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10 Wrestling Talents Wasted By Management by JoeMan

10 Wrestling Talents Wasted By Management by JoeMan


Before I go on with this list, I just want to point out that it’s not a “Wrestler” exclusive list. It’s wrestling talents. It should be more accurately titled as “Ten Wasted Wrestling Talents of The Recent Past”, but that’s a horrible header. Let’s get right to it…

10- Kenny Dykstra: Real name, Ken Doane. This former Spirit Squad member has not been seen on US television for 4 years. Once a Spirit Squad standout on the verge of a big heel push, he soon vanished without a trace. Kenny started wrestling at the age of 15 and even has a few wins over Ric Flair on his résumé. After the Spirit Squad gimmick was put to rest, WWE management “repackaged” Doane by just giving him the last name Dykstra. He then became interested in becoming part of Rated RKO, but  he had to prove himself before joining and that didn’t work out for him. The kid without a doubt had athletic talents in the ring and seemed to show some charisma. It even seemed that management was behind him after he picked up 3 wins in a row over Ric Flair at one point, but sadly, Kenny went to jobberville after that. He then got future endeavored and has not been seen again. It’s weird to think that this guy is only 27 years old and has not been called back yet. He either pissed off the wrong people or he is just one of the many examples of a person the WWE dropped the ball on.

9- The Big Show: Ok, I know. He is a main eventer and has been around forever, but for a guy who in the business is widely accepted as one of the 2 greatest big men in the ring and chock full of charisma, it’s a shame he has never really been pushed right. That includes his initial run in WCW where they tried to say he was Andre The Giant’s son, only to have him get stuck in a “Put over Hulk Hogan cause he is Hulk Hogan” role before landing in the WWE. You would think that since Vincent Kennedy McMahon loves big men so much he would have been treated better, but that doesn’t seem to be the case with The Big Show. I suggest you look back at some of the horrific gimmicks and angles he has been in. For him to be in the business this long and be as popular as he is, is really a testament to how good of a worker this guy is. Really, Google his past gimmicks, horrible.

8- Goldust: When healthy, off drugs, and given the right angle, he has strived. That being said, I’m shocked the WWE, outside of his “preacher” gimmick, has never given him a chance to just be Dustin Rhodes or Runnels or whatever his last name is, until now. Seems as of late that they are pushing him in order to favor his brother heading into WrestleMania, but the WWE giving older loyal wrestlers one last swang song of a push is not out of the realm of possibilities. I think he always had terrific charisma and when healthy he’s an above average worker. Bad angles, drug problems and consistency has always been his biggest problems, not his in ring ability. I hope he has one last run in him (as Dustin) before he goes away.

7- Stevie Richards: There were reports at one time that Vince McMahon loved his ability to talk. Injuries and bad angles (a recurring theme on this list) never got him going. If you watch the development of his ability to talk from being a lacky to Raven in ECW to when he was the leader in Right to Censor in the WWE, it’s amazing. A solid worker until neck problems derailed his career, I still find it hard to believe that he never found any real legitimate success in wrestling outside of being in Raven’s Flock.

6- Paul London: This one boggles my mind. Vince hated him because he took risks, yet they keep pushing a person who keeps getting suspended for violating the Wellness Policy (that’s you Evan Bourne). London is better overall in the ring, has more charisma and a better look. Not to say this guy could ever main event, but if your willing to push Bourne then I don’t see they couldn’t push London. I guess you can blame both parties. London for never listening and doing what he was told and WWE Management for not letting him be free in the ring.

5- Maven: A Tough Enough contestant who was initially pushed hard. Real hard, having eliminated The Undertaker in the 2002 Royal Rumble. He had a good look, got better in the ring constantly and the WWE brass seemed to be behind him. I can only speculate on what happened here, so I won’t. Personally, I don’t know how good he could have been, but it’s just shocking to me that he never made it further than he did just based on what his early WWE career dictated.

4- William Regal: Before he got fat, he could work in the ring. He has always been able to talk on the mic. Never has he been remotely pushed in a main event angle unless it’s him in a management role though. This guy has been in the business for a long time and he seems to have a lot of respect going for him. He still garners strong heel reaction in the United States and huge face reaction in the UK. I am just going to chalk this up to the people in charge in both WCW and WWE never believing he could headline.

