Not everyone who makes it to the major leagues hits a home run. In fact, some players never even score a single hit. In professional wrestling, the major league is World Wrestling Entertainment and virtually every would-be wrestler has at the very least thought about what it would be like to get a chance to work for the titans of the wrestling industry. All it takes is one successful performance on WWE television for a wrestler to have a career for life, even if things don’t necessarily work out in with WWE in the long term. On the flipside, one terrible performance on TV can destroy a wrestler forever, even if they learn to improve themselves as time goes by.
There is also a third possibility for what can happen after a wrestler appears on TV and it might in fact be the worst of all. In wrestling, as with most of the entertainment world, it doesn’t always matter if people love you or hate you; you can still get paid so long as they remember you. The worst thing a wrestler can be is forgettable, the kind of person who completely blends in the crowd and can’t connect with fans regardless of what they do. Amazingly, WWE has hired plenty of completely unmemorable wrestlers in their long history, although win, lose, or draw, you’d probably be hard pressed to have any recollection whom any of them are. Keep reading for a refresher course on 18 terrible WWE stars you probably can’t remember.
20 Trent Barreta
The only thing Trent Barreta had going for him was that he outlasted his initial tag team partner, Caylen Croft, although it probably doesn’t say much about him that he stayed at the bottom of the card his entire six year stint in the WWE Universe. Part of the problem was the completely indistinctive name “Trent Barreta,” which was no improvement over his forgettable monikers of Greg Cardona and Greg Jackson while working for developmental starting in late 2007. His team with Croft was given the almost intentionally stupid name The Dude Busters, but not any distinctive ring attire, thus dooming them to a career in the shadows from the very start. Barreta did manage one significant victory over Drew McIntyre, but his win was treated as such an unbelievable upset it arguably did him more harm than good as time went on. Barreta even accepted a demotion to NXT in order to rework his character, but came away from the experience empty handed and was fired in January of 2013.
18 Sylvester Terkay
Superstars like Ken Shamrock and Brock Lesnar were able to transition their MMA careers into success pro wrestling careers largely on the fact they actually won a good portion of their legitimate fights in MMA. While Sylvester Terkay’s MMA career was hardly laughable, he left for WWE with a 3-1 record while already in his mid 30s. Terkay was thus a little slower and far less intimidating than Shamrock or Lesnar ever were when he entered WWE in late 2006, touting himself as an MMA superstar. If any part of Terkay’s career was memorable, it was the efforts of Elijah Burke as his hype man, who in the very least brought energy to the role. Terkay also experienced a near six month undefeated streak in solo competition, but such were the nature of his wins and the caliber of his opponents that WWE didn’t even feel the need to hype this fact. Terkay was actually fired with this record in fact, although he did experience a few tag losses against The Hardy Boyz. Win, lose, or draw, the more important part is that no one remembers Terkay regardless of how the matches ended.
17 Ryan Sakoda
Being the least popular member of any group must be a drag, so imagine how bad Ryan Sakoda must feel as the least memorable element of a stable that has almost entirely been erased from WWE history. Sakoda made his debut for the company at No Mercy 2003 as a member of Kyo Dai, a tag team with Jimmy Yang/Akio, who instantly aligned themselves with the reigning WWE Cruiserweight Champion, Tajiri. The Kyo Dai team almost never entered the ring unless Tajiri was involved and the union was doomed from the start considering Tajiri didn’t want them helping him in the first place. The story wasn’t the typical ego-fueled backstage politics, though, considering Tajiri was genuinely worried the real life Yakuza would deem the gimmick insulting and his life could be threatened as a result. Kyo Dai were quickly scrapped and Sakoda was fired only a few short months later. Both Tajiri and Jimmy Yang were able to at least save their jobs, not to mention come and go WWE multiple times since, while Sakoda almost instantly fell into obscurity without his erstwhile partners.
16 Gunner Scott
Gunner Scott is a prime example of how little it can mean to win certain championships, because on paper, he looks to have a pretty impressive resume. Scott is a former NWA World Champion and only a few short years before that he was also the first Triple Crown Champion in WWE’s developmental territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling. These accomplishments came under his real name, Brent Albright, but that isn’t to say Gunner Scott’s paper trail is all bad, either—his debut was a victory against Booker T. Despite all the success, it was only three months in before he was thrown into a body bag by The Great Khali, never to be seen again in WWE. A run in Ring of Honor followed, as did the aforementioned NWA World title, but neither did anything to make his utterly bland matches in WWE.
