Getting recognized in a WWE video game - like WWE 2K18 is a great way for a wrestler to earn some additional revenue without having to take additional bumps. It's also a great way for older legends to earn some money and stay relevant with younger fans. Unfortunately, WWE politics influences who gets to be in these games and who does not. This can lead to some of our favorite former WWE Superstars and legends not being included in the games.
Granted, players can create ultra-realistic looking versions of their favorite omitted Superstars, but it still isn't quite the same as having the wrestler's official likeness in the game. It also means no royalty payments delivered to the wrestler.
Everyone listed in this article is in someway black-listed from appearing in a WWE video game again. For various reasons, WWE has decided they will no longer be entering into any business relationships with these wrestlers. It is worth bringing up that WWE will do business with wrestlers who they have had a troubled past with if they feel the person can make them money. Evidently, everyone included in this article is someone Vince McMahon feels he is unable to make money from, or at least not enough of it to make working with them again worth it. Here are 15 banned wrestlers you will never see in a WWE video game ever again, enjoy.
15 Scott Steiner
Don't expect to see "Big Poppa Pump" in a WWE video game anytime soon. Scott Steiner was banned from all WrestleMania XXX events in California a few years back - the result of a nasty incident at an airport. Apparently, Steiner had flown into the area to participate in some non-WWE related wrestling events that weekend. He spotted Hulk Hogan's wife and proceeded to tell her he was going to kill Hulk as soon as he saw him. Steiner blames Hogan for the downfall of WCW and he might have a point.
Steiner was charged (though the charges appear to have been quietly dropped) with making threats towards Hogan's wife. Pictures of Steiner were distributed among security that weekend. Throw in the fact that Triple H hates him and it's easy to see Steiner will not be in any upcoming WWE video games.
You'll never see Raven in another WWE video game. The former multi-time Hardcore Champion was recently involved with a lawsuit against the company.
Raven just settled out of court with WWE in regards to a lawsuit he launched for royalties from the WWE Network. While the two sides did settle in the case, neither side received a financial settlement. This was because Raven agreed to drop his lawsuit in return for WWE not suing him for slander. Raven had made some comments in regards to WWE's actions during the lawsuit that they did not take too kindly towards.
Unfortunately for fans of Scott Levy, you'll have to settle for making a CAW of Raven. Luckily, however, some good Raven downloads are available via the Community Creations section.
13 AJ Lee
Don't expect to see AJ Lee (aka AJ Mendez-Brooks) in a WWE video game or WWE ring in the near future. AJ, like her husband, made plenty of enemies within WWE. Not the least of which is Stephanie McMahon.
AJ was openly critical of WWE's treatment of women in early 2015 when Stephanie McMahon tweeted a note of support for Patricia Arquette's speech about equality. AJ pointed out the hypocrisy of Stephanie's comments given that women in WWE received less pay than the men (in addition to other concerns). In Stephanie's defense, the company has invested more in women wrestlers in recent years.
While she might not be as black-listed like her husband, WWE almost never references her on television and unless something drastic happens, she'll never be featured in a video game again either.
Unfortunately for fans of Axe and Smash of Demolition, you won't be seeing them in a WWE video game anytime soon. In fact, WWE has taken steps to try and scrub their tag team altogether. Axe and Smash of the legendary team are part of a class action lawsuit against WWE alleging the company withheld information regarding the long-term impacts of concussions. For that reason, neither Axe nor Smash is someone the company is going to promote in any way.
It is largely believed that one of the reasons New Day broke Demolition's record for longest Tag Title reign was to further erase them from the company's history. Any fan from the 1980s, however, will always fondly remember the imposing team and the impact they had on tag team wrestling.
11 CM Punk
There are some great CM Punk creations out there but his official game model will never again grace a WWE video game. Not unless something drastic changes regarding his relationship with the company, anyway.
Punk's infamous exit from the company in 2014 is one of the most controversial and contentious issues in the current era. Punk blasted the company and many high-ranking WWE employees on an episode of his friend Colt Cabana's podcast not long after leaving the company. His appearance on that podcast resulted in WWE's head doctor filing a lawsuit against him due to statements Punk made regarding the medical care he received while a WWE employee. The lawsuit is still ongoing. Add in the fact that he had some choice words for Hunter upon his exit and he's pretty much black-listed by the company.
10 Gail Kim
Don't expect to see Gail Kim in a WWE video game ever again. This being the results of her rather tumultuous exit from the company in 2011. Kim, who is originally from Toronto, was having high-quality women's matches before there was even talk of a Women's Revolution.
In 2011, Gail Kim decided to end her WWE tenure in epic fashion. On the August 1, 2011, episode of Monday Night Raw, Kim was booked to be eliminated during a Battle Royal to determine the new number one contender for the Divas Championship. Perhaps sensing that WWE was never going to give the Women's Division a fair shake, Kim simply rolled out of the ring shortly after the Battle Royal started, walked to the back, quit the company, and finished up the remainder of her career in TNA Wrestling.
Considering he once physically assaulted Vince McMahon and then testified against him at his steroid trial, it can be considered incredibly unlikely that Nailz is ever featured in a WWE video game. Bret Hart revealed much of what happened backstage during the infamous Nailz and Vince McMahon brawl in his autobiography. According to Bret, Nailz was upset with his SummerSlam payoff and confronted Vince about it. Bret heard a loud bang, which he would later learn was Nailz knocking Vince over in his chair.
Nailz testified against Vince McMahon at his steroid trial claiming that Vince distributed steroids to the wrestlers. It was later said, however, that Nailz came off as a bitter ex-employee and did not have much credibility during his testimony. Don't expect him in a video or anything WWE related.
