Every wrestling promotion has their few guys that they know will bring meat to the seats when it comes time to perform. However these top guys don't always possess the same amount of skills as other wrestlers in the promotion, and you have to wonder why talented wrestlers are looked over for guys who seem to be overrated. We have seen some totally overrated wrestlers become incredibly popular on their way to fame, which just doesn't always seem fair when guys like Dean Malenko or William Regal had to take a back seat to whoever the promotion decided was their hot guy for the time being.
In this article, we will be looking at the top 15 most overrated wrestlers in WWE history, and where they happen to be today. Considering the fact they were overrated and probably had more success than they probably should have, most of these guys have made a living from professional wrestling, and have had the opportunity to do some cool things since life after wrestling.
As always, feel free to leave any other overrated wrestlers you have in the comment section, as we would love to hear your thoughts on this matter.
Here are the top 15 most overrated wrestlers of all time and where they are today.
15 Ahmed Johnson
Ahmed Johnson had that look about him to become a major star. Unfortunately, that was about all he had. WWE gave him an immediate push when he got to the WWE, having him win the Intercontinental Championship in his rookie year. Unfortunately, injuries caught up to Johnson, as an ill-timed injury would constantly derail his push. You would think it would have been due to his mediocre ring skills and his lack of ability to cut a promo. After Johnson was released by the WWE, he tried his hand in WCW where his career went nowhere as 'Big T'.
Ryback was given a Goldberg like push back in 2012. After a lackluster run as Skip Sheffield, Ryan Reeves returned from a severe ankle injury and was pushed as Ryback. Following WrestleMania XXVIII, Ryback would squash jobbers on television week after week and simply chant "FEED ME MORE".. Sound familiar? He couldn't escape the Goldberg chants, but somehow he kept getting pushed.
Eventually, his push faded and Ryback was released from his contract in 2016 after a pay dispute with WWE officials. Perhaps the WWE realized they had previously overrated him.
Sable came around at just the right time in WWE. Here was a gorgeous blonde bombshell coming into a business that would soon seek out women just like her and have provocative eye candy on television. Sable was pushed heavily during the Attitude Era, due to her stunning looks and willingness to showcase her assets to the audience. Her popularity even led to her posing in Playboy multiple times.
Sable's in-ring skills were never great, but the WWE didn't seem to care about that. They made her into a big star and Sable herself has admitted that she let her fame get to her head.
12 Scott Hall
Scott Hall had a very successful wrestling career; however, he wasn't as talented as many people believed he was. Hall definitely had the mic skills and the charisma to be an excellent wrestler, he just didn't have that much skill in the actual wrestling ring, which ended up limiting him. Without The Kliq or being a member of the popular nWo, Hall would have ended up just being a mid-carder who never ended up being one of the most popular wrestlers of all time. Luck must have been on Hall's side though, as his career turned out much more successful than it should have.
11 Lex Luger
Lex Luger’s physique was the main reason he achieved the success he did during his wrestling career. His work on the mic and in the ring came off as uninspired. The other reason for his success other than his looks was the focus the promoters put on his career, which was totally undeserved based on his performance. The promoters truly believed there was hope for Luger and with their help, he won the World Heavyweight Championship twice, and the United States Championship multiple times. Luger was definitely overrated during and after his wrestling career; he seemed to be more of a Hulk Hogan rip-off rather than an original gimmick. The list of “what ifs” with Luger is extensive, and with a little more talent and charisma in and out of the ring, Luger could have reached the same level as some of the greats, like Ric Flair or Bret Hart. I suppose being overrated isn’t a terrible thing. After so many years, we are still talking about him and you know the old saying… any publicity is good publicity.
10 Scott Steiner
Scott Steiner had the potential to be amazingly successful, but following his bodily transformation, Scott Steiner became very boring in the ring, and he also had a reputation of being hard to work with. Another issue with Steiner was being clumsy in the ring, which occasionally led to him injuring some of his opponents. He somehow achieved much success in WCW, winning a bunch of titles even though he was stiff as a board in the ring, and that often led to some seriously underwhelming matches. On the mic, Steiner rambled on and verbally fantasized about his body, which just highlighted his lack of direction. The fact that Scott Steiner is considered by some fans to be one of the “greatest wrestlers of all time” is what lands him on the overrated portion of this list.
Batista’s gimmick is lackluster to say the least. He is known for being a musclebound hot head. With a minuscule arsenal of moves from which to choose, many of Batista’s matches aren’t very entertaining for most people to watch. Batista was fortunate to compete against some of the top guys in the WWE such as The Undertaker and Edge, but in some matches, Batista just couldn’t hold his own and it was noticeable. Winning the World Heavyweight Championship four times and the WWE Championship twice, Batista has a long list of accolades despite his overrated talents. It feels as though he relied on his spine buster move much more often than needed. Batista should stick to Hollywood and his acting career, where he is finding some success.
