Throughout the years in the WWE, thousands of wrestlers sign a contract hoping for fame, fortune and WrestleMania moments. While a handful get to fulfill their dreams, there are so many that just get left behind in the wayside and never get to perform to their full potential in the biggest stage of professional wrestling.
It's understandable for so many wrestlers to truly succeed in the WWE: this is the entertainment industry- its cutthroat, dirty and dreams will be inevitably be crushed. Wrestlers do not have full control over their fate as they face obstacles of the creative team, management and other wrestlers who are just as driven to achieve the same goals. Whenever you read an article that lists a bunch of superstars and divas being wished well on their future endeavors, its nothing more than just the cycle of the WWE machine. With WrestleMania having just passed, expect more in the coming weeks.
However, it's quite baffling to see how many amazing talents walk in the door, only to be taken to directions so misguided that there's no turning back, or are ruined to a point where its a miracle for them to pick up a win or appear on TV, even though you know that they're capable of so much more than they are given.
This list compiles a group of WWE talent who would've been or continued to be major players in the WWE, but fell victim to poor booking and treatment, and as a result, wasted on the world's biggest wrestling company.
15 15. Scotty Goldman
14 14. Solomon Crowe
13 13. Trent Barreta
12 12. David Hart Smith
11 11. Jim Ross
10 10. Derrick Bateman
9 9. Kaval
8 8. MVP
Initially, MVP was killing it was this cocky, self-absorbed athlete. He had great rivalries against Chris Benoit and Matt Hardy, as well as winning the US and tag titles. But after losing the U.S. title to Matt Hardy, he experienced a downward spiral that he never recovered from. He had a losing streak that lasted for five months but never had a payoff. He won the U.S. title again, but the reign was short and forgettable. Instead of building MVP as a top villain, he became a utility player.
7 7. Brodus Clay
6 6. Evan Bourne
5 5. Kaitlyn
Kaitlyn developed into one of the most improved WWE divas ever. Although a season three NXT winner, she was so green in the ring. However, as time progressed, she was getting better. Then she won a battle royal-by accident- for a Divas title shot, and once she inserted herself in the Divas’ main event scene, she held on and proved she belonged. She became a very likable personality and pulled off entertaining matches.
4 4. Drew McIntyre
Upon his debut, Vince McMahon himself dubbed McIntyre as a “future world champion.” He had everything needed to be a main eventer: size, look, skill and support from management. He quickly won the intercontinental and tag titles, and was legitimizing himself as a major player. But then he got into an altercation with his wife at the time, Tiffany, who got arrested for domestic disturbance.
3 3. AJ Lee
The last few months of her career were so undeserving of someone so talented. After the immensely controversial departure of CM Punk, she became stigmatized by association because she became his wife, and he was suing the company due to the negligence of the WWE doctor Chris Amann. Also, in a divas division that was so intent on solely promoting Total Divas, AJ was a beacon of light because as Divas champion.
2 2. Muhammad Hassan
1 1. CM Punk
This may seem like a played-out answer, but CM Punk was such an influential and impactful superstar in modern WWE. His popularity rivaled John Cena, he was a top merchandise seller and he had an enormous fan base around the world. Such an unceremonious, abrupt departure leaves so many “might-have-beens” and what-ifs. Granted, CM Punk was very unhappy in his last years with the company, so it leaves the question: had WWE treated him better and listened to what he had to say, maybe WWE would still have a genuine main event superstar and money draw at their disposal, but instead they severed their relationship with CM Punk to a point where he became disenchanted with pro-wrestling in general.
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