Even though this game is 10 years old, it remains one of the greatest Wrestling games ever, if not THE greatest game. 4 way brawls, Triple Threats, this game has some of the best multi-player action ever, and the ability to completely customize characters makes it that much better.
I know I'm not the only one who loves this game. So hopefully there will be other people interested in discussing strategy...which is in the case of CAWs is more move specific.
Players with better reflexes tend to do better in this game, but as in all games there are always tiers. In this case, the tiers are odd, and no, they're not based on who my favorite wrestler is. Otherwise Eddie Guerrero would be top.
Top Tier (basically any character who can do a sleeper hold off of a weak grapple.)
Andre the Giant
Upper Middle Tier (Super Heavies = Anti Sleeper, Characters with Strong Submissions & Solid Movesets)
Middle Tier (Characters with useful Strong Strikes, and Very Good Move Sets, and Specials. Would be Top or Uppermid, if not for the cheapness of Submissions)
The Rock (Doesn't have any special submission but does *massive* arm damage)
Low Tier is everyone else.
I've never read any strategy guides for this game. Just a bunch of FAQs filled with CAWs. I'd like to keep this discussion mostly based on move analysis and strats.
Technically speaking this is a wrestling game, but...it seems more appropriate to put this in fighting game discussion than in general discussion. This seems more like a fighting game to me(at least intuitively) than the Psychic Force series. If I posted this in the wrong area, I apologize.