|Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This at Home|
The goal of backyard wrestling is largely to use the environment to defeat an opponent. The gameplay could be better described as a cross between classic pro wrestling video games and 3D platform fighting like Power Stone.
Aside from the standard backyard locations, Backyard Wrestling's arenas include a truck stop, a slaughterhouse, an outdoor parking lot, a talk show set and a strip club. Each environment is littered with barbed wire-laden bats, fluorescent light bulbs, breakable tables, steel chairs and other objects players may use to injure their opponents.
The game has a "Story" like mode, entitled "Talk Show Mode" circling around a show called "Today's Topic", which resembles The Jerry Springer Show. The talk show host, a nameless character that resembles Kevin Gill, one of the game's creators, interviews different victims and personalities of backyard wrestling. After the interview, the character is placed where the victim is and will fight three other backyard wrestlers. They will face three opponents with one health bar.
|Character||Place or Origin/Occupation|
|Violent J||rapper (Insane Clown Posse), wrestler (WWF/WCW/JCW)|
|Shaggy 2 Dope||rapper (Insane Clown Posse), wrestler (WWF/WCW/JCW)|
|Mad Man Pondo||Independent wrestler, notably JCW|
|The Rudeboy||Appears in JCW|
|Josh Prohibition||Appeared in Best of Backyard Wrestling Vol. 1 & 2, Independent Wrestler|
|M-Dogg 20||Appeared in Best of Backyard Wrestling Vol. 1 & 2, Independent Wrestler|
|JCW's Evil Dead||rapper Jumpsteady, wrestler (JCW)|
|Jamie Madrox||rapper (Twiztid)|
|Monoxide Child||rapper (Twiztid)|
|Sabu||legendary hardcore wrestler (ECW/Japan/TNA/WWE/WCW/JCW)|
|Tom Dub||employee for Psychopathic Records, wrestler for JCW|
|Masked Horn Dog||Comedy wrestler from Best of Backyard Wrestling: Backyard Babes|
|El Drunko||Independent wrestler, Comedy wrestler from Best of Backyard Wrestling: Backyard Babes|
|Masked Mike Jackson||Appears in The Best of Backyard Wrestling Vol. 1 & 2|
|Gupta||Appears in The Best of Backyard Wrestling Vol. 1 & 2|
|Karnage||Appears in The Best of Backyard Wrestling Vol. 1 & 2|
|Dameon Redd||Appears in The Best of Backyard Wrestling Vol. 1 & 2|
|Da Bone Doctor||Pro Wrestler (Formerly of WWF/WWE)|
|Tylene Buck||wrestler (WCW), model, host for Best of Backyard Wrestling|
|Kitana Baker||Model, actress|
|Josh Asbill||Won a contest to be a playable character in the game.|
|Commissioner||Appears in The Best of Backyard Wrestling Vol. 1 & 2 (The Epic Battle segments)|
|Sonny D. Chopper||Unknown|
The game received mixed to negative reviews on both platforms according to video game review aggregator Metacritic. In Japan, Famitsu gave the PlayStation 2 version a score of 27 out of 40.
A sequel, Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood, was released in 2004 for PlayStation 2 and Xbox.