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Top 20 "Where Are They Now? Stories" For WWE Busts

The glamorous life of traveling and fame doesn’t last forever. WWE employs many wrestlers but there are only so few spots. The competition and depth of talent leads to many unfortunate stories of wrestlers failing to achieve success. For every “Stone Cold” Steve Austin or Hulk Hogan success, there are hundreds of stories like S.D. Jones or Brakkus. WWE will release wrestlers the second they no longer find use for them. The wrestling business is cold and the hard truths of life after WWE can be very scary and unpredictable. Most wrestlers try to continue their careers in the business but it rarely works out.

There are very few alternatives out there for wrestlers to make a living continuing the art and those companies usually only have so few spots open. Some wrestlers can make it in wrestling by marketing themselves and building momentum off the news following their WWE firing but it’s tougher when they have a poor run. The market is supply and demand but wrestlers with negative runs in WWE will find little demand unless they supply entertainment. Most of these wrestlers will have to try to find work in other fields due to this. The only thing for sure is the stories become fascinating to see how the talent bounces back.

While it’s more common for the wrestlers to wallow away in obscurity, the few stories of success are more fulfilling to see them bounce back from WWE failure into a story of redemption. Regardless of if the success comes in wrestling or another form of work, it has to give the wrestler a great feeling to know they climbed an uphill battle to turn their life around. Not all of the stories on this list will feature improvements after flopping in WWE because the long road back can also sink them even lower. The most interesting stories of the lives of wrestlers leaving the company will be showcased with the top 20 “Where Are They Now?” stories for WWE flops.

20 Festus 

via catchactu.fr

19 Simon Dean 

via ecwfrenchtribute.free.fr

18 Vladimir Kozlov 

via wrestlingitalia.it

17 Matt Morgan 

via sportzwiki.com

16 Ricky Ortiz 

via pwpix.net

15 Kizarny 

via twitter.com

14 Snitsky 

via cleveland.com

13 Chris Masters 

via globalforcewrestling.com

12 Rico 

via prowrestling.com

11 Gillberg 

via patch.com

10 Scotty Goldman 

via rollingstone.com

9 Jimmy Wang Yang 

via cincysavers.com

8 Drew McIntyre 

via huffingtonpost.com

7 Duke “The Dumpster” Droese 

via fishbulbsuplex.tumblr.com

6 Damien Demento 

via catch-arena.com

5 The Berserker 

via profightdb.com

4 Maven 

via imageevent.com

3 Mideon 

via pl.wwe.com

2 Skinner 

via imgkid.com

1 Shawn Stasiak 

via drshawnstipich.com

Shawn Stasiak had one of the most consistent flops in WWE history. As the son of Stan “The Man” Stasiak, many expected he would blossom into a star but instead he played such great gimmicks as a sex slave, a man who ran into walls and an idiot who thought he was his own planet. Stasiak was released with very little success but has had one of the better careers after wrestling. With less pressure attached to his name than in wrestling, Stasiak has become a great chiropractor and runs his own office. Stasiak’s accomplishments training at his job has been highlighted with the Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA) from the Academy of Physical and Manual Medicine in New York. Planet Stasiak is not running into walls anymore.

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