The WWE has over the years nurtured and developed its talent really well, creating widely recognized superstars and helping them attain much fame in the company. But while many of their employees are grateful for what they got from the company and keep strong ties with the WWE, some others thought that they weren’t being treated properly by the WWE and therefore left the company for a better opportunity outside it.
These wrestlers didn’t even leave the company on good terms, as they created a lot of controversies from their departure and some of them have been quite bitter about their former employers after leaving. They have talked a lot of bad things about the company and how things aren’t run properly, while others blacklisted themselves in WWE’s books because of their personal problems which turned them into PR nightmares for any reputed company. We have seen many shocking returns in the WWE of wrestlers we never thought would step foot inside a WWE ring, but these employees have made it impossible for themselves to be called back by Vince McMahon.
These former WWE employees have blacklisted themselves in WWE’s eyes because of their actions after leaving the company and will never return because of it, as we take a look at the 20 Former WWE Employees You’ll Never See In WWE Again.
20. Mr. Kennedy
Mr. Kennedy looked like a promising star in the WWE, as he had a lot of charisma and the wrestling skills to back up with it. But his injury and drug problems held him down in the WWE, not letting him reach the top. Kennedy was also quite terribly fired by the WWE, after Randy Orton and John Cena lobbied to Vince McMahon to fire him, stating him as a “dangerous” wrestler. Kennedy has been very bitter about being fired by the WWE and has often ranted out about the likes of Orton and Cena, stating how they misuse their power and are terrible people in the locker room. Of course, that won’t be something the company can forgive him for, as the influence of Orton and Cena will make sure he never returns to the company and with his terrible drug-abuses outside WWE, Vince McMahon wouldn’t want him back anyways.
19. Colt Cabana
Colt Cabana didn’t really have that much of a memorable career in the WWE, but he has made sure he will never be recalled by the company again. Cabana only wrestled a few matches in WWE before being fired, but his bitterness towards the company after that point is the reason why they will never look to bring him back. Cabana has a famous wrestling podcast where he always takes jibes at WWE’s product and criticized them for undermining wrestlers like him, but it got elevated to another level when CM Punk was brought in 2014. Punk and Cabana both mocked and lashed out on WWE of how they don’t treat their employees well and revealed their “dirty” backstage secrets and Cabana nailed his WWE’s career coffin right then and there.
18. Bobby Lashley
Bobby Lashley looked like a big thing at first in the WWE, but he wasn’t given the main-event push he deserved despite being booked very heavily by the WWE. Lashley left the WWE on a rather bitter note after being released while recuperating from an injury and made sure he’d do better elsewhere than what he achieved in the company. Lashley went on to try his hand in MMA(where he was fairly successful) and then got his real stardom when he joined TNA in 2014 and is currently ruling the roost as the top guy in the promotion. Lashley became a triple champion in TNA a few months back and is currently their World Champion as well. He won’t even think about ever going back to the WWE after what they did to him, as he’s living a lavish life in TNA and will continue to rule it for a long time.
17. Muhammad Hassan
Muhammad Hassan actually had a lot of potential to become a major heel in the WWE, if the company didn’t shoot their own creation in the foot. Hassan was flying high in 2005 as the Anti-American heel who got a lot of heat for his work. He was even in line to win the WWE Championship, but WWE ruined his career with a highly controversial segment. During a match when Undertaker was wrestling Daivari, Hassan would come up to the ramp and start to “pray”, to which some men completely covered in black would come and choke and beat on the Phenom. They would then carry Daivari to the back and this was just before the London bombings took place. Hassan was made a scapegoat and fired once TV channels threatened to boycott WWE, putting an end to his career. He’s currently living a happy life outside of wrestling and will never return to the company because of the treacherous black mark they etched to his reputation.
16. Abraham Washington
Abraham Washington looked like a promising manager in WWE, as he came up from FCW and ECW TV to WWE TV in 2012 where he started to manage the Prime Time Players. The vocal Washington had great chemistry on the mic, but his excitement cost him his job as he was fired for making a highly controversial joke about NBA star Kobe Bryant. He Said “Titus O’Neil is like Kobe Bryant at a hotel in Colorado – He’s Unstoppable!” during a match in which Titus was wrestling, for which WWE had to publicly apologize for on air. Washington was fired because of this incident but later went on a twitter rant lashing his anger at the WWE. He then went on a massive twitter rant, lashing out on WWE. Regardless, Washington made himself blacklisted in Vince’s book and won’t ever return because of it.
Kharma was one of the most intimidating female wrestlers in the world when she signed on with WWE, as many were excited to see her in WWE after watching her work in TNA. She was hyped up very well and did cause a lot of destruction initially, but then she broke down in the ring and stated that she’ll have to leave because of pregnancy. Kharma never really returned to the WWE ring, only appearing in the Royal Rumble match in 2012. She was later released by the company, as the utterly disappointing and pointless term finally came to an end. Since then, she has worked on her weight and returned to TNA as well, but she will never ever return to WWE after how terribly they misused her and almost ruined her triumphant reputation in those wasted couple of years.
