Let’s be honest in order to succeed in the WWE, you have to have it all meaning you need the wrestling skills as well as entertaining ability. The only problem is that some wrestlers have all the characteristics of being a good wrestler, but aren't exactly entertaining. Some careers may dwindle on success for a while, but then something bad happens like an injury, they get fired, or they just straight up quit. Throughout the years of WWE, it clearly shows superstars need the ability to talk on the mic because it draws the WWE fans attention. That’s why WWE has segments such as the Cutting Edge, Miz Tv, the Highlight Reel, and others. The mic can literally bump up their careers or for some end it.
Many superstars over the past have grown uncomfortable with WWE so they decide to quit and that includes big names such as CM Punk, Goldberg, and others. Then there are those that have to retire due to serious injuries like a favorite superstar, Daniel Bryan, recently announced he had to retire with a heartfelt YES ovation. The YES movement won’t be forgotten since his wife, Brie Bella is still with the WWE , but Daniel Bryan obviously hated to call it quits because the YES movement was so strong, it even took over Monday Night Raw. Fans will keep doing the YES chants as long as Bryan’s name is still relevant.
Then there’s people like Batista, Goldberg, CM Punk, and others who quit on their own terms. They quit WWE because they were frustrated with the ways things were headed for them in WWE. WWE fans probably didn’t forget CM Punk’s infamous rant he did towards the company. WWE was even tired of it, that they turned off his mic. Also, just recently WWE wrestler, Titus O’ Neil was suspended from the WWE with an incident with WWE chairman, Vince McMahon and almost got fired from it. McMahon wasn’t happy about what happened. While he's still with the company, you wonder if he'll take the advice of his friend Batista and say adios to the WWE. If so, that would be a terrible way to see him go out.
Here are 15 wrestlers whose WWE careers ended terribly. This list will not include career-ending injuries or deaths, but rather wrestlers who left or dismissed without a good sendoff, going out with a whimper.
15 15. Mr. Perfect
14 14. Carlito
13 13. Justin Gabriel
12 12. Jeff Hardy
11 11. JBL
10 10. MVP
9 9. AJ Lee
8 8. Alberto Del Rio
7 7. Scott Hall
6 6. Kurt Angle
5 5. Batista
Batista was truly an animal especially since he was a big guy, his power was intimidating while he was in the WWE. However he wasn’t intimidating enough when Triple H who’s now the WWE COO didn’t let Batista have his title shot until the group they were feuding with during that time which was the Shield was gone forever. So Batista got mad and walked out on Evolution. WWE had hopes that Batista would be a mega babyface for his 2014 run, but fans rejected it, resulting in Batista turning heel and soon being pushed down the card.
4 4. Goldberg
3 3. Hulk Hogan
2 2. CM Punk
What can there be said about the straight edged, CM Punk. First, fans can adore him yet hate him at the same time. His departure from WWE wasn’t really a surprise. It was more of an omen because when he was WWE champion he complained about numerous things that he should deserve. While Punk walked out on the company the night after the 2014 Royal Rumble, Punk says he was deliberately fired on his wedding day. To this day, WWE fans still chant the name CM Punk hoping for a return because when he talked people listened. Who knows maybe WWE and Punk can come to an agreement for now he’s with the UFC. For now the last visual of CM Punk in a WWE ring is being eliminated by Corporate Kane.
1 1. Randy Savage
Randy Savage deserved a major angle to end his time in WWE, but instead, he left very quietly in late 1994. Having been phased out a full-time wrestling role, Savage was used mostly on commentary and his idea for a long retirement feud with Shawn Michaels was rejected by officials. Savage signed with WCW late in 1994 and Vince McMahon acknowledged the Macho Man's departure on television, thanking him for his contributions. That would be the last time Savage appeared in WWE, as he never re-signed after WCW's demise and wasn't inducted into the HOF until well after his death.
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