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WWE WrestleMania 21

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WWE WrestleMania 21

Developer: Studio Gigante
Publisher: THQ
Platform: Xbox
Released in US: April 20, 2005
Released in EU: May 27, 2005


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Hmmm...
To do:
  • Upload direct PNG screenshots of Bill Goldberg in-game (use XDK or Emulator)
  • This game may contain text strings or textures for wrestlers not featured
  • Lesnar and Austin's character select pictures and all crowd signs are in .RES format and not .TGA format like the rest of the pictures. Upload both of their select pictures and all crowd signs if possible.
  • Use this specialized tool from 2005 to export/import "WAD" and "K" files files in the game for further research.

On paper WWE WrestleMania 21, a game made by the developers of Mortal Kombat, sounds like a surefire success. The execution is anything but.

Removed/Unused Wrestlers

Several wrestlers were scrapped for various reasons.

Wrestler Reason for removal Notes
Billy Gunn Released from WWE in November 2004. Gunn has a placeholder character select picture, AI data, crowd signs but no model.

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Brock Lesnar Left WWE after WrestleMania XX (March 2004). Lesnar has a placeholder character select picture but no AI data, crowd signs or model.
Goldberg Left WWE after WrestleMania XX (March 2004). Goldberg appears to be the most complete wrestler in WM21 as he has a placeholder character select picture, AI data, model but no crowd signs.

WM21 xbox icon goldberg.png

Hardcore Holly Unknown. Holly has a hidden unlockable ShopZone titantron video, AI data but no placeholder character select picture, crowd signs or model.
Rikishi Released from WWE in July 2004. Rikishi has a placeholder character select picture, AI data but no crowd signs or model.

WM21 xbox icon rikishi.png

Steve Austin Unknown. Austin has a placeholder character select picture but no AI data, crowd signs or model.
Victoria Unknown. Victoria has a hidden unlockable ShopZone titantron video but no AI data, crowd signs or model.
Vince McMahon Unknown. McMahon has two placeholder character select pictures (one for his wrestling attire and another for his suit attire), AI data, model but no crowd signs.

WM21 xbox icon vince mcmahon.png Icon vince mcmahon suit.png

Unused Wrestler Titantrons

The titantron videos for WWE wrestlers Victoria and Hardcore Holly are located in the "ShopZone" folder of the game directory, though neither wrestlers appears in-game. Victoria's titantron video contains her "Don't Mess With" theme song as performed by Nicki Minaj that she debuted in 2004, and Hardcore Holly's titantron video contains his "How Do You Like Me Now" theme song that he had in 2004.

Unused Alternate Character Selection Pictures

Multiple unused placeholder/alternate character select pictures exist on the game. The first select pictures of WWE wrestlers Christian and Randy Orton feature them in a more cartoony art style as seen here in early trailers for the game.

Unused Goldberg Model

There exists a fully completed Goldberg model in the WrestleMania 21 game files. Curiously, the dummy model used in-game to preview wrestling moves in the Moveset creator is the same model of Goldberg but with all green textures. There exists a mod for WrestleMania 21 that restores the Goldberg model to a playable state, adds alternate attires for in-game wrestlers and enables NPC's in exhibition mode. This mod can only be played with a modded Xbox or Xbox emulator, as this game is not natively playable on an Xbox 360, One or Series model. The mod can be downloaded through the XBMC app on Xbox from the Downloader utility.