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WWE SmackDown!: Here Comes The Pain

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WWE SmackDown!: Here Comes The Pain

Also known as: Exciting Pro Wrestling 5 (JP)
Developer: Yuke's
Publisher: THQ
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released in JP: January 29, 2004
Released in US: October 27, 2003
Released in EU: November 7, 2003 (UK)
Released in KR: 2003


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WWE SmackDown!: Here Comes The Pain is the fifth game in the SmackDown! series and the second game in the series to be based on the Ruthless Aggression era, and the last to be named after only one WWE show post brand extension. It is also the only SmackDown! game with a subtitle that isn't a catchphrase of The Rock.

Removed Wrestlers

Several wrestlers were scrapped for various reasons. All these remaining wrestlers, except for the Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan, have the special "S" icon as their select screen picture, 0 for all stats, and all that remains of them is their names and for most, their movesets. None of the deleted wrestlers can be played, except for Al Snow, as they will freeze the game since their models do not exist on the game. Reportedly, trying to play as these removed wrestlers runs the risk of ruining your current season.

Wrestler Reason for removal Notes
Al Snow Possibly related to his absence from in-ring competition in mid-2003. The only scrapped wrestler who is playable as he uses The Rock's model rather than his own. Entrances must be turned off or the game will freeze.
Move-set 02, WAS.
Billy Gunn Possibly related to his absence from television until June 2003. Move-set 06, WBG. Has a hidden winning animation.
Billy Kidman Unknown. Move-set 08, WBK.
Bradshaw Possibly related to his absence from television due to injury between September 2002 and June 2003. Move-set 04, WBR.
Hulk Hogan Left WWE in late June. There are two Hulk Hogan leftovers: one in his then-current appearance, the other with his 1980s appearance (likely as a legend). Unlike most of the scrapped wrestlers, both Hogans have select screen pictures and statistics, as well as hidden entrance and winning animations. Additionally, a blood face texture of then-current Hogan can be found in Linda McMahon's PAC file as "08.txc", for unknown reasons. Hogan's blood texture differs in shape and color from other other blood textures in the game.
Move-set 70, OHH.

HCTP 03 hogan.png HCTP 80s hogan.png HCTP Hogan Face.png

(Discovery: THELECTRIFYINGREATONE, KOFHƎRO77, Aguila316 (blood face texture))
Jamal Released from WWE in June. Move-set 13, WRJ.
Jeff Hardy Released from WWE in April. First featured in a PSW reveal trailer seen here and seems to have been removed some what late in development as Jeff was still featured in a later trailer seen here. Jeff's attire in WWE Raw 2 was going to be identical to his HCTP attire as seen here at 0:37. His left armband texture from WWE Raw 2 exists on the retail WWE Raw 2 game and matches his HCTP model. Hardy also has a hidden winning animation.
Move-set 18, OJH.
Raw 2 JH full armband.png HCTP JH COMP 1.png
(Discovery: Fachrym91 (Raw 2 armband))
Molly Holly Unknown. No Create-A-Superstar move-set.
Rosie Unknown. Likely referring to Rosey, as he did not use that spelling until 2009 in the independent wrestling circuit.
Move-set 13, WRJ.
Spike Dudley Unknown. Move-set 03, WSD.
Ultimate Warrior Licensing negotiations between Warrior's company and THQ fell through. Unlike most of the scrapped wrestlers, Ultimate Warrior has a select screen picture and statistics as well as hidden entrance and winning animations. Early footage of Warrior in the game exists here.
Move-set 71, OUW, which led to another lawsuit on itself.

HCTP Ultimate warrior.png

William Regal Removed from television due to hiatus caused by health issues. Move-set 01, WRR. Has a hidden winning animation.

Unused Attires

Several wrestlers have unused attires that remain on the disc but are not usable in normal play without modding. These attires can be enabled through the use of mod tools such as PAC Editor.

Regional Differences

The Japanese version renames the Bra and Panties main event match type to Bikini.

(Source: Gohikari)