10 big WWE signings that were completely wasted
WWE is the biggest wrestling company in the world, obviously due in large part to their long history of huge superstars.
During the 90's and 2000's, WWE got into a state of mind where they were only pushing homegrown talent they made themselves, however, WWE has also signed almost every, if not every big name in history of the industry, including already established names from the 80s such as Hulk Hogan, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Randy Savage and more, to the present day, with AJ Styles, Adam Cole, Samoa Joe, Bobby Roode and many more.
Focusing more on the already established names to have signed, not all have been as successful as a Randy Savage or AJ Styles. Some names just as big as these if not bigger, in fact, have come to WWE only to flounder.
Whether it has been the booking department, known injuries, age or something else, not every major name to sign with WWE has reached the glass ceiling, Here are ten of such.
#10 Hideo Itami
Before joining WWE, Hideo Itami, or KENTA as he was at the time, was one of the biggest Superstars in all of Japan.
The only active WWE roster member on this list, Itami is best known for his work in Pro Wrestling Noah, where he was a GHC Heavyweight Champion, a three-time GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion, a three-time GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion, a GHC Tag Team Champion, and a winner of the Differ Cup, Global League and many other accolades.
KENTA joined WWE in late June 2014 under the name Hideo Itami, and debuted for NXT the following September. While taking in an impressive win/loss record, he suffered a shoulder injury that would keep him sidelined for more than a year. After returning in June 2016, he suffered another injury the following October that would keep him inactive until April 2017.
Itami has been good to go ever since but WWE has seemingly lost interest in pushing him, perhaps related to his injuries. While he did unsuccessfully challenge Bobby Roode for the NXT Championship at NXT TakeOver: Chicago, he hasn't been up too much since. He is now a member of the WWE Cruiserweight division, but only ever competes in tag team matches on 205 Live.