8 Alberto Del Rio
Don't expect to see Alberto Del Rio in a WWE video game ever again. While Alberto has had his own run-ins with WWE in the past, it is his most recent relationship with Paige that has the popular Mexican star black-lsited from future video games.
While Alberto was never officially charged due to an incident at an Orlando airport, he was heard speaking to Paige in a rather nasty tone and commenting on illicit drugs which they may or may not have been carrying at the time. In general, WWE does not like the influence he had on Paige and went to great lengths to separate the two while they were both signed to the company.
His comments pertaining to the company only hurt his status even further. Among his biggest targets was Triple H, claiming The Game had in for him. For that reason, we won't see or hear from him on WWE television.
7 Buff Bagwell
Buff Bagwell's run in WWE was so short he was never featured in a WWE video game. If you remember, he was supposed to be a featured member of the WCW invasion in 2001 but a horrendous match on Monday Night Raw with Booker T led to him being released before the angle really got going.
Bagwell's poor performance in WWE is not what has him black-listed from the company's video game list, however. The fact that he recently attempted to sue WWE is what has him on the outs with Vince McMahon and company. Bagwell, along with Raven, attempted to sue WWE over unpaid royalties from their appearance on the WWE Network. In general, WWE tends to not put former wrestlers who sued them over royalty cheques in a position to receive additional royalty payments.
6 Jeff Jarrett
Jeff Jarrett is forever on WWE's blacklist. In fact, there are a few other wrestlers in the industry who are more blackballed from WWE than "Double J" is. The root of the rift between Jarrett and WWE stems from his last run in the company in 1999. Jarrett's contract with WWE was up and he was on his way to join WCW. The problem was he still held WWE's Intercontinental Championship even after his contract expired. Although there are disputes over what exactly occurred, it is believed Jarrett held the company up for a significant payday for him to drop the belt to Chyna before he left for WCW.
Further conspiracy theories state that WCW and Jarrett planned for things to end in that way. The belief is that Vince McMahon was furious with Jarrett and vowed never to work with him again.
5 Chavo Guerrero
While we'll still get Chavo's uncle Eddie in WWE video games, it's entirely unlikely we'll ever see Chavo Guerrero in a WWE video game again. Chavo is one of several former WWE employees currently in the process of suing the company. As part of large class action suit, Chavo and others are claiming WWE withheld the long-term impacts of repeated concussions. The lawsuit resembles a similar case involving former NFL players suing their old league for the same reasons.
The now 47-year-old Chavo has been working with Lucha Underground as well as the Netflix special, GLOW, which tells the story of the old Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling television show from the 1980s. It's not really as though much of what Chavo did in WWE is worthy of being remembered in a video game, anyway. This was the guy the company cast as Kerwin White once after all.
4 Jesse "The Body" Ventura
Considering Jesse Ventura once successfully sued WWE and Vince McMahon for $800,000, don't expect to see him in a WWE video game anytime soon. It should be noted, however, that he has worked with Vince since his successful lawsuit.
In 1987, Ventura sued McMahon over royalties from the company's home-video department. The case went all the way to Federal Court but in the end, Ventura was given a hefty financial reward for his efforts.
Ventura was brought back to WWE returning to the company in 1999. He had been elected Governor of Minnesota at the time and came back to participate at SummerSlam that year as a special referee. Don't expect Vince to give him too many opportunities to collect royalties from the company ever again as he knows Ventura is a tricky one to deal with.
Chyna will never again be in a WWE video game, her history with the company is one WWE wants to erase possibly more than anyone else. The biggest reason why Chyna is scrubbed from WWE record books as much as possible is due to being in a previous relationship with Triple H. Her relationship with the founding member of DX ended in controversial fashion when it had become common knowledge that Triple H and Stephanie McMahon had begun dating secretly.
Chyna and Vince McMahon had a meeting shortly after word leaked and it is believed she told Vince in that meeting she was having trouble dealing with her former boyfriend now being with the boss' daughter. After that meeting, Chyna was sent home to sit out the remainder of her contract. She never did return to the company.Her erratic behavior following her exit only furthered the relationship between both sides.
2 Owen Hart
Owen Hart's game model will never officially be in a WWE video game again. The reason for this is the same that prevents him from entering WWE's Hall of Fame. Owen's widow, Martha, owns the rights to his name and isn't exactly happy with what WWE did to her family, so she's not exactly quick to sign away the rights to them using Owen's image. Technically, if WWE wanted to they could probably fight Martha in court on this but it would be a horrible PR move for the company.
There are some truly fantastic Owen Hart Community Creations for WWE 2K18 and even a few good Blue Blazer CAWs. Still, that Bret Hart, the British Bulldog, and Jim "the Anvil" Neidhart are all in the game but Owen isn't sticks out like a sore thumb. We hope this problem gets resolved one day and we can remember Owen's brilliance both through video games and through content on the WWE Network paying homage to his brilliant legacy.
1 Chris Benoit
There should be no surprises here. Chris Benoit will never appear in a WWE video game again, he'll never go into the WWE Hall of Fame, and will never have his career celebrated by the company again.
Of course, Chris Benoit murdered his wife and son in what was the most horrific act committed by a famous professional wrestler. There is no way to erase that from history. It's not exactly something WWE wants to remind people of. Still, many fans who watched Benoit perform know just how good he really was. Lots of fans cling to the idea that Benoit was so beaten down by head injuries that he didn't really know what he was doing when he did what he did. Even still, we'll never see him in anything WWE related again.