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10 Wrestlers Who Regretted Joining WCW And 10 Who Adored It

The Monday Night time Warfare between WWE and WCW was a good time to be knowledgeable wrestling fan. Not solely have been there two promotions competing at a excessive degree for our consideration every Monday night time, nevertheless it additionally created a degree of thriller between the 2 promotions. It appeared that expertise would transition between the promotions every week, and it made issues thrilling for followers. One week Lex Luger can be acting on Monday Night time Uncooked, however then the subsequent he can be on Nitro (or on this case, it occurred on the identical day). The 90s have been a good time to be knowledgeable wrestling fan, however this was a tough time for a number of the wrestlers.

Whereas the business was booming, wrestlers have been typically taken for rollercoaster rides between the businesses. The defection and leaping between promotions created lots of bitterness between the 2 sides as a consequence of how wrestlers have been being handled. When a wrestler would go away WWE for WCW their profession would find yourself in one among two methods – they might both love the expertise or detest it.

Some wrestlers proceed to sing the praises of their time with World Championship Wrestling, and others declare that it was the worst transfer of their profession. It is determined by who the wrestler was, however the emotions are really cut up on if defecting to WCW was a great profession transfer or not. Listed here are 10 Wrestlers Who Regretted Leaping To WCW And 10 Who Adored It:

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20 Regretted – Eddie Guerrero

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Whereas he’s now considered one of many biggest wrestlers of all time, WCW administration didn’t see him that means. After departing the promotion in 1999, he was very vocal about how he felt about his time there. Guerrero might have skilled a wealth of success in WWE, however WCW didn’t deal with him anyplace close to the identical means.

Guerrero was not handled properly as a wrestler, and didn’t obtain alternatives befitting his skills. As a consequence of his measurement, Guerrero was pigeon-holed as a Cruiserweight, and didn’t attain above mid-card standing with the corporate. Realizing that he wouldn’t be receiving higher alternatives, Guerrero requested to be launched throughout an episode of Nitro. Whether or not or not this was a piece or shoot continues to be debated, however one factor is for positive – Guerrero was completely happy to defect to WWE when he did.

19 Adored – Hulk Hogan

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Hulk Hogan’s defection to WCW in 1994 was one of many largest shockers within the warfare between WCW and WWE. Hogan was WWE’s largest bankable star, however he was lured away by cash being provided by Ted Turner’s promotion. How a lot cash? He apparently was paid upwards of $13 million per yr with the corporate, which added loads of zeroes to The Hulkster’s checking account.

Given how a lot cash he was making in WCW together with the notorious artistic management clauses he had in his contract, there was no purpose for Hogan to hate his time with the corporate. Hogan has all the time been one of the recognizable skilled wrestlers, however his time in WCW made him one of many richest.

18 Regretted – Mike Superior

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For people who keep in mind Mike Superior throughout his time in ECW, they keep in mind a wrestler in his prime on the prime of an organization. The Mike Superior that wrestled in ECW was a deadly, big-man wrestler who had a spectacular run as ECW Heavyweight Champion, and tore the home down in matches with Taz and Masato Tananka. Nevertheless, like many different wrestlers on the time he was drawn in to WCW by their large-money presents.

Whereas extra publicity was good for Superior’s profession, his time in WCW can’t be thought-about his greatest work. He was sacked with a number of ridiculous gimmicks, which weren’t becoming for somebody of his expertise. Superior proved that he belonged within the higher echelon of expertise, however WCW solely served to waste a few of his greatest years.

17 Adored – Kevin Nash

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As somebody who had skilled a poor run in WCW beforehand (Oz, anybody?), it stands to purpose that Kevin Nash would have somewhat spend the remainder of his profession with WWE, particularly after experiencing a year-long WWE Championship run. Nevertheless, the decision of Ted Turner’s checkbook was too loud for Nash to disregard. Nash liked his time in WWE, however WCW’s supply was too profitable to disregard and he would stay as a top-guy with a brand new firm.

Nash was introduced in to WCW alongside Scott Corridor, and would change the face of professional wrestling historical past. As a part of The Outsiders and a founding member of the nWo, Nash etched his place in wrestling historical past in WCW in a approach he by no means did in WWE. Whereas he has a nasty fame for a number of the enterprise selections he made with the corporate, he’s definitely happy with himself.

16 Regretted – Goldust

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Dustin Rhodes has had some unfavorable issues to say about his time in WWE, TNA and WCW. Whereas every firm has mishandled him as a personality or achieved issues that have been thought-about much less favorable to him, WCW is the most important offender of all of them.

After leaving WWE in 1999, he jumped to WCW and commenced crafting the Seven gimmick. Regardless of widespread opinion, Rhodes himself has stated that Seven was his personal creation however WCW administration mishandled it and led it to be the joke it wound up turning into. Ultimately, he was given the sign to abort the gimmick on the time of his debut. After working so exhausting on one thing, it should have been disheartening to tug the plug on his creation. Fortunately, Rhodes would discover his means again to WWE, and has achieved a lot better for himself.

