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  • Awesome Music: Sting's "Crow" theme in his 2K15 reveal trailer. It's the first time the song has been used since the 90s, and on WWE programming period, but the fact that the song was being played by an orchestra (In Sting face paint) just makes the moment that much more epic.
  • Better Than Canon:
    • The WCW invasion storyline in '12. It helps that WCW actually wins and Nitro replaces Raw. Though WWE does win in the end.
    • The Better Than Utopia story in SvR2009 starring John Cena is surprisingly better than some of Cena's storylines on TV.
    • Christian's RtWM in 2011, which features a reunion of Edge & Christian filled with nods to their original run as a team a decade earlier, and can end with either Edge & Christian wrestling one another for the World title in the main event, or with the two of them standing victorious with both the WWE & World titles, since Edge's retirement several months after the game's release meant that neither event could ever happen in reality.
    • Universe mode is all about this trope. Don't like the set matches or the real life WWE? Download or make up whoever you like and have them go at it.
    • Unless you stand still and do nothing, your Goldberg vs Lesnar match in 2014 will likely be more exciting than the real one.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: During the Outsider storyline in '12, Triple H is talking on the phone to somebody. It turns out to be Kevin Nash, who is then revealed to be right next to him. Trips wonders if he's still got what it takes, and Nash answers by saying he thinks he needs to knock some sense into him. He grabs HHH and hits the jackknife powerbomb on him. HHH gets right back up just a few seconds later and storms out of the room angrily to beat up the first person he finds, rather than, you know, hitting Nash back or something. This is never mentioned afterwards.
  • Broken Base: On pretty much everything.
    • Now that 2K and Visual Concepts are in charge of 2K15's development, they have upgraded the graphics and the gameplay mechanics, but have severely watered down the creation suite (You can only create 25 male wrestlers if you don't edit anyone's attires, give them the stupid talking-on-the-phone entrance and nothing else). One side is glad that THQ and Yuke's' horrible engine has been scrapped and can live without CAWs for a year while the other side considers the loss of the creation tools a deal breaker and are sticking with 2K14.
    • The whole "Current roster vs. Legends" debate, especially after WWE '13 and 2K14 being historic themed. One side complains that the Legends take away from the current roster (despite the fact that everyone relevant to the company was in) and should be minimally present/DLC only/not in at all because this isn't 1989 anymore while the other side doesn't like the "PG kid shit" and wants more Legends to play as instead of rookies and midcarders.
    • Divas: either they get crapped on and need more focus or they're a waste of disc space.
  • Crazy Awesome: Create-A-Finsher mode, especially with diving attacks. Inverted corkscrew 900 shooting star hurricanrana? No problem! Add in the lack of weight restrictions on finishers in 2010 and you have the aforementioned move done by a 7'2" superheavyweight.** This can also happen with the DAS mode as some of the created stories are kinda crazy.
  • Critical Research Failure: The Miz' finisher in 2011, "Skull Crushing Finale," is listed as affecting the body! In fact many moves in the game can qualify for this.
  • Ear Worm: I Came To Play!
  • Fridge Brilliance: In WWE '12's "Hero Story", one might note the irony of the invading WCW faction acting in a manner similar to the NWO in their own invasion of WCW. It actually makes sense that they would adopt these tactics, as they saw how effective they were when the nWo implemented them in the 90s; plus the ringleader of the invaders is Kevin Nash, who was a founding member of the nWo.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Notable in most of the games' storylines: Eddie Guerrero being placed in a casket in the game released on the same weekend as his death being a heavy one.
    • Happened again the year after with The Undertaker's feud with Chris Benoit during career mode. Taker tells Benoit that if he persists, not even his family will forgive him. Guess who went and killed his family and himself later that year?
    • Jerry Lawler in WWE '13: "I've got to start keeping an EMT by me during these Eve matches. Every time I see her, my heart skips a beat." Lawler would suffer from a Real Life heart attack shortly after recording the line.
    • Any story lines pertaining to the Undertaker's undefeated streak at WrestleMania might count after the actual end of said streak at WrestleMania XXX.
    • In 2010, If you lose the last match in Shawn Michaels' RTWM, he has to retire. Guess what the stipulation for his match at WrestleMania 26 would be?
  • Game Breaker: Running grapples, especially spears.
    • The Ho Train Attack -where you did a running whole-body smack against the opponent- always knocked him/her down, had almost no wind-up time, and seemed to be completely irreversible by the CPU. Sadly, it hasn't been seen in later installments.
    • The Head Attack, which left the recipient incapacitated for a STUPID length of time and was banned in many e-feds (online wrestling groups) that used the game, was removed in WWE 12.
