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The Worst Wrestling Games Ever (Ranked)

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Professional wrestling has been a staple of pop culture for decades. With its over-the-top characters and epic storylines, it has captivated audiences of all ages.

Naturally, video game developers have tried to capture the excitement and drama of wrestling in video games. Unfortunately, not all attempts have been successful.

In this article, we’ll rank the worst wrestling games ever released by the major promotions, including WWE, WCW and ECW.

What are the worst wrestling games ever?

10. WWE Crush Hour (2003)

WWE Crush Hour tried to blend wrestling and vehicular combat, but the result was a mess. The game’s clunky controls and poor graphics make it difficult to enjoy.

9. WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2008 (2007)

While not the worst game in the series, WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2008 is a forgettable entry in the franchise. The game’s mechanics were clunky, and the graphics were subpar.

8. WCW Backstage Assault (2000)

WCW Backstage Assault was supposed to be a revolutionary new take on wrestling games. Instead, it was a buggy mess with poor graphics and terrible controls

7. TNA iMPACT! (2008)

TNA iMPACT! had a lot of promise. The game featured impressive graphics and a roster of popular wrestlers.

Unfortunately, the gameplay was repetitive, and the story mode was underwhelming.

6. WWE 2K20 (2019)

WWE 2K20 was an unmitigated disaster. The game was riddled with bugs and glitches, and the graphics were downright ugly.

The game was so bad that it caused a social media uproar, and many fans demanded refunds.

5. WCW Nitro (1997)

WCW Nitro was a mess of a game. The graphics were poor, the controls were clunky, and the gameplay was repetitive.

The only redeeming quality of the game was the ability to play as popular wrestlers like Hulk Hogan and Sting.

4. WWE Wrestlemania (1989)

WWE Wrestlemania was one of the earliest wrestling games, but it hasn’t aged well. The game’s graphics and sound effects were primitive, and the gameplay was frustratingly difficult

3. ECW Hardcore Revolution (2000)

ECW Hardcore Revolution was supposed to be a gritty, hardcore wrestling game. Instead, it was a buggy mess with terrible graphics and repetitive gameplay

2. WWE Legends of Wrestlemania (2009)

WWE Legends of Wrestlemania had a great concept, allowing players to relive classic wrestling matches.

Unfortunately, the execution was terrible. The game’s controls were clunky, and the graphics were underwhelming.

1. WCW Mayhem (1999)

WCW Mayhem is widely considered one of the worst wrestling games ever made.

The graphics were terrible, the controls were clunky, and the gameplay was boring. The game was a complete disaster from start to finish.

In conclusion, while wrestling games have come a long way since the early days of gaming, there have been some major missteps along the way.

These games are the worst of the worst, and they serve as a reminder that even the biggest franchises can stumble.

Jake Skudder
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Jake Skudder
Jake is an SEO-minded Combat Sports, Gaming and Pro Wrestling writer and successful Editor in Chief. He has more than ten years of experience covering mixed martial arts, pro wrestling and gaming across a number of publications, starting at SEScoops in 2012 under the name Jake Jeremy.