3- Chris Masters: I was never fan of his work until his last few months with the WWE, but after 2 runs in the company it was obvious that he was showing HUGE, and I can’t repeat that enough, HUGE improvement in the ring. So how does the WWE reward him? They let him go. Muscular and fairly charismatic, he should have been Vince McMahon’s cup of tea. Really bad angles such as his “I can make my man boobs move” and never really being pushed the last time around kept him from moving forward in his career. I never understood why you would keep bringing a guy back just to let him go when he showed the most improvement than anyone on your roster. He has the look of a main eventer, and I believe that a good angle here and there could have had him around the top of the WWE roster for a few years. Instead, we got a CM Punk work shoot promo about him getting released. Sadly, that was the biggest pop he ever got.

2- Scott Hall: I know he was a huge star, but could have been so much bigger. Did you know he never won a World Championship in either the WCW or the WWE? Yet he still is, and was, a much bigger star then most of the people who held those belts. That’s how great he was. He could work, talk, act, and even get in trouble like a true Superstar. His story has been told so many times that I’m not going to retell it, I’m just going to say that if this was a perfect world, Scott Hall would still be competing at a high level and he would be talked about like HBK, Flair, Hogan, or any of the other ALL TIME GREATS. He was that damn good.

1- Paul Heyman: I said wrestling talents, not just wrestlers. What he did in ECW was revolutionary to the business. Even if you look at ECW just as the breeding ground for future stars like RVD, Rey Mysterio, Chris Benoit and many more, it was fantastic. If you grew up during that era when this was all going on you would understand the magnitude of his influence. If you’re younger, all you know of Paul Heyman is that he can’t handle a check book and managed Brock Lesnar. After ECW folded, you would think someone, somewhere, would let this man be creative and help build storylines and careers for their company. Instead he was brought into the WWE as an announcer/manager/character before quickly going away. This could be a circumstance where the genius of Paul Heyman simply disappeared or the powers that be were afraid to give him creative powers. Vince will never really give him the reigns of the WWE so this man’s talents will likely go forever wasted, unless Dixie Carter or a future wrestling promotion gives him the FULL creative control he deserves.

  1. Rob
    January 19, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Cool another new writer! Good list Joe. I agree on Paul London, that guy was amazing and I loved when he and Brian Kendrick were the tag champs for a year. I think he got fired because when Vince was going to blow up in the limo and everyone was backstage he was the only one laughing and I think he pissed off the boss that night. Oh and TNA is stupid for not bringing in Heyman. I really think he could have saved their show.

    • January 19, 2012 at 11:42 am

      I heard this new writer Joe is really good looking. Just a rumor going around. Without a doubt the limo thing had something to do with it. That shit eatin grin of his when the limo blew up…Its even funnier now then back when it happened.

      • January 19, 2012 at 2:55 pm

        I remember that too. I’m surprised London hasn’t showed up in TNA. The last I saw of him was when he was making fun of Matt Hardy for being on drugs and ruining his own career.

  2. January 19, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Agree with Paul London. Dude did crazy shit like I remember he ran off the apron and did a shooting star press onto Shelton Benjamin and flew really far somehow (he defied gravity).

    Chris Masters definitely improved OVER 9,000! in the ring. He sold moves like a champ.

    I’m actually shocked that I didn’t know Scott Hall never held a world championship. Seriously! David Arquette held it but he didn’t?

    • January 19, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      But David Arquette is the star of the greatest movie of all time, Ready To Rumble!!!!

      • January 19, 2012 at 5:30 pm

        I WILL RULE YOU!!

        Ever hear Vince Russo’s explanation for that doozie?

        • January 19, 2012 at 6:50 pm

          Lol. I can’t even hate on Russo. For all the bad he has done, he gave us some of the most memorable moments in wrestling history, good and bad.

          • January 20, 2012 at 10:29 am

            I read his book “forgiven” and I can’t truly hate the guy either. He had great ideas and a lot of bad ones but he definitely had an impact on the business.

  3. Crazy Train
    January 19, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Unfortunately for Scott Hall, he landed in a role that really allowed him to do whatever he wanted….I’m talking about The Outsiders. He and Kevin Nash has so much pull that they’d literally walk out on Nitro with plastic cups of liquor. He got extremely lazy in the ring and really never bounced back from it. I dont know why he left WWE, but he should have stayed. IMO I think Nash was his down fall.

    As far as Maven goes, I disagree with what you say. He was WAY too green when he first came in. All he basicaly did was that famous drop kick he had in tough enough. His move set was just the basics. He needed more time to develope and then I could see him being a decent star. Case in point look at how the Miz developed. All he was used for was announcing when he first came, then slowly builded his character.

