There are several modes in Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This at Home
which include Exhibition, Talk Show (essentially the Story Mode of other games) and Survival Modes, as well as a couple unlockable Multiplayer ones.
Exhibition pits you against an opponent (either the computer or your friend). Both characters are chosen and you pick one of the opened arenas to do battle in - it's just that simple. The story of the game is done from the point-of-view of a local 'Jerry Springer'-like talk show where different people involved in backyard wrestling (mostly victims) express their feelings. In the videos, which are shown between locations, you hear from many different types of people (everything from strippers to the Insane Clown Posse themselves). As you reach each location, you must fight several opponents in one round matches where you can use basically anything that isn't nailed down (and a few things that are) as weapons. After defeating the lineup for an arena, the game cuts to a clip from the talk show and then you get to go to the next interesting setting.
In each location, you are also given several objectives that you must meet in order to unlock various features (mostly videos of backyard wrestlers). These goals include finishing a match with a certain amount of health left, winning a match in a set amount of time or causing a certain amount of damage in various ways. Also, by beating some people, you unlock new characters.
Survival Mode is your basic run the gauntlet type of setting. You pick your character and fight opponent after opponent with just one bar of health, though after defeating a character, you do regain some -- emphasis on some -- health.
There are two unlockable Multiplayer Modes that include King of the Hill, where you try to stay in a certain area, and Tag, where one character is 'it' and loses health, until he or she knocks the other player down and transfers the 'it' status.
There is also a Create-A-Wrestler feature, where you get to customize a wrestler in everything from sex and clothing, to slams and throws, though this is a long process. The one thing I found lacking in Backyard Wrestling was the Training Mode (as in there wasn't one). This would have been a big help. Instead, in order to prepare myself better for the Talk Show Mode, I went into the Exhibition Mode with the book and the long (not to mention slightly confusing) list of moves at my side.
The only other real gripe I have with the game is the loading screens. There's a hell of a lot of them and at times it just gets flat out annoying (especially since they aren't the quickest loads out there). But this fact is almost forgivable when you first set your eyes upon the rich arena that you are about to do battle in.