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North American cover art featuring Brock Lesnar, Matt Hardy, Rey Mysterio, John Cena, The Undertaker, and Torrie Wilson

WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain is a video game released on the PlayStation 2 by THQ on October 27, 2003. It is a sequel to WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth and is part of the SmackDown vs. Raw series based on World Wrestling Entertainment's weekly TV Show of the same name. It was the first SmackDown! game  to feature a catchphrase not linked back to The Rock in its title. It was also the final WWE game under the SmackDown! name only and it was succeeded by WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw

Gameplay Edit

The game introduced a more traditional grappling system while retaining the series’ fast gameplay. In this new grappling system also included were body damage meters, individual character scales that consisted of stats such as strength, endurance and speed, and submission meters for both the person applying the move and the person breaking out of the move. As well as the ability to break the submission hold when being close to the ropes. This game marks the first time the Elimination Chamber and the Bra and Panties Match  would be featured in a wrestling game.

Roster Edit

The game features a number of wrestlers who were members of the WWE roster at the time, but for the first time in a Smackdown game, this featured legends such as Jimmy Snuka, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, and The Undertaker (with his 90s gimmick), and more. Hulk Hogan, and Ultimate Warrior were in the game, but then removed before the game was released. This would be the final SmackDown!-branded game to feature Brock Lesnar, Val Venis, and Rikishi, as well as the only WWE licensed game to feature Ultimo Dragon and Sean O'Haire as playable characters. It is also the first game in the SmackDown! series to have Batista, Chavo Guerrero and Rey Mysterio as playable characters. This also marks the final time that "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and The Rock would appear in a SmackDown! game as non-legends. Also it is the last game to feature The Undertaker before he dropped his biker gimmick and the first game to depict Kane without his mask.

Superstars
A-Train Matt Hardy
Batista Randy Orton
Big Show Rey Mysterio
Booker T Rhyno
Brock Lesnar Ric Flair
Bubba Ray Dudley Rico
Charlie Haas Rikishi
Chavo Guerrero Rob Van Dam
Chris Benoit The Rock
Chris Jericho Rodney Mack
Christian Scott Steiner
D-Von Dudley Sean O'Haire
Eddie Guerrero Shawn Michaels
Edge Shelton Benjamin
Eric Bischoff Steven Richards
Goldberg "Stone Cold" Steve Austin
Goldust Tajiri
The Hurricane Test
John Cena Triple H
Kane Ultimo Dragon
Kevin Nash The Undertaker
Kurt Angle Val Venis
Lance Storm Vince McMahon
Divas
Jazz Stephanie McMahon
Lita Torrie Wilson
Sable Trish Stratus
Stacy Keibler Victoria


Legends
George "The Animal" Steele Nicholai Volkoff
Hillbilly Jim "Rowdy" Roddy Piper
The Iron Sheik
Unlockable Legends
Animal "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase
Hawk Sgt. Slaughter
Jimmy Snuka The Undertaker (Old School)

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