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Top 15 Wrestlers Who Started Off Amazing Before Falling Off

First impressions are everything in life and a whole lot more in wrestling. You train and practice all over the world (in some cases) and when you finally make it to the big time, all you have to do is just win over an entire arena. No small feat, but if you can't overcome any fears or jitters you might have, wrestling probably isn't the business for you.

Despite what Vince McMahon might think of you eventually, when you're a debuting superstar, you're generally given all kinds of tools to help get you over. Surprise entrances, preview vignettes, cryptic messages, and earth shattering debuts are all at an incoming stars disposal to assist them in getting to the top of the card. Once the fans accept you, your job is keeping that momentum going and to keep putting an ass every eighteen inches.

Keeping up steam and momentum is a hard task too. Injuries can put a damper on any push in a millisecond. Fickle fans could lose interest or creative just begins to claim that they don't have anything for you. The reasons for getting de-pushed are just as exhaustive as the reasons a guy gets over, and so many of those reasons are just intangible. It's enough to make a wrestler gray. But the cool, calm, and collected ones just keep plugging on hoping to recapture their spot and catapult back to the top of the card.

The below stars entered the ring like a house of fire but for some reason, no matter how white-hot they might have or could have gotten fell out of favor, got injured, or simply the fans turned sour on what they were selling. These stars started off amazing before falling off.

15 Tazz

via bleacherreport.com

14 Sin Cara

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13 Mr. Kennedy

via bleacherreport.com

12 Tatanka

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11 Lex Luger

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10 Sean O'Haire

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9 Gangrel

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8 Ahmed Johnson

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7 Kerry Von Erich

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6 Wade Barrett

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5 Roman Reigns

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4 Alex Riley

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3 Rob Van Dam

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2 Alberto Del Rio

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1 Bret Hart in WCW

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In 1997, there was no hotter superstar than Bret Hart. Then came Montreal. The Hitman's final night in the WWE continues to live in infamy. Does WCW think to capitalize on this? Do they call Bret the undefeated champion, similar to when Flair was the "real" Heavyweight Champion? Nope, they just sit Bret out and it would be almost three months between Survivor Series and Bret's first WCW match. Twelve weeks is an eternity in wrestling years and that's all it took to ruin the gold that WCW had. Bret was never used properly again in his career. He and Vince were right, WCW had no clue what to do with Bret.

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