Here in 2021, wrestling fans still have a bad taste in their mouth from the totally turd-tastic WWE 2K20. But while that release was genuinely shocking with how glitch-ridden it was, thankfully there have been so many other great wrestling games over the years.
Since video games came to the fore in the 1980s, there have always been professional wrestling offerings in some form or fashion. From console to console, from generation to generation, there has continued to be a constant flow of new wrestling games, serving up the promotions and superstars of the day.
Going back to the heyday of the NES and SEGA Master System years, here we're exploring the very best wrestling game for so many of the most beloved video consoles in history. Handheld systems are off the table, and it goes without saying that PC games aren't included (shout-out to Total Extreme Wrestling!), but the majority of your other favourite consoles are in the spotlight here (remarkably, not a single wrestling game released for the Wii U).
From those 8-bit days of old, to the consoles of the present day, then, here are the very best wrestling video games offered up on these systems over the decades.
15. SEGA Master System - WWF WrestleMania: Steel Cage Challenge
For the SEGA Master System, there were only really two actual wrestling games of note - and one was hands-down better than the other.
1986 served up the vanilla Pro Wrestling, but that was followed in early 1993 by the infinitely superior WWF WrestleMania: Steel Cage Challenge.
To be fair to poor old Pro Wrestling, that was released a whole seven years before Steel Cage Challenge and was focused solely on clunky tag bouts. For WWF WrestleMania: Steel Cage Challenge, it had the benefit of being released towards the end of the Master System's lifespan - and that meant that game development had come a long way since the console was first launched back in 1985.
WWF WrestleMania: Steel Cage Challenge may not be much to look at right now, but it's hard to explain how cool it was for a long-time Master System gamer to be able to take control of a Bret Hart or a Papa Shango and slap Hulk Hogan around.