WWE Smackdown! Here Comes the Pain


Yuke's Future Media Creators
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw
PlayStation 2
Release date(s)
US - October, 2003
EU - November, 2003
Professional Wrestling
Single player
ESRB: Teen
PEGI: 16+
Input methods

WWE Smackdown! Here Comes the Pain (or HCTP) is the fifth installment of the Smackdown! series of video games and the sequel to WWE Smackdown! Shut Your Mouth. It is considered by many to be the best game of the SmackDown vs. Raw series. It was succeeded by WWE Smackdown vs. Raw.

Features Edit

HCTP is considered a favorite by many (whether it is for improved graphics/sound/gameplay/presentation). Secondly, this game is the second game in the series not to include commentary. Thirdly, it is the only game in the series to have won a Player's Choice Award. Fourth, HCTP boasts one of the largest wrestler roster of any Smackdown game released to date, featuring 65 Superstars and Divas from around the 2002-2003 season (if one includes the 11 WWE/F Legends that debuted in the game), with an additional 32 Create A Wrestler slots that would boost the available roster of characters to about 97 total wrestlers for players to utilize. Moreover, the game included 21 different match setups.

Another bonus is that all of the Create A Wrestler parts were available from the word "go" (in Smackdown! Shut Your Mouth, players prgressed through Season Mode to unlock CAW parts). Furthermore, as mentioned above, HCTP included (for the first time in the series) eleven Legends from the 1970s, 80s and 90s.

Game Modes Edit

Creation Edit

  • Create an Appearance
  • Create a Moveset
  • Create an Animation
  • Create a Stable

Other Notables Edit

  • Revamped grapple system (pressing grapple button+directional button to initiate, then grapple+directional button to do actual move)
  • New body damage meter, which measure damge done to different parts of wrestler's body
  • Last appearance of Create An Animation/Taunt mode.

Roster Edit

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


  • Animal
  • Hawk
  • Hillbilly Jim
  • Iron Shiek
  • Jimmy Snuka
  • Masked Kane
  • Roddy Piper
  • Ted DiBiase
  • The Undertaker (Early ‘90s)

Removed CharactersEdit

  • Al Snow
  • Billy Gunn
  • Billy Kidman
  • Bradshaw
  • Hollywood Hulk Hogan
  • Jamal
  • Jeff Hardy
  • Molly Holly
  • Rosey
  • Spike Dudley
  • The Ultimate Warrior
  • William Regal