Think back to the year 2002. Eminem released The Eminem Show, Tom Brady won his first Super Bowl with the New England Patriots, far away from any 'deflate gate' scandal and the World Wrestling Federation was in the awkward position to move on from the Attitude Era. Considered the best time period in the company's history, the Attitude Era was unparalleled in terms of star power and edginess. However, due to the company not respecting their agreement with another WWF (World Wildlife Fund), the World Wrestling Federation was forced to change their name to the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in May 2002. Not only was this a name change, but a mark of a new era: the Ruthless Aggression era.
What exactly does that mean? Honestly, I don't know. From what I can gather though, this era of the WWE was supposed to be focused more on outstanding athleticism and hard hitting action while the Attitude Era was more about characters and soap opera angles. Some wrestlers benefitted greatly from this shift in attitude like Brock Lesnar and Batista but these 10, eh, not so much.
The following top 10 wrestlers, in one way or another, sucked. This could be because of horrible in-ring skills, terrible promo work, abysmal booking or some combination of them all. Another thing to keep in mind of this list is that I'm only taking into account the performers' performances from this era (2002-2008). What does this mean? Well if somebody managed to improve later on in their career and you think they shouldn't be on here, remember that I'm only considering their work from this era.
We now go to the bottom feeders of perhaps the most underrated era in wrestling history.
10 Sylvester Terkay
9 The Spirit Squad
Quick! You have 30 seconds to think of a faction that is worthy enough to challenge two of the greatest superstars of all time, Triple H and Shawn Michaels. Did you say a group of male cheerleaders? No? Then you my friend are already smarter than the WWE creative team circa 2006.
Once again, the Spirit Squad actually contained some talent in their, (sigh) squad as Nicky would later become Dolph Ziggler and absolutely astound WWE fans around the world. Incredibly, Ziggler managed to become successful despite initially being saddled with one of the worst gimmicks of all time and being surrounded by men way less talented than him. Existing only to get trounced by DX week after week, it's comforting to know that the Spirit Squad lasted less than a year.
8 Scott Steiner
"Oh my stars and garters!" I hear you all call out. How could you put Scott Steiner, one half of the greatest tag teams of all time in the Steiner Brothers, on a list of worst wrestlers? First off, excellent use of an old timey expression. Secondly, I remind you that this is a list of worst wrestlers in the Ruthless Aggression era.
7 Jackie Gayda
What is it with the WWE and pushing their Divas way before they're ready for the big time? They did it with Cameron on the current roster (and Eva Marie for a little while), and if you're looking for the former Funkadactyl's Ruthless Aggression era equivalent, it's Jackie Gayda.
6 The Miz
Once again, I remind you dear reader that I am specifically referring to the Ruthless Aggression era Miz, a.k.a The Miz with the really stupid hair. Another Tough Enough winner, Mike Mizanin reminded us why exactly we hate reality show stars so so much. Even though he wasn't wrestling on Smackdown initially, Miz still managed to annoy the hell out of viewers by being the host of the Diva Search and botching his lines on a near weekly basis.
5 Luther Reigns
Oh man. When people talk about Smackdown being the superior brand to Raw during this era, they sure as hell don't mean because of men like Luther Reigns. Introduced in 2004 as the assistant to Smackdown GM Kurt Angle, it was immediately apparent that Reigns didn't deserve to be standing next to other Smackdown all-stars like Rey Mysterio, John Cena and The Undertaker.
4 Deuce and Domino
Quick! You have 30 seconds to think of a tag team gimmick that's going to appeal to 18-35 year olds in the year 2007... What did you think of? Well hopefully anything but this abomination of a tag team.
While the tag team division is on an upswing at the moment with teams like Cesaro and Tyson Kidd and the Lucha Dragons absolutely tearing it up on the main roster, the Ruthless Aggression Era was a dark time for WWE tag team wrestling. At the center of this combination of horrible gimmicks and inexperienced workers lies Deuce and Domino.
3 Kenzo Suzuki
My oh my, has the WWE come a long way with their Japanese wrestlers. While Hideo Itami seems to be the best shot that Japan has for a true WWE superstar, the Land of the Rising Sun wasn't so fortunate in 2004. Who was the WWE's premier Japanese wrestler then? Kenzo Suzuki.
2 Nathan Jones
By now we all know of Vince McMahon's love for big bodies and if you're going by that logic, then it's easy to see why Nathan Jones was given a shot in the WWE. At an absolute rock solid 320 pounds and standing 6 feet, 11 inches tall, Jones seemed to hit all of Vince McMahon's check boxes. In addition, Jones also stole Mark Henry's gimmick by being the winner of the World Strongman Challenge in 1996, one of the most prestigious strongman championships in the world at the time.
1 The Great Khali
In perhaps the biggest misuse of the word "Great" in all of history, I present to you the absolute worst wrestler of the WWE Ruthless Aggression Era: Khali.
Debuting back in 2006 as a rival to The Undertaker (good God why did Undertaker always get crap rivals?) it was immediately clear that Khali was only given a contract because of his size. His offense consisted primarily of lethargic chops and a face hold that put his opponents and the audience to sleep simultaneously. His promo skills, errr what promo skills, next paragraph.
Most horrifying of all though, is that Khali is actually a former world champion. Yes, in July 2007 Khali won the World Heavyweight Championship by winning a battle royal on Smackdown, holding it for two months before losing it to Batista at Unforgiven. What a fitting title, as the entire WWE career of Khali can be deemed as unforgivable.
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