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WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain (Exciting Pro Wrestling 5 in Japan) is a professional wrestling video game released on the PlayStation 2 console by THQ and developed by YUKE's Future Media Creators. It is part of the WWE SmackDown (now WWE SmackDown vs. Raw) video game series based on the professional wrestling promotion World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). This game was the sequel to WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth and was succeeded by WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW.


WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain has sold 1.585 million copies worldwide. IGN gave the game a rating of 9.1/10. While GameSpot gave the game a rating of 9.0/10. The game has an aggregate score of 85/100 on Metacritic, based on 27 critic reviews.


This game is the first to feature the Elimination Chamber Match, and the Bra & Panties Match.

Season Mode[]

The game features a 1-year-long season mode filled with intense storylines. During a three-month long storyline, the selected superstar will participate in some sort of rivalry with Vince McMahon, Jr., chairman of WWE. The two story lines can go either of these ways depending on a decision you make at the SummerSlam PPV: You can feud one-on-one with McMahon, or you can create a faction/stable and feud against McMahon and his members of The Corporation. Some moments resemble storylines actually featured on WWE programing while the others were created only for the game.

Each storyline is initiated at the end of a PPV event. Jim Ross, Eric Bischoff, Jerry Lawler, Vince McMahon, Jonathan Coachman or Stephanie McMahon will approach you and make a suggestion. If you agree, you will begin a storyline at the next show which will end at another PPV level. If you decline, you will go the month without a storyline (and potentially without matches). If you are not in a storyline, you may approach your General Manager (Stephanie or Bischoff) and request to re-drafted to another brand, or compete for a title shot. If you are in a storyline, your request will be denied. Storylines are dependent on which brand your character represents. Also, the character you choose is irrelevant unless you pick a main event caliber superstar.

Prior to any match, you may choose to walk about the arena. Occasionally, another Superstar will be there. On most occasions, this will result in an interaction in which you must make a decision. The correct decision will lead to a SmackDown Dollars bonus, an extra Rating point, or an advantage in your next match. A bad decision will result in the loss of a Rating point, and possibly an added handicap in your next match.

Also, during WrestleMania, your selected superstar can imitate Shawn Michaels' WrestleMania XII entrance if you choose a special entrance.


  • This game features the WWE video game debut of Batista, Charlie Haas, Chavo Guerrero, John Cena, Sean O'Haire, Scott Steiner, Shelton Benjamin, & Ultimo Dragon in the PlayStation series.
  • There is a John Cena rap upon watching the credits in its entirety.
  • This was the last WWE game to feature intergender matches.

External links[]

List of Computer and video games based on WWE
WWE SmackDown!
Original series
SmackDown! | Know Your Role | Just Bring It | Shut Your Mouth | Here Comes The Pain
SmackDown! vs. RAW
SmackDown! vs. RAW | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011
WWE '12 | WWE '13 | WWE '14 | WWE '15 | WWE '16 | WWE '17 | WWE '18 | WWE '19 | WWE '20 | WWE '22 | WWE '23 | WWE '24 |
X-Box games
RAW | RAW 2 | WrestleMania 21
Nintendo games
Nintendo GameCube
WrestleMania X8 | WrestleMania XIX | Day of Reckoning | Day of Reckoning 2
Nintendo 64
War Zone | Attitude | WrestleMania 2000 | No Mercy
Game Boy (Color / Advance)
Superstars | Superstars 2 | King of the Ring | Betrayal | Road to WrestleMania | Road to WrestleMania X8 | Survivor Series
NES / SNES / Sega Genesis
WrestleMania | WrestleMania Challenge | Steel Cage Challenge | Super WrestleMania | Royal Rumble (1993) | RAW (1994) | WrestleMania: Arcade Game
WWF WrestleMania | Legends of WrestleMania | Superstars | WrestleFest | In Your House | Rage in the Cage | Royal Rumble (2000) | Crush Hour | With Authority! | WWE All Stars | WWF European Rampage Tour | WWE Immortals | WWE Champions