WWE 2K22 just keeps getting further away from WWE 2K20, and while that's a good sign for many areas it could end up being a bad sign for the game's roster.
With dozens of major names leaving the company, either by choice or force, here's how the WWE 2K22 roster is looking so far.
Latest - Daniel Bryan could be missing this year
Big names making big moves away from WWE has become a theme in recent months, regardless of whether it was the call of the talent or WWE.
The latest name to pop up is 4-time WWE Champion and 12-time Slammy Award winner Daniel Bryan, who made his name on the independent scene by his legal name Bryan Danielson long before his WWE days.
If this all rings true, it would be a major loss for WWE and another big blow to the WWE 2K22 roster.
With a plethora of major legends and dozens of superstars seen in WWE 2K20 now unlikely to be in WWE 2K22, it will be very interesting to see the roster reveal when it finally arrives.
More WWE superstars released
At this rate, little of the WWE 2K20 roster will be left by the time WWE 2K22 arrives, as the company has gone through yet another round of releases.
When the dust finally settled, the following WWE superstars were released in the June 25 batch of cuts:
- Tony Nese
- Ariya Daivari
- Ever-Rise (Chase Parker & Matt Martel)
- August Grey
- Tyler Breeze
- The Bollywood Boyz (Sunil & Samir Singh)
- Arturo Ruas
- Curt Stallion
- Marina Shafir
- Killian Dain
- Tino Sabbatelli
Of this group, Tony Nese, Fandango, Tyler Breeze, The Bollywood Boyz, and Ariya Daivari were in WWE 2K20, all of which we can expect not to be in WWE 2K22.
Killian Dain had actually been in WWE 2K18 and WWE 2K19 but was missing from WWE 2K20 for some reason, and unfortunately he will not be back in WWE 2K22.
Full Confirmed & Rumored Roster
While the full official roster reveal for WWE 2K22 is likely still at least a few months away, that doesn't mean we don't know who to expect in this year's game.
Here's who we know should be in the WWE 2K22 roster and why:
- Rey Mysterio & Cesaro
- Ric Flair & Booker T
- Ilja Dragunov
- Cameron Grimes & Bronson Reed
- Match spotted on a monitor in motion capture footage
- Bobby Lashley & The Miz
More names should become clear as we get to see more behind the scenes development videos and the release date approaches, but this is who we know about so far.
We don't yet have a confirmed release date for WWE 2K22, but we do know the title has been confirmed for this year.
With the cancellation of WWE 2K21 throwing a wrench into their regular schedule, they've had to shift gears and will be looking to right the ship with WWE 2K22.
So long as we don't see another big delay, we can expect a release in late October 2021, which lines up with the release dates the series has seen in recent years.
One thing that's for certain is WWE 2K22 has major pressure to deliver, as this could be the last shot at saving the series.
We don't yet have any official reveals when it comes to the full roster for WWE 2K22, but we can get a good idea of when it'll happen by looking at how WWE 2K20 and other recent installments handled this.
WWE 2K20 dropped their big roster reveal all at once on October 10, 2019 with Smosh Games, which was ten days before the title released on October 22, 2019.
In previous years that reveal had been spaced out over a few week period, so we can likely expect to start learning about the full WWE 2K22 roster in September or October of 2021.
Not Returning from WWE 2K20
While we don't yet know who will be a part of the roster in WWE 2K22, we can pinpoint some names that definitely won't be coming back.
With a whole year off thanks to WWE 2K21's cancellation, there has been plenty of turnover and some names that won't be seen in WWE 2K titles for the foreseeable future.
- Aleister Black
- Ariya Daivari
- Big Show
- Billie Kay
- Bo Dallas
- Braun Strowman
- Buddy Murphy
- Curt Hawkins
- Curtis Axel
- Daniel Bryan
- Dash Wilder
- Eric Young
- Heath Slater
- Jack Gallagher
- Jake Roberts
- Karl Anderson
- Kassius Ohno
- Lars Sullivan
- Luke Gallows
- Maria Kanellis
- Matt Hardy
- Mickie James
- Mike Kanellis
- Mojo Rawley
- No Way Jose
- Peyton Royce
- Ruby Riott
- Samir Singh
- Sarah Logan
- Scott Dawson
- Sunil Singh
- Tony Nese
- Tucker Knight
- Tyler Breeze
- Velveteen Dream
- Zack Ryder
With each of these names having departed WWE through the last few years, it's unlikely they'll find their way back into WWE 2K22.
On top of the speculation about the roster being different this year, rumors are running rampant about WWE being sold and how that could affect WWE 2K22.
Who will be the highest rated superstar in WWE 2K22?
One of the big questions going into a new WWE 2K title is always how everyone is rated, and specifically who gets the honor of being the highest rated superstar in the game.
WWE 2K20's top roster overalls were Brock Lesnar (93), The Rock (93), Roman Reigns (92), Becky Lynch (90), and Ronda Rousey (90).
We can expect Lesnar, Rock, Reigns, and Lynch to all be still in that top tier when WWE 2K22 arrives, and they'll likely be joined near the top by Drew McIntyre, Sasha Banks, and Bayley.
While ratings aren't a situation where they can really blunder too much, it's just one more way in which WWE 2K22 has to set itself apart from the mistakes of WWE 2K20.