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Top 20 Worst Ex-WWE Talent Signings By WCW

World Championship Wrestling was consistently the number two wrestling promotion in America behind World Wrestling Entertainment for most of its existence. With a new boom in the business during the Monday Night Wars, WCW finally passed WWE in from the end of 1996 to the beginning of 1998. Unfortunately, WWE endured many issues once on top of the mountain and fell both quickly and harshly as they went out of business in 2001. One of the things WCW was often criticized for was signing former WWE talent too frequently rather than developing younger talent or taking a chance on homegrown stars.

Many of the ex-WWE talent signings by WCW did lead to success. Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage’s presence in the company during the mid-90s created brand awareness in a way no talent exchange in today’s climate could provide in pro wrestling. As things started to grow, WCW made the mistake of adding too many former WWE stars. It was alright when it was just the main eventers or credible talent needing a spotlight but after a while, it started to feel like anyone who had a cup of coffee in WWE was getting a big payday from WCW. The company looked to the free agent market instead of using their own rising stars in better situations.

The examples of bad signings on this list are split between terrible decisions by WCW management and poor work by wrestlers. Some of the wrestlers were talented but WCW just didn’t use them very well due to the trainwreck booking scenarios the company would have. Others were terrible wrestlers that anyone with common sense would have known to avoid. There are many reasons for WCW’s death but the poor decisions regarding talent is definitely one of the more important ones. This article will showcase many of those instances as we look at the twenty worst ex-WWE signings made by WCW.

20 Hulk Hogan 

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19 John Tenta 

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18 The British Bulldog 

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17 Sunny 

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16 Marty Jannetty 

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15 Jeff Jarrett 

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14 Rick Martel 

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13 Shawn Stasiak 

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12 The Nasty Boys 

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11 Brian Adams 

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10 Jim Neidhart 

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9 Ted DiBiase 

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8 Kamala 

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7 Hacksaw Jim Duggan  

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6 Big Boss Man  

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5 Ahmed Johnson 

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4 Brutus Beefcake 

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3 Bret Hart 

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2 Virgil 

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1 The Ultimate Warrior 

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One signing that represented everything terrible about WCW was when the company brought in The Ultimate Warrior. Warrior was exiled by WWE for business disagreements and attitude issues. WCW signed him to give a rematch of the epic WrestleMania showdown between Warrior and Hulk Hogan. The match at Halloween Havoc 1998 turned out to be one of the worst in pro wrestling history. Warrior lost to Hogan and never competed again in WCW. The speculation was that Hogan wanted to get his win back from WrestleMania and Warrior was only brought in to feed his ego. WCW signed a wrestler past his prime to a massive contract because Hogan wanted another notch on his belt. It’s a story that sums up why things went so bad, so quickly for the once elite wrestling promotion.

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