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Top 20 Past WWE Wrestlers That Would Have Been More Successful Today

The constant changes in the pro wrestling world usually lead to a different kind of wrestler excelling in each era. During the 80s, bodybuilding physiques and cheesy, over-the-top personalities were most successful with guys like Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior at the top. The 90s saw the Attitude Era bring edgy characters for a more adult oriented audience, such as Stone Cold and The Rock. Currently, things have changed drastically. The WWE wrestlers to become main eventers, world champions and WrestleMania main eventers happen to be very good in-ring workers with enough ability to come off as a believable character in a world that's embracing more reality based stories.

Much of what makes today’s stars successful are things that held back wrestlers of the past. A lot of wrestlers today are not large in height or muscle definition, they wrestle tremendous matches and work a style more difficult on the body. These used to be the makings for talent that would have the ceiling of being a midcarder at best. There’s also the Divas Revolution of female wrestlers being taken more seriously with WWE wanting great matches from the divas in hopes of fans seeing them as equals to the male Superstars. While these things are great for the stars of today, it also makes us wonder about others who had similar strengths in the past but were held down.

Not all of these wrestlers are underrated. Many of them are, or will, be in the WWE Hall of Fame. Some had decent careers but never reached their potential. Others are completely irrelevant in the history of the WWE. The one thing they all share in common is that they would have been more successful in today’s WWE than their original tenures. In wrestling, the phrase “before his/her time” is used frequently to describe a wrestler who would have fit in better or made more money in a different era. We’re looking at stories of the 20 past wrestlers that would have excelled more in the current landscape of WWE.

20 20. Molly Holly 

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19 19. Paul London 

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18 18. Drew Galloway 

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17 17. Mike Awesome 

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16 16. Jerry Lynn 

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15 15. Billy Kidman 

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14 14. Tajiri 

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13 13. Lance Storm 

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12 12. Matt Sydal 

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11 11. Raven 

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10 10. 2 Cold Scorpio 

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9 9. Christian 

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8 8. Dean Malenko 

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7 7. Owen Hart 

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6 6. William Regal 

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5 5. Brian Kendrick 

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4 4. Mr. Perfect 

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3 3. Gail Kim 

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2 2. Ricky Steamboat 

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1 1. Brian Pillman 

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There’s no stronger case of a wrestler existing before his time than Brian Pillman. With a personality that blurred the lines between reality and script, Pillman was the original master of the worked shoot promo and came off more believable than guys who have used this concept recently, like CM Punk. Pillman was also a tremendous in-ring performer with the rare ability to mesh well with any other wrestler’s style and get the best results. With the extra emphasis on great wrestling matches as well as more reality driven storytelling world, Brian Pillman would have been a top tier main event superstar in the current WWE.

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