belt for six months going into WrestleMania 35, there was no chance lightning would miss twice. He’s appeared in the series before, alongside NXT tag-team partner Wesley Blake in WWE 2K16 and 2K17.
Carmella (confirmed) & R-Truth (rumoured)
WWE's odd couple transformed themselves into one on the most entertaining acts on TV over the summer, thanks to an often hilarious feud with Drake Maverick and wife Renee Michelle over the 24/7 title. It's a championship we're hoping to see debut in game – watch this space for news on that one.
Cesaro & Sheamus (both confirmed)
As of early August, tag-team The Bar's WWE status remains uncertain: Cesaro was drafted to Raw in April, while Sheamus underwent a leave of absence resulting from a concussion. Whether or not they're still together, the pair's entrance should remain in the game for one more year – traditionally the roster is finalised in late-March.
Charlotte Flair & Ric Flair (both confirmed)
Alongside Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks and Bayley, Charlotte plays a figurehead role in the returning 2K Showcase mode this year - the entire story is based upon the rise of WWE's self-proclaimed Four Horsewomen. Father Ric still makes sporadic appearances for WWE, such as the recent Raw Reunion, at the grand young age of 70.
Absent from the WWE series since its PS1 days, Chyna finally makes her return as a Collector's and Deluxe Edition bonus – and with Mixed Match Tags added this year, you're able to team her with former DX buddies Triple H or Shawn Michaels should you so please. Sadly, Joanie Laurer passed away in 2016 at the far-too-young age of 46.
Dana Brooke (confirmed)
Long considered on the roster bubble, Brooke has put in some surprisingly fiery performances on Main Event this year – and even cut a believable promo on Ronda Rousey ahead of WrestleMania, in the process ensuring another year in both real and virtual WWE.
Daniel Bryan (confirmed) & Rowan (rumoured)
WWE 2K19 focussed its showcase mode on Daniel Bryan and while his appearance here isn't as prominent, he does play a key role against 'Swamp Monster' Bray Wyatt in the first WWE Originals DLC pack. This will be the first appearance of Rowan's eco warrior gimmick, after bidding farewell to the Bludgeon Brothers.
Dolph Ziggler (rumoured) & Drew McIntyre (confirmed)
The unlikeliest tag team of 2018 split earlier this year, but expect their entrance to remain in the game just in case you fancy reuniting the wily Scotsman with his bleached-blonde sidekick. Ziggler's character is turn-over material these days. McIntyre, however, still has serious main event potential.
Drew Gulak & Tony Nese (rumoured)
One-time tag partners, Gulak and Nese took to feuding over the Cruiserweight Championship during the summer – with pulsating results for the 18 people who watch the criminally underrated 205 Live network show. Both will return this year following their debuts in WWE 2K19.
Edge (confirmed) & Christian (rumoured)
Rated 'R' Superstar Edge was confirmed as part of the WWE 2K20 collector's edition, and even if we have to wait a bit longer for Christian, he'll surely join his long-time tag partner in due course. What we need next is confirmation that their old through-the-crowd ring entrance is in – it was conspicuous by its absence from WWE 2K19.
Finn Balor (confirmed)
Huge news for WWE fans who also love Game of Thrones: Balor is getting a Night King inspired alternate gimmick, especially for the WWE Originals DLC pack. Those not wishing to fork on on micro-transactions can still enjoy the Irishman in his leather jacket and face-painted demon guises.