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Top 15 Most One-Dimensional Wrestlers

As much as some fans hate to admit it, a brutal truth of the wrestling business is that amazingly skilled guys don’t always make the best stars. An old saying is “a guy can be a great worker but he can’t draw money.” It’s not fair but that’s how it is as amazingly skilled guys like Dean Malenko or Ricky Steamboat just aren’t meant for the main event and carrying a company on their shoulders. It continues today as so many wrestlers are slammed for being incredibly limited in their skill set…and yet so many of them also ruling as major stars, showing how easily charisma and good mic skills can overcome deficiency in the ring to emerge as stars despite how limited they are.

It’s a common thing and really amazing to see how many guys bring the same act all the time to the ring. John Cena is slammed as one-dimensional but has shown himself very skilled, able to go from brawling to putting on a wrestling clinic. Likewise, Mick Foley was capable of doing so much more than just a hardcore battle and other fights. Yet so many workers in history have been guys showing off just one style of attack that rarely changes. It’s not someone like Flair or Bret Hart who were often accused of working the same match a lot, but could prove themselves in other ways. These are guys who really come off flat in their style, not that good in the first place and yet somehow, some of them were able to become mega-stars despite all that. Here are the top 15 most one-dimensional wrestlers in history.

15 Andre The Giant

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14 Larry Zbyszko

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13 Buff Bagwell

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12 Bobby Lashley

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11 Jeff Jarrett

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10 The Great Khali

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9 Batista

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8 Goldberg

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WCW tried to do a thing with Goldberg improving in the ring, sometimes breaking out a technical move here and there. For the most part, however, his match style was simple and obvious. He would come out, no-sell any offense the opponent threw at him before hitting his spear and jackhammer to win. A telling early bit was William Regal dominating Goldberg in a longer match and fired by WCW for showing how poor Goldberg really was.

7 Roman Reigns

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6 Sid

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5 The Road Warriors

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4 Kevin Nash

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3 The Ultimate Warrior

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2 Hulk Hogan

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1 Junkyard Dog

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In both the “Best of Mid-South” DVD and a book about him, it’s openly stated that while he was an amazing figure on the mic, JYD was a truly terrible worker. Bill Watts learned quickly to book Dog in short bouts to show his skills, take some hits, fire back and hit his running powerslam to get the pin. Put in longer bouts exposed him badly and he was a hit with crowds with his nice mic work and overall charisma. But that success would soon expose limitations more and more as when he jumped to WWE and later work, combined with drug use and overeating to make his work even worse. While a major star, JYD was one covered a lot by his bookers to limit fans seeing how flat his ring work was.

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