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Top 20 Wastes of Talent in Wrestling History

Those who dream of being mentioned among the best professional wrestlers in the world and of their time must have a wide variety of talents. They need to be physically capable of performing inside of rings, sometimes for up to an hour per shot, and they have to be able to draw fans in with their words, their personalities and how they conduct themselves when not wrestling. In many aspects, being a top-tier professional wrestling is far more difficult than is making it in European football leagues or in other sports organizations such as the National Football League.

The fact that making it to the top of main event cards in World Wrestling Entertainment and in other organizations is so difficult is what makes those who are seemingly wastes of talent so frustrating for those in the industry and for fans who want to cheer those wrestlers on at events. Multiple individuals who are showcased in this piece cost themselves comfortable livings and even millions of dollars, not to mention the fame, fortunes and legacies that come from being mentioned among the likes of Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair and Andre the Giant.

20 Matt Hardy

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19 The Ultimate Warrior

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18 Sunny

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17 Evan Bourne

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16 Ken Anderson

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15 Brock Lesnar

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14 Mistico as Sin Cara

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13 William Regal

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12 Raven

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11 Nick Dinsmore

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10 Teddy Hart

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9 Scott Steiner

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8 Jake Roberts

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7 Jeff Jarrett

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Jeff Jarrett is the case of a wrestler who got a little too cocky for himself and who made one business deal that ultimately cost him. Jarrett put pen to paper on a deal with WCW in 1999, and he then (allegedly) strong-armed Vince McMahon for money in order to drop the Intercontinental Championship to Chyna at the No Mercy pay-per-view. That one choice burned a bridge for Jarrett, seemingly for good, and Double-J has since spent over a decade attempting to build a competitor to the WWE: First TNA Wrestling and now Global Force Wrestling.

6 Marty Jannetty

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5 Scott Hall

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4 Buddy Landel

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3 Chyna

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2 Rob Van Dam

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1 Jeff Hardy

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There was a time when Jeff Hardy could have been the next big babyface in all of the WWE, one capable of overtaking even John Cena atop of cards. Hardy's struggles with personal demons – most notably with substance abuse – have been documented by wrestling journalists over the years, and even receiving multiple chances from the WWE and from TNA Wrestling did not keep Hardy from being his own worst enemy. While the hope now is that Hardy has gotten his life together and has defeated these issues, the truth of the matter is that he will never be the top superstar in the business that he could have been a decade ago.

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