15 Ricky Ortiz
You would think being the answer to an interesting trivia question could save some of the wrestlers on this list from complete obscurity and yet here’s Ricky Ortiz to prove that theory incorrect. Ortiz deserves special mention in WWE history for being the only wrestler to have also played in Vince McMahon’s failed football league, the XFL, and people who know anything about the X Football League (real name) know exactly why WWE never brought that interesting tidbit up. Unfortunately for Ricky, that was just about the only thing he had going for him, failing to standout in ECW at a time when future stars like CM Punk, Kofi Kingston, and John Morrison were taking up all the airtime. Ortiz somehow was promoted to SmackDown anyway, where he only managed to achieve notoriety for a minor losing streak prior to getting fired only 13 months after his initial debut.
14 The Gymini
Even though WWE were nicer to The Shane Twins than TNA, the company still didn’t do anything to help the jacked up bald guys in singlet’s look like anything other than the least interesting wrestlers alive. Granted, this was a serious improvement over TNA calling the duo The Johnsons and intentionally making them look like, well, dude’s johnsons. WWE turned the twins into facsimiles of Greek statues, leaving out the brilliant back stories any actual sculpting actually possesses and replacing it with bland, bland, and more bland. The Gymini were the servants of the equally bad gimmick Simon Dean, who at least had a memorable past as Nova that saved him from this list. The Gymini only became worse as they split from Dean, working as a tag team so forgettable they were called #1 and #2. Somehow, The Gymini briefly earned the future Angelina Love as a valet and even this couldn’t do anything to make crowds remember who they were.
13 Luther Reigns
In all fairness, Matt Weise should be eternally grateful towards WWE for the fact he made this list under the Luther Reigns name. Weise made his initial impact in the wrestling world while working for WCW, where he was a full fledged jobber working under the name Horshu, shaving his head to resemble the item he was named after, predating Ben Chang by pigeonholing “shu” into as many words as possible. Seven years after his brief stint in WCW, Weise rematerialized in WWE as Luther Reigns, an imposing assistant to then-current SmackDown General Manager Kurt Angle. Reigns kept the alliance with Angle going for the majority of his WWE tenure, serving as the most frequent lackey to the Olympic Gold Medalist and getting his ass kicked by men like The Big Show and Booker T as a result. Once Angle was through with his repeated failures, fans almost instantly forgot who Reigns even was and he left the wrestling business shortly thereafter.
12 Kevin Thorn
It doesn’t matter how “in” vampires are at any given time; the idea simply doesn’t work when translated to a wrestling ring. This hasn’t stopped several wrestlers from trying, with the least memorable amongst them being ECW’s Kevin Thorn. Thorn first tried his hand in WWE draped in white robes and calling himself Mordecai, leading audiences in prayer and defeating Scotty II Hotty in his debut. Mordecai disappeared in a manner of weeks and Thorn returned two years later as a vampire, with a woman named Ariel accompanying him as his valet. Thorn feuded with ECW original Balls Mahoney prior to a feud with fellow newcomer Mike Knox, neither of which did anything to raise his profile, and then he became embroiled in the long running New Breed vs. ECW Originals feud. While several of the other members of The New Breed oddly found second careers in commentary, Thorn was the least memorable member of the group when they were together and hardly showed any promise at the idea of being given a live microphone for several hours. Thus, while his partners succeeded, Thorn disappeared, unlikely ever to find relevance in the wrestling world again unless Vince gets bored and brings back ECW one more time.
11 Eric Escobar
If nothing else, the WWE career of Eric Escobar stands as a testament to the heel prowess of Vickie Guerrero, who introduced Escobar as her latest client and new boyfriend in October of 2009. Vickie broke up with Escobar on screen less than two months later and he was released from the company by January of the next year. Escobar was definitely over during his time with Vickie, only to completely lose any connection with the fans as soon as he went solo. Part of Escobar’s fall from grace was due to Vickie having the upper hand in their relationship in a major way, making their breakup extremely one sided and making Escobar look like an ineffectual loser in the process. The only matches Eric wrestled after his breakup were likewise embarrassing losses orchestrated by his famous ex, causing him to appear weaker and weaker with each passing episode of SmackDown, and leaving WWE with no option other than to fire him when crowd’s no longer saw him as a viable threat.
