10 Ex-WWE Stars That Deserve A Second Chance (And 5 That Have “No Chance In Hell")

McMahon and the WWE can bury the hatchet and bring someone back.

The last thing you want to hear is "you’re fired", especially when you’re working for the WWE. The company has a long history of firing personnel. Sometimes they do it for the right reasons and sometimes for the worst reasons. As a wrestler, you really have no say if Vince McMahon fires you. There’s no union to back you up and we’re pretty sure the contract allows the WWE to fire you for even the slightest reason.

Not every wrestler that leaves the WWE is fired. Over the decades we have seen many wrestlers leave on their own terms. Whether their contract was up and they didn’t want to re-sign, or they decided to quit right on the spot, wrestlers leaving a promotion is as common as purple gloves on a throwback Undertaker outfit. We decided to make a list about ten ex-WWE wrestlers that deserve a comeback and five that have no chance.

Some of these wrestlers were fired while others asked for their release. Most have done very well on the independent circuit and it’s a major reason why they should come back. As we’ve seen in the past, McMahon and the WWE can bury the hatchet and bring someone back. The Ultimate Warrior is a great example of two sides coming together after years of bitterness. Enjoy.

15 Second Chance - Joey Mercury


He may not have the accomplishments that others on this list have but that hasn’t stopped people from loving Joey. He would make his professional wrestling debut at the age of 17 in 1996. Although undersized, 5 foot 9 inches tall, his hard work would pay off and he would be signed by the WWE in 2004. He would have a three-year stint and was the victim of one of the worse injuries ever seen in the WWE when his face literally shattered because of a ladder.

14 Second Chance - Damien Sandow


How many times was Sandow over with a gimmick but for some reason or another, the WWE wouldn’t push him? He would be trained under Killer Kowalski and in 2002 the WWE would sign him to a developmental contract. Known as Idol Stevens, his first stint with the promotion would last until 2007. He would then return to Ohio Valley Wrestling for a brief period between 2008 and 2009.

13 No Chance - Alberto Del Rio


Del Rio has all the talent in the world to be in the WWE, but how many times are you going to work for a company and then have a falling out? Del Rio has wrestling blood and can put on a show. As one of the best Mexican wrestlers in the world, it’s understandable the WWE would want his services. He’s been a champion in the company but it’s not his in-ring work that’s going to stop him from signing with the WWE.

12 Second Chance - Ryback

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We know a lot of you fans hate everything about Ryback, especially the CM Punk groupies, but the fact remains, Vince McMahon loves the big guys. After becoming a contestant on Tough Enough, he would sign a development contract with the WWE in 2005. He would spend years in the minor leagues and be part of the inaugural NXT roster. After coming up with Nexus, Ryback would be pushed into single actions.

11 Second Chance - Gail Kim


The WWE should be all about bringing the best wrestlers into the fold. With the Women’s Revolution kicked into high gear, it would be a wise move for the WWE to bring in some of the best female wrestlers on the planet. One of those wrestlers is Gail Kim. Although she is 40 years old, she can still perform as if she was in her prime. She would become a member of the WWE Universe in 2002 but only lasted two years.

In 2008, she would once again sign with the company but by 2011, her patience with the company was gone. She wanted a release and cited a lack of commitment by WWE towards the Women’s Division as a reason. WWE would not release her and instead made her work the rest of her contract. It’s a rocky relationship between the two but we have seen worse. Now that the WWE is taking care of the ladies, maybe a return isn’t out of the question. It seems like this one all comes down to Gail.

10 No Chance - Simon Gotch

It doesn’t bold well when you start a fight backstage and then lose. Gotch would be released by the WWE shortly after being called up to the big leagues in 2017. Apparently, he was rubbing a lot of people the wrong way and the WWE decided to end the problem before it got worse. He’s been wrestling since 2002 and would sign with the WWE in 2013. It was in NXT where he was paired with Aiden English to form the Vaudevillians.

9 Second Chance - Carilto


No one can chew and spit out an apple like Carlito. Hailing from Puerto Rico, he is the son of the legendary Carlos Colon. Wrestling is in his blood, and a reunion with Epico and Primo would make a lot of sense right now. Carlito would make his professional wrestling debut in 1999 for his families’ promotion World Wrestling Council.

8 Second Chance - Austin Aries


Austin Aries in the WWE Universe ended quicker than a pizza pie at an eight-year-old's birthday party. After a long and successful career outside the WWE, he would finally sign with the company in January of 2016. Aries fans were ecstatic as he made his debut with NXT. He would be in some solid feuds but an injury would derail his WWE career. When he did return, he would be one of the faces of the new Cruiserweight Division.

7 No Chance - Adam Rose


Don’t be a lemon you savages. Rose made his wrestling debut in 1996, that was before HD screens, Kobi the lawnmower robot, and the McPick 2 menu at McDonald's. It would take the South African native 14 years before signing with the WWE. He would be using the Leo Kruger gimmick and the fans loved it. For some reason, the WWE would do a 180 and turn him into a party-loving hippie instead of a cold blooded heel.

6 Second Chance - Wade Barrett


We got some bad news for you, Barrett isn’t coming back in the near future but that doesn’t mean it will never happen. Recently, he was hired by WCPW to become the newest General Manager for the English promotion. Known as the leader of Nexus, it seems Barrett’s career in the WWE was falling ever since the stable was broken up.

5 Second Chance - John Morrison

You can call him John Morrison, Johnny Mundo, Johnny Nitro, or Johnny Impact, it doesn’t matter, one thing is for sure though, this guy can flat out wrestle. He would make his first dip into the WWE Universe in 2002 as a contestant on Tough Enough 3. After becoming the co-winner of the competition, it was off to Ohio Valley Wrestling to hone in on his craft. Before you knew it, he was debuting in the big leagues and making heads turn.

4 No Chance - Alex Riley

If you watched Netflix’s GLOW then you got to see Riley’s acting debut which wasn’t bad at all. At 36 years old, Riley is pursuing a career in Hollywood and hasn’t wrestled this year so we doubt a return to the WWE will ever happen. He spent his entire wrestling career with the WWE, so a move to the independent circuit doesn’t seem to be in the works either.

3 Second Chance - Cody Rhodes


The grandson of a plumber was born to entertain professional wrestling fans. As the son of legend Dusty Rhodes and brother of Goldust, Rhodes could have stayed in the WWE as long as he wanted to. His career started in 2006 when he signed a development contract with the WWE. It didn’t take long before he made it to the big leagues.

2 Second Chance - CM Punk


It seems like every decade the WWE has to have a falling out with a legend. Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, and CM Punk have had their fair share of negative comments towards the WWE and Vince McMahon, however, both Hogan and Hart patched things up in the end. This gives CM Punk fans a lot of hope that their hero returns to the WWE Universe. Punk would quit the WWE the day after the 2014 Royal Rumble.

1 No Chance - Eva Marie


She’s a beautiful woman and people will pay to see her in titillating poses but that’s not what the Women’s Revolution is about in the WWE these days. Two decades ago, Marie would have been as famous as Sable but in 2017, but fans want to see ladies wrestle. Everyone knew when she signed and appeared in the WWE she was considered a “Diva” more than a wrestler.

Which was true, and she never denied it. The WWE would give her a chance to become a wrestler but that project failed. Maybe it was a win-win for both sides, Marie got a lot of coverage to advance her career and the WWE had a beauty promoting the product. She would leave the WWE this year and we doubt a return is coming anytime soon.

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