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Top 15 Wrestlers Who Never Had a Chance In The WWE

Whenever Mr. McMahon appears on WWE TV, his arrival is announced by the familiar opening notes of “No Chance in Hell,” The lyrics probably seem a little too appropriate for the many wrestlers that McMahon didn’t deem suited to fit his concept of a WWE superstar. After all, say what you will about the rather divisive Chairman, but Vincent Kennedy’s word remains final.

This means there is one singular, foremost opinion on what a WWE superstar should look like and that is McMahon’s. As any smark or long-time WWE fan will tell you, that idealized image comes down to a big, hulking, muscle-bound, larger than life figure with charisma - the Hulk Hogan model. That being said, McMahon has softened somewhat in recent years regarding his stance on what a WWE superstar must be. Even his prideful rejection of anyone with WCW ties or a non-WWE wrestling history has grown less pronounced.

Still, the McMahon approach has cut its fair share of WWE careers short. As the world's biggest wrestling promotion, WWE has done plenty of things right, but also dropped the ball on certain personnel. Here are 15 talented wrestlers who were given “no chance” in their WWE run:

15 Paul Burchill 

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14 Terry Taylor

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13 Brian Kendrick 

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12 Dean Malenko 

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11 Trinity

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10 Shane Douglas

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9 Scotty Goldman 

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8 Justin Gabriel

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7 Derrick Bateman 

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6 Kassius Ohno

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5 Diamond Dallas Page 

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4 Damien Sandow

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3 Kaval 

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2 Matt Morgan 

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1 Jake “The Snake” Roberts 

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When Dean Ambrose cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase to win the World Heavyweight Championship over Seth Rollins last month, it was hard not to think about all the fascinating fringe lunatic-type characters that came before him who never got a sniff of the WWE’s main title. While “Rowdy” Roddy Piper at least spent some time in the main event scene and even headlined the first WrestleMania, Jake “The Snake” Roberts never reached such lofty heights in spite of a lengthy career. The 2014 Hall of Famer famously never won a top title in WWF, although he remains one of the most vividly remembered stars of the 80s on account of his remarkable mic ability, DDT finisher and, of course, his ever-present snake, Damien. While you can't exactly blame the family-oriented WWE to opt for a wholesome hero in the form of Hogan to be the face of the company ahead of a darkly charismatic, sinister, snake-holding Roberts, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more talented and popular wrestler to never be granted a true title run.

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