WCW Backstage Assault is a video game by Electronic Arts. It was the final World Championship Wrestling game to be released before the company was purchased by the World Wrestling Federation.The game features commentary by Tony Schiavone and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan.


Backstage Assault is vastly different from other games of its genre. Any wrestling game prior to it that featured backstage areas (such as the SmackDown! series or its predecessor, WCW Mayhem) treated them as auxiliary fighting locations. Backstage Assault took the concept further by removing the ring entirely and having all action take place backstage.


  • Truck area
  • Loading dock
  • Storage Bay
  • Boiler Room
  • Locker Room
  • Parking Lot
  • Media Room
  • Exercise Room
  • Bathrooms (men's and women's)

Hardcore Challenge

Hardcore Challenge is Backstage Assault's primary gameplay mode. It consists of winning matches against random opponents until challenged by the champion. Throughout the game, players can unlock wrestlers, arenas, and moves for use in Create-a-Superstar. Unlike most other games that feature title modes, the player cannot defend the championship after earning it.


Backstage Assault was widely panned by critics and gamers alike. Many felt that a wrestling game without a wrestling ring was too gimmicky. Also noted were the sub par graphics, which seemed bulky and crude compared to the game's predecessor, Mayhem, and that many of the game's more popular and recognizable characters needed to be unlocked. In addition, the engine was very similar to Mayhem, something many players felt hindered the game.

The game has, however, been noted for featuring a more extensive create-a-wrestler mode than Mayhem.

Featured wrestlers

Unlockable wrestlers


  • Perhaps due to the negative response to Backstage Assault, Electronic Arts planned a "true" sequel to Mayhem, at one point titled Mayhem 2. The game is said to have featured an all-new engine and was planned for a release on the PlayStation 2 console, but production ended when the World Wrestling Federation purchased World Championship Wrestling.

External links

World Championship Wrestling video games
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