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WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role (Exciting Pro Wrestling 2 in Japan) is a professional wrestling video game released on the PlayStation 1 by THQ and developed by YUKE's Future Media Creators. It is part of the WWF SmackDown! (later renamed WWE SmackDown vs. Raw, now simply WWE) series based on the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) professional wrestling promotion. It is the sequel to WWF SmackDown! and was succeeded by WWF SmackDown!: Just Bring It on the PlayStation 2.

Basic InformationEdit

Developer(s): YUKE's Future Media Creators

Publisher(s): THQ (WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role) & YUKE's Future Media Creators (Exciting Pro Wrestling 2)

Platform(s): PlayStation 1

Release date(s): November 21st, 2000 in North America, December 1st, 2000 in Europe & January 25th, 2001 in Japan.

GameplayEdit

The Season Mode was heavily modified in this game. Along with removing the pre-season mode from the original, Know Your Role gave more storylines and more matches per show. These changes were given a mixed reaction by fans and critics alike. There are a number of flaws in the Season Mode, such as the long loading times needed for even the most insignificant scenes (like a wrestler walking down a corridor). Wrestlers, wrestling moves, and arenas are unlocked as the player progresses through a season. The Season Mode has multiplayer support, with up to four players playing at once in a Season.

Create ModesEdit

The game allowed the player to create their own taunts and superstars. One of the features in Create a Superstar was the face templates, that allowed the player to preset the figure's face to an actual superstar. Also, Create a Manager & Create a Stable made their debuts in the SmackDown series which allowed the player to create their own unique duos.

RosterEdit

  1. Al Snow
  2. Albert
  3. Andre The Giant (Must be created in Create a Superstar to play as him)
  4. Big Bossman
  5. Big Show (Easter egg during Royal Rumble match, playable in Rumble match only, unplayable)
  6. Billy Gunn
  7. Bob Backlund (Must be created in Create a Superstar to play as him)
  8. Bradshaw
  9. Bret Hart (Must be created in Create a Superstar to play as him)
  10. British Bulldog (Must be created in Create a Superstar to play as him)
  11. Bubba Ray Dudley
  12. Bull Buchanan
  13. Cactus Jack
  14. Chaz (Must be created in Create a Superstar to play as him)
  15. Chris Benoit
  16. Chris Jericho
  17. Christian
  18. Crash
  19. Chyna
  20. Dean Malenko
  21. Debra
  22. D-Lo Brown
  23. Dude Love (Must be created in Create a Superstar to play as him)
  24. D-Von Dudley
  25. Earl Hebner (Must be created in Create a Superstar to play as him)
  26. Eddie Guerrero
  27. Edge
  28. Essa Rios
  29. Faarooq
  30. Funaki
  31. Gangrel
  32. Gerald Brisco
  33. The Godfather (The Goodfather)
  34. Goldust (Must be created in Create a Superstar to play as him)
  35. Grandmaster Sexay
  36. Hardcore Holly
  37. Ho (Must be created in Create a Superstar to play as her)
  38. Ivory
  39. Jacqueline
  40. Jeff Hardy
  41. Jeff Jarrett (Must be created in Create a Superstar to play as him)
  42. Jerry Lawler (Must be created in Create a Superstar to play as him)
  43. Jim Ross (Must be created in Create a Superstar to play as him)
  44. Joey Abs
  45. Kane
  46. Ken Shamrock (Easter egg during Royal Rumble match, playable in Rumble match only, unplayble)
  47. The Kat
  48. Kurt Angle
  49. Linda McMahon (Must be created in Create a Superstar to play as her)
  50. Lita
  51. Mankind
  52. Mark Henry
  53. Matt Hardy
  54. Michael Cole
  55. Mick Foley
  56. Pat Patterson
  57. Paul Bearer
  58. Perry Saturn
  59. Pete Gas
  60. Rikishi
  61. Road Dogg
  62. The Rock
  63. Rodney
  64. Scotty 2 Hotty
  65. Sgt. Slaughter (Must be Created in Create a Superstar to play as him)
  66. Shane McMahon
  67. Shawn Michaels
  68. Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley
  69. Steve Austin (Named as "Stone Cold")
  70. Steve Blackman
  71. Steven Richards
  72. Tazz
  73. Test
  74. Tori
  75. Triple H
  76. Trish Stratus
  77. The Undertaker (New biker gimmick)
  78. Val Venis
  79. Vince McMahon
  80. Viscera
  81. X-Pac

ReceptionEdit

On release, Famitsu magazine scored the game a 30 out of 40.

  • The Exciting Pro Wrestling 2 cover. Look closely enough & you'll see the WWE logo! WWF became WWE in late May 2002 due to the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) winning a court case.
  • The American cover of the game.