Personally I don't even have time to play the games I have now, and with the ever-growing backlog I definitely don't have time to revisit anything. As much as I wish I could. Yearly sports releases, of any genre I don't think are really intended to ever be Game of the Year candidates. I was excited for Fire Pro with all the hype everyone had given it, but it's very much even more limiting than the WWE games that it's supposed to be an alternative to. For the price tag, I sincerely don't think I've gotten my money worth and probably won't. At least with WWE, even if it is same old shit with a different paint job, at least the graphics are amazing and I get to play as my favorites. Even if Universe is flawed, and it is, it's still fun. I've never had any game breaking issues with is, even if a feud means they wrestle every week for months. Hell, as annoying as it is it's accurate to real life. Regarding Almas not being in last year, I remember something I read on here saying he requested to not be in the game if I recall correctly. And yeah it sucks that they took out Ciampa and Kendrick, but it is what it is. If that's the deal breaker for you, don't buy the game. But I dare say the vast majority probably won't.
I don't remember what game it was but a while back in the career mode I remember you'd wrestle in gyms against total randomized CAW types. That was fun. You'd face some people who looked normal and some were just outlandish. And the names were random too I'm pretty sure. Wish they'd do that again.