With WWE 2K22 already building anticipation towards a release later this year, we've got an idea of how the roster might look when the title finally releases.
Here's everything we know so far about the WWE 2K22 roster, including which WWE 2K20 superstars are definitely not coming back in this game.
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WWE hasn't been shy about releasing their own talent as of late, and it looks like that trend isn't over just yet.
As for WWE 2K22, this means that each of these talents will not be in the upcoming title, continuing to grow the list of WWE 2K20 roster members that won't be seen again.
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
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.
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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.
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
- Big Show
- Billie Kay
- Bo Dallas
- Braun Strowman
- Buddy Murphy
- Curt Hawkins
- Curtis Axel
- 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
- Samoa Joe
- Sarah Logan
- Scott Dawson
- Tucker Knight
- Velveteen Dream
- Zack Ryder
- Zelina Vega
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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.
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.