14. Brad Maddox
Brad Maddox might have made the news a month ago for all the wrong reasons, but not only did that hinder his reputation, but it also put an end to any chance of a WWE return for him. Maddox stayed on WWE TV in a non-wrestling role where he performed as a referee and a General Manager later on but was shunned by them after the latter angle ended. Maddox was fired because of a weird reason, as he was given his marching orders for calling the crowd “pricks” in a WWE Live Event. Since then, he has been critical of how things work in the WWE which didn’t really help his cause at returning at all. But then Maddox would be revealed to be in a sex tape with WWE Diva Paige, doing many indecent acts and that definitely made for the end of any chances of a WWE return for him.
13. Cody Rhodes
Cody Rhodes was an extremely talented individual who became even better upon joining the WWE, but in all those years in the company, he never once got the push he deserved. Cody grew frustrated with his role and left the company last year, pursuing better options in the Independent field. He has since been an extremely wanted and famous man in the Independent promotions, attaining much fame in the likes of Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling. Cody isn’t really that bitter about leaving the WWE and hasn’t lashed out on them for trying to ruin his career, but he has been vocal about never wanting to return to the company in the future. He’s doing amazingly as a member of the Bullet Club and prominent wrestler in the Independent field and is getting the spotlight he deserves, showing the WWE what they won’t get a hold off ever again.
12. Earl Hebner
Earl Hebner will always be remembered for the referee that screwed Bret Hart, but he was a legendary referee in the WWE till he was fired by the WWE in 2005. Hebner was a reputed senior official in the WWE at the time and a likened figure amongst the fans but was fired by the WWE on some serious charges. Hebner was apparently selling WWE Merchandise without their permission, for which he and his brother Dave were let go off by the company. Since then, he has been an official at TNA and has spoken about his WWE firing, stating about how it was all a ploy by WWE to fire his brother and he was a scapegoat for it all. Hebner has stated that he just won’t go back to the WWE ever again, as the TNA Hall of Famer is now a happy man officiating for TNA.
Raven was quite the renowned wrestler in the 90s because of his unique gimmick which succeeded in almost every promotion he worked at. Raven also arrived in the WWE during the late part of the Attitude era, where he’d be a major part of the Hardcore Division. He’d later transition into a backstage role where he’d be part of WWE’s creative team but was in hot water before being fired. Raven apparently violated WWE’s inner-office dating policy, where he dated some of WWE’s Divas at the time. He was even drinking buddies with Shane McMahon, where they’d party till 3 AM and Shane would get absolutely wasted. The latter especially ticked off Vince McMahon, who fired Raven from the creative team. He probably won’t ever return as Vince McMahon’s wrath is something which won’t let Raven come back, and his aging self can’t really provide anything now either.
10. Josh Matthews
Josh Matthews looked like a promising up and coming commentator for the WWE but just couldn’t impress management enough in all his years in the company. He was released because of that in 2014 due to “budget cuts”, but has been extremely bitter towards his former employers ever since. Matthews has been the announcer for TNA ever since leaving the WWE and has often thrown jibes at the WWE, criticizing their product and how things are run over in the company. Matthews would also anger many people when he called the WWE Hall of Fame “The Night of Old Dudes” on twitter and stating about how “No-One Wants to be there”. Matthews has definitely put an end to any chances of him returning to the company with all the mockery and knowing about how he’s in hot water in TNA for some controversies, he might be jobless in a while.
9. Sin Cara (Mistico)
When the original Sin Cara character was introduced in 2011, many thought that this could be the beginning of something special in the WWE. The company hyped him up at first but then degraded him into a lower mid-carder, not even giving him a real opportunity to shine. Obviously, the reputed Mexican wrestler got frustrated of this and left the WWE in 2014, but he has had a lot of heat with the company ever since. Mistico stated that the Sin Cara character was his to take and he would continue portraying it in the Independent scene, which WWE didn’t like at all. They made Hunico into the new Sin Cara, which has probably angered Mistico even more knowing it’s his creation. The company has a lot of problems with him and will never bring him back behind the mask and it’s not like Mistico wants to come back anyways.
8. Bill DeMott
Bill DeMott might not be remembered by many, but he was a highly influential figure in WWE’s Performance Center where he was the head trainer for NXT for quite some years. But then the dirt about DeMott would be revealed by some of his former trainees, who spoke the truth about how DeMott trained the wrestlers. Some of the accusations from the wrestlers included that DeMott would constantly racially abuse them as well as calling them names when they couldn’t perform to his level. He would also allegedly give the poorly performing wrestlers a “naked stinkface” which is just gross. DeMott was made to leave by the WWE after these accusations kept piling up. He will never return to the company because of the gravity of his terrible misuse of power.
