WWE’s annual video game, the 2K series is one of the best sports games around, and with the game now coming to Nintendo Switch as well as PS4, Xbox One and PC, fans are understandably excited, as they are going to boast the biggest roster ever featured in a wrestling video game, and just last week the ratings for all the main roster performers was leaked. With updated graphics, new modes and an updated creation suite, this one can’t be released soon enough, but fans will only have to wait until October 17th to play it, so what about those wrestler ratings? As usual, the WWE and 2K have made some very interesting choices when it comes to some performers, and while there aren’t as many outrageous decisions as there has been in previous years, there is certainly enough to make a list out of, so that’s what we are doing today, 15 WWE 2K18 wrestler ratings that we definitely can’t agree with.
15 Braun Strowman - 88
When Braun Strowman debuted as the Black Sheep of the Wyatt Family, fans saw through the WWE, and saw that he was just another big monster who was only there for his look. Fast forward a few years, and Strowman has been the MVP of RAW this year, and although he’s not at the level of Rollins, Styles or even Roman Reigns, he’s a huge part of the main event scene on WWE’s top show. The rating system for 2K is a hard one to decipher, as we don’t know 100% if it’s based on kayfabe standing within the WWE, or in-ring ability, but it seems to be the former, so how on earth is Braun Strowman an 88 under that situation? He has been destroying everyone and having great PPV matches for the past few years, and he should definitely have been rated at least a 90, if not more.
14 Sami Zayn - 84
Sami Zayn is undoubtedly one of the most talented in ring performers the WWE has ever had, and he proves it time and time again in bouts against the likes of Shinsuke Nakamura, Samoa Joe and his old friend-turned-rival (and now friend again) Kevin Owens, but for some reason, he just doesn’t get the respect that he deserves from WWE management. His involvement in the Hell in a Cell main event may have rejuvenated his career, as he may be pairing up with that long time rival Kevin Owens, so it’s likely we will see more of Sami Zayn from now on, but despite the lack of success he has had on the main roster, he certainly deserves higher than 84. Don’t get me wrong, I know that Zayn doesn’t deserve to be rated up with the likes of Rollins, Reigns and Styles, but a rating of 86 or 87 would be much more justified for The Underdog from the Underground.
13 Xavier Woods - 83
For a long time, Xavier Woods was solely a manager for The New Day, as Kofi and Big E did the majority of in ring work, and while he excelled in the role, anyone who saw Consequences Creed wrestle in TNA knows he is fantastic in the ring, and over the past several months, he has got the chance to prove that. He starred in the Hell in a Cell match that saw them lose the SmackDown Tag Team Titles, and with Kofi and Big E both being rated 86, you have to say that Woods got the short end of the stick by being rated 3 points lower than both of them. He might not be the star that the other two are, but he has his great qualities, and should at least be an 85 if not equal with the other two members of the amazing trio.
12 Emma - 75
The standing of women has certainly improved over the last several years, and many credit that to the work of The Four Horsewomen in NXT and now on the main roster (Nikki Bella also claims that it was Total Bellas, but we all know that’s nonsense), but there’s someone who doesn’t get enough credit, and that’s Emma, who began this revolution with Paige in NXT. She was treated poorly on the main roster, but her return to NXT as Evil-Emma rejuvenated her career, but yet again due to injuries and poor treatment, she sits in the cellar of Monday Night RAW’s women’s division. That’s unlikely to change anytime soon, especially with the introduction of Asuka (who will be battling the Aussie at TLC as a part of her debut), but even so, she has the talent, and deserves a rating of at least 79, maybe even 80.
11 Bray Wyatt - 85
Bray Wyatt is one of the most unique and intriguing characters in the history of the WWE, but due to the WWE’s poor booking over the past several years, he isn’t at the level that he truly deserves, but he was WWE Champion for a time in 2017, and for that reason, certainly deserves to be at least an 88. If Jinder Mahal can get an 88 (oh trust me, we will get to that), Bray Wyatt certainly deserves it, and with the new teases of Sister Abigail, it finally looks like the WWE have him on the right track to be the main event player we know he can be. He may not be the flashiest in ring competitor, but his style fits his character perfectly, and when treated right, he is much more than an 85.
10 Shane McMahon - 84
Shane McMahon is a good performer, and is easily the most liked McMahon in the entire family, and he certainly deserves respect for the risks he has taken over his career. At the end of it, he will be able to look back on a highlight reel full of gigantic risks that became epic moments, but as a true wrestler, he just isn’t that amazing, and doesn’t deserve to be rated higher than the likes of Chad Gable, Xavier Woods and the same as Rusev and Sami Zayn. He’s had great matches, notably with Kurt Angle and AJ Styles, but he isn’t consistently as good as an 84 rating indicates. Furthermore, at 47 years old, he’s not going to be performing at a full time level, and while 84 isn’t anything to blow up about, it certainly isn’t a rating that is deserved.
9 Brock Lesnar - 93
Brock Lesnar is the biggest money draw in the WWE today, and has been absolutely dominating the competition since his gigantic return in 2012, so if anyone in this game deserves to be rated 96+, surely it has to be the current Universal Champion, and the man who ended The Undertaker’s legendary WrestleMania winning streak. Fans may resent Lesnar for getting the chances he does, especially on such a limited schedule, but there’s no doubting that The Beast Incarnate possesses an aura that no one else in the WWE today does. While it’s clear that Roman Reigns is the WWE’s golden boy, Lesnar still deserves the top spot. Lesnar may possibly be leaving the WWE in 2018, so there’s a chance this may be his last appearance in a WWE game as an active competitor, and while no one is going to weep for Lesnar getting a 93, it’s clear that he should be much higher.
