The career of every wrestler has to end at some point. Everyone wants to end up in WWE but that fame just can’t last forever. Regardless of if you're a legend or a mid-carder, there is a shelf life for when your wrestling career expires. Some wrestlers find their career ending in terrible fashion after living the glorious life of a WWE Superstar. Guys like The Rock and Shawn Michaels were able to always carry their reputations in high esteems before leaving the sport on top. The vast majority of wrestlers don’t get to end things with such a great ending.
Many of the wrestlers to leave WWE or just end their career saw things get ugly very quickly. There have been a few wrestlers to destroy it all with one poor moment. These moments can range from a poor business decision or a horrible wrestling reaction that sees it all go downhill. From their success in WWE to this position, it's a drastic change that no one could predict at the time. We'll take a look at the falls that came in a singular example. These are fifteen former WWE stars who witnessed their careers ruined with one specific moment.
15 Buff Bagwell: Starting Fight With Shane Helms
The career of Buff Bagwell unofficially ended when he moved to WWE following their purchase of WCW. There was more one moment that saw it all end in embarrassing fashion. Bagwell was supposed to be one of the main event players from WCW due to Vince McMahon liking his look and most of the true top WCW stars choosing to let their contract run out from Time Warner.
14 Paige: Saying Yes To Alberto Del Rio
Everything regarding Paige over the past few years can be argued as reasons for why her career has ultimately been destroyed. This moment is more so a decision to enter a relationship with Alberto Del Rio. Everyone could see the relationship was a bad idea on paper given their age difference and the places they were at in their careers.
13 Hulk Hogan: Racist Tirade
Hulk Hogan had quite a few negative moments throughout his career but one moment will always stand out as the one that ruined his legacy. WWE brought Hogan back to the company back in 2014 to be an ambassador for the WWE and end his career in a wonderful way. A leaked adult tape of Hogan leaked with him unleashing a racist tirade that was more unforgivable than his other past issues.
12 Carlito: Saying No To WWE Rehab Request
The end of Carlito’s WWE career came as a total shock to most fans and many people within the industry. Carlito was once viewed as a future main eventer when joining WWE. The potential of Carlito along with the pedigree of being a second generation wrestler helped him get a great push early on. Things however went downhill when he was viewed as lazy and lacking motivaton.
11 Nailz: Attacking Vince McMahon
One high profile moment of a wrestling career ending featured a rare occasion of someone attacking Vince McMahon. Lower-card performer Nailz felt McMahon owed him money and cornered him in his office over it. Stories from various wrestlers there at the time claimed Nailz physically attacked McMahon until others stepped in to break it up.
10 Jeff Jarrett: Extorting The WWE
Another wrestler to have a controversial run-in with Vince McMahon was Jeff Jarrett. While he was the Intercontinental Champion, Jarrett’s contract expired and he decided he was going to go to WCW. Jarrett made the decision to go into McMahon’s office and demand a big pay day or he was going to take the title to WCW and likely drop it in a garbage can.
9 Brad Maddox: Breaking WWE Rule In Live Promo
A recent moment of someone ruining their wrestling career came when Brad Maddox broke a WWE rule during a dark match promo. Maddox was being repackaged with the hopes of returning to television with a new push. While testing out new character work in a segment only taking place for the live audience at a SmackDown taping, Maddox used the term “cocky pr*cks” to insult the fans as a way to get heel heat.
8 Daniel Puder: Shooting On Kurt Angle
Daniel Puder’s background in MMA and his competitive nature ended up being responsible for his downfall. As a contestant on Tough Enough, Puder and the others would participate in various competitions. One featured them having to face off in a real amateur wrestling battle with Kurt Angle. Puder tried to humiliate Angle by using his background in amateur wrestling.
7 Mr. Kennedy: Almost Injuring Randy Orton
Mr. Kennedy’s moment that saw everything end for him in WWE actually played out on screen. WWE originally thought he would be a huge star thanks to his early success. Kennedy received many wins over major talents that gave him instant credibility. Injuries and bad luck destroyed every main event push he was given. Kennedy had one final chance that ended in dramatic fashion.
6 Robbie McAllister: Going To TNA Show
A horrible decision that saw a wrestler’s WWE career end actually once took place in TNA. Robbie McAllister of the Highlanders tag team made the weird choice to attend a live TNA show in the crowd while being a contracted talent of WWE. TNA made the tacky decision to put him on camera and draw attention to it by referencing his name.
5 Alundra Blayze: Throwing WWE Women’s Title In Trash
Alundra Blayze aka Madusa made one of the boldest moves in wrestling history when she made the jump from WWE to WCW during the Monday Night Wars. The big decision to change promotions wasn’t even the moment that changed her career for the worst. Eric Bischoff convinced Blayze to disrespect WWE by bringing the Women’s Championship belt that she never lost and throw it in a trash can on live television.
4 Perry Saturn: Beating The Hell Out Of Local Wrestler
A dark match situation that saw an established wrestler ruin his career featured underrated talent Perry Saturn. The veteran of the sport was a solid mid-carder for WWE until this moment saw everything change. Saturn faced off with local talent Mike Bell in a videotaped dark match before a live episode of Raw. Bell botched a move that saw Saturn land on his head.
3 Rob Van Dam: Getting Busted For The Green
The popularity of Rob Van Dam made him a fan favorite in WWE for many years after coming over from ECW. RVD pulled off moves in the ring that were groundbreaking at the time and fans fell in love with his laid back persona. WWE made the peculiar decision to never go all the way with him until five years deep into his tenure there.
2 Bret Hart: Signing WCW Contract
One business decision that led to a moment that would negatively impact a legendary career came when Bret Hart agreed to join WCW. Hart was under a twenty year contract with WWE that would have gone all the way into 2017. Vince McMahon stated he was no longer able to afford the high paying contract and asked Bret to let him get out of it.
1 Ryback: Trashing WWE In Blog
Ryback is responsible for a memorable moment in recent wrestling history that saw someone self-destruct. The former undefeated WWE star never got over as a top star no matter how hard the company pushed him. Ryback grew frustrated as each push failed to the point where he decided to leave WWE when his contract expired.
Before leaving, Ryback decided to write a blog trashing WWE for the way they do business. Ryback claimed WWE treated their wrestlers poorly and didn’t fairly compensate them. If he left as his contract expired, it would have been fine, but his attempt to burn WWE just saw his own career implode. Ryback has turned into an embarrassment following this moment. The Big Goof now shares tacky stories on his podcast with lackey Pat Buck and leaves fake reviews for his merchandise on Amazon. WWE will never take him back and he no longer has a valuable place in the wrestling industry.
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