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Top 20 Biggest Busts in WWE History: Where Are They Now?

WWE has this knack of buying of buying talent from around the world, as snatching away or buying out the competition is what has made Vince McMahon’s mammoth company so successful. Their own development program wasn’t underway before the late 2000’s, so WWE had to rely on buying talent from other promotions and make them into the stars they are today. Legends like The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, Hulk Hogan were all signed from other wrestling promotions and made into the stars they are today, much to Vinny Mac’s credit. But if WWE has constantly reminded us that if they can make a star, then they can break one as well, as many ‘superstars’ who arrived in the promotion with much promise and hype were ‘degraded’ and wasted, as the company discreetly tries to push away their WWE reign under the mat.

Only a low percentage of the signed talent are actually catapulted to the very top of the WWE, as the others are given weird roles after a slight push in the beginning of their WWE run and then it’s mostly downhill from there. We’ve seen so many talents being signed and then released by the WWE over the years, as things don’t seem to work out at times plus talent can’t blend in with the hectic schedule of the company. Some of the loyal talent who stick to the promotion inspite of being treated horribly manage to get a role in the production process, while some of the more unfortunate guys have to manage to fend for themselves by doing odd jobs in order to make their ends meet, and a lack of an educational degree for most of these pro-wrestlers hampers their career’s beyond the mat.

40 Snitsky (then)

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39 Snitsky (now)

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38 Matt Morgan (then)

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37 Matt Morgan (now)

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36 Chris Masters (then)

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35 Chris Masters (now)

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34 Muhammad Hassan (then)

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33 Muhammad Hassan (now)

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32 Billy Kidman (then)

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31 Billy Kidman (now)

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30 Gail Kim (then)

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29 Gail Kim (now)

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28 Vader (then)

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27 Vader (now)

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26 Mason Ryan (then)

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25 Mason Ryan (now)

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24 Gangrel (then)

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23 Gangrel (now)

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22 Raven (then)

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21 Raven (now)

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20 Sin Cara/Mistico (then)

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19 Sin Cara/Mistico (now)

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18 Albert/Tensai (then)

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17 Albert/Tensai (now)

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16 Bobby Lashley (then)

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15 Bobby Lashley (now)

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14 Scott Steiner (then)

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13 Scott Steiner (now)

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Steiner has since moved onto TNA after WWE where he had quite a hilarious run as well, as controversies never seemed to be far away from him. Just last year, he was banned from attending WWE's Hall of Fame ceremony for allegedly threatening to kill Hulk Hogan, according to Hogan's wife, Jennifer.

12 Rhyno (then)

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11 Rhyno (now)

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10 Kharma (then)

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9 Kharma (now)

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8 Ken Shamrock (then)

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7 Ken Shamrock (now)

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6 Dean Malenko (then)

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5 Dean Malenko (now)

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Malenko now works as a road agent for WWE and was also inducted into the Hardcore Hall of Fame in 2015, as what could’ve been a five star career was restricted by poor booking on WWE’s behalf. Still, it seems at least WWE respected Malenko's knowledge of the business enough to keep him around in some capacity.

4 Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat (then)

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3 Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat (now)

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2 Goldberg (then)

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1 Goldberg (now)

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Goldberg went on to act in some movies and now also hosts his own television show on cars. In a recent interview promoting Legends of Wrestling, he said that he could come back for one more match if the price and place is right as we’re left to wait to see ‘who’s next’. Goldberg also now hosts his own podcast called Who's Next?! With Bill Goldberg. Whether he ever returns to the ring or not, he seems to have set himself up for life.

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