Except for a glitch period in which the franchise lost touch with fans, the WWE 2K series is constantly evolving, year after year. WWE 2K22, specifically, has resurrected the series, and WWE 2K23 has kept the pace, cementing the series' position at the top.
This year, there are lots of good tidings to go around, starting with approximately 200+ wrestlers in tow. Among them are returning fan favourites like Batista, Cena, The Bella Twins, Roman Reigns, and Kurt Angle. Others, like Solo Sikoa and Carmelo Hayes, are joining the series for the first time. While almost 50 wrestlers, including Lana and Mickie James, are bidding goodbye from the WWE 2K23 roster.
With so much variety, it’s only fair that you’ll want to have the best wrestlers on your aisle. And while other factors like strength and skills count, players often gravitate toward heavyweight wrestlers because they tend to have the highest ratings. So, among the fan-favourite heavyweights who made it to the WWE 2K23 roster and the 24 new full entrances for heavyweights, here are the WWE 2K23: best heavyweight wrestlers you won’t want to miss out on.
5. Big Boss Man – 81
Big Boss Man has several monikers, including The Boss, The Man, The Guardian Angel, and Big Bubba Rogers. You might recall him wrestling under the guise of a corrections officer. He used to work as a prison officer at the Cobb County Jail in Georgia. Thus, having him play his real life is fantastic.
In fact, Phil Taylor portrays the character so convincingly that it feels surreal. He portrays a man who stands for truth and justice and who cannot be bought. To be able to make a few minor changes and still fit the times so well is a testament to how personal and close to reality wrestling can be.
4. Kane – 82
Kane is the half-brother of The Undertaker. Together, they form the Tag Team “Brothers of Destruction” in WWE 2K22. They form a formidable force when combined. However, Kane still has a few tricks up his sleeve that have helped him carve out a name for himself.
Kane is a ring beast, standing 7 feet tall and weighing over 300 pounds. Until 2002, he wore a red mask to his matches that concealed his face. When Kane later removed his mask, it was revealed that the Undertaker had started a fire on his face, causing hideous burns. Furthermore, the reveal was said to provide Kane with better vision and general comfort during his wrestling matches.
Perhaps Kane's history explains his rage in matches, like setting fire to a WWE Hall of Famer, hitting a WWE executive with a tombstone, and kidnapping far too many of his fellow Superstars to count. Nevertheless, it does not negate his dependability in the ring, with his three-time world champion status in the WWF Championship, the ECW Championship, and the World Heavyweight Championship speaking for themselves.
3. Diesel – 87
Diesel, nicknamed “Big Daddy Cool” or simply “Big Kev,” is another force to be reckoned with. He’s a popular and dominant champion in WWE’s New Generation era. Even though he’s had a bit of a bad rap off late, Diesel quickly rose the ranks as soon as he got on WWE and never looked back.
Unlike most heavyweight wrestlers, Diesel is both huge and fairly agile. Plus, he’s not the type to shy away from making waves. He had a small setback playing gimmicks in WCW. However, that didn’t hold him back. As soon as he joined WWE as Diesel and took on Shawn Michaels’ bodyguard role, the wrestling world knew to respect his hustle as a cold-blooded beast.
Even when he split with Michaels, Diesel quickly put any doubters to shame. He defeated Bob Backlund in eight seconds to capture the WWE Championship. That glorious win earned Diesel a year-long reign that resulted in his “Big Daddy Cool” title in WWE ever since. Here’s a wrestler who fully understands that being nearly 7-foot tall and more than 300 pounds is only a half-cup full of what it takes to win.
2. Andre the Giant – 88
Andre the Giant is a legendary French professional wrestler. He's popularly known for his hulking size, which is caused by excess growth hormone. Andre towered over everyone, standing 7 feet, 4 inches tall and weighing 520 pounds. He'd dominate the ring with ease. Andre the Giant was so popular that he was featured in commercials, movies, and television shows. He was even named the world's eighth wonder.
Andre, the Giant, began wrestling at the age of 18. He quickly rose through the ranks and entertained crowds wherever he went. That led to a meteoric rise i WWE, including a match against Hulk Hogan. Subsequently, he had a breakthrough across all forms of media in a feat only rivaled by The Rock. To this day, Andre, the Giant remains a phenomenal force of dominance in the ring and beyond.
1. Braun Strowman – 90
Braun Strowman is currently a WWE wrestler. He holds one-time Universal Champion, one-time Intercontinental Champion, and two-time Raw Tag Team Champion belts to his name. While he struggles with body image, going from 285 to over 400 pounds while competing as a strongman, Braun Strowman continues to exude a persevering attitude on and off the ring.
He kicked off towering as the “Black Sheep” of the Wyatt Family. However, he soon made a name for himself, dominating the WWE showdown on his own. He popularly displays massive destructive moments, like when he flipped an ambulance over with Roman Reigns trapped inside. Besides ferocious showdowns, Braun Strowman remains true to his prowess in the ring. He has accomplished significant wins throughout his career and has set standards in Royal Rumble matches that no man has yet to beat.
Strowman earned the title “The Monster Among Men” and remains open to competition. Even as WWE released him in 2021, he made a wild return on September 5, 2022’s Monday Night Raw, taking down everyone in his path.