15 Adored – Scott Corridor

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Whereas he did not attain the identical degree as his nWo cohorts, Scott Corridor was given alternatives in WCW that he by no means acquired in WWE. As perennial mid-carder Razor Ramon, he was by no means given the identical essential occasion alternatives as Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels, and welcomed greener pastures when provided a contract in 1996.

One of many principal elements for Corridor leaving WWE was the quantity of days he was required to work. WWE’s rigorous 300-plus date schedule was turning into much less interesting, so when Eric Bischoff provided him a most of 180 dates, he jumped on the alternative. Corridor would grow to be a part of wrestling historical past with the nWo, and by no means had a nasty factor to say concerning the firm.

14 Regretted – Paul Orndorff

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WCW had a penchant for bringing on former WWE stars on their roster in hopes of capitalizing on their reputation. Whereas this was definitely profitable within the case of wrestlers like Hogan, Nash and Corridor, different wrestlers have been misplaced within the shuffle.

Following Paul Orndorff’s main-event run in WWE coming to an finish in 1990, he joined WCW in 1992. Sadly for him, he suffered an arm damage earlier than this and would by no means absolutely heal. Whereas he achieved success in his profession, the damage pressured him in to retirement in 1995. Nevertheless, he did return for one match at Fall Brawl 2000 the place he suffered a neck damage through the match. As an already injured wrestler and in his 50s on the time, WCW administration by no means ought to’ve allowed him to carry out. That is probably a choice that Orndorff nonetheless regrets.

13 Adored – Final Warrior

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By the point The Final Warrior entered WCW in 1998, he had already had a checkered profession. His time in WWE had led to an aura following him apparently “holding up” Vince for cash previous to a pay-per-view look. Nevertheless, his identify recognition and historical past with Hulk Hogan made him a sought-after wrestler for WCW. The one individual happy with Warrior’s WCW run was Warrior himself because of the huge payday he acquired for the minimal quantity of labor.

Sadly for many events concerned, his time in WCW was thought-about to be one of many worst strikes within the firm’s historical past. In 1998, he solely wrestled a complete of three matches for the promotion and every one wasn’t well-received. Nevertheless, he did get to shake the ropes all the best way to his financial institution.

12 Regretted – Davey Boy Smith

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Talking of The Final Warrior’s WCW profession, he additionally contributed to ending the profession of one of many biggest in-ring performers of all time. Following his household’s falling out with WWE after The Montreal Screwjob, Davey Boy Smith returned to WCW. As an alternative of experiencing a profession resurgence like he had hoped, he solely skilled extra misfortune.

Warrior had requested a lure door be put in within the WCW ring for his dramatic entrance. Sadly, Smith would land on this throughout his match which resulted in a extreme spinal damage. Finally it might be a contributor to his private points, which led to his downfall. Whereas staying with WWE would have gone towards his private grudges, it might have spared him a critical damage.

11 Adored – Jeff Jarrett

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How Vince McMahon feels about Jeff Jarrett has been well-documented through the years. Courting again to their poor enterprise dealings throughout Jarrett’s WWE profession all the best way to Vince publicly firing him on a broadcast of RAW following his buy of WCW, they don’t have a robust relationship. Nevertheless, which means Jarrett is among the skills who wouldn’t erase his WCW profession from historical past given the chance.

From the second he entered WCW in 1999, Jarrett was launched on to the primary occasion degree. In reality, he was even given 4 runs as WCW World Heavyweight Champion. That is far more publicity than he was given throughout his years in WWE. Whereas his departure burnt a bridge with McMahon, it opened numerous doorways for him in one other firm.

10 Regretted – Bret Hart

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Whereas private points and a big-money contract lured Bret Hart to WCW, it is a choice he needs he might take again. His ultimate minutes in WWE might have been marked with controversy, however his WCW profession is just crammed with remorse.

Hart himself has said that he “actually did not take pleasure in something” about his time within the firm. Regardless of holding the World Heavyweight Championship twice, he completed little within the promotion since he needed to vacate it every time. Moreover, he skilled a career-ending concussion whereas with the corporate. Whereas this might have additionally occurred to him in WWE, he was extra snug working with the performers there, which can have prevented it. Hart’s time in WCW is likely one of the largest missed alternatives in wrestling historical past.

9 Adored – Sid Vicious

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Whereas his WCW profession definitely ended on a down-note, Sid Vicious stored going again to WCW every time they got here calling. He might have grow to be World Champion in WWE, however his greatest profession days have been by far in WCW.

Sid had a tumultuous time with WWE, together with when he left the corporate in 1993 because of a disagreement with administration about The Final Warrior. Every time that he was not happy together with his WWE run, he all the time knew that WCW would welcome him again. So whereas he might have taken breaks away from the promotion, plainly that is the place is coronary heart all the time was.

eight Regretted – Fred Ottman

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Fred Ottman’s WWE profession is definitely nothing to boast about – he was a decrease mid-card wrestler whose gimmick was that he mimicked a big boat. He definitely couldn’t have been thought-about World Champion materials, however at the very least he faired out higher there than he did in WCW. Ottman can be a part of WCW historical past, however as rather more of a joke than he doubtless would have hoped to be.

