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20 Wrestlers That Were Set Up To Flop In WWE

Typically within the WWE, a wrestler is given each alternative to succeed. Time and time once more they might be given an enormous push, mess it up ultimately, and nonetheless be given one other alternative on the massive time. Take The Nice Khali for instance. Khali was given many alternatives in the primary occasion as a heel towards the likes of Batista and The Undertaker, however he was by no means actually thought-about to be an enormous draw. Mason Ryan is one other good instance of a wrestler who was given a golden alternative to succeed however by no means actually made a reputation for himself. Ryan was referred to as up from developmental to be the muscle for The New Nexus, led by CM Punk however, after the dissolution of the group, he by no means made it massive.

However, there are some wrestlers who’re held down by the WWE and, towards all odds, they make it huge. Daniel Bryan is the right instance of a wrestler who was by no means meant to be as massive as he’s. No matter what they inform you on tv, Daniel Bryan was by no means alleged to be anyplace close to the primary occasion at WrestleMania XXX, however he received himself so over, he made it. To a lesser extent, Zack Ryder did an identical factor by getting himself over with the followers regardless of being off of tv.

The wrestlers on this listing all fall into a 3rd class. They have been arrange not directly that ensured that they can be flops. These are a number of the largest flops of all time.

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20 Apollo Crews

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On the unbiased scene, Uhaa Nation was an enormous star. Whereas he’s not the tallest man in wrestling, he does have a reasonably muscular construct, and guys with a construct like that aren’t often those that may do a standing capturing star press. Nevertheless, throughout his time in NXT, now going by Apollo Crews, he was by no means handled like something close to an enormous deal and a brief feud towards The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship is the closest factor that Apollo Crews ever got here to being handled like an enormous deal. Whereas there was a number of hype round Apollo Crews when he entered the WWE, he has undoubtedly flopped on the primary roster.

19 Paul Burchill

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Typically, a wrestler is about as much as flop due to his or her gimmick, and Paul Burchill is an ideal instance of that. Whereas he initially shaped a reasonably profitable tag staff with William Regal upon Burchill’s important roster debut, they shortly parted methods after failing to seize the tag staff championships. In kayfabe, Burchill stated that his household ancestry traced again to Blackbeard, and he needed to make use of that as part of his wrestling.

After dressing like a pirate together with his on-screen sister Katie Lea Burchill, the pair have been relegated to ECW and Paul Burchill spent most of his remaining days jobbing to the likes of The Hurricane.

18 Eric Younger

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Whereas he was in TNA, Eric Younger was one of many firm’s largest stars. Whereas it might have been a blatant rip-off of the Daniel Bryan storyline, Eric Younger was capable of seize the TNA World Heavyweight Championship 2014 from Nick Aldis, going by the identify Magnus on the time. When he got here to NXT as part of Sanity, he was initially handled like a menace together with his Sanity stablemates, they usually went on to have a couple of profitable feuds in NXT.

Nevertheless, as soon as Sanity have been referred to as as much as the primary roster, they’ve did not make any influence, barely even displaying up on Smackdown tv and, because the chief, this hurts Eric Younger probably the most.

17 Diamond Dallas Web page

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Diamond Dallas Web page was one other star outdoors of the corporate earlier than he joined the WWE, largely resulting from his reputation in WCW. Moreover, he was one of many largest names in The Alliance through the Invasion storyline, as he accepted a buyout of his AOL Time Warner contract when WCW was bought. Nevertheless, the WWE took the Grasp of the Diamond Cutter, a fan favourite within the WCW, and revealed him because the stalker of Sara, spouse of The Undertaker. DDP’s credibility as a star was majorly harm, and he was squashed in his feud with The Undertaker on the King of the Ring PPV in 2001.

16 Cody Rhodes (Stardust)

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Sure, that’s Stardust, not Cody Rhodes. Stardust was foolish gimmick, however, whereas he tag teamed together with his brother Goldust, he was pretty over. Nevertheless, as soon as he turned heel, the writing was on the wall for his character. Rhodes, the person behind the Stardust gimmick, knew that it was going to flop exhausting, and he got here out publicly after he left the WWE that he constantly pitched concepts for a gimmick change, even contemplating wrestling as Stardust on one model and Cody Rhodes on one other in the course of the upcoming model cut up. In response to Rhodes, his pitches all fell on deaf ears, and the Stardust character flopped.

