Here is a guy that was an enigma in WWE. Unlike other ones like Jeff Hardy, he never won the big one.
But if there was ever a guy that had so much in front of him and was so close to being a star but due to a bunch of circumstances didn't.
Here's his good rap list:
Hyped Debut Unique Entrance and Mic Work United States Champion 2007 MITB Winner Had major feud with Undertaker and HBK
Bad wrap list:
Injured multiple times at the worst possible time Only wrestler to drop the MITB to another wrestler before cashing in Last matches in WWE with Guererro and Lashley that ended in injury Sloppy worker injuring notable top stars such as Cena, Orton, HBK On signature pharmacy list Loses storyline of being Vince McMahon's son
Clearly WWE had plans with this guy, but man oh man, does anyone have this wrap sheet in WWE history?
So much was in store, and so much was screwed up for him.
I don't think you could name a wrestler who had TWO SHOTS to be a superstar main eventer with MITB AND being McMahon's son, only to lose both chances and he never recovered while making political enemies backstage left and right.
King Koopa Better have my money when I come-a collect!
Bad luck, certainly. Bad worker, although he had his share of screwups with WWE's higher brass, I would qualify him more like a wrestler "whose potential didn't quite developed as expected", if I can use that term. I really think he had a bad wrap with the wrong people; if that happened with midcarders, it wouldn't have been that big a deal in my book.
Post by Spankymac is sick of the swiss on Jul 29, 2012 23:33:06 GMT -5
A weird situation where bad luck turned him INTO a bad worker. Dude spent so much time on the sidelines, and it's like his skill degraded by the end of his run, compared to when he first came in and was having awesome matches. Or, maybe it wasn't him sucking, so much as all the time on the sidelines draining his motivation to give a damn to put out his best performance. Either way...
Post by Andrew is Good on Jul 29, 2012 23:49:24 GMT -5
I think it was bad luck for the most part. In TNA now though, I feel he's just coasting off of an established gimmick, unlike guys like Bully Ray, Joseph Park and Christopher Daniels. So maybe he would look better in TNA if a chunk of the roster wasn't stepping their game up.
Bad luck, mediocre talent. I was pretty "meh" about the guy during his WWE run, and when he landed in TNA and got his chance to rise without the supposed glass ceiling in the way, he didn't do much to change my mind.
Not so much bad luck as he ran his mouth at the worst possible times to run it. I remember once he started bashing Billy Graham, I just wanted to see him fail. Fortunately, he failed a drug test just weeks later, idiot.
Post by SalineSolutions on Jul 30, 2012 1:59:29 GMT -5
He was a solid wrestler in the WWE who had insane charisma, the constant injuries and other incidents (pharmacy scandal/higher up politics etc) cost him his guaranteed future consistent main eventer spot.
Then he went to TNA. Came in as an amazing heel, had a great series with Angle, got yo-yo booked, but still had that charisma. Plus he's still pretty good in the ring, maybe a little more inconsistent but he's not Matt Morgan levels of dissapointing six days of the week, decent on Tuesday y'know?
HBK : Hey Hunter, what'd you do, get a haircut or something?
Triple H : Look closer, Shawn.
HBK : Oh, I know what it is. You're the biggest man in the world now. And you're covered in gold.
He's a combination of both. He was a great entertainer and gimmick and that caused a lot of people to overlook his lack of in-ring talent. Once his bad luck started and he lost momentum, it was clear he couldn't work.