“So crazy that it works” is probably a phrase that gets said often in the wrestling industry, and yet, somehow, an evil carnival worker inspired by equal parts Jake Roberts and Doink The Clown somehow failed to connect with WWE audiences. The man who would eventually gain infamy as Kizarny started his career on the Canadian independent scene, where he simultaneously found work as a strongman with the Ultimate Sideshow/Carnival Diablo while he built his reputation in the ring. Kizarny generally competed under dark, macabre-inspired characters with names like Sinn Bowdee and the circus element was, in his mind, the final piece of the puzzle leading him to WWE. In actuality, most fans though the carny stuff was absolutely ridiculous and weeks of vignettes turned into a complete wash almost instantly when Kizarny showed up in person and turned into a complete jobber from day one. Kizarny was released two months after debuting in person and these days the only reason people remember him is to laugh at his stupid gimmick.
No, we’re not talking about that time Vince McMahon literally booked himself to defeat God at Backlash 2006. Jesús was also the moniker of a WWE superstar, real name Aaron Aguilera, who became friends with John Cena while the two trained together at Ultimate Pro Wrestling. Jesús and Cena kept the connection going when they both moved on to WWE, where Jesús debuted by aligning himself with Carlito Caribbean Cool and stabbed Cena on Carlito’s behalf. Jesús was so vicious in his various attacks against Cena that the future WWE franchise player needed several months off, although the truth was that Cena needed the time away to film The Marine. Nonetheless, Cena returned looking for vengeance at Armageddon 2004, which he earned by summarily defeating Jesús. Unfortunately, Jesús was injured leading up to the match and took significant time off to recover once it was over. By the time he had healed, WWE no longer saw any need for him, and the brief feud with Cena was somehow not enough to endear Jesús to the general public.
KroniK are a special tag team in terms of this list, because both members could easily have easily appeared twice, both individually and as members of the unit. The duo consisted of Brian Adams and Bryan Clarke, better known to the wrestling world as Crush and Adam Bomb during their first runs in WWE. Adams jumped to WCW to participate in the nWo angle, almost instantly blending in with the crowd and losing whatever it was that made him stand out as Crush. Clarke likewise left WWE for WCW and started appearing as Wrath, earning a lengthy undefeated streak similar to Goldberg’s, albeit different in that Wrath remained borderline anonymous as he racked up the wins. Clarke and Adams may have started winning championships after they started teaming up, but the real test of their legacy came once they returned to WWE in 2001. KroniK wrestled one of the worst matches in WWE history against Kane and The Undertaker at Unforgiven 2001, ultimately leading to both members being let go. Nowadays, if anyone remembers them, it’s probably only because of how horrible that match was and not for any of the less embarrassing but still forgettable moments earlier in their careers.
7 The Highlanders
There are no shortage of bizarre racial stereotypes in wrestling and the only thing that really separates The Highlanders from the rest of the batch were the silly circumstances regarding their de-push and dismissal from WWE. The Highlanders were fake brothers Robbie and Rory McAllister, who made their Raw debuts in July of 2009 and quickly started challenging The Spirit Squad for the World Tag Team Championships. The duo were Scottish caricatures, with long goofy beards and omnipresent kilts serving as pretty much the only elements of their gimmicks, as evidenced by their most memorable moments being bizarre feuds on Sunday Night Heat against equally forgettable teams such as Cade and Murdoch and Jim Duggan and Super Crazy. Rory injured his pectoral muscle in February 2008, leading to Robbie forming a bizarre and unmemorable team with Charlie Haas. The next month, Robbie killed both of their careers in WWE by appearing in the audience for a TNA Impact taping, a move he admitted both got him fired and was at least somewhat intentional, given how unhappy he was with the team’s lack of success.
