Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This at Home

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Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This at Home
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Developer(s) Paradox Development
Publisher(s) Eidos Interactive
Designer(s) Kevin Gill
Series Backyard Wrestling
Platform(s) Xbox
PlayStation 2
Release date(s)
  • NA October 8, 2003 (PS2)[1]
  • NA October 9, 2003 (Xbox)[2]
  • JP April 15, 2004
  • PAL November 7, 2003
Genre(s) Sports, Fighting
Mode(s) Single Player

Backyard Wrestling is a video game developed by Paradox Development, and published by Eidos Interactive in 2003 for Xbox and PlayStation 2.


The goal of backyard wrestling is largely to use the environment to defeat an opponent. The gameplay could be better described as a cross between classic pro wrestling video games and 3D platform fighting like Power Stone.

Aside from the standard backyard locations, Backyard Wrestling's arenas include a truck stop, a slaughterhouse, an outdoor parking lot, a talk show set and a strip club. Each environment is littered with barbed wire-laden bats, fluorescent light bulbs, breakable tables, steel chairs and other objects players may use to injure their opponents.

The game had a "Story" like mode, entitled "Talk Show Mode" circling around a show called "Today's Topic", which resembled The Jerry Springer Show. The talk show host, a nameless character that resembled Kevin Gill, one of the game's creators, interviewed different victims and personalities of backyard wrestling. After the interview, your character would be placed where the victim was and you would fight three other backyard wrestlers. You had to face three opponents with one health bar.


Character Place or Origin/Occupation
Violent J rapper (Insane Clown Posse), wrestler (WWF/WCW/JCW)
Shaggy 2 Dope rapper (Insane Clown Posse), wrestler (WWF/WCW/JCW)
Mad Man Pondo Independent wrestler, notably JCW
The Rudeboy Appears in JCW
Josh Prohibition Appeared in Best of Backyard Wrestling Vol. 1 & 2
M-Dogg 20 Appeared in Best of Backyard Wrestling Vol. 1 & 2
JCW's Evil Dead rapper Jumpsteady, wrestler (JCW)
Jamie Madrox rapper (Twiztid)
Monoxide Child rapper (Twiztid)
Sabu legendary hardcore wrestler (ECW/Japan/TNA/WWE/WCW/JCW)
Tom Dub employee for Psychopathic Records, wrestler for JCW
Masked Horn Dog Comedy wrestler from Best of Backyard Wrestling: Backyard Babes
El Drunko Independent wrestler
Masked Mike Jackson Appears in The Best of Backyard Wrestling Vol. 1 & 2
Gupta Appears in The Best of Backyard Wrestling Vol. 1 & 2
Karnage Appears in The Best of Backyard Wrestling Vol. 1 & 2
Dameon Redd Appears in The Best of Backyard Wrestling Vol. 1 & 2
Da Bone Doctor Pro Wrestler (Formerly of WWF/WWE)
Tylene Buck wrestler (WCW), model, host for Best of Backyard Wrestling
Kitana Baker Model, actress
Josh Asbill Won a contest to be a playable character in the game.
El Chicharron unknown
Commissioner Appears in The Best of Backyard Wrestling Vol. 1 & 2 (The Epic Battle segments)
Sonny D. Chopper Unknown
Atrocity XXX Unknown
Ross Lover Unknown
Sally Unknown
Jezebel Unknown
Rosie Unknown
Adrianne Pain Unknown
Hernia Unknown


Released in 2003, the game went on to sell nearly half a million copies worldwide. Its reception from critics was lukewarm, but player interest was high enough to justify the development of a sequel. Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood was released the following year, including more wrestlers and moves but mostly the same basic gameplay


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