15 Bobby Roode

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Bobby Roode appears to have skilled the identical destiny as lots of his different NXT alumni, as his fundamental roster run has been lackluster. The most important cause as to why Bobby Roode is a flop is due to his gimmick. In NXT, the place he was the NXT Champion, he was a smarmy, elitist heel who thought that he was higher than everybody, which match his “superb” gimmick. Nevertheless, because of the reputation of the “superb” theme track and gimmick, he was made a babyface upon his important roster debut and, regardless of a forgettable run as United States Champion, Bobby Roode has been a non-factor on the primary roster.

14 TJP

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When the WWE introduced the revival of their cruiserweight division, TJ Perkins was handled like an enormous deal through the cruiserweight basic. His charisma through the event was plain, and the WWE appeared to assume in order properly, as they gave him the win within the event and made him the brand new cruiserweight champion. Nevertheless, as soon as the cruiserweights turned an official a part of the primary roster, Perkins, together with the complete division, was handled like an afterthought. He was rebranded as TJP and had a run as a type of lackey beneath Neville, however he has by no means been seen as a menace within the cruiserweight division since then.

13 Curt Hawkins

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Curt Hawkins’ most up-to-date run within the WWE has been entertaining, however it’s arduous to argue that he hasn’t been a flop. There was lots of hype round Hawkins return, because the WWE ran promos with Curt Hawkins giving “information” about himself, harking back to the previous Chuck Norris jokes. Nevertheless, since his return, he has went on to have an astounding dropping streak, as he has not gained a match but, on tv or at home exhibits. Whereas this dropping streak is sometimes handled like a gimmick for Hawkins, he has principally been a persona non grata on the primary roster.

12 Último Dragón

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Earlier than coming to the WWE, Último Dragón was extraordinarily profitable. Throughout his time on the unbiased circuit, he captured the NJPW Junior Heavyweight Championship on two separate events. Within the WCW, Último Dragón gained each the cruiserweight championship and tv championship to occasions every. Nevertheless, in 2003, he signed with the WWE in an try and wrestle in entrance of bigger audiences and at a WrestleMania. Throughout his time within the WWE, he by no means gained any championship and by no means acquired any notable matches. After competing at a WrestleMania, Último Dragón requested for his launch from his contract. It was granted, and he by no means returned to the WWE.

11 Kevin Thorn

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Like Paul Burchill earlier than him, Kevin Fertig has been a sufferer of dangerous gimmicks. Maybe his most derided gimmick, although, was as a vampire in ECW, going by the identify Kevin Thorn. On an episode of One thing Else to Wrestle with Bruce Pritchard on the WWE Community, Pritchard stated that this gimmick was used due to ECW’s placement on the SyFy community, together with different derided gimmicks on the SyFy community, just like the zombie from the primary episode of the revived excessive model. Solely 17 months after his debut, Kevin Thorn was despatched again to the WWE developmental territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling, and he was launched the subsequent yr.

10 Shelton Benjamin

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Shelton Benjamin’s first run within the WWE was extraordinarily profitable. He gained a number of tag staff championships and singles championships, and his “gold normal” gimmick was unforgettable. Nevertheless, throughout his most up-to-date run within the WWE, Benjamin hasn’t executed something. Together with his preliminary return having to be pushed again by almost a yr resulting from an damage, Benjamin was a much-hyped wrestler and was excited to return to the corporate after spending a couple of years honing his expertise in Japan. After the top of his partnership with Chad Gable, Benjamin was shelved resulting from one other damage, and has solely went on to have dropping efforts on SmackDown Reside.

9 Rick Bognar

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Most individuals don’t know him as Rick Bognar, however everybody remembers him as “pretend” Razor Ramon. Bognar was one other sufferer of a nasty gimmick. When Kevin Nash and Scott Corridor defected to WCW, WWE tried to repackage two wrestlers because the duo, with Bognar as Razor Ramon and Glenn Jacobs as Diesel. Nevertheless, followers by no means purchased into the gimmicks.

Whereas Glenn Jacobs would go on to a lot success within the firm as Kane, Rick Bognar would go away the corporate after his one-year contract expired. Bognar went on the wrestle with NJPW for a couple of years after leaving the WWE, however retired shortly after as a consequence of neck accidents.

eight Shinsuke Nakamura

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When Shinsuke Nakamura signed with the WWE, it was with fellow NJPW stars Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, and AJ Types. All 4 males have been handled like huge stars upon their debuts, however Shinsuke Nakamura was the one on who would compete in NXT earlier than going to the primary roster. Nakamura was a star in NXT, together with his debut match towards Sami Zayn being seen by many as the most effective matches in 2016.

