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WWE SmackDown!: Here Comes The Pain

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Title Screen

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


CharacterIcon.png This game has unused playable characters.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.


BugsIcon.png This game has a bugs page

Hmmm...
To do:
Document the hidden arenas. Also the "MISSING TITANTRON FOR THIS SUPERSTAR" placeholders?

WWE SmackDown!: Here Comes The Pain is the second game in the series based on the Ruthless Aggression era, and the last one to be named only after one WWE brand after the brand extension. It's also the only game where the subtitle isn't something The Rock says.

Scrapped Characters

Several wrestlers were scrapped for various reasons. All these remaining characters, 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 their existence is their names and movesets. Except for Al Snow, all the deleted character cannot be played, as they will freeze the game since their models have been deleted. It has also been reported that trying to play as them run the risk of ruining your season. Most of the scrapped wrestlers have unlockable movelists in case the player wants to recreate them.

Wrestler Why they were scrapped Notes
Al Snow May have had development problems with him, since he uses The Rock's model as a placeholder. The only scrapped wrestler who is playable as he uses The Rock's model instead. Entrances must be turned off or the game will freeze.
Movelist 2, WAS.
Billy Gunn Possibly related to his absence from television until June 2003. Movelist 6, WBG.
Billy Kidman Unknown. Movelist 8, WBK.
Bradshaw Possibly related to his absence from television due to injury between September 2002 and June 2003. Movelist 4, WBR.
Hulk Hogan Left WWE during development. 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.
Movelist 70, OHH.
Jamal Left WWE during development. No Create-A-Superstar movelist.
Jeff Hardy Left WWE during development. Seems to have been removed some what late in development as Jeff is featured in a trailer seen here.
Movelist 18, OJH.
Molly Holly Unknown. No Create-A-Superstar movelist.
Rosie Unknown. Possibly referring to Rosey, as he did not use that name until 2009 in independent wrestling circuit.
Movelist 13, WRJ.
Spike Dudley Unknown. Movelist 3, WSD.
Ultimate Warrior Threatened WWE with a lawsuit. Unlike most of the scrapped wrestlers, Ultimate Warrior has a select screen picture and statistics.
Movelist 71, OUW, which led to another lawsuit on itself
William Regal Removed from television due to hiatus caused by health issues. Movelist 1, WRR.

Unused Outfit

Charlie Haas, Shelton Benjamin, and Kurt Angle each have an unused Team Angle outfit that is completely usable and will not freeze the game, unlike the characters mentioned above.

Regional Differences

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

(Source: Gohikari)