WWE video games have become a dependable source for grappling fans to replicate their favorite hero's (and villain's) actions, whether it's performing Hulk Hogan's iconic leg drop or letting Brock Lesnar have it with the Undertaker's Tombstone. They'll have a lot to look forward to later this year, as 2K Sports will bring WWE 2K15 to the masses with one of the biggest line-ups in the series to date.
Still, for as many superstars that the series has possessed over the years, it's also had its fair share of "oddballs." We're not talking the video game debut of Gobbledygooker, by any means, but there are a few strange inclusions that we couldn't bear to overlook.
So, without further ado, here are some weird characters you'll find in previously released WWE games. Chances are Bray Wyatt could wipe the floor with most of them. Maybe.
Gene Snitsky (WWE Day of Reckoning 2)
"It's not my fault!" This guy, who was a superstar during the late 90's-early 2000's era on Raw, had a rather strange in-ring persona, insisting that he wasn't to blame for the trauma surrounding certain storylines. Still, his erratic ring style suited him well over the years, and there was one great stint where he managed to kick a fake baby in front of Lita. No, go look it up on YouTube. Or rather, here.
A-Train (WWE Smackdown!: Here Comes the Pain)
A-Train, who's gone under a number of different names over the years (including Prince Albert and Tensai), is a memorable in-ring character mainly because of his combination of appearance and strength. He can hold his own in the ring, but it's undeniably hard to take your eyes off his pierced face. Not to mention his unshaven, hairy back, which the fans clearly made note of with chants of "SHAVE YOUR BACK!"
Doink the Clown (Wrestlemania: The Arcade Game)
The WWE's debut in arcades was pretty well received, particularly since it came from the same team that worked its magic on NFL Blitz and NBA Jam over at Midway. However, the real standout is Doink the Clown. A popular entertainer during the 90's and early 2000's in the company, Doink has many actions that are incredibly bizarre, including a joy-buzzer hand and a large sledgehammer. Hey, you gotta defeat the Undertaker somehow, right?
The Hurricane (WWE Smackdown: Shut Your Mouth)
There were a lot of actual heroes in the WWE universe, but how many actually dressed up as heroes? Enter The Hurricane, a masked man who came charging to the ring, cape and all, to take on his foes. He left such a lasting impression in the early 2000's that the WWE couldn't help but add him to the roster. Unfortunately, as you can see above, he's hardly as invincible as Superman. At least he's fun at parties.
Brodus Clay (WWE 12)
You dare not deny the dancing madness that Brodus Clay provided. For years, Clay was a superstar of not only the independent NXT ranks, but also the WWE, where he became known for his unique wrestling style and dancing techniques. It wasn't enough to keep him in the company, but at least his "Funkosaurus" look is forever immortalized with WWE 12's downloadable content.
Chainsaw Charlie (WWE 13)
Good ol' Terry Funk always knew how to put on a show, and one of his more oddball characters was Chainsaw Charlie, who was made available in WWE 13 as a downloadable character. While he doesn't actually attack characters with his chainsaw, his fantastic wrestling style and finishing moves are more than enough to down any opponent. If only Chainsaw would make a comeback!
The Honky Tonk Man (WWF Superstars)
We have to provide some props for The Honky Tonk Man. Here's a guy that took an Elvis wanna-be gimmick and transformed it into a very effective wrestling style. That would probably explain how he was able to get added to the roster of the 1989 arcade game WWF Superstars, pitted against the likes of Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior and other wrestlers. Also, CHECK OUT HIS HAIR.
Dude Love (WWE 13)
Last but certainly not least, we'd be insane if we didn't give Mick Foley some love. He's played some outstanding characters over the years, including Mankind and Cactus Jack. However, Dude Love takes the cake with his psychadelic wear and unpredictable wrestling style. Plus, that theme song will be in your head for hours. Hours.
Robert Workman posted a new article, The Oddest Wrestlers In WWE Video Games.
Before we see what oddballs make this year's cut, we look back at favorites from the past.
On that note I'll leave this here...... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URGhV9XiivY
No goldust! :(
Because he's going to be in WWE 2K15. Stardust too!
This reminds me to watch more Video Game Championship Wrestling.