Original URL: http://www.psxextreme.com/scripts/previews2/preview.asp?prevID=253
WWE Smackdown: Shut Your Mouth!
Scheduled release date: Fall 2002
Publisher: THQ
Developer: Yukes
Genre: Wrestling/Fighting
Number Of Players: 1-4

  Shut Your Mouth is THQ's latest PS2 wrestling game, and the game is on track stupendously thus far. Easily one of the most demanded games on the site, I've received dozens of emails in the past few days from you avid WWE Smackdown! fans. Here are a few lists of confirmed things that you'll see in the game.

Confirmed superstars:

  • Big Show 
  • Booker T 
  • Bubba Ray Dudley
  • Chris Jericho 
  • Christian 
  • D-Von Dudley
  • Edge 
  • Hollywood Hogan
  • Jeff Hardy
  • Kevin Nash 
  • Kurt Angle
  • Lita
  • Matt Hardy
  • Ric Flair 
  • Rob Van Dam 
  • Stacy Keibler 
  • Stephanie McMahon 
  • Stone Cold Steve Austin 
  • The Rock
  • Triple H
  • Trish Stratus
  • Undertaker
  • Vince McMahon

Match types:

  • Captain Fall Tornado Six-Man Tag 
  • Elimination Tag 
  • Handycap
  • Hardcore
  • Hell In A Cell
  • Ladder
  • Slobberknocker Anywhere 
  • Singles 
  • Six Man Tag Normal
  • Tag Team
  • TLC
  • Triple Threat 

Arenas:

  • Backlash
  • Heat
  • Raw
  • Rebellion
  • Smackdown
  • SummerSlam
  • Unforgiven
  • Vengeance
  • WrestleMania X8

Backstage areas:

  • Hallways
  • Locker room
  • Outside
  • Subway
  • WWE New York

  There's a whole slew of wrestlers still to be announced -- around 60 in all, but these are the bigger wrestlers that have already been confirmed. DDP was once on it, but he was taken out recently; the same will hold true for Scott Hall, as he was fired recently. Stephanie McMahon's implants have also made the cut. Stacy Keibler sports her Dudley attire, and Hollywood Hogan is still in the nWo. Hopefully we'll get a red and yellow version of him, as well. Heart Break Kid is also rumored to be included. If he isn't, THQ better be on the lookout for a Senior Editor gone mad. Right now these lists are just tentative. While they have been confirmed, don't think they're finalized. Much more is to be confirmed in later months, as well.

  As for season mode, the new innovation of the draft system is fully compatible in Shut Your Mouth, and players can delve into a pretty lengthy season: 2 years total. During this time, players will compete in four Raws and Smackdowns a month -- just as it happens on TV. There will also be the designated PPV for each month, as well. In all, there will be 108 events total in a year, which sums up to 216 events in that given two year time-period. 

Thanks for baring with us, folks. Be on the lookout for more in the near future.


6/7/2002   Joseph Comunale