Nevertheless, when Nakamura debuted on the primary roster, he had two back-to-back PPV loses to Jinder Mahal, and, after failing to beat AJ Types on a number of events, Nakamura’s momentum was formally diminished by the WWE.

7 Austin Aries

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After sustaining an orbital bone damage in a match towards Shinsuke Nakamura whereas each males have been on NXT, Austin Aries turned a mainstay as part of the commentary workforce for 205 Stay and cruiserweight matches on Monday Night time Uncooked. It’s uncommon for a full-time wrestler to even be a full-time commentary member, however it all paid off when Neville referred to as out Austin Aries and a match between the 2 was set for WrestleMania. Austin Aries appeared like he ought to have been the primary to dethrone Neville. Nevertheless, after three consecutive loses to Neville, Aries was upset with the corporate and requested for his launch. It’s clear that A Double was the most important cruiserweight flop within the WWE.

6 Emma

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Emma was maybe probably the most underutilized lady on the WWE most important roster. When one thinks of Emma, what gimmick instantly involves thoughts? That’s proper, Emmalina. The rebranding of Emma into Emmalina is probably the most important flop in ladies’s wrestling within the WWE because the retirement of the Divas Championship. For weeks, vignettes ran selling Emma’s new persona as “Emmalina” in what was presupposed to be a throwback to characters like Sable and Sunny from the previous. Not solely was Emma apparently not pulling off the character, it was additionally an enormous waste of one of many higher feminine skills on the roster, and she or he departed from the WWE shortly after.

5 Mr. Kennedy

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Mr. Kennedy is among the uncommon exceptions on this record in that he was pretty profitable in his run within the WWE at first. He captured the Cash within the Financial institution briefcase and was additionally set to be the illegitimate son of Vince McMahon within the storyline about The Chairman’s disappearance. Nevertheless, Mr. Kennedy went on the lose his briefcase to Edge and, after getting on the dangerous aspect of each Randy Orton and John Cena for a botched backdrop Kennedy carried out on Orton, Mr. Kennedy was launched from his contract. Regardless that administration was initially excessive on him, followers have been by no means capable of see his full potential.

four Braden Walker

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When it was introduced that Chris Harris signed a contract with the WWE, followers have been immediately excited. As one half of America’s Most Needed in TNA, capturing the TNA Tag Staff Championships 6 occasions with companion James Storm. A number of years after his cut up with Storm, Harris was signed to the WWE beneath the identify “Braden Walker.” Walker was horrible within the WWE, as he had the horrible gimmick of telling a knock-knock joke that ended with him saying “I’m going to knock your brains out,” and he solely wrestled a few televised matches earlier than being launched solely eight months after being signed.

three Kizarny

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Kizarny is sure to be close to the highest of any listing that talks about bizarre gimmicks, and he matches properly on this record as nicely. Kizarny appeared in a collection of taped vignettes for weeks, hyping his debut, talking in bizarre carny speak. His debut was truly extremely anticipated, as he spent a number of years in WWE developmental and was a former roommate of profitable wrestlers Edge and Christian. Every little thing round Kizarny appeared like he was set for nice issues. Nevertheless, Kizarny solely had a handful of televised matches, being launched solely three months after making his televised debut.

2 The Ascension

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Konnor and Viktor have been thought-about at one level to be probably the most profitable NXT Tag Group Champions within the historical past of NXT, and they’re doubtless nonetheless within the prime 5 for many followers. After capturing the tag staff titles from Neville and Corey Graves, The Ascension had a profitable title reign that lasted almost a yr. Once they have been referred to as as much as the primary roster, there was a variety of hype, having simply misplaced their tag group titles mere weeks earlier than.

Nevertheless, the commentary group shortly discredited The Ascension, saying that Konnor and Viktor have been nothing in comparison with the groups that The Ascension have been making an attempt to emulate, they usually shortly turned an afterthought on the primary roster.

1 Bayley

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From one NXT call-up to a different, many followers think about Bayley to be probably the most mishandled in NXT call-up in historical past. Her match with Sasha Banks at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn famously tore the home down and is an enormous a part of why the Ladies’s Revolution is so fashionable. The artistic group have mishandled Bayley so many various occasions, although, from having her look weak towards Alexa Bliss to having her activate Sasha Banks just for them to be associates once more a couple of weeks later. Now, Bayley kind of mingles round within the ladies’s mid-card, having by no means absolutely reached her potential on the primary roster.

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