Like any other sport, wrestling fans and current crop of stars look fondly upon professional wrestling's elder statesmen, the trailblazers who showed everyone just what this sport could be when it reaches the pinnacle of excellence. How do we measure the careers of sports entertainers? Unlike other sports, where stats could play a factor, it's the moments that truly make the man or the team. Mike Piazza hitting a home run shortly after 9/11, the Miracle on Ice, Jordan dunking from the free throw line.
These are all legendary moments in the career of some marvelous athletes and the same hold trues for wrestlers. Whether it's "Hard Times," Triple H's epic return at MSG or Mick Foley winning the world title, these too are moments in the careers of some of our favorite legends. Sadly, though, every now and again legends get stymied. Legends don't necessarily fall flat on their face, but when booking takes a turn for the worst, it sure doesn't help any either. Triple H has Katie Vick, Mick Foley has several poor performances whenever he came out of retirement and, of course, polka dots for The American Dream!
Not all legends have had a streamlined career of perfect harmony, in fact they all have had some sort of booking that went south (Leslie Nielsen searching for The Undertaker, anyone?). The following list celebrates some really poor booking for some truly great legends. There are a few that highlight a particular moment and some guys on the current roster whose names have been tarnished by a creative staff that has no clue how to handle them. But, for better or worse, these names are titans in the sport we love and here are 15 times poor booking made fans, and perhaps the stars themselves, shake their heads.
15 Diamond Dallas Page (WWE)
14 Barry Windham (WWE)
13 Vader (WWE)
12 Ultimo Dragon (WWE)
11 Stone Cold Steve Austin (Losing to Brock Unannounced)
10 Big Show (WWE)
9 Kane (WWE)
8 The Ultimate Warrior (WCW)
7 Chris Jericho (WreslteMania 29, Part Timer)
6 Dusty Rhodes (WWE)
5 Ric Flair (End Run WCW)
4 Goldberg (WWE)
3 Hulk Hogan (Fingerpoke of Doom)
There are three things that make the already terrible Fingerpoke of Doom even more ridiculous.
2 Sting (WWE)
1 Bret Hart (WCW)
In 1997, the always popular and respected Bret Hart got white-hot and, while he was already on top of the business, he had reached a level that put him far ahead of the rest of the pack. However, looking out for his family and Vince not being able to fulfill contractual payments sent Bret looking to go to WCW. Besides his debut at Starrcade, there was only one other memorable thing that Hart did while in WCW, which was wearing the steel plate that Goldberg ran into. Before he left WWE, he and Vince both knew that WCW wouldn't know what to do with a Bret Hart and WCW proved them both right.
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