In the world of wrestling, everybody is trying to compete for that top spot and no matter how well certain individuals are marketed, we should not believe everything we are told. There have been boatloads of superstars who have not lived up to their potential, and may have been overhyped in the process. Here is a list of 10 competitors who easily come to mind that did not make the most of their time with WWE, whether it was the brass’ fault or theirs.
There is a feeling the company tried to spoon-feed Bobby Lashley all the pickings they possibly could yet he failed miserably at captivating an audience. He won the ECW Championship twice (in the despicable WWE version) and was a United States Champion but he just was not a draw or exciting for that matter. Hopefully the same cannot be said for his MMA career, though it may already be too late.
Ahmed Johnson was the first African American to win a championship in the WWE and although his size was an accolade in itself, he did not live up to expectations. After being included in The Nation of Domination (and turned on), he was gone right after No Way Out of Texas 1998 and signed for WCW. Maybe he should not have been so rough with the guys in the ring but maybe that is beside the point.
‘‘Big Poppa Pump’’ was so over when he rejoined WWE that it was almost destiny for him to secure a title. Thankfully his feud with Triple H ended and we did not have to see those matches yet instead, we were treated to Scott Steiner and Test going at it. Granted, Steiner was so big he could not even move and the quality of performances in WWE is more demanding than WCW or TNA.
The ‘‘Lex Express’’ took the WWE by storm in 1993, after his introduction as ‘‘The Narcissist.’’ On second thought, he should have stayed as that character, because he was not convincing enough to carry the company on his shoulders – hence a failed opportunity at taking away the WWE Championship from Yokozuna. Maybe a heel run would have been more promising for Luger.
With all due respect to the late Samoan beast, he may have been frightening to children yet we remembered him as Jamal from 3 Minute Warning (another flop in itself). He had feuds with everyone from John Cena to Ric Flair (somehow) and despite winning the Intercontinental Championship twice, he was not a very convincing heel that could do it in a long-term effect.
Once a larger than life behemoth in WCW, Goldberg won gold in the WWE yet he did not have nearly the same success he did in the rival promotion at the time. Was this the work of a mastermind to have him do the job to Triple H at the beginning of his time with WWE? He just was not the same, and his moves even suggested he was getting lazy. His match will Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 20 could have been the worst match in history.
Marcus Cor Von
Monty Brown was a very promising talent in 2004, and during his stay with TNA, he was given main event status but he had to job to guys like Jeff Jarrett who would not just give up their main card positioning. After debuting under his new name with WWE, he had a brief stint with ECW and was forgotten about rather quickly – not even spending a full year with the company.
This freak of nature was touted to be a major player in the company, having been a weightlifting champion and had a short stint in PRIDE FC. He was nothing to write home about in the squared circle, and eventually quit the company because of the rigorous traveling schedule. He flat out disappeared after being talked about so much.
The iconic Sabu’s highlight reel moment was when he jumped off the letters that spelled RAW at the original ECW invasion angle in 1997 but his tenure will WWE afterwards was forgettable. To his credit, it was not his fault since management had no idea what to do with him. His match with Big Show at SummerSlam 2006 will go down as one of the worst in the pay-per-view’s history.
‘‘The Masterpiece’’ was a spectacle when he came out in front of the crowd – his ring entrance was longer than usual, accentuating his physique. Sadly for him, he could not hack it in the ring and he was ‘‘suspended’’ a few times (because who knows if he was told to purposely take what he needed to take to get huge). We were then treated to him shaking his pectorals – which was basically his gimmick.