In professional wrestling, a great look can take you a long way. To go along with a look, a certain amount of wrestling talent is needed. When you combine these two, you usually have the perfect wrestler. In wrestling, this is very rare. One of the few wrestlers that comes to mind is The Rock. He had a decent size, could talk, and had several classic matches. Another example would be Triple H. Some people claim he has used steroids. Personally, I disagree as he is just a talented and jacked wrestler. However, there have been several instances where wrestlers were hired and succeeded just because of their looks. This theory was much more frequent during the 1980s and early '90s. Not until Bret Hart, was there a champion of smaller stature. Something that goes in hand with being very large and jacked is the lack of mobility. This leads to many of these muscular wrestlers not being very good wrestlers. Unfortunately, Vince McMahon is more worried about the look and less about the talent. Despite the lack of talent, this does not stop them from succeeding and winning championships.
Here are 15 wrestlers who only succeeded because of their look.
Yokozuna joins the list at #15, because he may be the best wrestler on the list. Before he returned at WrestleMania XI with unnecessary excess weight, he put on very good matches for a man of his size. He was incredibly agile for a big man. But unfortunately, he wasn't the best choice to hold the title over better, but smaller talent. Although Hulk Hogan ended WrestleMania IX with title for some reason, Yokozuna should have never defeated Bret Hart for the title in the first place. The match was decent, but there were much better match choices for the main event. For example, they wasted the talent of "Macho Man" Randy Savage on commentary. He didn't even have a match on the biggest show of them all which is a shame in itself.
"The Big Guy" Ryback recently made his departure from WWE. He started off on Tough Enough in 2004 and was a member of NXT in 2010. Ryback was then an original member of The Nexus up until he injured his ankle. Then in 2012, he debut as a character known as Ryback. A man who would just massacre all the wrestlers put in front of him. Then he challenged CM Punk and was put in a long match for the first time since his character change. Ryback was exposed in this match and just continued to prove the theory of Vince McMahon loving giant, muscular wrestlers. Eventually, they came to their senses and never put the title on him. Ryback made things worse for himself after he stated earlier this year that each wrestler should get paid equally.
13 The Kat
The ex-wife of Jerry Lawler wrestled for the WWE at the beginning of the 2000s. She won the Women's Championship in a Fatal Four-Way Evening Gown Pool match. Yes, she won the title without the wrestling ability. After that match was over, she removed her bra and exposed her breasts. This easily showed that the company just believed she was a piece of meat. She was used to get people talking. And like most people on this list, she couldn't wrestle whatsoever. And with her husband being Jerry Lawler who trained her, you would think she would have some skill, but she didn't. The Kat had a abysmal match at WrestleMania 2000 and she would be released in 2001 because of her attitude. Lawler went with her until their marriage ended.
Chyna was truly an amazing attraction for her time. She had a great physique for a women and they made the great decision to have her wrestle with guys. The only issue was that Chyna was not a good wrestler. She wrestled Jeff Jarrett in a match that was only memorable because Jarrett wanted a ton of money to drop the Intercontinental Championship to her. After that she feuded with Chris Jericho over the Intercontinental Championship as well. Their matches proved that Chris Jericho could wrestle a broom and have great matches. Her movements weren't crisp in the ring and she was just awkward in the ring. She wasn't a very good talker and her look has to be the only reason she became so popular.
11 Bobby Lashley
Bobby Lashley is currently killing it in both TNA and Bellator but this here is focusing on his time in WWE. They tried pushing him to the moon much like they did with Brock Lesnar. But unlike Lesnar, Lashley failed to connect with the audience (failed in a big way). He had a tremendous look, but his matches were not very fun to watch. They gave him the ECW Championship, which ended the underrated and entertaining reign of Big Show in the dreadful Extreme Elimination Chamber match at the December to Dismember Pay-Per-View. One of his final matches with the WWE came in 2007 in a title match against another man who was obviously pushed heavy, John Cena. He would then get hurt and be released not too long after.
10 Sid Justice
Sid Justice had a tremendous look for a professional wrestler and was even touted to be the next Hulk Hogan. However, Sid lacked something Hogan had and that was charisma. He was incredibly bland and boring, but the one thing he has on Hogan is that he is a slightly better wrestler. Slightly. He main evented WrestleMania 13 with The Undertaker over the legendary match between Steve Austin and Bret Hart. That match was horrible. Horrific. Terrible. And just plain out bad. To make matters worse, there is a rumor that Sid soiled himself during the match. Unfortunately for Sid, he broke his leg in a match in WCW which is the hardest injury to watch in wrestling. He would only wrestle a handful of times since the injury.
9 The British Bulldog
Davey Boy Smith is a deserving wrestler for the WWE Hall of Fame, and it's a shame he nor Owen Hart haven't made it yet. Bulldog is a British wrestling legend. But inside the ring, he wasn't very good. According to Bret Hart, at SummerSlam 1992, they had an entire match planned out. But when they got started, Davey had forgotten the match they had planned which led to Bret having to carry the entire match. Yes, it is that match that everyone remembers as being a masterpiece. We can all thank Bret Hart for that professional performance. Although he never won a World Championship in any promotion, he was always a part of WWE's upper echelon of talent and he competed for the WWE Championship on several occasions.
