WWE 2K23 | Controls Guide For Console (PS and XBOX)

WWE 2K23 has officially arrived, which means you can enter the ring and begin playing 2K’s brand-new game. Controls for WWE games have also been somewhat perplexing, with so many distinct moves and match styles to learn. The game’s controls were overhauled last year, and this trend has continued in WWE 2K23. With that in mind, here is the Xbox and PlayStation controls guide for the game.


Console Controls Guide For WWE 2k23

The WWE 2K22 control system saw significant changes, and we may see some changes implemented in WWE 2K23. But, we’ve listed below all of the controls we expect to remain the same and will update if any changes are made before the final rollout.

WWE 2k23 Basic Controls

Developers Visual Concepts were already talking up the new controls for WWE 2K22, which were expected to see significant modifications from last year. Such improved controls have been carried over to WWE 2K23, along with a few minor tweaks. Here are the basic WWE 2K23 controls that will get you into the rhythm of a match.

CommandFor X-BoxFor Playstation
RunLS + LT (hold)LS + L2 (hold)
Exit / Enter Ring / Climb Top RopeLS + RB (hold)LS + R1 (hold)
Climb Middle RopeLS + RB (press)LS + R1 (press)
Lean To Ropes for SpringboardLS + LB (press)LS + L1 (press)
Pick Up ObjectLB (press)L1 (press)
Wake Up TauntD-Pad UpD-Pad Up
Crowd TauntD-Pad LeftD-Pad Left
Opponent TauntD-Pad RightD-Pad Right
PinRS DownRS Down
Re-Position OpponentRS Up, Left, or RightRS Up, Left, or Right
Lift Opponent (When Grounded)RS UpRS Up
Instant Recovery (from Ground)RBR1
Release Hold / PinLBL1
Tag In / Tag Out PartnerLBL1
Change TargetClick RSR3
Finisher MoveRT + ART + X
Signature MoveRT + XRT + Square
PaybackRT + YRT + Triangle
SubmissionRT + BRT + Circle
Dodge or ClimbRBR1
ReversalY (press)Triangle (press)
BlockY (hold)Triangle (press)
Light AttackX (press)Square (press)
Heavy AttackA (press)X (press)

Grapple Controls

To use grappling moves and the new combo moves, enter the grapple state by pressing B on Xbox or Circle on PlayStation. This includes pulling or hauling an adversary. To begin executing manoeuvres, press B on Xbox or Circle on PlayStation.

Light Grapple AttacksLS (Any Direction) Then X (press)LS (Any Direction) Then Square (press)
Strong Grapple AttacksLS (Any Direction) Then A (press)LS (Any Direction) Then X (press)
Irish WhipLS (Any Direction) Then B (press)LS (Any Direction) Then Circle (press)
Strong Irish WhipLS (Any Direction) Then B (hold)LS (Any Direction) Then Circle (hold)
Initiate CarryRBR1
Powerbomb CarryLS Up then RB (press)LS Up then R1 (press)
Cradle CarryLS Down then RB (press)LS Down then R1 (press)
Fireman’s CarryLS Left then RB (press)LS Left then R1 (press)
Shoulder CarryLS Right then RB (press)LS Right then R1 (press)
Change Carry PositionLSLS
Turn Move Into CarryRBR1
Slam Opponent / Complete MoveAX
Environmental AttackXSquare
Throw Over Ropes / Off StageBCircle
Release Carry / DragLBL1
(As Defender) Escape Carry / DragBCircle
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Item Controls

What’s a wrestling match without a few items? We’ve got you covered if you want to swing a chair or use a table.

CommandFor XboxFor PS
Pick Up ObjectLBL1
Grab Object from under the ringLBL1
Primary AttackXSquare
Secondary AttackAX
Drop ObjectBCircle
Lean / Wedge Object In CornerLS + BLS + Circle

Ladder Controls

Ladder matches are becoming prevalent in major WWE shows, from TLC to Money In The Bank, so you need to know what you’re doing with ladders!

Set up LadderAX
Climb LadderRBR1
Push Ladder DownRapidly Tap BRapidly Tap Circle
Rotate Standing LadderRS + LB (hold)RS + L1 (hold)
Grab Belt/Briefcase atop LadderComplete mini-gameComplete mini-game

Steel Cage/Hell In A Cell Controls

Cage bouts are primarily about escaping or winning, whereas Hell In A Cell is all about pummeling your opponent. In Hell In A Cell, you can still access the ringside area, which means you can obtain weapons from beneath and use items like the ring stairs. War Games has also been added to WWE 2K23, with all of the controls from Steel Cage matches available in the new mode as well.

Climb Cage/CellRBR1
Call for the Cage DoorLBL1

Royal Rumble Controls

In a Royal Rumble, you cannot pin or submit your opponent; instead, you must just hurl them over the top rope!

CommandXBox ControlsPS Controls
Get Back In Ring From ApronRBR1
Throw Out OpponentRT + XR2 + Square

Well, that’s the end of my Controls guide for WWE 2k23. If you found it useful, leave a comment. Do check out our other guides as well! Have a great day ahead!

Last Updated on March 14, 2023

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