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Top 10 ROH Alumni Who Found Success In WWE... And 5 Who Didn't

Ring of Honor has been an underrated wrestling promotion for quite a long time now, as it tends to produce some superb talent and is the perfect stepping stone to catapult one into a world-class athlete. We’ve seen so many ROH alumni find much success in other promotions, and many have found success in the WWE as well, as Vince McMahon’s fascination to pick off independent wrestlers and transform them into one of "his guys" has made some ROH alumni into definitive stars today.

WWE agents have been keeping track of Ring of Honor for a long time now and persuading their talent to come join a more exciting prospect in WWE, but the rise in popularity in the promotion in the past few years has made it somewhat difficult to swoon their talent away from them. ROH recently got a TV deal which lets them air their show on Destination America, slowly turning into a low-key rival to WWE.

The Ring of Honor recruits in WWE mostly have to go through their developmental territory to blend in to WWE’s schedule, but many thrive at the opportunity and slowly but surely climb the ladder to the top. We’ve seen so many of Ring of Honor's talents become stars of the company and have headlined their big shows day in, day out. Not all have this luck, as many couldn’t fit in to WWE and had to leave the company in failure and had to try their luck somewhere else. But time and again ROH has proved to be the most profitable independent wrestling product for the WWE, who can always hope to steal away some of their best products with their wooing presence.

SUCCESS

15 Sami Zayn

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14 Neville

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13 Luke Harper

via bleacherreport.com

12 Samoa Joe

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11 AJ Styles

via wrestlingnews.co

10 Kevin Owens

via prowrestling.com

9 Cesaro

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8 Seth Rollins

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7 CM Punk

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6 Daniel Bryan

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Daniel Bryan was called "The Founding Father" of Ring of Honor during its debut show. "The American Dragon" as they called him would go on to dazzle fans and attract them onto the show with his sublime moves. It would take some time for him to become ROH champion, but when he finally did in 2005, he would go onto have a 15-month title reign during which he also won the ROH Pure Championship. He would lead ROH to more success before moving onto his dreamland of WWE in 2009 when he ended up in FCW. He was a part of the inaugural NXT and would be regarded as this weak underdog no one paid much heed too. He would be part of the Nexus invasion but soon was wrongly fired from WWE. He would return soon enough and win the US title off his former NXT mentor The Miz to begin his underdog status. An entertaining outing as Team Hell No got the fans behind him, who heralded him to win his first ever WWE Title at SummerSlam 2013, but was screwed over by Triple H. He won the WWE Title against all odds at WrestleMania XXX but an injury would lay him out for some months. He would return and win the IC Title at WrestleMania 31 to become a Grand Slam Champion, but another injury would put an end to his glorious career for which he will always be recognized as a legend in the wrestling business.

FAIL

5 Evan Bourne

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4 Colt Cabana

via wwe.com

3 The Wolves

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2 Chris Hero

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1 Low Ki

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The first ever Ring of Honor Champion, Low Ki was like the crown jewel for the promotion in his first years and put in some fantastic matches. He would gradually climb down the ladder but that didn’t go well with him, as he left the company after some disputes with the management. He then went to TNA, Japan and even PWG before arriving at WWE’s FCW where he won the tag team titles with Michael McGillicutty. He would win the second season of NXT with team LayCool as his mentors and move with them to SmackDown. But this was all null and void as he continued to lose matches on the main roster to every other guy. He got a slight push when he earned the opportunity to face Dolph Ziggler for his IC title, but then again went downwards after failing to capture it. He was released finally in December 2010, in a year where he was voted as ‘The Most Underrated Wrestler’ by Wrestling Observer.

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