7. Jeff Jarrett
Jeff Jarrett might now be remembered who made TNA stand up into “WWE’s Rival”, but he was a much-wanted wrestler in the 90s because of his charisma and wrestling style. Jarrett’s 2nd stint with the WWE is something which went well but didn’t well at all. Jarrett was Intercontinental Champion when his contract ended a day before the No Mercy PPV in 1999, as he states that he allegedly extorted Vince McMahon $300,000 to wrestle without a contract on No Mercy. Jarrett has since that day never returned to anything WWE related and will never be taken back in the WWE after how he tried to play with them, as Vince McMahon will never allow Jarrett to return to the WWE in any role. Jarrett might’ve extorted a lot of money when he left the WWE, but he blacklisted him in Vince McMahon’s eyes which never a good thing.
Sunny is considered by many as THE diva of the WWE in the 90s and a major reason for the beginning of the Attitude Era, the stunning diva was a controversial figure at the time. Since leaving the WWE in the late 90s, she made some appearances in WWE before being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011 by the entire cast of Total Divas. It seems like Sunny was close to a return to WWE in a legends role or something, but her life went astray after that. She got addicted to drugs and was arrested five times in a month in 2012. She also spent some time in jail later on. Sunny struck the final nail in her coffin when she appeared in an adult film. Simply put, she will NEVER return to WWE because of her awful reputation right now.
5. Scott Steiner
Scott Steiner might be a legendary wrestler at this point of time, but he has seemingly burned all bridges with the WWE in the past few years. Big Poppa’ Pump wrestled in the company after leaving WCW and got a mini-main event push, but was unable to win anything. Since then, Steiner has mainly been wrestling in TNA amongst other Independent promotions and has been extremely bitter about the WWE. He has been constantly thrashing it for the past few years, recently even calling the product “trashy”. He even allegedly made a death threat to Hulk Hogan’s family and was banned from the 2015 Hall of Fame ceremony because of it. Steiner alleges that WWE offered him a legends deal some time back, but after the way he has lashed out on their product recently, there’s no chance in hell of him returning.
Before he was known as EC3 in the wrestling industry, he was Derrick Bateman in the WWE who appeared on the 3rd season of WWE NXT. Bateman looked like a promising wrestler who despite not winning the season 3 of NXT looked like one of the best talents, but WWE apparently couldn’t see that. He was squashed in some matches on the main roster and mainly wrestled on NXT before WWE released him. That turned out to be a blessing in disguise for him, as he became EC3 on TNA and became one of wrestling most popular guys. But EC3 just isn’t interested in ever coming back to WWE, as he’s doing great in the Independent scene. He destroyed any chances of a return with a scathing promo on an EVOLVE Show where he thrashed Triple H and NXT, but he has shown how he doesn’t need WWE to become famous.
Ryback looked like he could be something great in the WWE early on in his career, but him being too “green” and lack of real improvement didn’t let WWE push him high up. Ryback would be tired of being treated “poorly” by the WWE and left the company last year, and hasn’t been able to get over that. He started his own podcast where he would trash-talk about the company and how Vince McMahon and Triple H are two-faced and lied to him. He also talked trash about John Cena and other superstars, as well as making accusations on many WWE personal. He has been extremely bitter about the WWE and has definitely burnt any bridges to a WWE return, as WWE won’t ever call him back because of his scathing accusations and Ryback will be left to act like a cry-baby towards the company till the rest of his career.
2. Alberto Del Rio
Alberto Del Rio made a shocking return to the WWE in late 2015 after having a bad firing from the company early on but was still portrayed as a star by the company. He had some initial success as United States Champion, but later had to go through bad story-lines and was sick of how he was being treated. He left the company after being suspended for Violating WWE’s Wellness Program and has been extremely bitter towards the company ever since. He has constantly made jibes and hurled abuses at the company, even recently drunken rant towards Triple H and other officials of the company. He hurled many insults at the WWE in these recent videos and is making a WWE return more and more impossible with each passing month. After everything he’s said about the company, they will never take him back and Del Rio doing his own reputation no good with these ridiculous rants.
1. CM Punk
CM Punk was the best in the world at one point in the WWE and got extremely popular after his “pipebomb” and corresponding 434 days as WWE Champion but that got ruined pretty quickly. Punk wasn’t treated that lavishly in his final days in the WWE, as he opted to leave the company after the 2014 Royal Rumble match after being tired of being treated badly. Punk dropped some pipebombs of his own on the WWE after being released, revealing on Colt Cabana’s about some of its “dirty backstage secrets” and how they forced him to wrestle through a bad staph infection on his back. He went on a scathing rant on the podcast, also announcing he will never return to the company. It’s not that WWE will take him back after what all he has said about him and the Straight Edge Superstar seems determined at making a career in MMA now that he has burnt all bridges with the WWE.
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