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10 WWE Superstars Whose Careers Went Downhill With Storyline Changes

Within the fantastic world of wrestling, a standard phrase heard by followers is “plans change”. Typically, we don’t even find out about a storyline alteration, however different occasions, it’s fairly blatant. WWE is not any totally different on this regard, and whether or not it’s because of an damage, a run in with the regulation, or a celebrity exercising a bit little bit of artistic management, storylines change on a regular basis.

Nonetheless, it is one thing we should settle for, and within the fast-changing world of the WWE, it occurs on a regular basis, and sadly, an sudden change in path can harm no matter momentum a celebrity has constructed up, leaving many followers to marvel “what if”.

With that in thoughts, listed here are 10 WWE Superstars Whose Careers Went Downhill With Storyline Modifications.

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10 Rob Van Dam Drops The WWE Championship

Poor Rob Van Dam. The grasp of the Vanterminator had every part going for him in 2006 when he held the WWE and ECW Championships concurrently following One Night time Stand. Sadly, nevertheless, the wheels fell off his push actually quick when he was caught carrying some unlawful substances with fellow hardcore legend Sabu.

As soon as the information broke, followers might see the writing on the wall. He misplaced his WWE Championship on Uncooked and his ECW title the next night time. Whereas he managed to take pleasure in a profitable profession following the incident, he didn’t come near being a prime man ever once more. 

9 Bret Hart & The Montreal Screwjob

Bret Hart was one of many largest names in wrestling through the mid-90s, however because of quite a lot of causes, WWE determined to let him stroll to their competitors WCW in 1997 and that’s the place the story will get fascinating. With a level of artistic management in his contract, Hart didn’t need to drop his WWF Championship to Shawn Michaels, however Vince McMahon had his plans for Survivor Collection 1997 and made positive his man walked out of the present with the title.


Whereas everybody concerned within the Montreal Screwjob ended up doing alright for themselves, Hart obtained the worst of it in WCW. He was underutilized and actually was by no means handled the best way he was only a yr prior in WWE. His moderately forgettable run in Ted Turner’s federation got here to an abrupt finish following a concussion from a rouge kick from Goldberg. It’s a disgrace the way it all performed out.

eight Rikishi Did It For The Rock

When Stone Chilly Steve Austin was hit by a automotive, it was a solution to write him off TV. Sadly, in line with former WWE artistic member Bruce Prichard, there was no plan to truly comply with up the story. Sadly, no plan was in all probability higher than what we received, as we discovered Rikishi was the person behind the wheel, stating that he “did it for The Rock”. WWE successfully took a enjoyable comedy character and turned him into a person who tried vehicular murder.

The favored Samoan went on to turn into a WWE Corridor of Famer, however whereas he was wrestling, we couldn’t assist however keep in mind the time he tried to kill a man.

7 Chyna Vs Stone Chilly?

The Ninth Marvel of the World, Chyna, was one of many largest stars of the Angle Period, however she might have been greater. Actually, the previous D-Era X enforcer was initially deliberate to beat none aside from Stone Chilly Steve Austin at SummerSlam 1999.

Nevertheless, the feminine celebrity was not given such a distinction and, regardless of being marketed for the match, was swapped with Mankind after the Texas Rattlesnake took exception to the thought of dropping to a lady.


Issues didn’t end up too dangerous for Chyna, nevertheless, as she went on to defeat Jeff Jarrett for the Intercontinental title, which was a pleasant comfort prize, nevertheless it’s not fairly the marquee spot that comes with being the WWE Champion.

6 Dolph Ziggler’s Concussion

Dolph Ziggler was on prime of the world in 2012. He was World Heavyweight Champion, he had probably the most profitable Cash In The Financial institution cash-ins ever, and the gang was on hearth each time he’d come out.

Sadly, an ill-timed concussion induced WWE’s plans for him to go off the rails. Upon his return, there was an try and recapture a few of that magic when he returned, pulling off an skilled double flip with Alberto Del Rio, however he was by no means the identical once more.

Ziggler has managed to stay round within the WWE for years following this and he’s even challenged for the highest belt a couple of occasions, but he is by no means actually been the identical since.

5 Nathan Jones Misses Mania

WWE had huge plans for Nathan Jones and it’s not exhausting to see why. He was massive and he had the look, however he was not precisely Ricky Steamboat between the ropes.

But, WWE didn’t appear to care an excessive amount of. They put him in a excessive profile feud, which included teaming with The Undertaker at WrestleMania towards Massive Present and A-Practice. Although this was slightly bit earlier than the Streak turned an enormous deal, this was an enormous alternative, however WWE started to fall out of affection with Jones. On the final second, he was faraway from the match, although he did make a cameo, and he was shortly brushed underneath the carpet. His profession by no means hit these ranges once more.