    • In WWE 12 an AI opponent will usually run in for an attack if you keep your distance. It's rather easy to grapple them when they do this.
  • Growing the Beard: WWE 12 had removed the Take That comments from the last two games, cleaned up the controls and commentary and made the matches faster paced with downed opponents not being grounded for five minutes, as well as fixes to the AI.
    • Long before that, SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role drastically improved over the original SmackDown! game by allowing greater customisation of created wrestlers and a larger variety of matches.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: 2009 gained a Dueling Games situation with the TNA Impact video game by Midway's San Diego studio. To "welcome" the competition, creative director Cory Ledesma showed a TNA DVD used as a coffee coaster at a press conference. Cue a few years later where THQ buys out the San Diego studio and gets them to produce WWE All Stars with the Impact engine.
  • Les Yay: Shut Your Mouth and Here Comes the Pain had romance storylines possible, specifically special scenes for Valentines Day and a proper romance that was treated as real (Jim Ross would inquire about it being kayfabe and tell you not to hurt the woman you're in a relationship with.) You could play as a Diva, and be involved with either one of the female competitors on the roster or a female CAW. Averted after this where you couldn't play as a woman.
  • Mary Sue: Can be done with the create a storyline mode. Santino Marella also seems to treat himself as such in a pre-made story.
    • Universe mode is interesting in this regard. The best wrestlers, one might find, will struggle as they can just walk all over everyone but not gain popularity and support because they should win all the time. Take a wrestler who is not as skilled and defeat some of the tougher opponents and not only will their abilities shoot through the roof they will gain a massive following and quickly shoot up to championship contender status.
    • Download Michael Cole and he will become this, with the game placing him in championship matches on most if not every show.
  • Most Annoying Sound: From 2010: Here she comes again, like good medicine...
    • Over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. Or any song that just. Will. Not. Stop.
    • Also from 2010: I AM PERFECTION
    • 2011 gives us the horrible theme for Luke Gallows in the menu, as well as Shad Gaspard's heel theme. Why, nobody knows. What makes this worse is that it's possible to skip music in the 2010 games. Why you aren't able to do this 2011 is anyone's guess.
    • Bah Gawd does the commentary beg to be turned off. Due to the game's unfortunate tendencies to repeat commentary lines during a match, certain commentary bits from both Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler fall under this. In a five minute match Michael Cole will use the same line fifteen times, fifteen times, fifteen times, fifteen times, fifteen times, fifteen times, fifteen times, fifteen times, fifteen times, fifteen times, fifteen times, fifteen times, fifteen times, fifteen times, fifteen times, making Cole The Scrappy in game as well as out.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The vs. Undertaker RTWM storyline in 2011. Among other brainwrenching segments, your character participates in several matches against Undertaker's Druids. Sounds easy, right? There's a special arena these matches take place in. No commentary and no crowd noise, just you in the match. Did I mention every member of the crowd is also a Druid?
    • Around this time your match card goes from announcing the matches and giving helpful hints to LOST SOUL VS LOST SOUL VS LOST SOUL VS LOST SOUL
      • It is revealed at the end of the match that this was an actual battle royal taking place on RAW, but The Undertaker was causing you to hallucinate during the match.
      • The Downer Ending that occurs should you fail to beat 'Taker. You first are forced to fight a seemingly hopeless battle against his druids, which is then followed by your character being turned into a druid by 'Taker.
    • Also, Masked Kane from the same game. How is it that, in game's past — featuring the alternate skin — his moutpiece never moves with his mouth (as it is in Real Life) but here it does? It's especially bad when the screen freezes post-match...
  • Scrappy Mechanic:
    • The "New" Grapple system introduced in 2011 which no longer uses a modifier for strong or weak grapples, instead weaks grapples will occur only on non dazed opponents whereas strong grapples can only be performed on dazed opponents.
    • The game's refusal to let superstars be in more than one stable. Whilst it makes sense, it has one major drawback - Namely, you can't have a tag team as an individual unit with one name & be part of a differently named stable. So, to use WWE 13 as an example, the New Age Outlaws can't be a tag team on their own whilst still being part of the larger DeGeneration X stable.
  • Seasonal Rot: Many people feel that the franchise has gone downhill after SvR 06.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks Much raging happens once the fanbase figures out which features have been dumbed down or removed completely.
    • Scapegoat Creator: Senior creative manager Cory Ledesma.
      • Ledesma quit/got fired, so people will have to find someone else to blame everything for.
  • They Just Didn't Care: So many instances, a separate page had to be made.
  • Would Hit a Girl:

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