Pete Dunne, Trent Seven & Tyler Bate
Trent Seven makes his videogame debut in WWE 2K20. The Wolverhampton lad tells GamesRadar in an exclusive interview (opens in new tab) that he's delighted to be joining British Strong Style partners Dunne and Bate following their debuts in 2K19. Not sure about the confession that he prefers Ken to Ryu, mind…
Most recently embroiled in a feud over the WWE Championship with long-term nemesis Kofi Kingston, the 18-year WWE stalwart was always going to be one of the first names confirmed for this year's roster. Expect Evolution cohorts Batista, Ric Flair and Triple H all to return too.
The WWE 2K20 collector's edition comes with a plaque signed by one of three in-ring legends: either Edge, Kurt Angle, or Rey Mysterio. That news was sufficient to confirm the king of the 619 for this year's roster, where he'll be able to contest high-flying bouts with the likes of Sin Cara, Kalisto, Lince Dorado and Cedric Alexander.
There's a chance you've never heard of NXT UK's Adelaide import - that's guaranteed to change over the next 12 months, and not just as a result of this videogame debut. Believable on the mic and tenacious in the ring, Ripley already rivals Shayna Baszler as the best heel outside of the main roster.
Ricochet fronted the Rising Stars pack in WWE 2K19's DLC line-up, and after a short US title run is deservedly upgraded to on-disc status this year. However, NXT prospect and girlfriend Kacy Catanzaro frustratingly misses out on the WWE 2K20 roster despite an impressive Royal Rumble debut in January.
Whatever his theme tune - the catchiest in WWE - might claim, it's not been a 'glorious' year for the former NXT champion. A fantastic 'tache and Rick Rude-inspired attitude looked promising but was forgotten by Raw writers, and his union with Dolph Ziggler feels half-baked despite a tag-team championship run.
The last men standing from The Shield were always WWE 2K20 roster certs: Roman Reigns successfully overcame leukemia (well played, that man) while Seth Rollins (who we'll get to shortly) spent the spring as WWE Champion. Alas, former buddy Dean Ambrose left WWE for rival AEW and does not appear this year.
Last year’s pre-order DLC offering took a hiatus from WWE following WrestleMania 35 in order to start a family, but that won’t affect her status as a key player on-disc this year. Rousey’s contract runs through April 2021 so expect a significant role at next year’s Mania.
Sami Zayn & Shinsuke Nakamura
This unlikely pairing caused issues for Kevin Owens, The Miz and Ali throughout the summer – and given Nakamura's limited English and Zayn's skills on the mic the eclectic marriage has somehow worked, scoring Nak a fun IC title run.
The barrel-bellied former TNA world champ's entrance was one of the first unveiled for WWE 2K20, and confirmed a ring announcer switch this year. Rather than WWE 2K19 mic queen Jojo, we're get the dulcet – and very popular – tones of Greg Hamilton. And he's brilliant!
WWE's most reliable of current-era ring generals has had a mostly positive year, grabbing the Universal Championship from Brock Lesnar in a huge shock at WrestleMania, and fending off interminable dullard Baron Corbin in a feud which lasted two months too long. Let's not be revisiting that rivalry in WWE 2K20.
Shawn Michaels & Triple H
Always automatic selections for any 2K roster, for once DX count as an active tag-team - although they've only had one match in the past 12 months. That came on November's controversial Crown Jewel show in Saudi Arabia, where Michaels came out of retirement to help Triple H see off Kane and The Undertaker.