8 Bobby Lashley
Bobby Lashley, like many big guys who were pushed in WWE, had the look to succeed in the business. From the moment he arrived on the WWE scene in 2005, Lashley immediately went on an undefeated streak and was pushed for months on end. He switched to WWE's ECW brand, and many say his title win at December to Dismember 2006 was when ECW truly died.
He got to compete against Umaga in the "battle of the billionaires" match at WrestleMania 23 involving Vince McMahon and Donald Trump. He eventually feuded with McMahon himself. Unfortunately, Lashley was released from his contract just before he could reach the top of the mountain in WWE.
Lashley has been very successful post-WWE, as he's become a multiple time TNA Champion and has had a successful MMA career, with a professional record of 15-2.
7 Jeff Hardy
There's no doubt that Jeff Hardy provided some memorable moments, such as his Swanton off the ladder at WrestleMania 2000 or at WrestleMania X-Seven when he took a spear in mid-air at TLC 2. Unfortunately though, most of Hardy's moments merely involve him taking a huge bump or pulling daredevil like tactics. Other than that though, Hardy never really could put on a simple one-on-one match unless he was matched up with a true ring general. His promo skills are limited and besides looking cool, his gimmick was very basic.
6 One Man Gang
The One Man Gang was bad right from the start. His name alone made it hard for him to be taken seriously. With a name like that, you have to be a constant winner. The acronym “OMG” would go on to be more famous than the man himself. Other than the cool aviators, he was no different than any other big guy in the WWE. Although he acted like a beast in the ring, he never turned out to be one. One Man Gang just wasn't anything special, as he didn't bring any real talent to the table throughout his lackluster wrestling career.
5 Koko B. Ware
Koko B. Ware is considered the worst Hall of Fame inductee ever to many wrestling fans. This guy definitely won’t be remembered for his actual wrestling skill, but more for his incredible weird costumes and his Macaw, named Frankie. Almost every one of his costumes hurt my eyes with the vibrant colors. I can’t believe that he was somehow inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. After his induction, you might start to think that the WWE is giving out spots in the HOF to just about anybody.
4 Kevin Nash
Kevin Nash has somehow reached the level of wrestling icon, but does he deserve all of the admiration he received? When you stop to think about it, there just aren’t as many great Kevin Nash moments in wrestling history as people would like to believe. After joining the WWE, Nash befriended wrestling legend Shawn Michaels, who is rumored to have asked Vince McMahon to push Diesel, as Nash was known at that time. Nash just wasn’t as entertaining as other wrestlers we had become accustomed to seeing, probably because of his mediocre mic skills and limited and stiff moves inside the ring. Teaming up with Hulk Hogan for the nWo was the smartest thing he ever did. The reality is that Nash’s career was completely exaggerated and from day one, he was overrated. Chokeslams and big boots can only take you so far; the fans will eventually begin to notice a lack of wrestling skill at one point.
While many fans will remember Sid as a 90s wrestler, he was indeed around in the 80s as well. While he at least had some accidentally entertaining promos in the 90s, he was awful in the ring. In the 80s, he was even worse in the ring and didn’t have any funny microphone botches to keep us entertained. Amazingly, despite being a pretty bad wrestler, Sid enjoyed a very long career in the business. A serious ankle injury kept him out of action for years, but he still found work in the 2000s on the independent scene.
2 Jim Duggan
Another boring strong guy with nothing creative about him…pass. I’m not even sure what this guy is supposed to be. Carrying his two-by-four and screaming his signature “HOOO” all of the time was just plain annoying. All he had going for him was his American patriotism, as his gimmick was nothing special and we wasn't one of the better wrestlers from the Golden Age of wrestling. Jim Duggan shouldn't have been as successful as he was in the 90s, making him one of the more overrated wrestlers of all time.
1 Hulk Hogan
Almost every person in America knows the name Hulk Hogan, but why? Hulk Hogan’s career was not all that it was cracked up to be. My opinion is that HH is actually a very overrated wrestler and that opinion is likely shared by many wrestling pundits. He’s like the John Cena of the past. The only thing Hulk Hogan had going for him was his gung-ho patriotism, which was entertaining for a time, but only for so long. It is very confusing to me to think that so many people rate Hogan as wrestling’s biggest star when he really only had two moves, a body-slam and a leg-drop.
One of Hogan’s most iconic and remembered moments was when he turned heel by joining the competition, the nWo. His big inaugural event was capped off with, you guessed it, another boring leg drop. Hulk Hogan’s list of championships and accolades is just way too extensive to list here. He is the perfect example of a wrestler that “played the game” outside of the ring way better than he performed inside the ring. There was so much great talent that could have easily done what he did during his predictable matches, and many believe that other wrestlers definitely would have done it better. Hulk is a massive success and a huge international star, and for several years, he was a bit of a sensation, but he was also very overrated as a wrestler.
Due to the fact that his sex tape scandal put a bit of a damper on his career, Hogan hasn't been seen around much; however, this year he was awarded $31 million in a settlement with Gawker.
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