WWE 2K has become one of the most popular annual video games when released towards the end of each year. Seth Rollins being the cover star this year along with a strong marketing push has led to the game having a lot of expectations. One of the more fascinating aspects of the video game for both gamers and those that don’t own a console is the official Superstar ratings. Every wrestler has an overall rating, with 100 being the highest of the highs. We have only learned a handful of the ratings so far for 2K18, but past history has shown that there will be many outrageous ones.
The past five years have been more high profile when it comes to the WWE wrestler ratings due to merging with 2K for the new brand. Quite a few wrestlers have been either overrated or underrated to a large extent. The popular belief is that video game minds are the ones to make up these ratings rather than anyone with power in the company. It still is meant to portray realism but has failed to on multiple levels. In this list we'll take a look at the top twenty video game ratings in recent memory that were disgraceful.
19 A.J. Styles - 89 (2K18)
The ratings for WWE 2K18 have yet to be revealed, but one specific rating has leaked to anger fans. A.J. Styles had arguably the best past year in WWE. The classic matches with Dean Ambrose, John Cena and Shane McMahon made him the most dynamic in-ring performer on SmackDown Live. Styles also had a superb WWE Championship run that helped put SmackDown on the map following the brand split.
18 Alexa Bliss - 73 (2K17)
A lot has changed since last year’s video game and the timing of the release was completely horrible for WWE 2K17’s rating of Alexa Bliss. The developers likely viewed her as an NXT star and only gave her a 73 rating for 2K17. Alexa would get called up to the main roster in July for the brand split draft, and she emerged into the top heel on SmackDown Live by the time the game was released.
17 Rey Mysterio - 84 (2K15)
Rey Mysterio had issues with WWE management towards the end of his tenure in the company. An older age and various injuries made it tough for him to keep up the WWE schedule. Mysterio requested his release from the company and it took a long time before WWE granted it. That is likely one of the reasons the legendary wrestler had such a low rating in WWE 2K15.
One of the most bizarre ratings in recent memory featured forgettable women’s wrestler Aksana getting a 78 rating in WWE 2K14. The Women’s Division was not treated with much credibility at the time. It makes perfect sense that the ratings appeared to be given out at random. To make the rating look even more ridiculous, AJ Lee received a 77 rating, one point below Aksana.
16 Sgt. Slaughter - 80 (2K16)
A terrible rating for a legendary figure in WWE featured Sgt. Slaughter being rated at an 80 in WWE 2K16. Slaughter is not viewed in the same tier of the likes of Steve Austin or Shawn Michaels. It is more than fair that he is rated in the 80s, but exactly 80 seems very disrespectful.
15 Braun Strowman - 78 (2K17)
A recent rating last year that looks horrible today is the 78 given to Braun Strowman. WWE 2K likely rated him during his time in the Wyatt Family as the big dude that stood in the background and barely did anything. Strowman however received a huge push following the brand split as a singles star on the Raw brand.
14 Booker T - 85 (2K15)
Booker T is without a doubt a legend in the wrestling industry. The five-time WCW World Champion improved upon his success when joining WWE. Booker added another World Championship and many other accolades to his accomplishments. Considering how popular he is and all of the luster attached to his legacy, a low rating of 85 was rather shocking.
13 Brie Bella – 83 (2K15)
The Bella Twins started to reach their peak in name value around the time WWE 2K15 came out. Total Divas was doing well and both ladies had high profile roles on WWE television. However, it was obvious to anyone that Nikki was doing better than Brie. The record breaking Divas Championship reign of Nikki was getting ready to start around this time frame.
12 Rick Rude - 82 (2K16)
A recent ranking to look rather disrespectful is WWE 2K16 giving the late Rick Rude a low ranking of 82. Rude has been celebrated as someone ahead of his time. There were very few heels as effective as Rude at getting heat and his matches always delivered. Unfortunately, he ended up being one of the lowest ranked legends in the game.