8 Enzo Amore - 74
Enzo Amore is one of the most polarizing stars in the WWE today, as he is beloved by fans around the world, yet reportedly despised by the locker room, but it seems that has helped his career, as a recent heel turn and introduction to the Cruiserweight division have him main eventing RAW every single week. His whole gimmick since joining 205 Live is that he can’t wrestle, but he is a superstar and can get it done in other ways. Despite his lack of wrestling ability in comparison to the rest of the division, he certainly deserves better than this. This may be a way to further motivate his character in the 205-pound division, as it could serve as a further source of disrespect, but he is a superstar no doubt, and deserves to at least be higher than the likes of Goldust and Titus O’Neil.
7 Triple H - 89
Triple H has a massive ego, that’s something we all know by now, and while in years gone by, The Game would deservedly be rated 92-95, in the year 2017 where he only wrestles once, an 89 rating is just too high, as it’s better than guys like Cesaro, Finn Balor, Kevin Owens, Dean Ambrose and Braun Strowman, and that just isn’t right. On one hand, I get it, legends are always going to be rated highly, but this isn’t a legendary rating, this is his current rating, and despite the fact he can still go, he just isn’t as good as this rating will have you believe. As we’ve mentioned, the ratings mostly stem from kayfabe within the WWE, so you can see why he’s got such a rating, as he no doubt had a great influence on it, but today, there are just so many better wrestlers than a 48-year-old Triple H.
6 Randy Orton - 90
Randy Orton has been present on our screens for the past 13 years, and he deserves the main event/legend status that he has, but over the past few years, he has definitely started to phone in his performances several times, and as a result, hasn’t done anything remotely interesting for quite some time. He is still just as talented as he was years ago, but his performances say otherwise, and after seeing the terrible feuds he has had in 2017 with Jinder Mahal and Bray Wyatt, you can certainly see why Orton should be rated an 87 and no higher. The ratings may come because of WWE’s kayfabe and reputation inside that kayfabe, so you can understand why the WWE and 2K have rated him a 90, but if it was a true reflection of his talent and performances, he doesn’t deserve a 90.
5 Goldberg - 92
Goldberg is a legend in the wrestling business, despite having less wrestling ability than most of the guys around the world today, but through smart booking, WCW and the WWE turned him into one of the top stars of a generation. His return to the WWE was a smash hit with the fans, but c’mon 2K, a 92 for less than five moves? His matches with Brock Lesnar were entertaining no doubt, but he struggles to work a match more than 5 minutes, and with a guy like AJ Styles sitting at 90, there’s no way Goldberg should be a 92. There’s an argument to be made that Brock Lesnar isn’t that much different, but we’ve seen him work great matches before against the likes of John Cena and Kurt Angle, and he’s managed to stay relevant for some time. But fans began to hate Goldberg towards the end of his run, and that proves that he’s not as good as a 92 suggests.
4 Neville - 84
Over the past year, the cruiserweight division has definitely struggled, and while they’ve had some good matches, there has been one consistent stand out, and that’s “The King of the Cruiserweights”, and he is proving that he could certainly be one of the biggest stars in the entire WWE, not just the 205-pound division. With his limited role by being included in that division, you can see why 2K and WWE didn’t give him the respect he deserved, but he is possibly the best heel on the entire roster, and has the in ring talent to match it with anyone in the company, or even the world. Hopefully by this time next year the WWE have let Neville into the main roster again so he can show what he can truly do, because a rating of 84 is just horrendous.
3 Nikki Bella - 85
Several years back, the women in WWE games often got ratings of no higher than mid-70s, so it’s great to see that now women like Asuka and Charlotte are rating in the high-80s. But one person that certainly doesn’t deserve such a rating is Nikki Bella. Sure, she has improved quite a bit since she and Brie debuted in the WWE, and she was a worthy Divas Champion, but she just isn’t that good, and to have her rated over the likes of both Bayley and Sasha Banks is an absolute travesty. It would be quite easy to blame this on her relationship with John Cena (as there were rumors that it was his influence which kept the title on her instead of Charlotte), but it may just be WWE influencing the rating due to Total Bellas and how important they think it is. But at the end of the day, she shouldn’t be rated above any of the current crop of women (except maybe Tamina and Lana).
2 Roman Reigns - 95
We all know that WWE is pushing Roman Reigns as their next top guy, and while it hasn’t worked in the way they wanted, he is certainly still one of their top performers. While I’ve got no problem with him being rating at the top of the game, him being 5 points higher than AJ Styles, and several higher than Brock Lesnar and John Cena just isn’t right. It was obvious that Reigns would be the highest rated wrestler, and he does deserve that accolade, as he has become a fantastic performer, but I just don’t think he should be that high. A rating of 93 would be more appropriate for Reigns, as his character is still very limited, and he isn’t getting over as a face the way the WWE wanted, but he has still proven that he is one of the best performers in the world today.
1 Jinder Mahal – 88
Jinder Mahal becoming WWE Champion has been one of the biggest stories in WWE in the year 2017, and whether you like it or not, you have to admit he doesn’t deserve his position, as he’s not that good. So how on earth does 2K think Jinder is better than the likes of Cesaro, Charlotte and Asuka, and just as good as Finn Balor, Kevin Owens and Braun Strowman? Rating him as an 84-85 would be a much better idea, as he is average in the ring and is proven to be weak (in kayfabe) time and time again, as he can’t win a match without the help of The Singh Brothers, so 88 is just ridiculous. The fact that he is just two points behind AJ Styles proves how idiotic this whole thing is, and while it’s just a video game rating, it’s worth noting just how dumb this rating is.