Top 5 biggest flops in WWE
Every now and then WWE misses the mark…ok…quite often WWE miss their mark and we fans are treated to confusing new debuts or superstars forced into gimmicks that make little to no sense. Lord Tensai is the most recent example of this, where WWE seemed to have a good idea but cast a superstar the majority of the audience knew was simply not the character he was portraying. Of course the inevitable Albert chants started…no one chanted Hip Hop Hippo which annoyed me but WWE were forced to back track and now it seems Tensai is on borrowed time.
Throughout the years they have been some characters built up as the next big thing and upon debuting…it becomes painfully clear they don’t even belong in a WWE ring. Sometimes it’s the wrestler, sometimes it’s the gimmick….sometimes it’s a horrible mix of the two but always…WWE can deliver us flops that are painful to watch. Join me as I go into the top 5 worst flops from my time as a fan.
5. Scott Steiner
Holla…if you disagree. A superstar that would have been well featured in the invasion angle had he been available, Steiner debuted at the 2002 Survivor Series as a babyface, destroying Chris Nowinski and Matt Hardy. An awful feud with HHH would follow giving us such highlights as Steiner stripping Trips down to some rather effeminate underwear. After being beaten by the then king of raw Steiner went down the card forming a team with Test until his eventual release. No memorable matches, no memorable moments….well…in like a good wrestling sense…there’s always memorable moments with Steiner.
4. Vladmimir Kozlov
He love Dubble ewe Dubble ewe eeeeeh. Kozlov was introduced as a generic monster heel from eastern Europe. In a side note, TNA had turned Kozlov down stating they wanted nothing to do with him and Jerry Jarrett suggested the Ukranian to Vince McMahon. Being big and intimidating Vince loved him immediately but the same could not be said for the fans. During Kozlovs first title match at Survivor Series 2008 in a triple threat match with Triple H and Edge (later) fans gave us their reaction and it matched a lot of those at home. Soon after, Kozlov was demoted to ECW and teaming with Santino. After all those interviews, all those squashes and in the end he was the victim of countless squashes himself….ironic….is it? …I don’t know irony.
3. Nathan Jones
Seven foot tall, near 375 pounds of Australian ex con Nathan Jones seemed to scream pro wrestler from afar but up close the only people screaming were us. MY EYES, my eyes!!!
Jones was given a pretty big push when he debuted in early 2003, becoming the Undertakers protégé of sorts. The two were scheduled to team up on the biggest stage of the year – Wrestlemania 19. Unfortunately/fortunately WWE got cold feet over putting Jones in such a high profile match due to his greener than green wrestling abilty and played out an injury angle that lead to Undertaker taking on Show and Albert in a handicap match.
Story goes that Jones simply could not cope with life on the road. The constant travelling and demands of freguent perfomances got too much. Jones quit the WWE soon after but not before coming back and taking part in one of the most forgettable Survivor Series elimination matches of all time. An awful lot of attention and TV time was spent on Nathan Jones its just perplexing why they didn’t… you know…make sure he could wrestle.
You get it? It’s like Carny but with a K and a Z ….so its kooky and fun! During August of 08 vignettes starting hyping the debut of a new superstar. We saw Ferris wheels, cotton candy stands and carousels all whilst a tattooed man with long hair spoke carny to us. To quote William Regal “it seems the best place to hide something from him would be under the soap”.
Kizarny debuted after what seemed like a long ass time and did little to impress in matches with the likes of MVP. Nothing seemed deep or engrossing about the character and, if anything, he just confused fans. Despite being good friends with Edge and Christian backstage, Kizarny didn’t last long and soon found a more suitable role in the indies.
This monster destroyed Scotty 2 Hotty too(2) many times to not make this list…the bastard. Debuting in mid 2004 Mordecai claimed he was here to cleanse WWE of its sins and that his white cloak, white beard, white hair, white eyebrows, and white god knows what else, were all a sign of how gosh darn sinless he was.
Mordecai was pencilled in for a feud with the Undertaker which….in researching this list seems to be the kiss of death.
“We want you to work a feud with Taker”
Naah…I think I have a strong feud going with Scotty
See that’s how he could avoided all this! Well, that and not getting into a bar fight during his time in OVW. Scared of any lawsuits and bad press the Mordecai character was nudged away from our T.V screens leaving nothing but the smell of peroxide and disappointment.
The man behind the white hair did return to WWE as vampyric Kevin Thorn during the revival of ECW, proving he had talent and given the right gimmick could be entertaining.
Well there you have it, my picks for the top 5 flops in WWE history. I am sure you’re reading this thinking “what about him?” or “what about her?” So why not leave a comment or share the list around? In the meantime be sure to like the facebook page and check out my youtube channel where I review wrestling, do some vlogs but mainly produce my movie review series The Minority Report Reviews. I talk about forgotten or unloved sequels in the world and try and be funny whilst uncovering trivia and ….stuff. Check it out and thanks for reading.
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