Nowadays, aspiring wrestlers get the opportunity to train at the expansive and unbelievable stocked WWE Performance Center. Before that, there was also FCW, OVW, and DSW where wrestlers could hone their craft before moving to the big leagues of WWE. But before any of those options were available, there was the WCW Power Plant.
The Power Plant was a wrestling school based in Atlanta, Georgia. It was owned and run by WCW during the 1990s. Some notable names were trained there including Diamond Dallas Page, Kevin Nash, The Hurricane, and Goldberg. On the flip side, a lot of graduates missed the mark. That's where this list takes us, as we count down the 10 Power Plant graduates who were disappointments.
10 Steve McMichael
The transition from NFL player to pro wrestler is one that isn't uncommon. Think about Brian Pillman, Ron Simmons, Vader, and Roman Reigns. Even the Power Plant had a success story in this avenue with Bill Goldberg. When Steve "Mongo" McMichael made the jump, it should've worked better than it did.
Mongo started his wrestling career hot. He was popular and won the United States Championship. However, his star quickly waned as fans realized how limited he was as a performer. Even joining the legendary Four Horsemen couldn't save his career. He fizzled out in just a few years.
9 Chuck Palumbo
Like Mongo, Chuck Palumbo is a guy who has a handful of accomplishments under his belt. He won four WCW Tag Team Titles with Shawn Stasiak and Sean O'Haire, before partnering up with Billy Gunn for a memorable run on Smackdown and a WWE Tag Team Title victory. His solo ventures were much less successful.
Though he did some good in his career, Chuck Palumbo is still considered something of a disappointment. That's mostly because, at 6 foot 5 and 280 pounds, he was a physical specimen. Guys with his combination of size and agility usually go much further in this industry.
When WCW saw the major star that Chyna was becoming in WWE, they attempted to recreate that formula. They even named their take on the character Asya as a nod to Chyna. Asya was a bodybuilder who didn't look like any other woman on the WCW roster. In wrestling, different is usually good.
Though Asya was blessed with the tools to be a notable player in WCW, she ultimately didn't last all that long. She made her debut in March of 1999 and was released by August 2000. Asya never competed again but did meet her future husband while with WCW. More on him later.
7 Giant Gonzalez
Poor Giant Gonzalez. It's kind of a shame to list him as a disappointment because his limited skills were hardly his fault. Gonzalez suffered from gigantism and grew to stand at 7 feet 7 inches. He weighed 460 pounds, but when you're that tall, it looks much less imposing and he just seemed skinny.
That made him unintimidating. He had a stint in WCW as El Gigante before moving to WWE for his most notable run. There, he had a high profile feud with The Undertaker as Giant Gonzalez. Many consider it to rank among the worst rivalries in wrestling history. He was gone from the company within a year.
Though Reno was a fair deal shorter than Chuck Palumbo at 6 feet, he still clocked in at 240 pounds. Physically, he had the tools needed to make an impact. Throw in his background in kickboxing and amateur wrestling and you'll wonder why he did so little in his career.
During the dying days of WCW, the most Reno could muster up was a run with the Hardcore Title. Other than that and his signature ponytail, he is hard to remember. When WWE bought WCW, Reno signed a developmental deal. He never appeared on television and was released by the end of the year.
5 The Renegade
The idea behind the Renegade will always remain one of the biggest head-scratching things in WCW history. In 1995, Hulk Hogan hyped up the arrival of the "ultimate surprise." They went as far as to show the Renegade's silhouette and gave viewers the impression that it was the Ultimate Warrior.
Then Renegade debuted and started using the Ultimate Warrior's moves. Some people believed they were the same person. But once the real Warrior came out and dispelled that idea, Renegade's momentum was halted. Without the Warrior connection, Renegade fell down the card hard and never bounced back. He tragically took his own life shortly after getting released from WCW.
4 The Demon
Remember how we said Asya met her husband in WCW? Well, here he is. Dale Torborg was a massive 6 foot 7, 275-pound man who had a baseball career ended when he took a fastball to the face. After a short stint with WWE, Torborg moved to WCW and was trained at the Power Plant.
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Eric Bischoff struck a deal with rock band Kiss to create a wrestler based on them. Following some issues with Brian Adams in the role of the "Kiss Demon," it was given to Torborg. Backstage politics involving Bischoff and the character's cheesy nature led to it never getting off the ground and being a major flop. Torborg found more success with some high-rated segments in TNA alongside MLB players A.J. Pierzynski and Johnny Damon.
3 Kid Romeo
One of the things that made WCW so popular in its heyday was the cruiserweight division. They took some of the most impressive wrestlers in the world and let them shine in some stellar matches. Kid Romeo was right up that alley in terms of size, speed, and potential. He spent some time with New Japan Pro Wrestling to add to his skillset.
Kid Romeo returned to WCW in early 2001 and made history as one half of the first Cruiserweight Tag Team Champions. WCW closed soon after, so not accomplishing more there isn't on Romeo. However, unlike a lot of other guys, Kid Romeo failed to make an impact elsewhere. He had some brief runs in TNA but that's about it before retiring to become an exterminator.
2 Mark Jindrak
It's another case of a guy with all of the physical gifts to be a megastar. Mark Jindrak stood 6 foot 6 inches and weighed 253 pounds, with most of that being muscle. He completely looked like the ideal pro wrestler. In WCW, he held the Tag Team Titles alongside Sean O'Haire and joined WWE when they purchased the company.
Jindrak was poised for big things in WWE. He was supposed to be in Evolution along with Triple H, Ric Flair, and Randy Orton, even going so far as to film vignettes with them. The spot was given to Batista instead for unknown reasons. After that, Jindrak had several chances to make his presence felt but never found his niche. He has since gone on to make some waves in CMLL down in Mexico. He could have been so much more though.
1 David Flair
Ric Flair is arguably the greatest professional wrestler in history. The fact that his son was one of the worst ever is almost unthinkable. During 1999 and 2000, David Flair was consistently on WCW television and it was quickly clear that he did not possess the qualities that made his father so special.
David Flair ended up relegated to trashy hardcore matches where he didn't have to do much wrestling. He pretty much never had a good match and can be viewed as one of the biggest disappointments in all of wrestling history. It seems like all of the flair in the Flair family went to Charlotte.