Every year the anticipation for the latest WWE video game reaches fever pitch. Heck, in many ways, it's become like the FIFA series, where fans can't wait to see who is ranked the highest and lowest for that edition.
This year, though, the ratings for WWE 2K18 have left more than a few people puzzled and wondering whether the developers and WWE are watching the same shows that they are. Of course, these types of things are always open for debate and fanboy arguments, but there are quite a few ratings that made absolutely no sense whatsoever.
While we can all agree that Brock Lesnar is a force of nature and deserves to one of the highest ranked superstars in the game at 93, we do question the sanity of the person who decided that someone else should be rated higher than the current WWE Universal Champion. Lesnar might not be a full-time grappler, but he's decimated all comers in this calendar year. That should count for something, right?
With that said, let's take a look at the 15 WWE 2K18 Ratings That Make No Sense.
15 Paige (82)
Despite being on the injury list for over a year, Paige still remains one of the best in-ring performers in the WWE. At the tender age of 25, she's already been WWE Divas Champion twice, NXT Women's Champion on one occasion, and held countless titles in the indie scene – sounds impressive, doesn't it?
What's baffling about her rating in this year's edition (82) is some of the names above her. Sure, she's been out of action for a long time and her rating is higher than it was in WWE 2K17, but there's no way that Nikki Bella (85) is a better performer than her.
Unfortunately, it appears as if Paige's rating might be a form of punishment for her tag-team amateur home videos with Xavier Woods and Brad Maddox. It wouldn't surprise us if the WWE decided to be spiteful in that way.
14 Finn Bálor (88)
This entry is slightly trickier since Finn Bálor Demon is rated at 92, but his regular self is at 88. While it's easy to understand the WWE's desire to play up the whole mystical aspect of its characters, it's really the same guy here. How can there be a four-point difference?
Bálor is the first-ever WWE Universal Champion and arguably one of the biggest talents on the roster today. Unfortunately, he isn't a sycophant like some of the others in the locker room and therefore isn't hyped up to be the superstar he is.
If you want to get the best out of Bálor in this game, you'll need to use his Demon persona. Maybe in the future the company will realize that body paint doesn't make a damn difference to a performer's ability.
13 Batista (92)
Look, Batista was a decent heavyweight when he was around – undoubtedly, a top dog at his peak – but is he better than "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair (90) or on par with Steve Austin? Not at all.
Since the days of Hulkamania running wild, Vince McMahon has had an infatuation with big, bulky wrestlers. They get pushed to the moon and become vastly overrated. Batista is a perfect example of this, as his type of physique and look is exactly what McMahon looks for in a champion.
Truthfully, Batista deserves a 90 at the most. He made a good impression during his time in the WWE and achieved quite a lot, but does he merit to be classified as an all-time great? We don't think so.
12 Goldust (76)
After making his debut in 1995, Goldust secured himself the Intercontinental Championship in January 1996 and established himself as an upper mid-card performer. While he's been in and out of the WWE since then, he's never quite reached the same heights he did in his first run with the company.
That said, it's an insult to Dustin Runnels to sit on a 76 rating. There are jobbers, such as Fandango and Tyler Breeze (both 79), who have criminally higher scores than Goldie.
He might not be the most popular name in 2017, but Goldust is still a tough-as-nails wrestler who can go toe to toe with the best of them. We're not saying he deserves a 90 or anything, but at least an 80 or 82 here.
11 Sycho Sid (88)
One of the WWE's strangest decisions was putting the WWF Championship on Sycho Sid back in 1996. Yeah, he was imposing and a tweener, but he had the personality of a stained pair of underpants. You only have to look at some of his fail interview moments on YouTube for evidence of his blunders on the mic.
Yet, here he is with a strong rating in the game. As Sycho Sid, Sid Justice, or Sid Vicious, he was never the cream of the crop – only getting ahead because of Vince McMahon's notorious big guy fetish.
Additionally, his move set was extremely limited and he looked like a lost bulldog in matches that went longer than five minutes. So, who decided he's worthy of an 88 here?
10 Xavier Woods (83)
Much like Zack Ryder, Xavier Woods is exceptional at getting himself over. He has a built-in fan base and a personality that makes you want to like him. Also, putting him in The New Day with Kofi Kingston and Big E was a genius move on the writers' part since it's obvious that they have a unique chemistry.
All things considered, though, he isn't a great wrestler by any stretch of the imagination. Like the case of Enzo Amore, you'd prefer it if Woods stuck to talking rather than stepping in the squared circle. However, if you believe his 83 rating in WWE 2K18, it means he's on par with Dolph Ziggler here, which is ludicrous to even fathom.
On the mic, Woods deserves a high ranking for sure; however, in the ring, his skills aren't nearly as good as his talk.
9 Braun Strowman (88)
Braun Strowman's latest rating doesn't make sense for two reasons. Firstly, the WWE has been pushing him incredibly hard as a main eventer, so it would make sense for him to have a 90 or so here. Secondly, he's done nothing significant to jump up 10 points to 88 from last year's game, either.
While he's a physically impressive specimen, Strowman hasn't achieved an awful lot this past year, besides being on the receiving end of several beatings at the hands of Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns.
With no title or major career-defining win to his name, Strowman needs to convince us that he deserves such a high rating. The potential for him to succeed is certainly there; it just needs to translate into results now.
