The annual video game of WWE has become a tradition that a large percentage of the viewers enjoy. 2K currently works with WWE to give us a new game around the end of every year. There have been countless video games through the years based off wrestling. WWE games have given us some of the most random and peculiar characters possible in their games. Aside from the usual full-time wrestlers, there have been quite a few variables thrown out there by the developers of WWE games.
Some of these characters are WWE employees that don’t actually wrestle. They were put into the game based off their work in other fields that made them familiar to fans. Other characters were completely made up as silly goofs to be added into the game for creative fun. A few celebrities even found their way into various WWE games through the years, and there were some forgotten WWE personalities added as well. We'll look at names from all aspects of this when it comes to the characters WWE added to their games out of the blue. These are fifteen characters that you completely forgot were actually in WWE video games at some point.
15 Chainsaw Charlie (WWE 13)
Another peculiar choice for WWE 13 was the character of Chainsaw Charlie. Everyone loves Terry Funk and his presence in a video game is always great. However, the least memorable gimmick of his career being added is the weird aspect to it. Chainsaw Charlie featured Funk wearing a stocking over his face and carrying a chainsaw to the ring.
The forgotten Attitude Era name was a playable character in WWE 13. A random name like that usually isn’t included as mostly top names and memorable gimmicks get included. Funk being in the game in any form is still a cool thing about WWE 13. Unfortunately, you aren’t allowed to hit others with the chainsaw. That is apparently too violent and dangerous even for WWE video games.
14 The Undertaker’s Druid (Smackdown vs. Raw 2011)
The Undertaker is probably the most common wrestling character in WWE video games. Considering he has been part of the company since the initial boom of video game popularity and just now retired this year, Undertaker has been in the vast majority of games released. One of the more surprising additions to a game featured someone attached to Undertaker.
Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 featured the character of Undertaker’s druid as a playable wrestler. Druids would accompany Undertaker to the ring multiple times through the years wearing a cloak and carrying torches. The appeal of wrestling as a druid seems ridiculous, but the developers believed people would care enough for it to make a difference. It remains one of the sillier and pointless additions ever to a video game made by WWE.
13 Godfather's Ladies (No Mercy)
The popularity of The Godfather during the Attitude Era focused on fans wanting to see the half-naked women that walked with him to the ring. Godfather’s pimp character saw him refer to his entourage as “hos.” This somehow was allowed on television at the time, and Godfather benefited greatly from it to achieve the most success of his career.
One of the Godfather’s ladies was included in the game as a playable character. You could pick her in No Mercy and she would wrestle a match like any of the normal wrestlers on the roster. This shows just how ridiculous the nature of WWE was at the time. Someone technically referred to as a “ho” is a character in a wrestling video game that many children played.
12 Jim Ross (No Mercy)
Jim Ross is one of the bigger names on this list as a legendary broadcaster. Every Attitude Era and beyond has a strong affection towards Ross for his superb work behind the table. Ross’ popularity allowed him to become a playable character in the No Mercy WWE game. Fans were able to use JR in matches against the top stars in WWE.
This isn’t as weird as the other names on this list due to Ross actually wrestling occasional matches on television when WWE needed him to take the beating. It still is a forgettable one as very few fans of that time chose JR over the popular in-ring performers. The commentary of Ross is included in many other video games, but No Mercy is the one you can use him as an actual wrestler.
11 Military Tony (Smackdown vs Raw 2011)
WWE’s patriotism and support of the armed forces led to a unique character being included in WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011. Tony is a fictional member of the armed forces that becomes a part of a story mode centered on John Cena. The storyline saw Cena team with Tony in a tag team and get inspiration from Tony to defeat MVP in a match.
Tony becomes a playable character when unlocked following this story. WWE often flew out to visit the troops overseas for their Tribute to the Troops show at this point. There has been speculation that a real person they met on one of their trips inspired this character. No one has confirmed or denied it, so the character means assumed fictional as one of the random additions to the game.
10 Mike Tyson (WWE 13)
Boxing legend Mike Tyson was added to the WWE 13 video game due to his past with the company. Tyson had one of the all-time great celebrity appearances in WWE history back in 1998. The feud with Steve Austin, joining D-Generation X and turning on Shawn Michaels all played huge roles in WWE taking back control over WCW in the Monday Night Wars.
WWE decided it was time to add him into a video game back in 2013. Tyson was one of the pre-order bonus characters that the company hoped would get a few more casual fans to buy the game early. The DX shirt is being rocked by Tyson in the game with a look similar to his WrestleMania XIV enforcer get up. Tyson has had a good relationship with WWE over the years and this was definitely the bond being shown in video game form.
9 The Terminator (WWE 2K16)
Arnold Schwarzenegger found his way into a WWE video game with one of his most famous characters. WWE did a crossover branding with the Terminator back in 2015 as many people will remember. There was a spot in Triple H’s WrestleMania 31 entrance where Schwarzenegger appears thanks to the Terminator theme.
This all led to the Terminator being a part of WWE video games. Terminator: Genysis being released in theaters that year caused them develop this advertising relationship with WWE. This character was unlockable through a pre-order to try to convince any super fans of the movie to get the game. Most wrestling fans didn’t care about this character being a bonus and likely never even played with him. It still is cool to process the weird nature of Arnold being a playable WWE video game character.
