WWE 2k18 is right around the corner and fans are just waiting in anticipation for its October release. Whether you hate the series or not, everyone is intrigued by the new features the 2k team has worked on. One of the biggest features of the video game is playing with legendary wrestlers who aren’t on the main roster. Some of them featured in this game consist of Daniel Bryan, Kevin Nash, Shawn Michaels, and the Ultimate Warrior.
Sometimes fans become disappointed that one of their favorite Superstars isn’t in the game. They may not know the reason why and it’s not just because that particular wrestler is unpopular or never made an impact. A lot of former WWE employees have been banned from WWE products. The WWE will never talk about them and treat them like they don't even exist.
This list has 15 wrestlers that would probably be in a WWE video game if it wasn’t for being banned. Most fans don’t really care because of the CAW (create-a-wrestler) option. This allows fans to create the likeness of legendary Superstars that may be banned. If CAW wasn’t an option, we’re pretty sure more fans would speak up about certain wrestlers being banned. Enjoy.
15 Hulk Hogan
Listen here, brother! Eat your vitamins, say your prayers, and make sure there are no hidden cameras or people recording you. Hogan messed up, badly. In 2015, comments he made several years earlier involving race surfaced and the WWE had to terminate his contract. Claiming someone is a racist seems to be a knee-jerk reaction these days, however, Hogan clearly messed up and deserved some type of discipline.
Although both Triple H and Stephanie McMahon have claimed Chyna will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, actions speak louder than words. Until that does happen, the WWE has usually stayed far away from talking about Chyna. Undoubtedly the greatest women’s wrestler of ever, Chyna broke the glass ceiling by becoming the first woman to ever win the Intercontinental Championship. Besides the belt, Chyna transcended into pop culture because of her size and actual ability to hold her own against the big guys.
The WWE’s New Day would break Demolition’s record of longest reigning Tag Team Champions of 487 days in 2016. Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston, and Big E deserve all the praise in the world for creating one of the most memorable tag teams of all time but let’s go down a nefarious path as to why they broke the record.
Nailz had a very brief career in the WWE but short careers in the company haven’t stopped WWE from putting wrestlers into a video game. After several tryouts with the company, he would debut as Nailz in 1992. His gimmick was a psychopathic inmate that foamed at that mouth. It seems his gimmick was a little too much like his real personality. Allegedly, Nailz was working a feud with The Undertaker and figured out he wasn’t getting paid as much as the Deadman.
11 Paul Orndorff
Maybe the forgotten man in the inaugural WrestleMania, Orndorff would team up with Roddy Piper to take on Hulk Hogan and Mr. T in the main event. It takes two to tango or in this case four, and after the night was over, Vince McMahon, WrestleMania, and the WWE would become one of the biggest commodities in the world. As a WWE Hall of Famer, why isn’t Orndorff in any of the legend packages for WWE 2k?
10 Scott Steiner
Hey Big Poppa Pump freaks, where you at? Steiner may not have the greatest mic skills but the guy had a unique look. Steroids or not, when Steiner enters a ring, you notice it. He would make his wrestling debut in 1986 and eventually for a tag team with his brother, Rick, called the Steiner Brothers. He would become a champion in several promotions including WWE and WCW.
He’s encountered a rocky relationship with the WWE and even had a photo distributed to security at WrestleMania XXX because earlier that weekend he stated he was going to "kill" Hulk Hogan. Apparently, he believes Hogan is the reason for his downfall in WCW.
9 Brad Maddox
At 33 years old, Maddox still has a lot of wrestling left in his career but don’t expect to see him anywhere close to the WWE. He would begin working for Ohio Valley Wrestling and Florida Championship Wrestling, two developmental territories of the WWE after signing a contract with the company in 2008.
8 Road Warrior Animal
You won't be hearing “What a rush!!” in any WWE video game anytime soon. Road Warrior Animal made up one-half of the Legion of Doom, one of the most dominant and popular tag teams in the history of the industry. Animal would make his debut in the business in 1982 and would skyrocket to the top of the card once he paired up with Hawk.
7 Chavo Guerrero Jr.
Chavo was born to wrestle and still does so today at the age of 46. As a Guerrero, he will always find a promotion for work but don’t expect him in the WWE. It’s a shame because he’s related to Eddie and what better way to honor his life by having his nephew involved in the promotion. Chavo left the WWE in 2011 because he felt his family name wasn’t being used properly.
Raven may never have been a top-billed wrestler in the WWE but he did leave his mark on the industry. He would make his professional wrestling debut in 1988. Vince McMahon and the WWE actually gave him a one-off appearance in 1990 against Koko B. Ware but he wouldn’t become a full-time wrestler in the promotion until 1993.
5 Jeff Jarrett
The Jarretts and the McMahons have been in the wrestling industry for 50 years. Jarrett’s father, Jerry, founded the Continental Wrestling Association in 1977 while Vince McMahon was still working for his father. The two would battle in competition and shared a joint project together in 1992 but it didn’t last long. Jeff would have several runs in the WWE but didn’t come back to the company when they bought out WCW in 2001.
4 CM Punk
You would think a guy who has won the WWE Championship, ECW Championship, Tag Team Championship, World Heavyweight Championship, and two Money in the Bank contracts would definitely be a character in any WWE video game. That just isn’t the case when it comes to CM Punk. We all know the story but here’s a brief run through.
3 Owen Hart
Maybe the most tragic tale in the wrestling industry, the brother of Bret Hart, Owen, was one of the top wrestlers in the business before his untimely death in 1999. While performing a stunt from the rafters of the venue, he would fall to his death at the age of 34. WWE would have loved to honor him at the time, however, a wrongful death lawsuit filed by his wife, Martha, would prevent them from doing so.
Sunny would have one official match on Pay-Per-View in the WWE in 2009 when she was an entrant in the Miss WrestleMania Battle Royal. She wouldn’t win, but it was a sign that the WWE and Sunny were going to have a positive relationship moving forward. She would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011 but things would go downhill fast after that.
News spread that Sunny was selling her Hall of Fame ring and not only that, she was breaking into the adult entertainment business. Sunny has been involved in adult movies as well as cam shows, which isn't the greatest for the family friendly WWE program. Of course, the WWE would ban her and we'll probably never see her in the WWE Universe or video game again.
1 Chris Benoit
There should be no surprise this wrestler is number one on our list. Hell will freeze over before Benoit is ever officially a character in a WWE video. Considered one of the greatest technical wrestlers in history, Benoit destroyed his entire legacy as well as family when he committed a double murder-suicide in 2007. Sadly, he would murder his wife and son before killing himself. The event would shake the foundation of the wrestling industry.
Not only did critics focus on the violence in wrestling, they also brought up steroid abuse, a topic the WWE has been trying to get away from since the 1990s. Although roid rage was considered one of the main reasons for Benoit’s crime, new evidence shows Benoit suffered from CTE. The disease has several stages and can cause confusion, memory loss, impulsive behavior, dementia, depression, and suicidal thoughts.
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