WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain (Known as Exciting Pro Wrestling 5 in Japan) is a video game released on the PlayStation 2 console by THQ on October 27, 2003. It is a sequel to WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth and is part of the WWE SmackDown vs. Raw series based on World Wrestling Entertainment's weekly TV show of the same name. It was the final WWE game under the Smackdown! name and it was succeeded by WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw.
The game introduced a more traditional grappling system while retaining the series’ fast gameplay.
This new grappling system also included were body damage meters,
individual character scales that consisted of stats such as strength,
endurance and speed, and submission meters for both the person applying
the move and the person breaking out of the move. As well as the ability
to break the submission hold when being close to the ropes.
In addition, the game does away with the audio commentary feature that was used in its predecessors WWE SmackDown! Just Bring It and WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth.
This would be the final SmackDown! game that featured Brock Lesnar, Bill Goldberg, Ultimo Dragon, Sean O' Haire, and Val Venis as playable characters and the first game in the SmackDown! series to have John Cena, Batista and Rey Mysterio as playable characters. This also marks the final time that Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock would appear in a SmackDown! game as non-legends, as well as the first and only game in the series to show The Rock's new tattoo.
The development version, though, featured Jeff Hardy, Hulk Hogan (along with his alter-ego Mr. America) and Ultimate Warrior. Hardy was removed when he left WWE for TNA.
Hogan and his Mr. America character were also deleted when he left the
company. Warrior was removed after he threatened the WWE with a lawsuit.