The last of the five confirmed WWE 2K22 DLC bundles will drop later this month with The Whole Dam Pack.
WWE 2K22’s roster may be finalized in the immediate future. The Whole Dam Pack is a bundle of six playable characters, though not all of them are actually wrestlers. Some are legends in the wrestling industry while others are celebrities that have strictly appeared in a non-wrestling capacity.
This is one of the stranger DLC packs in WWE video game history, so it’s worth going over who’s in it and why they’re in there in the first place. Here’s what you get with the Whole Dam Pack in WWE 2K22.
WWE 2K games are often outdated by the time they release. Tag teams are split up, wrestlers are repackaged, and gimmicks are changed in the months between development and launch. That’s painfully obvious in the Whole Dam Pack. Though the highlight of the pack is a legend of years past, multiple wrestlers in the bundle will look quite different here from the character they’re playing on screen today.
Rob Van Dam
The title wrestler of the bundle is Rob Van Dam, and wrestling fans will likely need no introduction to him. RVD is one of just a few top ECW wrestlers to enjoy major success in WWE, seeing prominence as both tag team and singles success in ECW before becoming part of “The Invasion” story in WWF. He won a variety of championships during his time in the WWE, most notably defeating John Cena to become WWE Champion at ECW One Night Stand. He left his full-time role at the company in 2007 and has performed sporadically in WWE since.
In a rare instance of WWE games actually being ahead of the curve, Logan Paul was attached to WWE 2K22 long before he signed an official contract with the company. He participated in a featured match at WrestleMania 2022 in which he teamed with The Miz to defeat Rey and Dominik Mysterio, and that match won’t just be a one-off appearance. Logan Paul currently being positioned for a feud with The Miz at SummerSlam and is signed on with the company for some time beyond as well.
Xia Li had a run as a prominent figure on NXT as part of the villainous Tian Sha stable. Despite that, she was brought into the main roster as a face before swapping back to being a heel only two months later with little explanation. She has seen little television time since being called up, but it seems like there may have once been greater plans for her judging from her inclusion in this WWE 2K22 DLC pack.
Eli Drake joined WWE as part of the NXT brand in 2021 under the new name LA Knight. Less than a year later he was called up and rebranded once again. Today, the former LA Knight is Max Dupri of Maximum Male Models, alongside Mace and Mansoor.
After years on the main roster with few notable feuds, Apollo Crews was sent back to NXT. Commander Azeez, formerly known as Babatunde and Dabba-Kato, went with him. Azeez did not appear alongside Crews and news of his demotion came via reports on internal memos. It’s unknown whether he will remain in the Commander Azeez character moving forward or if he change to a new ring name and look for a fresh start.
Machine Gun Kelly
Machine Gun Kelly hasn’t ever wrestled in WWE, but he has made a few appearances on WWE programming. In 2015 he was tossed off the entrance ramp by Kevin Owens, taking a surprisingly risky bump. This isn’t as impressive today with ex-NFL punter Pat McAfee and rapper Bad Bunny getting feature matches at WrestleMania, but it was a shock at the time. Machine Gun Kelly’s presence on the roster still raises an eyebrow given that he’s never actually worked a match in any pro wrestling promotion.
A surprise last-minute addition to the Whole Dam Pack lineup is Sarray. The Seadlinnng and Diana veteran was a casualty of travel lockdowns over the last few years, having her career on the Japanese indie circuit extended when she couldn’t make it to the United States to wrestle under the WWE umbrella. She’s appeared on a variety of secondary brands for WWE in her time stateside, including 205 Live, NXT, and NXT UK.