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Top 12 Recent Wrestlers Who Fared Better After Leaving The WWE

WWE: the Promised Land where every professional wrestler trains to end up and make a career for themselves, performing on the grandest stage in front of the biggest crowds imaginable. Well, for some, this dream can come true and quickly turn into a nightmare, as they can be saddled with a ridiculous gimmick, booked poorly or be fired before their talents can be showcased. If wrestling truly is the passion of this mishandled performer who has been let go or asked for release, there is only one way to rectify this injustice, and that is the independent wrestling circuit where a wrestler can impress to earn another shot with Vince, or make a comfortable living outside of the WWE.

This has been the case with many performers since the WWE won the Monday Night Wars, as Vince McMahon's booking has become even more questionable, and his "creative genius" now goes beyond bordering on madness into full-blown lunacy. Because Vince is the only game in town, he expects performers to do whatever they’re told, however embarrassing, and for many years before the takeoff of TNA, ROH and NJPW, that is what many felt inclined to do. However, in recent years, with the rise in popularity of indy wrestling, wrestlers are putting a greater worth on themselves to WWE, with many opting to decline the big money from Vinnie Mac in order to keep their freedom as performers, most notably Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks.

While the independent circuit does not always mean popularity, notoriety and success, the following 12 performers have opted to take their chances and increase their earning potential in a career that does not often have a long shelf life. While some - e.g. Muhammad Hassan - were not seen after their dreadful WWE runs, these wrestlers left WWE and found themselves in an improved position in the wrestling world as a result of doing so.

12 12. Brodus Clay

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11 11. Gail Kim

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10 10. Brian Kendrick

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9 9. D.H Smith

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8 8. Chris Masters

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7 7. Sami Callihan

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6 6. Chris Hero

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5 5. Luke Gallows

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4 4. Alberto El Patron

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3 3. Colt Cabana

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2 2. Drew Galloway

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1 1. Ethan Carter III

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Speaking of that promo, it was cut by the biggest waste of talent in WWE history, the man who would become the new face of TNA, Ethan Carter III, formerly known as Derick Bateman in NXT. He has the look, the personality, the ability to play both heel and face, and the in ring talent, which makes it all the more perplexing as to how WWE could release him after just a short stint on the main roster. Competing in the game show version of NXT, Bateman was typically used as a comedy character, but has since shown his versatility, which will no doubt make WWE decision makers scratch their head, as they could have had a bonafied main event heel on their hands, if not for the release. Time will tell whether the young Carter will ever return to WWE due to issues with the way he was handled, but if it ever happened, there is one thing that's for sure, he will never be treated poorly again (you know, if WWE was a rational company), and would no doubt ascend to the top of the ranks, alongside stars like Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, which would create many new, fresh matchups for fans to salivate over.

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