It labored out for him, nevertheless, as he’s loved a reasonably profitable Hollywood profession since.

four Paul Burchill As Johnny Depp

That is much less of a storyline change and extra of a random factor that occurred out of nowhere, however we expect it is nonetheless a change in path that harm a wrestler’s reputation.

Paul Burchill had top-of-the-line WWE gimmicks ever, don’t @ us.

As a WWE Celebrity with a pirate heritage, Burchill got here swinging down onto the doorway ramp the place he’d then battle his foes, and followers purchased into it. It was dumb, however it was enjoyable, and issues have been going properly for the English star who capped off a feud with William Regal. Then he was crushed up by Mark Henry and brought off TV.

When he returned he misplaced his pirate outfit however gained a sister that he might or might not have been interested in, and that was the top of that for good ol’ Paul. Later, it was revealed that Vince McMahon didn’t get the gimmick, and didn’t perceive the reference to Pirates of the Caribbean, which makes this entire ordeal much more irritating.

We’re not saying he was going to be WWE Champion, nevertheless it was so much higher than what he was caught with later.

three Mr. Kennedy as Vince McMahon’s Son

Mr. Kennedy (Kennedy) had a shiny future within the WWE. He had the present of gab and a great gimmick, so actually, the sky was the restrict for the Inexperienced Bay Native. Sadly, a collection of occasions modified the course of his profession eternally.

In Summer time 2007, Vince McMahon was concerned in a storyline limo explosion. This angle was imagined to set off an enormous “who accomplished it” arch, and ultimately the reveal that ol’ Vincey Boy wasn’t precisely a loyal husband who had a toddler out of wedlock that he left the whole firm to — that might have been Kennedy. The plan was imagined to culminate in Triple H vs the younger upcoming star at in an enormous match, however that by no means occurred.


In case you take a look at the time when the entire angle began, you possibly can see why this was dropped, however WWE figured they might save the latter a part of the story. We use save very loosely right here as a result of what occurred subsequent was a lot, a lot, worse. As an alternative of an epic battle over management of the WWE, we obtained a comedy angle with Vince McMahon studying Hornswoggle was his son. That’s till WWE determined to make him Finley’s son as an alternative.

Kennedy floundered for some time in WWE following this and was ultimately launched for a botched slam on Randy Orton. He managed to remain fairly good run in TNA, however he’s been fairly open when blaming each Orton and Triple H for his lack of success in WWE.

2 Muhammad Hassan Goes Too Far Towards Taker

Full-stop, Muhammad Hassan is the most effective heel WWE had within the mid-2000s. Taking the real-world xenophobia the west was witnessing following 9/11, Hassan was all the time imagined to be a person from Detroit who grew uninterested in how middle-easterners have been handled within the nation. It was an incredible concept for a personality, and he was a warmth magnet. He was a logical villain, with motivations that made loads of sense.

That’s till WWE went overboard. Throughout a SmackDown taping, Hassan obtained assist from some not-so-subtle wanting henchmen utilizing piano wire to strangle Undertaker. Whereas this was fairly tasteless, it wasn’t one thing he couldn’t recuperate from beneath regular circumstances. The issue was, this episode aired the day of the London bombings that killed 56 individuals. Unable to chop the content material in time, the phase caught loads of backlash internationally. This spelled the top for Hassan. On the Nice American Bash, Undertaker gave the younger star a final journey by means of the doorway stage, and we by no means noticed him once more.

What makes this much more disappointing is that there have been rumors that Hassan was on monitor to win the World Heavyweight Championship.

1 Nexus Goes Up Towards The Reality That Runs The Place

Nexus had the potential to be one of many biggest WWE factions of the final 10 years. Consisting of names like Wade Barrett, Justin Gabriel, Husky Harris (now Bray Wyatt), David Otunga, Heath Slater, and extra. The group made an immediate impression on Uncooked and have been shortly put in a feud with the Face That Runs The Place, John Cena, with the end result of the story happening at SummerSlam 2010.

The rookies took on a staff of Cena, John Morrison, Bret Hart, Edge, and Chris Jericho, and the unique plan referred to as for Nexus to win. That isn’t what occurred. As an alternative, a lone survivor John Cena pinned each Gabriel and Barrett, successfully killing no matter momentum the staff gained.

This one is fairly irritating when wanting again in hindsight, however even on the time, it was terrible.


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