31 Aug 2021 5:56 PM +00:00

WWE 2K22 Roster: Major delay was to avoid 'most outdated roster ever'

WWE 2K22 has officially been delayed, but that could be good news as it'll give them time to round out the roster and remove a few names.

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With so many stars on their way out, and some big ones coming back, here's how the WWE 2K22 roster is looking so far.

Latest - WWE 2K22 almost had "most outdated roster ever"


After news broke that WWE 2K22 had been delayed, a report came out indicating some of the issues going on behind the scenes between WWE and 2K Games.

The relationship was apparently "seriously strained," and a major factor in the delay was the fact that, if released with the previous window, WWE 2K22 was going to have "the most outdated roster a game has seen."

WWE indiscriminately released dozens of wrestlers in the past few months, even dropping big names like Bray Wyatt, Braun Strowman, and Daniel Bryan recently, all of whom likely were built into the original version of WWE 2K22.

The delay gives developers time to adjust things, and that includes removing roster members and adding others, like the new ponytail-laden Brock Lesnar, who have only recently returned.

WWE 2K22 Roster: All Confirmed Superstars

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 every superstar and confirmed roster member that has been featured in a trailer for WWE 2K22:

  • Sheamus
  • Ricochet
  • Bayley
  • Carmella
  • Finn Balor
  • Roman Reigns
  • The Miz
  • Rhea Ripley
  • Shinsuke Nakamura
  • Kane
  • Shelton Benjamin
  • Goldberg
  • Dolph Ziggler
  • Bobby Lashley
  • Kofi Kingston
  • Drew McIntyre
  • Cesaro

We can also likely expect Booker T, Ilja Dragunov, and Cameron Grimes to be involved as they've been spotted via behind the scenes development footage.

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.

Release Date

It's been officially announced that the WWE 2K22 release date will be in March 2022, but an exact day has yet to be revealed.

WWE 2K20 release and cover image
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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.

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.

Roster Reveal

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.

With the delay, we're hoping to learn more about WWE 2K22 sometime in January 2022.

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.

WWE 2K20 trailer shoot backstage photo of Sting
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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.

Here's every WWE 2K20 roster member we expect to not be in WWE 2K22:

  • Adam Cole
  • Akam
  • Aleister Black
  • Andrade
  • Ariya Daivari
  • Big Show
  • Billie Kay
  • Bo Dallas
  • Bobby Fish
  • Braun Strowman
  • Bray Wyatt
  • Buddy Murphy
  • Christian
  • Curt Hawkins
  • Curtis Axel
  • Daniel Bryan
  • Dash Wilder
  • EC3
  • Eric Young
  • Fandango
  • Harper
  • Heath Slater
  • Jack Gallagher
  • Jake Roberts
  • Kalisto
  • Karl Anderson
  • Kassius Ohno
  • Lana
  • Lars Sullivan
  • Luke Gallows
  • Maria Kanellis
  • Mark Henry
  • Matt Hardy
  • Mickie James
  • Mike Kanellis
  • Mojo Rawley
  • No Way Jose
  • Peyton Royce
  • Rezar
  • Ric Flair
  • Rowan
  • Rusev
  • Ruby Riott
  • Sting
  • Samir Singh
  • Sarah Logan
  • Scott Dawson
  • Sin Cara
  • 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 the final version of 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.