WWE 2K20 is an important entry for the for series. It is the first entry not to be developed by Yukes and the first to be entirely developed by 2K's in-house studio Visual Concepts.
It’s not all bad news for the series though, because WWE 2K20 is still running on Yukes' wrestling engine. Furthermore, Visual Concepts know their way around the game after serving as understudies to Yukes during development.
In the meantime fans still have a lot to look forward to with the upcoming WWE 2K20 and long-time fans have confirmed returning legends like Hulk Hogan and Chyna to play with. Unfortunately, not all the of legends roster are great and with some confusing omissions in recent years for less worthy inclusions, we take a look legends that deserve a spot when others should be skipped.
10 Deserved: D-Generation X
Originally formed in 1997 with Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Chyna, and Ravishing Rick Rude in a managerial position D-Generation X was arguably the coolest faction in the WWE. They were something of an antithesis to their nearest rivals the nWo which focused on only pushing older wrestlers.
Along with Stone Cold Steve Austin, DX was the epitome of the Attitude Era and from 1998 the faction eventually grew to add members like X-Pac and the New Age Outlaws. While Michaels and Triple H are mainstays in the WWE 2K games Road Dogg, Billy Gunn, and X-Pac aren’t. With Chyna finally making to the roster for this year's entry it makes sense that the complete faction is included.
9 Undeserved: Papa Shango
Why Papa Shango (performed by Charles Wright) keeps popping up on the Legends roster in the WWE 2K series is a mystery. Despite debuting in the cartoonish early 90s era there was no avoiding how bad the painted faced voodoo character was.
The character and terrible performances earned Shango a Worst Wrestling Gimmick and Most Embarrassing Wrestler in the 1992 Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards. In addition, Shango lasted a year before creative terminated Wright’s contract in 1993.
8 Deserved: Legion of Doom
The Legion of Doom consisting of late Hawk and Animal were also known in WCW and Japanese territories The Road Warriors are one of the greatest tag teams of all time. Before making to the WWE in 1990 the company created several knock-off teams like The Powers of Pain and Demolition.
Even now the WWE insists on trying to recreate The Legion of Doom with pale imitations like The Ascension and The Viking Raiders failing to get over with the fans. Unfortunately, the real LoD is unlikely to make it in another WWE game for the foreseeable future as Animal is currently involved in a class-action lawsuit against the WWE for brain injuries.
7 Undeserved: The Godfather
Charles Wright’s Papa Shango has been confirmed for WWE 2K20 and it is rumored that his other alter-ego The Godfather will make the roster too. After being released in 1993 under his Papa Shango gimmick Wright would return several years later with a new gimmick known as The Godfather from 1998 onwards.
Granted it was a popular character with the 18-35 male demographic that the WWE was trying to appeal to during the Attitude Era but he doesn't exactly fit in modern WWE.
6 Deserved: The Dynamite Kid
The late Dynamite Kid Tom Billington passed away in 2019. He was one half of the British Bulldogs tag team with Davy Boy Smith and a controversial figure during his time with the WWE. Due to his often over the top pranks, he had violent altercations with the Rougeaus brothers and Bruce Hart.
Additionally, Billington and his former tag team partner Smith also separated under bad terms and went their separate ways. However, after making amends with his own and Smith’s children in addition to being one of the most influential performers of all time it’s only fitting that his body of work and the family he left behind should be honored in WWE 2K20.
5 Undeserved: Torrie Wilson
Torrie Wilson like Trish Stratus was originally fitness competitor regularly being published in magazines like Weider’s Muscle & Fitness and Musclemag International before finding a place on the WWE roster in the late 1990s.
Yet, despite having the physical tools to be a force to be reckoned with she never seemed to learn her craft. Worse still, she often found herself in sexist gimmick matches which meant being stripped down to her underwear in the middle of the ring. Hall of Fame award or not, it’s fair to say that Wilson - unlike Stratus - doesn't belong in the same as the modern female wrestlers.
4 Deserved: Harley Race
The late Harley Race is another Hall of Fame wrestler that passed away in 2019. He’s a former NWA, AWA, WCW, and WWE world champion with some of greatest feuds working against Ric Flair and Dusty Rhodes in the WCW.
He eventually left for the WWE with memorable matches against Hulk Hogan, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, Junk Yard Dog, and Haku. Furthermore, his no-nonsense in-ring style and unique move set was a huge influence on Triple H.
3 Undeserved: Vince McMahon
Although Vince McMahon isn't a wrestler he is included as a playable wrestler on the roster every single year. This is in large part because of his successful series against Stone Cold Steve Austin during the Attitude Era.
However, other than serving as a jobber for Austin to beat up, Vince has no business taking up the slot of legitimate wrestlers who have worked and sacrificed their bodies for the wrestling business. The same should be said for including Shane and Stephanie McMahon too if fans want the McMahons then the more than capable create-a-wrestler tools will do the job.
2 Deserved: Owen Hart
The late Owen Hart tragically passed away in 1999 during an event which saw him fall 78 feet from a harness suspended above the ring. He was one of the most gifted wrestlers and performers to step foot in the ring and is part of the legendary Hart Dynasty which also includes legends like Bret Hart.
It has always been assumed that the WWE can’t come to legal terms with Owen’s widow Martha as being the reason he’s not in games. However, with the Blu ray release of Owen: Hart of Gold released as recently as December 2015 fans can hope that two sides will eventually come to terms.
1 Undeserved: Multiple Version Of The Same Legend
If there is one thing that fans have complained about the most it is the inclusion of different versions of the same wrestler filling up the roster as opposed to a simple change of attire. It’s meant to accurately represent a wrestler at different stages of their career. For example, an in his prime Undertaker would obviously have better stats than the 54-year-old 'Taker that faced Goldberg in one of the worst matches of the year at Super Showdown.
However, fans don’t need different versions of Mick Foley when he performed these characters (Cactus Jack, Dude Love, and Mankind) in the same time frame or Triple H and Big Show with and without hair. Changing the character’s attire or giving gamers more flexibility to edit the current roster is more than acceptable in this case.