At the time the game was being developed Nash was a member of the roster.
- Laurinaitis was a main fixture of RAW while somoene like Tsyon barely appeared on SD, why would they put Kidd in over Laurinaitis?
- Hunter Hearst Helmsley (sidekick of Michaels)
Triple H (DX leader)
Triple H (current)
Both old school versions are needed for the storymode, the storymode that's the main feature of the game.
You don't think they could have made Helmsley an alt attire for Attitude Era HHH?They'll all have nearly the exact same moveset anyway, the same thing with both Cenas. Rapper Cena will probably have the spinout powerbomb as a sig instead of the top rope leg drop and have 2 F-U's(if they even call it that) as finishers. Rapper Cena is probably the most useless roster spot in the game, could have easily been made an alt attire or free DLC down the road.
Besides, Story Mode won't be 100% on point anyway because of the people they left off the roster. And honestly, when it's mid-january and everyone has beaten story mode and unlocked everything and now want to play online, are they going to be saying "Boy thank god that third Triple H was in the game, I'll be sure to pick him all the time" or "Boy thank god that third Triple H was in the game. I'll be sure to make him along with the other 2 a part of my WWE Universe".
And they'd put Kidd in over Laurinatis because....who is going to use Big Johnny? Bourne, Drew Mac, Sandow (should have just been on the main roster because there's a 100% chance his model and moveset are done), Ryback, Kidd all deserve a spot ahead of him. It's not like he was an active in ring competitor. And Nash wasn't really "active". How many matches did he have? I remember he squashed Santino I think, lost to HHH and that was it? I'm not complaining because I like using Nash.
You have to understand that by the early part of 2013, nearly everyone will be playing online and that will turn into the main focus of the game. Patches, DLC, etc. Not a single person is going to pick Big Johnny online, while people like Drew Mac and Kidd got alot of use last year. Sure, there's people who don't have Xbox Live/Don't play online because of all of the cheaters and would rather stick to WWE Universe. But it's not a 50-50 split. When people beat Story Mode, they'll be going online, especially if Universe mode has as much problems as it did last year.
Am I saying that this game should be catered to the online players? Not at all, but no one is thanking THQ to my knowledge that they left Drew Mac off the roster for Big Johnny/Hunico/Mahal/Rapper Cena/Third HHH.