Top 5 wrestlers who turned down a contract with WWE
While for some superstars a WWE contract is a dream come true. Others have the luxury to turn away from it
For decades, WWE has been the paramount show in the wrestling industry. Vince McMahon’s genius changed the dimensions of the wrestling scene, ever since he bought his father’s promotion. He quickly overtook other rival promotions and created a monopoly of his own.
The final nail in the coffin for any competition the WWE had, was when WWE bought WCW Nitro, their arch rivals in 2001. Since then WWE went from strength to strength, with their biggest success story coming a few years back when the company entered the global market, by launching the WWE Network.
WWE’s sheer dominance has made it the most desirable destination for every wrestler. While some legendary wrestlers never made it to WWE, there are a few blessed souls who have not only had the contract waiting for them but were also in a position to deny it.
While the Mecca of wrestling has had a lot of unwanted guests, let us take a look at the wrestlers who turned down a contract with them:
#5 Gail Kim
After a series of Matrix-inspired vignettes, Gail Kim was finally introduced to the WWE Universe on 30th June 2003. On the occasion of her debut, Gail Kim emerged victoriously and captured the Women’s Championship in a dominant fashion, establishing herself as a fan favourite.
Even though she embarked her career with a dream debut, the 39-year-old, was quick to fade into obscurity. Kim was released from her WWE contract after two years of irrelevance, with WWE citing cost cutting as the reason for her being let go.
Gail Kim returned to the indie scene and built a tenacious reputation for herself with TNA. She re-signed with WWE in 2009 and was viewed as the next potential alpha female for the company.
Despite her meticulous resume, Kim once again was lost in the shuffle. After abiding in limbo for three arbitrary years, Kim’s annoyance with WWE peaked on the 1st August episode of RAW, where she eliminated herself from the ongoing Battle Royal match.
Following her altercation with WWE, Kim vowed not to re-sign with the company and stated that the promotion’s under utilisation of the female roster, was the perennial cause of her departure.