Summary: Something needs to be done about this series. While this game and the ones before it are solid, they are becoming more and more similar. Casual wrestling fans don't need to spend $60 on this year's version when last year's offers basically the same package for less money.
When it comes to a series that has been in development as long as this one, you would expect an almost perfect game by now, but for every new feature the developers add, they take out two more. WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 is the best current wrestling game, but only because there are not any worthy challengers. It might be a few years before TNA catches up, so hopefully in that time, THQ or whoever is holding the license can get its act together.
[Note: Though the review states it is reviewing the Xbox 360 version, the PlayStation 3 version is also reviewed within the article.]