6 Vance Archer
The name Lance Hoyt will most likely go down as one of the forgotten early standouts of TNA, largely due to how quickly he fizzled out when he jumped to WWE and switched his name to Vance Archer. Hoyt stood out on the strength of his high energy rock star persona, equal parts Hulk Hogan and Van Halen, only to debut in WWE as a shockingly bland superstar with two generic last names. Archer achieved a minor winning streak in ECW and formed a tag team with Curt Hawkins called The Gatecrashers when he moved to SmackDown, but neither of these things helped him stand out in the slightest when his rock and roll attitude was stripped away from him. Hawkins and Archer broke up after about five months of teaming and Archer was fired almost immediately thereafter.
If you only remember one wrestler on this list, chances are Manu is the one, albeit for reasons entirely unrelated to his own performance in the ring. Manu is also known by his real name, Afa Anoa’i, Jr., which is all any diehard WWE fan who might’ve missed his few short months in the company needs to know to unlock both his identity and the reason he managed to succeed as long as he did. Manu made his WWE debut in late 2007, only to almost instantly violate the Wellness Policy and receive a lengthy suspension. He returned to unite himself with Legacy, who like Manu had famous forefathers who bolstered their status in WWE. Unlike Randy Orton and Cody Rhodes, though, Manu had almost no presence of his own, and is mostly remembered for seriously failing to live up in comparison to his stable mates. Manu was kicked out of Legacy before ever even becoming an official member and he was fired from WWE a few weeks later amidst complaints about his backstage attitude.
3 Mark Jindrak
Perhaps the ultimate last ditch effort by WCW at suddenly creating a batch of new stars was the creation of The Natural Born Thrillers. The Thrillers were all trained by Paul Orndorff at the WCW Power Plant, though what they shared in training, they seriously lacked in ring presence. Members such as Sean O’Haire, Johnny the Bull, and Chuck Palumbo, although not particularly big stars, were able to become notable enough that the experiment wasn’t an entire failure, but the fact the other half of the group wallowed in obscurity and barely even made it to WWE goes to show the overall prospects of the group. Jindrak may have been the least memorable and most bland of all, only made relevant in the wrestling world via rumors he was the original choice to portray the Batista role in Evolution. Jindrak’s role in the group was nixed for unknown reasons and he wound up debuting to feud Evolution instead, but his lack of charisma was no match for four of the biggest names in the business. Jindrak left WWE and has since enjoyed a sterling career in Mexico, but this in no way makes up for how shockingly bland he was while working for WWE.
Evil foreign menaces are a staple in the wrestling world and given the national history of Germany it makes sense that a few wrestlers of German origin have wrecked havoc in WWE and wherever other company’s patriotic superstars are found. Industry legends such as Fritz Von Erich and Hans Schmidt had previously proved just how successful an evil German could be, while Achim Albrecht, better known to wrestling fans as Brakkus, stood as the counterpoint who made it clear Schmidt and Von Erich didn’t become infamous on their Germanic nature alone. Brakkus was trained in the same class as future legends The Rock and Mark Henry and yet he never exhibited anywhere near the star potential of his classmates. Vignettes hyping Brakkus started airing in 1997, but WWE officials decided he wasn’t ready to actually debut for almost an entire year later, sending him to ECW during the interim. Brakkus never accomplished anything of note while in ECW and the only noteworthy moment of his WWE career was getting destroyed by Savio Vega in round one of the Brawl For All tournament.
1 Nathan Jones
Most of the superstars on this list could probably argue the reason they were so forgettable is at least in part due to the fact they never received a fair chance in the wrestling world. Nathan Jones is one wrestler who absolutely cannot make this argument, as the man received such a huge chance he was considered the main protégé of The Undertaker in the weeks leading up to WrestleMania XIX. Jones had been hyped on television for months leading to his big debut and yet all the hype seemed to disappear almost instantly upon him actually setting foot in the ring. Jones had an undeniable charisma about him and his early videos implied he could cut a solid promo, but unfortunately, the so-called Colossus of Boggo Road didn’t posses any of the actual wrestling talent required to back up his potential. Jones was such a sterling disappointment that he was removed from a planned WrestleMania match where he would have served as The Undertaker’s tag team partner and he left the company later that year while on tour in his native Australia.
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