We might be seeing the return of ‘Demon’ Finn Balor to WWE at WrestleMania, which would be the first time since September 2021.
With the Demon’s absence from WWE has come an absence from the latest WWE video game, WWE 2K23, in which ‘Demon’ Balor isn’t a readily available character.
However, there is a workaround thanks to WWE 2K23 custom character creator WhatsTheStatus.
Status has done some great work uploading extra versions of characters that were hidden in the game files, making them available for everyone to use.
To play as ‘Demon’ Finn Balor, follow these steps:
From the WWE 2K23 main menu, use R1/RB to move across to the ‘Online’ section.
Select ‘Community Creations’. Select ‘Downloads’. Select ‘All’.
Hit Triangle/Y to bring up the search function, make sure you have ‘Superstars’ selected as the category, then scroll down to the ‘Hashtags’.
Hit ‘Hashtag 1’, scroll down to ‘My Hashtags’, and type in ‘DemonModeBalor’.
Make sure the character selected is the one by WhatsTheStatus#56440, then hit X/A to select it, then the same for ‘Download’.
And now you have ‘Demon’ Finn Balor in your game!
An extra optional step is to make the ‘Demon’ an alternate attire for the standard in-game Finn Balor.
To do that, go back to the main menu, move across to the ‘Creations’ section, and select ‘Superstar’.
Then select ‘Edit Custom Superstar’, find the ‘Demon’ Finn Balor one you just downloaded, select it with X/A, and do the same for ‘Edit’.
Scroll down to and select ‘Personal Information’, and make sure you have ‘Yes’ selected for the ‘Use As Alternate Attire’ setting.
From there, just back out and save your changes, and now ‘Demon’ Finn Balor will be an alternate attire for the in-game Balor, instead of its own standalone character.
‘Demon’ Finn Balor is far from the only content like this that Status has uploaded, and it’s really adding so much to the playing experience to have these extra characters and content available and playable.
So far, the other content Status has uploaded to Community Creations, which you can find by searching the hashtag ‘WhatsTheStatus’ and making sure the creator is WhatsTheStatus#56440, are:
Playable version of Scarlett
Playable version of Adam Pearce
Playable version of Corey Graves
2014 version of Stephanie McMahon (manager only)
2014 version of Triple H (manager only)
2023 version of Vince McMahon (manager only)
Playable version of Mick Foley
Playable version of Kayla Braxton
Playable version of Byron Saxton
Retro version of Triple H with hidden ‘My Time’ theme
DX versions of Triple H and Shawn Michaels
Retro version of Kane
Playable version of Paul Heyman
2020 version of Alexa Bliss
WrestleMania 34 (2018) version of Asuka
WrestleMania 35 (2019) version of Becky Lynch
Updated current 2023 version of Asuka
Playable version of Bobby Heenan
1998 version of Faarooq
Updated current 2023 version of Nikki Cross
‘Demon’ Finn Balor
Retro version of Batista with hair
2003 version of Kane
Playable version of Michael Cole
It’s also worth mentioning that JoeMashups has been doing some similarly great work by adjusting and updating the appearances of playable characters.
Joe Mashups’ uploads so far, which you can find by using the hashtag ‘JoeMashups’ and making sure the creator is JoeMashups#11430, are:
Updated 2023 version of Damian Priest with beard
‘Dashing’ (2010) version of Cody Rhodes
Updated 2023 version of Austin Theory with beard
2001 version of Kurt Angle with hair & TNA version of Kurt Angle with beard
Updated 2023 version of Roman Reigns
Several retro versions of Randy Orton
Updated 2023 version of Jacy Jayne
Updated 2023 version of Edge
Updated version of The Rock with new tattoos
Updated version of Becky Lynch with eye makeup removed
2004/2005 versions of Undertaker
Updated 2023 version of Maryse
Judgment Day (2022)/2011 versions of Edge
Dabba-Kato (updated version of Commander Azeez)
Updated 2023 Sonya Deville
Updated 2023 LA Knight with beard
Updated 2023 Jey Uso with new face texture, updated red hair, extra hair in the front, gray hair in the beard, and new tattoos
This level of custom content really is a game changer for WWE 2K23 – if you’re not aware of it and not taking advantage of it, you definitely should be.
Some other great creators who have already pumped out quite a bit of content so far this year include AlexNificent, Darzo_xX, GaMeVoLt, and IconicCaws , so give them a search too.
As well as the credit going to the creators for the awesome content they’re putting together, it’s worth also giving a mention to 2K, who did make big improvements for creations this year compared to WWE 2K22.
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