8 Crash Test Dummy (WrestleMania 2000)
An absolutely ridiculous addition to a WWE video game is the character known as Crash Test Dummy. WWE WrestleMania 2000 included a character meant to imitate the visual the average dummy you would see in crash test projects such as cars. For some reason, this character was an unlockable one that needed a cheat code.
Most locked characters are supposed to have an appeal that convinces fans it is a prize. Crash Test Dummy proved some of the most pointless and idiotic characters in video games are also the ones you have to unlock. WWE decided to add customization for the dummy because they assumed that would add something unique to it. Instead, it was another generic mess of a character idea for a WWE video game.
7 Linda McMahon (No Mercy)
The McMahon families became a strong fixture on WWE television during the Attitude Era. It shocked no one and actually excited many fans that Vince McMahon, Shane McMahon and Stephanie McMahon became playable characters since all wrestled at various points. Linda McMahon however never wrestled but often would appear on television as a character.
WWE decided to add her as a wrestler to the No Mercy video game. Linda looked out of place throwing punches and delivering suplexes to the other women in the video game. The fact that she wore a pants suit and heels while wrestling was also a bit humorous to witness. No word if there was a secret storyline where she joined a tyrannical faction in the video game trying to take over the world through fascism.
6 Turok The Dinosaur Hunter (WWF Warzone)
WWF Warzone featured a few bizarre characters included in the game to oppose wrestlers. Turok the Dinosaur Hunter is one of the names that stood out for all the wrong reasons. The assumed hunter of dinosaurs made his way into the ring to wrestle the stars of the WWE. This character was actually a property for another video game that wanted to merge with WWE to create some buzz.
This was during a time when fans wanted simple things like deeper rosters and better graphics. The addition of a silly character from a game that most fans didn’t care about just seemed like a waste of time. A few people out there probably enjoyed the crossover element but the general viewpoint of it at the time makes Turok a forgettable character.
5 Howard Finkel (No Mercy)
Legendary ring announcer Howard Finkel is a very memorable name due to all of us fans that grew up hearing him announce ring introductions. Finkel unintentionally became a lovable character to fans. WWE realized that and decided to put him in No Mercy. Along with Michael Cole and the aforementioned Jim Ross, Finkel was a part of the broadcasting characters that were able to wrestle.
Many fans enjoyed the task of trying to defeat the likes of Undertaker, Kane or Big Show with Finkel as their wrestler. The status of Fink made him a character that needed to be unlocked. There are some pointless characters that do provide fun in the right element, and Finkel is absolutely one of them. Fink may be retired now, but he will always be a character in No Mercy.
4 Yourself (WrestleMania Challenge)
The wild idea of having a character known as “Yourself” represent the user was implemented into the WWE WrestleMania Challenge video game. This was before you could customize characters to look like you. WWE came up with the concept to just have a bland generic character represent the user. They expected fans to actually choose the early generic CAW model over the top names of the time.
If you ever played as Yourself in this game, you deserve a lot of credit for going with the character that provided zero unique fun. It takes some guts to stick it out with something in a video game that clearly isn’t working to your advantage. Most fans just chose the top stars like Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage or Ultimate Warrior to enjoy the WrestleMania Challenge experience.
3 Kwang (WWF Raw)
Kwang was a forgettable ninja character in the 90s portrayed by talented wrestler Savio Vega. The talent of Savio was being wasted on this character that WWE hoped would catch on, but it never did. One of the ways to try to make Kwang a bigger success was including him in the WWF Raw video game. Only sixteen wrestlers were included on this roster, and Kwang somehow made the cut.
WWE likely felt this kind of character would connect in a video game. A masked ninja is usually a fun aspect of a video game, but WWE missed the point of what fans wanted out of their games in the time period. Most people forgot Kwang even appeared on WWE television, let alone got a limited spot on a classic video game.
2 Head (WWF Attitude)
An absolutely shocking addition to a video game was Al Snow’s mannequin friend Head being in the WWE Attitude game. Snow became very popular in the mid-card for his antics talking to Head and using it in matches as a weapon. This actual mannequin head became popular enough to warrant being a playable video game character.
Users would play as a floating head operating an invisible body. This character was more reminiscent of Disco Inferno’s pitched WCW idea of Invisible Man rather than Snow’s Head. Most fans overlooked Head and just played as Snow using the head as a weapon if they wanted this experience from the game. The fact that a mannequin head was once a playable character in a video game made by such a popular brand perfectly sums up how ridiculous WWE can be.
1 Fred Durst (SmackDown: Just Bring It)
The most random inclusion in a WWE video game is definitely 90s rock star Fred Durst. The lead singer of Limp Bizkit was a household name coming off his success as the front man. WWE formed a close relationship with both Durst and the band. The Undertaker used Rollin’ as a theme song and WWE used multiple Limp Bizkit songs on PPV, including a few performances.
WWE Smackdown: Just Bring It featured Durst as a character you had to unlock. Durst came to the ring to the Rollin’ theme while driving a low rider. The elaborate entrance saw him do the Rollin’ dance before wrestling his match. Durst was even wearing his backwards red baseball cap for the trademark look. There’s no doubt that Durst is the most random WWE video game name that no one remembers being in one of the games.