    • January 19, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      Hall left the WWE for the money. If he would have stayed he would have been down with DX and he would have gone on to greatness. Maybe Triple H wouldn’t have been the star he is today if Hall was around because Hall and Shawn were closer. I think Hall’s fame and new found fortune as a WCW wrestler got to his head and thus began the downward spiral. Add to that any guilt he might have felt for murdering that guy that might have been eating him inside so maybe he tried to drink away the pain/memory.

      • Crazy Train
        January 19, 2012 at 3:27 pm

        Very solid points. I cant argue. Never knew Hall was closer to HBK than HHH was. So who were the most close in the click? Nash and HBK?

        • January 19, 2012 at 3:55 pm

          To the best of my knowledge, Hall and Shawn became friends due to their AWA connection, had good chemistry in WWF, Shawn brought in Nash from WCW because he thought he had a good look for the bodyguard he wanted for his character, they all hit it off and became a trio of friends, Hall brought in Waltham (1 2 3 Kid) and Waltham brought in HHH. I think they were all really close with the first three being the tightest. Of course when they all went their separate ways and anything that Shawn would have normally confided in Hall or Nash was now confided in HHH and at this point Shawn was going through alot so essence they went through more since HHH was there for Shawn through his darkest days. Now from what I read through various outlets its Nash, HHH, and Shawn that are the closest, but they still got love for Waltham even though he fucked HHH’s ex girlfriend Chyna and while they all love Hall he has become the most distant.

          I would love for WWE to release a DVD on the true backstory of the Kliq with matches only featuring them too. Would be a huge seller in my opinion.

          • Crazy Train
            January 19, 2012 at 4:05 pm

            Honestly, It might be one of the best selling WWE DVD’s by far.

            • Crazy Train
              January 19, 2012 at 4:06 pm

              Thanks for the info though. Very interesting that Waltman brought in HHH.

              • January 19, 2012 at 4:17 pm

                I would love to get my hands on such a DVD. I was a obsesed with anything involving Shawn Michaels, Scott Hall, Nash, NWO, Bret Hart, ECW and Stone Cold back in the 90’s.

                I think Waltham just got tired of carrying the bags so he recruited someone new, lol.

  4. Case
    January 19, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Stevie Richards sucks. And Kenny Dykstra? Are you serious bro?

    • January 19, 2012 at 3:01 pm

      I always felt Richards could have been a solid midcard star and hey if Dolph Ziggler can be the number one contender to the WWE Championship there’s no telling what his Spirit Squad partner could have accomplished with the right push.

  5. Capt. Smooth
    January 19, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    The good thing about Masters is his age. He’s still young enough that he could come back and make a splash.

    • January 19, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      To me Chris Masters looks like a super skinny steroid infused Kevin James from Kings of Queens and the Paul Blart Mall Cop movie.

      • Capt. Smooth
        January 20, 2012 at 5:58 am

        A mall cop gimmick!

        • January 20, 2012 at 8:07 am

          He would get destroyed with such a gimmick. Unless he used his trusty flashlight as a weapon.

          • Capt. Smooth
            January 20, 2012 at 6:35 pm


            • January 20, 2012 at 7:14 pm

              Mall cops have no weapons except for a whistle and a flashlight, and if they are lucky maybe some pepper spray, lol.

              • Capt. Smooth
                January 21, 2012 at 11:04 am

                His badge could be one.

                • January 21, 2012 at 12:45 pm

                  Maybe if he filed down the sides tand made itt like a ninja star, lol.

                  • Capt. Smooth
                    January 21, 2012 at 5:18 pm

                    I could get into that.

  6. January 19, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Capt. Smooth :

    We were less cynical in the 90′s.

    Even so, the product WAS better no matter how you look at it. I think competition was an important factor in that. WWE has no competition now so they don’t try as hard as they would if another company came along and started fucking with their money.

    • January 19, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      Competition breeds success. Since WCW a actual promotion left WWE has been able to rest on there already built in success. When a company smaller like TNA is around who is more or less trying to be WWE but can’t compete finacially Vince and the boys don’t take them seriously. If they tried to be something different and steal fringe WWE fans and get new ones in or old ones that left back then WWE would up there game. Think about what it was like when it was WWE, ECW, and WCW just when talent moved from one promotion to another it was such a huge deal. Now we know when WWE talent hits TNA its b/c they are dead weight. And nobody cares about dead weight. I hate you Dixie Carter

      • Capt. Smooth
        January 20, 2012 at 5:59 am

        We would’ve picked it apart back then to where it wouldn’t have seemed as good.