8 André The Giant (85)
When you think of someone larger than life who was just as crucial to Hulkamania as Hulk Hogan, André the Giant is undoubtedly a name that springs to mind. Standing at 7 ft 4 in and weighing 520 lb, André was truly "The Eighth Wonder of the World."
Yet, in this video game, André has a pathetic rating that puts him on par with the likes of Bobby Roode, Bam Bam Bigelow, Christian, Kofi Kingston, and Dude Love. Even The Miz is rated higher than André, proving that the world has officially gone mad.
While André might only be a one-time WWF World Champion and WWF Tag Team Champion, he's still an icon and one of the most revered names in the business. He deserved better than this abysmal 85.
7 Tatanka (84)
Tatanka's biggest claim to fame was being a member of Ted DiBiase's Million Dollar Corporation. Apart from that, he won no titles and acted as a jobber for the other main eventers at the time. So, please, explain to us how he has a rating of 84 in WWE 2K18?
The Christian Slater lookalike was never over by any means, and is firmly stuck in the nostalgia category right next to Duke "The Dumpster" Droese and Doink the Clown. Yeah, these characters might evoke heartfelt memories of the old days of wrestling, but they were never the greatest of performers if you ask us.
What's even sadder is that Tatanka has the same rating as "The British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith, who was one of the most underrated wrestlers of all time. Tragic.
6 R-Truth (76)
Much like his long-time tag-team partner, Goldust, R-Truth is highly underrated in 2K Sports' latest title. He might be a curtain raiser at best now, but he's far from the jobber that this game paints him out to be.
Truth is a four-time champion in the WWE and a mainstay on the Raw brand for several years now. His entrance also remains one of the best around and no one can complain about his work ethic between the ropes.
Considering his alliance with Goldust has come to an end (for) now, maybe Truth could be given a significant push and challenge for a title such as the WWE Intercontinental Championship. C'mon, he's certainly no worse than The Miz and a title run could be what he needs to reinvigorate his career.
5 Becky Lynch (83)
Naomi is rated higher (85) than Becky Lynch here. Let that sink in for a moment. The Irish-born superstar is one of the most exciting Divas in recent times, becoming the inaugural SmackDown Women's Champion, but the former Funkadactyl is apparently better than her in WWE 2K18.
Next to Paige and Charlotte Flair, Lynch is part of a new generation of female wrestlers who are proving that women's wrestling deserves as much attention as the male division. Lynch's matches are high intensity and she brings enthusiasm and charisma to every bout.
Honestly, the developers will need to relook the ratings for next year's version of the game, because the women's rankings are in absolute shambles. We still can't get over the fact that Naomi is ranked higher than Lynch.
4 Bray Wyatt (85)
From his promos to his battles against the likes of Randy Orton and Finn Bálor, Bray Wyatt has been one of the outstanding performers of the past few years. His understanding of in-ring psychology is second to none and he's able to tell a compelling story every time he makes an appearance.
Yet, the Usos are one point higher than Wyatt here. Color us amused, because Wyatt has been carrying the most average of PPVs and turning his matches into gold. He really gets what the business is about and has more in common with wrestlers of the past than today.
As a former WWE Champion and someone who's had John Cena's number on several occasions, Wyatt deserves a rating that's befitting of his talent. Definitely 90 plus.
3 Shawn Michaels (90)
Shawn Michaels appears as two versions in this game: '97 and '98. Both have a rating of 90, which is absurdly low for someone of The Heartbreak Kid's caliber. As the showstopper, icon, and main event, he had the ability to make anyone look good in the ring and is arguably the greatest all-round wrestler of all time.
His 60-minute Iron Man battle against Bret Hart at Wrestlemania XII and retirement bout against the Undertaker at WrestleMania XXV are two of the greatest matches in the history of sports entertainment and earned him the title of Mr. Wrestlemania. In fact, nearly every match he competed in was an instant classic.
In a game where the likes of Triple H, The Rock, and Seth Rollins all have higher ratings than Michaels, you must know that the ranking system is somehow flawed here. HBK is the Wayne Gretzky of WWE, period.
2 Razor Ramon (85)
Here's an interesting one. As Razon Ramon, Scott Hall has a rating of 85. Under his real name, though, it's 86. We beg to differ and say it should be the other way around.
As the Bad Guy, Ramon was one of the premier superstars for many years, having epic ladder matches with Shawn Michaels and being a huge part of the mid '90s renaissance of wrestling. When he moved over to WCW and competed under his real name, he made a seismic splash by creating the nWo with Kevin Nash and Hulk Hogan.
Apart from the formation of the stable, Hall's career didn't skyrocket as expected on the other side of the pond. If anything, the person who gained the most out of the nWo was his Wolf Pack partner Kevin Nash. Ultimately, Hall is his birth name, but we'll always remember him more fondly as Razor Ramon.
1 Roman Reigns (95)
Much like Gretchen Weiners trying to make "fetch" happen in 2004's Mean Girls, the WWE needs to stop pushing the Roman Empire down our throats. Let's face it: Roman Reigns might be a member of the legendary Anoa'i family, but he kinda sucks and will never get over the way that the company wants him to.
In the latest attempt to sway us, Reigns has been given a rating of 95 in the WWE 2K18 – the highest of any character. Not only is this laughable, but it's downright insulting to legends like Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair, and Bret "The Hitman" Hart who are ranked lower than him.
If Reigns deserves his rating, then Gillberg deserves a 96, because he was at least entertaining and not an overrated hack.
Do you agree with the WWE 2K18 ratings? Are there any other ones that made you scratch your head? Let us know in the comments!