After departing WWE in 1993, he was introduced in to WCW to companion with Sting in an upcoming WarGames match. He was because of make a dramatic entrance throughout an episode of A Aptitude for the Gold by crashing by way of a stage wall. Sadly, the wall didn’t absolutely break and he tumbled to the ground and misplaced his helmet. This resulted in some of the unintentionally hilarious moments in wrestling historical past, that Ottman was very upset about.

7 Adored – Rick Impolite

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At the moment, Ravishing Rick Impolite is considered among the best wrestlers within the ’90s. His utility employee standing within the mid card is a superb physique of labor (no pun meant), and he was a really plausible semi-main occasion wrestler. Nevertheless, it was WCW who gave him his massive alternative on the prime of the cardboard, not WWE.

Throughout his first run with the corporate in 1993, he would make historical past because the longest reigning WCW Worldwide World Heavyweight Champion in the course of the firm’s cut up from the NWA. Impolite was given an actual shot as “the man” in WCW, whereas Vince McMahon by no means gave him that ball to run with in WWE. He’s additionally one other wrestler to lose his religion in WWE following the Montreal Screwjob.

6 Regretted – Rey Mysterio

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Rey Mysterio might have WCW to thank for his first large publicity in the USA, however he additionally has them accountable for nearly squandering his profession. The WCW Cruiserweight division might have been a spotlight for the corporate, however Mysterio needs he might erase a part of it from his profession.

In 1999, Mysterio started a feud with the nWo which resulted in him dropping a Masks vs. Hair match. Regardless of being a extremely regarded luchador (and an enormous merchandise vendor for the corporate), Mysterio eliminated his masks for the primary time in his profession. Virtually twenty years faraway from the incident, Mysterio has been very open about his displeasure about eradicating his masks, stating that WCW did not perceive what the masks meant to him and the cultural significance behind it.

5 Adored – Lex Luger

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Wanting again, Lex Luger was one of many wrestlers who initially defected to the WWE from WCW. Nevertheless, he made it very clear that his true allegiances have been with WCW. In truth, he left WWE excessive and dry in 1995 and it is thought-about one of many first “photographs” fired in the course of the Monday Night time Warfare.

Throughout his time in WCW, Luger turned a multi-time World Champion and was an enormous participant for the corporate. In WWE, he solely briefly tasted principal occasion standing however by no means absolutely turned “the man”. In a selection between an organization who perceives him as a prime man and one who doesn’t, the selection was very straightforward for him.

four Regretted – Madusa

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Madusa made an enormous splash when she left WWE for WCW in 1995, however it’s one thing she needs that she by no means did. As probably the most sought-after feminine performers of the last decade, Madusa had constructed up an enormous following as Alundra Blayze in WWE, and was the cornerstone of the ladies’s division within the early ’90s. Nevertheless, one motion on WCW programming would change her relationship with WWE eternally.

Throughout her first look on WCW programming, Blayze threw her WWE Ladies’s Championship belt within the trash, however now she needs she by no means did it. Blayze has said that she felt “coerced” in to trashing the title. The motion blacklisted her from WWE for 20 years till she was inducted in to the Corridor of Fame in 2015, and apologized for her actions.

three Adored – Psicosis

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WCW’s potential to placed on top-notch Cruiserweight matches gave them an fringe of WWE for a lot of years. The Cruiserweight expertise on the roster was second-to-none, and most of the wrestlers turned stars because of their performances. Then again, when a few of these wrestlers entered WWE following their buy in 2001, they floundered. Psicosis skilled lots of success in WCW, however definitely didn’t in WWE.

Psicosis was employed by WCW from 1996 till the corporate folded, and held the Cruiserweight Championship twice. Then again, his WWE run was solely crammed with disappointment. If given the chance, he would have a lot fairly stayed with WCW than ever settle for WWE’s supply.

2 Regretted – Roddy Piper

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Rowdy Roddy Piper was one in every of WWE’s biggest points of interest within the 1980s, and established himself as a legendary heel. After a long-run with the corporate, like different legends presently he discovered himself in WCW because of a big-money supply. Sadly, it additionally led to one of many largest disappointments in his profession. WCW tried to rehash his many years previous feud with Hulk Hogan, besides that each males have been visibly aged and unable to carry out at their earlier degree.

The match between Hogan and Piper at SuperBrawl VII is taken into account one of many worst matches within the promotion’s historical past, and one of many worst in Piper’s profession. Had he not left WWE, he would have been capable of maintain this black mark off of his report.

1 Adored – Ron Simmons

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Whereas Ron Simmons might have had a for much longer profession in WWE, he definitely doesn’t have dangerous issues to say about his time in WCW. Actually, he made historical past with the corporate and skilled an amazing interval of his profession there.

Simmons was with WCW from once they have been a part of the Jim Crockett household, and rose within the ranks to the primary occasion degree. In 1992, he was given a chance on the principal occasion degree and would turn into the primary acknowledged black WCW World Champion. This was a exceptional feat, and never one thing that Simmons would commerce in for something. If something, Simmons is among the few wrestlers who loved his time in each WWE and WCW.

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