“CM PUNK! CM PUNK!” “LET’S GO CENA! CENA SUCKS!” “ROCKY! ROCKY!” The resounding echoes of fans cheering, jeering, protesting, or demonstrating, but what would the landscape of pro wrestling be today if just one wrong bump hadn’t been taken? If just one more concession on a contract had been made? If just one illegal substance test hadn’t been failed?
Wrestlers are trained. Superstars are made. As fans, all have an opinion of who should be pushed, who should be a main eventer, who should be THAT guy. So many great performers have come and gone through the ranks of pro wrestling that a large portion of them fall through the cracks for a multitude of reasons. Maybe one guy couldn't cut weight. Another couldn't tone up. One more decided a drunken binge may be better than sleeping before a PPV. And yet another may have less-than-desirable pictures leaked onto Instagram......too soon? This list isn't for "enhancement talents," per se, yet some of these names may have been there at one point or another. You won't see the Brooklyn Brawler on this list. Mucho respect for the man, but what we're looking at is the guys who could've/should've/would've been the long term main eventer. he kind of guy who, had things been different, would've taken the spot away from a Shawn Michaels or Chris Jericho. Maybe we wouldn't have ever heard the "YES!" chant. Possibly......never even heard of John Cena. As unlikely as that may be, we will never know. You probably will not recognize a name or two on this list, but I assure you, each one of them could’ve been an even larger superstar than they were. So sit back, get YouTube ready, and let the memories of what could have been roll. These are the top ten wrestler who, for whatever the reason may be, could’ve been MORE than what we remember them for.
10 10. Rob Conway
To start this list with someone who is a two time NWA World Heavyweight Champion seems to be somewhat off putting. However, before he was the Ironman, he was one part of a solid tag team known as La Resistance. He came into WWE in a managerial role with the team, which consisted of Rene Dupree and Sylvain Grenier. When Grenier suffered a back injury in October of 2003, Conway moved up to tag with Dupree. The draft lottery, lack of focus on tag teams, and so many other factors lead to the demise of La Resistance, and Conway was left in the cold, eventually to be fired publicly on Raw.
9 9. Sean O'Haire
8 8. Lance Storm
7 7. Chris Masters
6 6. Waylon Mercy
5 5. Brian Pillman
One of two men on this list whose death shortened their careers, Brian Pillman was truly a spectacle to behold. Sinister. Dark. Twisted. Those are the nice things you can say about the Loose Cannon. His earlier days in the Light Heavyweight divisions saw him have wars with Jushin “Thunder” Liger and more, and his heart was really shown in his feuds with the monsters, namely one Sid Vicious. Moving on to tag team work with Steve Austin, The Hollywood Blondes would hold NWA/WCW tag team gold several times, but it wasn’t until he joined the Horsemen that we saw what this man could really do. His promos were intense. His energy and charisma were hard to match. His time in the WWE with the Hart Foundation, challenging Stone Cold and others, was a great time for fans. Brian Pillman had many different health problems, and they finally caught up to him. He was lost way too early and could’ve been remembered as one of the all-time greats.
4 4. Jeff Hardy
3 3. Tully Blanchard
2 2. Owen Hart
1 1. The Ultimate Warrior
Should’ve. Could’ve. Would’ve. The Ultimate Warrior is almost single handedly responsible for stirring the fighting spirit in millions of youngsters who one day went on to become a pro wrestler. I’m not going to sit here and go into all the political goings on he had with the McMahons. I won’t spend time discussing the defamation of the first WWE documentary on him. I won’t waste any more than a sentence talking about his WCW run. What could’ve been had the Warrior been around during the Attitude Era or the Invasion angle? We will never know. We will always have to wonder what could’ve been. Then why should the Ultimate Warrior be remembered as one of the all-time greats? I’ll let the man tell you himself, “Every man's heart one day beats its final beat, his lungs breathe their final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others, and makes them believe deeper in something larger than life, then his essence, his spirit will be immortalized.”
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