        • January 20, 2012 at 8:08 am

          IT WAS GOOD GODDAMMIT!!!!!!!!

          • Capt. Smooth
            January 20, 2012 at 6:36 pm

            It was good. I agree, but we didn’t nitpick they way we do today.

            • January 20, 2012 at 7:16 pm

              It has nothing to do with the fans but all about the product. It was more edgy, fun and full of personality. Now everyone is a company creation that has to do and say what they are told like robots instead of being themselves.

              • Capt. Smooth
                January 21, 2012 at 11:05 am

                It has plenty to do with the fans. There is a division.

                • January 21, 2012 at 12:44 pm

                  No, the WWE has become too corporate. Everyone must act and look the same way and do moves that are on an approved list. Things were different back in the 90’s and I’m talking about wrestling as a whole not the fans.

                  • Capt. Smooth
                    January 21, 2012 at 5:20 pm

                    Stuff has been like that for about twenty years. Our viewing patterns have changed.

                    • January 21, 2012 at 8:02 pm

                      No, wrestlers were able to have more personality. They were more fat guys too it was like anyone would be given a chance. Now you have to look a certain way for them to consider you. Brodus Clay and Husky Harris being an exceptions to the rule.

  7. Black Metal Death Metal
    January 19, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Good list mate. I reckon Paul Heyman would have done wonders for TNA but they didn’t want to give him the full control he wanted. If Brock Lesnar ever returns to WWE Heyman might come with him since he’s Lesnar’s real life manager.

    • January 20, 2012 at 8:09 am

      I don’t think Vince wants Heyman back in WWE. I read they had a bad falling out over the way the ECW revival was handled.

  8. January 19, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    I’ve been gone for almost 3 weeks and nobody cares 😦

  9. January 19, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Big Show- Definitely wasted. Yeah he is on RAW/Smackdown every week and is currently is in a main event feud but he should have had at least five World Championship reigns. Ric Flair called him the most athletic big man he has ever worked with. I think when Big Show was in WCW, he was able to do dropkicks and elbow drops and other moves seven footers shouldn’t be doing.

    Goldust- I remember Russo writing a lot of good things about Goldust in his book. From what I have read, Goldust in his prime was a extremely good worker. He should be a WWE Hall of Famer. I wouldn’t say he was wasted but his legacy isn’t as big as it should be.

    Paul London- I don’t really remember Paul London. All I remember is him teaming with The Brian Kendrick a little bit. If you think Paul London was impressive, you should like Billy Kidman. Holy crap…I was watching him on WM20 and he looks like super-human version of Evan Bourne.

    William Regal- Not all great workers should be main event stars. Fit Finley was a great worker but I’m glad he was never the WWE Champion. Regal was great at his role as a mid-card heel/management guy.

    Chris Masters- I need to watch some of his WWE Superstars matches. When Chris Masters returned to the WWE, I wanted to believe he could be a star but I saw why he was released the first time. He’s not enjoyable to watch and I guess he has no mic skills because he never got a chance to talk. I never saw those WWE Superstar matches he had right before he was released but the stuff I saw before that wasn’t impressive. GREAT look but not a great worker.

    Scott Hall- After finding out during that ESPN documentary that Scott Hall once murdered someone, I’m surprised that Scott Hall was allowed to join the WWE (twice!) and hasn’t be erased from WWE history. I don’t understand the difference between Scott Hall and Chris Benoit. They are both killers. Benoit is only an alleged killer and yet Scott Hall, a proven killer, is still acknowledged by the WWE. In my opinion, if the WWE wants to pretend that Chris Benoit never existed, they need to do the same with Scott Hall.

    • January 20, 2012 at 8:16 am

      Hall killed a man with his own gun in self defense. Him and the guy got into an altercation and the other guy pulled out a gun on him so he wrestled it away and shot him in self defense. He was charged with second degree murder, but the charges were dropped. Chris Benoit killed a woman and a child. Even super villains and Scarface leave out the woman and children, what Benoit did was truly despicable, even if I did like him as a wrestler.

  10. January 19, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Capt. Smooth :
    We were less cynical in the 90′s.

    I don’t buy that logic. Guys like Stone Cold, Mick Foley, and The Rock are still incredibly popular today. Stone Cold who is past his prime could draw more ratings than John Cena in his prime if Stone Cold came back full-time.

