I think Yukes did a fine job on coming up with a decent control scheme with the unique, Gamecube controller. L and R operate as your duck, and block functions (like in No Mercy). Pressing A and a direction on the control stick does a grapple move. B and a direction does a basic kick and punch maneuver. There are some oddball button combinations to do moves. You have to press two buttons simultaneously to do basic moves like an Irish Whip, and picking up weapons. Doing finishing moves is similar as in Just Bring It. You fill up an “adrenaline” meter, and once it’s filled up, you press A+B from the proper position to connect with the move. I adjusted to this unique control scheme rather quick, but some friends that were playing only RAW and No Mercy lately just couldn’t adapt to the Gamecube controller. Just Bring It operated at a fast arcade like pace, but WMX8 operates just a notch down. It’s not as fast, but still noticeably faster than No Mercy. One gripe I have with the game engine is that you can’t wrestle backstage, it’s disappointing that this increasingly popular feature was taken out.