11 Kofi Kingston - 84 (2K15)
The career of Kofi Kingston has seen him put up a strong effort to remain relevant in the Mid-Card and Tag Team Divisions. Despite not making it into the main event picture, Kingston always found success somewhere on the show. Kofi is arguably the most consistent performer on the roster. There’s a reason his job has never been in doubt during his decade in the company.
10 Batista - 89 (2K16)
Batista’s presence in WWE 2K16 was expected to see him hit the rare mid-90 range considering he is one of the biggest names in recent memory. Wrestlers to achieve the amount of accomplishments of Batista usually have that rare ranking above the rest. Batista however was viewed on a lower tier than the other legends to hold the World Title that many times.
9 Damien Sandow - 87 (2K14)
Most of the ratings on this list feature wrestlers being underrated. This is a rare example of someone being quite overrated. Damien Sandow never had a noteworthy run in WWE and peaked as one of the less memorable Money in the Bank winners to lose his title shot. WWE 2K14 however seemed to love his potential as seen with their ranking.
8 Lita - 79 (2K14)
Another perplexing decision from WWE 2K14 came when Lita was given the low rating of 79. Most unbiased opinions would see Lita in the top two of all-time successful women’s wrestlers behind Trish Stratus. However, the video game developers clearly didn’t see it that way. Lita received an extremely low ranking for a legend that was getting inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame shortly after.
7 Chad Gable - 79 (2K17)
The call-ups of Chad Gable and Jason Jordan as a team last year created a lot of excitement for the Tag Team Division. Everyone expected American Alpha to have a great run on SmackDown Live. Both men worked well together and won the SmackDown Tag Team Championship by defeating the team of Randy Orton and Luke Harper.
6 Kevin Owens - 86 (2K17)
Kevin Owens has been one of the most successful WWE wrestlers throughout the entirety of his main roster run. Following a victory over John Cena in his first match, Owens has been a champion of some sort for the majority of his WWE career. Owens was actually the Universal Champion when WWE 2K17 was released but the rating didn’t show it.
5 Edge - 88 (2K16)
Another Canadian wrestling star with a low rating on a recent WWE video game is Edge. The hit list of eleven World Title reigns and 27 total title reigns should have been enough to land Edge a spot in the mid-90s. Instead, WWE 2K16 gave Edge a shocking rating of 88. Most of the legend wrestlers you hear compared to Edge were rated above him and many current stars were as well.
4 Carmella - 70 (2K17)
A great example of someone making a WWE 2K rating look idiotic is Carmella. 2K17 gave her one of the lowest ratings in the game at a horrible 70. This was around the time of the brand split when Carmella was getting called up to SmackDown in the draft. The rating and overall perception was that Carmella would be the weakest name in the division and didn’t deserve to contend with the bigger stars.
3 Hollywood Hogan - 88 (2K14)
One of the worst legendary ratings in WWE video game history featured the 88 rating for “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan. The iconic Hogan developed this heel persona in WCW when leading the New World Order. This character is essentially the main reason the Monday Night Wars started when fans wanted to keep up with WCW enough to choose it over WWE.
2 The Miz - 84 (2K16 and 2K15)
The career of The Miz can be summed up by looking at his WWE 2K rankings over the years. Miz fell apart and struggled to find relevance after losing the WWE Championship back in 2011. Things appeared to hit rock bottom in 2K15 and 2K16. An active former World Champion being ranked as an 84 in back-to-back games is a bad sign for one’s career.
1 Andre the Giant - 80 (2K17)
The most disgraceful ranking has to be WWE 2K17’s rating of Andre the Giant. WWE often portrays Andre as one of the greatest stars and the best big man in the company history. Vince McMahon requests Andre gets added to many historical video packages or documentaries due to his impact on the WWE in the 80s. Hell, the merchandise of Andre is still purchased by fans today.
This all makes you wonder how it is possible that the 2K17 video game crew game him a rating of 80. Alberto Del Rio, Earthquake and Billy Gunn all were ranked above Andre. It was among the most shocking ratings you’ll ever find in a video game. Given all the respect WWE shows for Andre, the 2K rating of 80 is a complete joke.
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