    • Capt. Smooth
      January 20, 2012 at 6:05 am

      The smarks would’ve turned on those guys, because of the “pandering”.

      Austin-“Gimme a HELL YEAH!!!” They cheer now, because it reminds them of a bygone era, but if we talked about wrestling in the 90’s the way we do now, smarks would’ve found it “stale”.
      Foley-“Right here in (blank)”
      Rock-“Finally, The Rock has come back to (blank)”

      change in fans>change in booking

      • January 20, 2012 at 8:20 am

        Even without the pandering the crowd still cheered who they wanted. They forced Stone Cold to turn face because they wanted to cheer his bad ass I don’t give a fuck attitude. Ratings were triple what they are now, almost all of the shows were legit sell outs, wrestling was wild and unpredictable, wrestlers could show up on another show unannounced and television was great. Sure alot of gimmicks might be considered crappy now a days, but they worked in their time. The 90’s is the reason I still watch wrestling today, without those memories I wouldn’t even bother with today’s product.

        • Capt. Smooth
          January 20, 2012 at 6:38 pm

          And they turned Cena face, but turned on him 5 months after winning the title. if Austin were under that same microscope, he’d have been done the same way.

          • January 20, 2012 at 7:16 pm

            Austin was way cooler than Cena can ever hope to be. Even as a rapper.

            • Capt. Smooth
              January 21, 2012 at 11:06 am

              I just wish Cena had that freedom they had during the Attitude era.

              • January 21, 2012 at 12:43 pm

                Even so he is just doesn’t have a legendary quality to him. I think they realize this and want him to get that rub from The Rock.

                • Capt. Smooth
                  January 21, 2012 at 5:21 pm

                  Not sure anybody will ever get that again.

                  • January 21, 2012 at 8:01 pm

                    CM Punk does.

                    • Capt. Smooth
                      January 21, 2012 at 8:51 pm

                      Not yet. He’s far behind, but he has the potential.

  11. January 20, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Capt. Smooth :
    The smarks would’ve turned on those guys, because of the “pandering”.
    Austin-”Gimme a HELL YEAH!!!” They cheer now, because it reminds them of a bygone era, but if we talked about wrestling in the 90′s the way we do now, smarks would’ve found it “stale”.
    Foley-”Right here in (blank)”
    Rock-”Finally, The Rock has come back to (blank)”
    change in fans>change in booking

    How do you know fans DIDN’T turn on those guys? We don’t know for sure because there was no internet. If the internet was around in 1997, Rocky Maivia would have got shitted on by the IWC more than John Cena does.

    • January 20, 2012 at 8:31 am

      The internet was around, but not at the capacity as it is now, and the fans did shit on Rocky Maivia where it counts, at live events. WWE barely listens to the IWC anyways its the people in the crowd that can make or break a Superstar. If it wasn’t for the fans, The Rock might have never been.

      • Capt. Smooth
        January 20, 2012 at 6:41 pm

        Certain ones turned on Rock as a face and he was turned heel. I’m talking about after he became BIG. The same issues people have with today’s product existed back then, but the internet allows those ideas to spread much faster.

        • January 20, 2012 at 7:17 pm

          WWE doesn’t give a rat’s ass about internet fans.

          • Capt. Smooth
            January 21, 2012 at 11:09 am

            Cena Sucks shirts say otherwise. Cena’s 2008 return being kept secret and hiding him backstage so no wrestler could see him and spoiler it until the last minute says otherwise. Ryder being on tv says otherwise. Twitter stuff says otherwise.

            • January 21, 2012 at 12:41 pm

              That has nothing to do with internet fans but everything to do with live crowds dictating what they want to see. The loudest voice will always be the one that comes across on TV not the net.

              • Capt. Smooth
                January 21, 2012 at 5:23 pm

                But it’s the net that allows those ideas to spread quicker. And if you’re not down with that, I’ve got two words for ya…












                Sorry, bud.

                • January 21, 2012 at 8:00 pm

                  Lmmfao. This is an argument nobody could possibly win. Too bad you don’t write because those thoughts would make for a good column.

                  • Capt. Smooth
                    January 21, 2012 at 8:53 pm

                    We’ll just have to agree to disagree and thanks for the props.

  12. Ron Burgundy
    March 7, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Heard a rumour that Regal was lined up for a push, perhaps even towards WWE Championship feud in 2008. The start was when he won King of the Ring. He got suspended for a drug violation, ergo stripped of GM and obviously had his push cancelled.

    Terrible shame; was a good worker as you say!

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