8 Jack Swagger
Jack Swagger is arguably the only wrestler other than Brock Lesnar who would stand a chance in mixed martial arts. But unfortunately, he decided to stick with professional wrestling. Jack unexpectedly won the Money in the Bank Briefcase at WrestleMania XXVI and cashed it in on the next episode of SmackDown against Chris Jericho. His reign as champion was forgettable. He had a Pay-Per-View win against Randy Orton, and a disqualification against Big Show before he dropped the title to Rey Mysterio in a Fatal Four-Way match at the Pay-Per-View event of the same name. He failed to be relevant again until he became a "Real American" with Zeb Colter in 2013. Jack Swagger's time at the top of the card lasted about five months.
7 The Great Khali
The Great Khali may be the worst ever. Literally the worst ever. Somehow, he managed to stay employed for eight years. This man beat The Undertaker clean. The Undertaker only lost clean a handful of times and Khali is one of them. They put the World Heavyweight Championship on this man after he won the Big Gold Belt in a Battle Royal due to the title being vacant. This man was chosen over Batista and Kane to win this Battle Royal. He wasn't entertaining, he couldn't speak English, and he couldn't wrestle. In fact, during the last four years of his career he could barely move. He lasted way longer than he should have and that is a feat in itself. He was released in 2014 after he wrestled sparsely in the last two years.
6 Kelly Kelly
Kelly Kelly was hired by the WWE even though she had no wrestling experience. She was originally a model. She truly was a beaut. She was undoubtedly gorgeous. Kelly began in ECW as a exhibitionist. She would casually expose herself without showing anything too risky. Slowly she began to make the transition to wrestling. And boy did she not fully grasp it. Her moves were clunky yet simple. She had little to no good matches, but she still won the Divas Championship after beating Brie Bella. She then feuded with a legitimate women's wrestler in Beth Phoenix. Kelly defeated Phoenix cleanly on two different occasions at Pay-Per-Views before she lost to Phoenix at Hell in a Cell in 2011. Kelly's lack of wrestling ability proved that her success cam strictly based on her look.
Sable was one of the reasons people turned on their television in 1998. People always wanted to see her body in some type of way. But when she made the transition in to a full time wrestler, man did she look lost out there in that ring. Words cannot describe how bad Sable was at anything wrestling related. She couldn't talk, and she surely couldn't wrestle. However, she helped to partly save the WWE from falling to WCW although it was just from her showing her breasts. Her match with Tori at WrestleMania XV was awful and that was one of the final matches she wrestled before leaving and having her bag defecated in by someone in the locker room. (This seems to be a proud moment for Sean Waltman.)
Goldberg recently returned to the WWE and is set to fight Brock Lesnar at a Pay-Per-View (Survivor Series in Toronto). It won't be hard to have a better match than the one they had at WrestleMania XX that's for sure. Goldberg was truly a polarizing presence during his time in WCW. Squash matches and matches under 10 minutes usually worked best for him. However, anything other than that usually doesn't do him justice. I expect his upcoming match with Brock Lesnar to come nowhere close 10 minutes. Also, Goldberg has to lose this match because he isn't going to wrestle again. All in all, Goldberg matches aren't spectacles. They're usually slow and boring and not a good watch. Goldberg simply came along at the right time and for some reason, the gimmick caught on in WCW.
3 Lex Luger
Vince McMahon was enthralled with Lex Luger immediately after he jumped to the WWE. Lex was a physical masterpiece. He looked as if he was to be sculpted in the likeness of a Roman God. After he turned face, it was believed that he would eventually have his grasp on the WWE Championship. But for once, Vince McMahon came to his senses. He realized that putting the title on Lex would just be the company reverting back to the days where only chiseled and sculpted men could hold the title. Luger rarely if ever had good matches, and usually put on some really bad ones. For example, Lex Luger vs. Yokozuna at SummerSlam 1993 is dreadful, slow, and plodding. Once again, thankfully, Vince McMahon never fully pulled the trigger on Lex as World Champion.
2 The Ultimate Warrior
The Ultimate Warrior was a perfect talent for his time. Any other time however, and his character would not have worked. Warrior's matches were usually short and ended with him winning. But in matches of great length, usually you were given some bad things. Only one exception comes to mind and that would be Warrior vs. Savage at WrestleMania VII. One of the worst matches in history came at WCW Halloween Havoc 1998 where he and Hulk Hogan had a rematch of their prior WrestleMania VI bout. This is one of the few wrestling matches to receive minus five stars. So it is obvious, that Warrior didn't get his place at the top of the company because of his ring work, but because of his look.
1 Hulk Hogan
Hulk Hogan without a doubt, is one of the most important wrestlers ever. But unfortunately, that is mostly because of the charisma and not because of his wrestling ability. As Hogan would often tell you, he has the largest pythons in the world. He had the perfect tan, long blond hair, and was as everyone knows, jacked. But, his matches at this time were not very good, and even worse in WCW. His classic WrestleMania III match with Andre the Giant was good for the big spot where Hogan lifted Andre. Other than that, that match was seriously boring. But because of Hulk Hogan becoming a mega star for his look, many others have tried to create another Hulk Hogan, which no one has successfully been able to do.
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