WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role

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WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role
North American cover art featuring Chris Jericho, The Rock, Triple H, and The Undertaker
Director(s)Toshihiko Kitazawa
Producer(s)Norifumi Hara
Designer(s)Toshihiko Kitazawa
Artist(s)Taku Chihaya
  • Masafumi Ogata
  • Kei Morioka
  • Rei Shimizu
  • Hiroshi Watanabe
  • Yasushi Hasegawa
  • Shinya Chikamori
  • Tomoyo Nishimoto
  • Shoichi Koike
  • NA: 21 November 2000
  • EU: 1 December 2000[1]
  • JP: 25 January 2001
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role (Exciting Pro Wrestling 2 in Japan) is a professional wrestling video game released on the PlayStation by THQ and developed by Yuke's. It is part of the WWF SmackDown! (later renamed WWE SmackDown vs. Raw, then WWE; now WWE 2K) series based on the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) professional wrestling promotion. It is the sequel to WWF SmackDown!, which was released in March 2000, and was succeeded by WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It on the PlayStation 2 in November 2001.

It is the best-selling combat sports game on a single format (PlayStation) with 3.2 million copies sold.[2]


The Season Mode was heavily modified in this game. Along with removing the pre-season mode from the original, Know Your Role gave more storylines and more matches per show. These changes were given a mixed reaction by fans and critics alike. Wrestlers, wrestling moves, and arenas are unlocked as the player progresses through a season. The Season Mode has multiplayer support, with up to four players playing at once in a Season. Wrestlers such as Shawn Michaels, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Billy Gunn, Mick Foley (including Cactus Jack) and Debra Marshall are unlockable superstars.

This is Michael Cole's first appearance as an unlockable superstar, the second game being WWF No Mercy, and his last in the series until WWE '12 as a DLC superstar.

Big Show and Ken Shamrock were removed from the game before release; Big Show had been removed from the promotion's programming and sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling while Shamrock left WWF to return to mixed martial arts competition, but both may randomly appear during a Royal Rumble match (which the player can take control of) and can be used in other modes via as an unlockable, although their names were removed.

Create Modes[edit]

WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role was the first game in the SmackDown series which introduced advanced Create-A-Superstar, allowing the player to create a character in greater detail as opposed to just choosing preset mix-and-match templates like the previous game. A unique feature, Create-A-Manager was included which allows the player to assign managers such as Paul Bearer and Tori to different superstars. In addition, more features were added such as Create-A-Moveset, Create-A-Taunt, and Create-A-Stable which allowed up to 4 members.


Daniel Erickson reviewed the PlayStation version of the game for Next Generation, rating it three stars out of five, and stated that "There are tons of options and great multiplayer matches, but Smackdown's Story mode falls on its candy ass."[11]

The game received "universal acclaim" according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[3] In Japan, Famitsu gave it a score of 30 out of 40.[5]

The PlayStation version of WWF SmackDown! 2 received a "Platinum" sales award from the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA),[16] indicating sales of at least 300,000 copies in the United Kingdom.[17]

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  2. ^ "Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition 2015". www.guinnessworldrecords.com. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
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  4. ^ EGM staff (January 2001). "WWF SmackDown! 2 Know Your Role". Electronic Gaming Monthly. Archived from the original on 29 January 2001. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  5. ^ a b "プレイステーション - エキサイティングプロレス2". Famitsu. 915: 25. 30 June 2006.
  6. ^ Reiner, Andrew (December 2000). "WWF SmackDown 2: Know Your Role". Game Informer (92): 104–5. Archived from the original on 15 September 2008. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  7. ^ Star Dingo (22 November 2000). "WWF Smackdown! 2 - Know Your Role Review for PlayStation on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on 12 February 2005. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  8. ^ Nash, Joe (December 2000). "WWF Smackdown 2: Know Your Role Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  9. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (17 November 2000). "WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  10. ^ Smith, David (22 November 2000). "WWF Smackdown 2!: [sic] Know Your Role". IGN. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  11. ^ a b Erickson, Daniel (February 2001). "Finals". Next Generation. Vol. 4 no. 2. Imagine Media. p. 81.
  12. ^ Zuniga, Todd (January 2001). "WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. Archived from the original on 28 January 2001. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  13. ^ "Review: WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role". PSM. December 2000.
  14. ^ Shkloven, Emmett (12 January 2001). "WWF Smackdown! 2: Know Your Role". X-Play. Archived from the original on 18 April 2001. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  15. ^ Saltzman, Marc (26 December 2000). "The Rock, WWF friends return in Smackdown 2". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Archived from the original on 14 November 2007. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  16. ^ "ELSPA Sales Awards: Platinum". Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association. Archived from the original on 15 May 2009. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  17. ^ Caoili, Eric (26 November 2008). "ELSPA: Wii Fit, Mario Kart Reach Diamond Status In UK". Gamasutra. Archived from the original on 18 September 2017.

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