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Top 15 Wrestlers Who Looked Like Mr. Olympia...But Couldn't Wrestle

We’re all familiar with the larger than life personalities that exist within the world of pro-wrestling. Just as much, we’re familiar with the larger than reality physiques that we’ve seen since the golden days of 1980s wrestling. It seemed that every wrestler you saw on television was cut from stone. You didn’t see the slight, delicate guys scoring a three count over their herculean counterparts. It was quite the opposite. You knew the guys with the muscles were the ones you’d be seeing on TV each week. The nameless, flabby “jobbers” who took the fall, were likely to never be seen again.

We’ve seen a transition since the days of David versus Goliath in the ring, with the result always favoring Goliath. As wrestling fans have grown more knowledgeable and critical about the technical aspects and art of in-ring performance, fortune has shown upward trends of favoring thinner, athletic looking performers. This isn’t to say that the new age darlings are out of shape, because the great majority of them are ripped, shredded even. You can gather that being a muscle bound behemoth got you into a good spot in previous decades. However, in recent years, you’ve seen the prevalence of guys like Randy Orton, Seth Rollins, Dolph Ziggler, and countless others. These guys are no slouches in the gym as you can tell by their athleticism and definition. It’s the freedom from a muscle bound frame that allows these natural looking the competitors the ability to move with more agility and bear more endurance in the ring. Am I implying that big muscles equal lackluster wrestling? Well, there are certainly many examples that support answers leading to the answer being yes. The following 15 wrestlers are great examples of how a hulking frame doesn’t always equal fame.

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11 Sid Vicious 

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10 Bobby Lashley 

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9 Buff Bagwell 

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8 Goldberg 

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7 Vince McMahon

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6 Renegade

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5 Rob Terry 

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4 Hulk Hogan

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3 Ezekiel Jackson 

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2 Tyler Reks

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1 Ahmed Johnson  

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Here’s a guy I was a huge fan of growing up. He cared about the kids and all of that good stuff. He was likeable enough and had the appearance of a bull moose. I’d like to credit some of his in-ring ineptitude to the fact that he suffered several serious injuries, yet managed to continue his career in the WWE. Ahmed had a huge fan base and usually received a loud reaction. He captured the Intercontinental Championship during his tenure in the WWE before being sidelined with injuries. However, he is the poster child for the idea that muscles don’t make a good wrestler. Ahmed was sloppy; he botched moves often, and didn’t exactly do a great job of selling, unless he was really injured. He will never be considered a great or even good wrestler by any of today's standards that wrestling fans have grown accustomed to. Sure, it may seem a bit harsh to give him the number one spot, but he was just plain bad. To top it off, his trunks always seemed to be riding up in the back, giving us a full shot of Ahmed’s posterior, a wardrobe malfunction he never bothered to correct. I’ll give him one thing, the Pearl River Plunge always looked impressive and he always executed it well, even with a massive wedgie. God bless, Ahmed, God bless.

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