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WWE WrestleMania 21

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Title Screen

WWE WrestleMania 21

Developer: Studio Gigante
Publisher: THQ
Platform: Xbox
Released in US: April 20, 2005
Released in EU: May 27, 2005

CharacterIcon.png This game has unused playable characters.
CodeIcon.png This game has unused code.
DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.
TextIcon.png This game has unused text.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
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To do:
  • Upload direct PNG screenshots of Bill Goldberg in-game (use XDK or Emulator).
  • This game may contain text strings or textures for wrestlers not featured.
  • Lesnar and Austin's character select pictures and all crowd signs are in .RES format and not .TGA format like the rest of the pictures. Upload both of their select pictures and all unused crowd signs using this specialized tool from 2005 to export/import "WAD" and "K" files in the game. This tool is also great for modding.

On paper WWE WrestleMania 21, a game made by the developers of Mortal Kombat, sounds like a surefire success. The execution is anything but.


Read about prototype versions of this game that have been released or dumped.
Prototype Info
Read about prerelease information and/or media for this game.
Prerelease Info

Removed/Unused Wrestlers

Several wrestlers were scrapped for various reasons.

Wrestler Reason for removal Notes
Billy Gunn Released from WWE in November 2004 Gunn has a placeholder character select picture, AI data, cutscene data for career mode and crowd signs but no model.

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Boxhead Unknown Possible debugging character as there is only a model present.
Brock Lesnar Left WWE after WrestleMania XX (March 2004) Lesnar has a placeholder character select picture but no AI data, crowd signs or model.
Goldberg Left WWE after WrestleMania XX (March 2004) Goldberg appears to be the most complete wrestler in WM21 as he has a placeholder character select picture, AI data, model and sparkler pyro particle data but no crowd signs.

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Hardcore Holly Unknown Holly has a hidden unlockable ShopZone titantron video and AI data but no placeholder character select picture, crowd signs or model.
Rikishi Released from WWE in July 2004 Rikishi has a placeholder character select picture and AI data but no crowd signs or model.

WM21 xbox icon rikishi.png

Steve Austin Was inactive in the WWE post WrestleMania XX (March 2004) Austin has a placeholder character select picture but no AI data, crowd signs or model.
Theodore Long Unknown Long has an empty entry in the superstar soundbank, which is where all sound (i.e. crowd chant, entrance music and move impact sound desciptors) are located. No other omitted wrestler has an entry in the soundbank.
Victoria Unknown Victoria has a hidden unlockable ShopZone titantron video but no AI data, crowd signs or model.
Vince McMahon Unknown McMahon has two placeholder character select pictures (one for his wrestling attire and another for his suit attire), AI data and models but no crowd signs.

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Unused Wrestler Titantrons

The titantron videos for WWE wrestlers Victoria and Hardcore Holly are located in the "ShopZone" folder of the game directory, though neither wrestlers appears in-game. Victoria's titantron video contains her "Don't Mess With" theme song as performed by Nicki Minaj that she debuted in 2004, and Hardcore Holly's titantron video contains his "How Do You Like Me Now" theme song that he had in 2004.

Unused Early Menu Splash Screen

Unused Character Selection Pictures

Multiple unused placeholder/alternate character select pictures exist in the game.

Unused Early Wrestler Names

Miss Jackie is referred to as Jackie Gayda and JBL is referred to as Bradshaw in the game's files.

Unused Goldberg Model

There exists a fully completed Goldberg model in the WrestleMania 21 game files. Curiously, the dummy model used in-game to preview wrestling moves in the Moveset creator is the same model of Goldberg but with all green textures. There exists a mod for WrestleMania 21 that restores the Goldberg model to a playable state, adds alternate attires for in-game wrestlers and enables NPCs in exhibition mode. This mod can only be played with a modded Xbox or Xbox emulator, as this game is not natively playable on an Xbox 360, One or Series model. The mod can be downloaded through the XBMC app on Xbox from the Downloader utility.