11 big WWE signings that flopped
WWE loves to toss around the word "legend", so much so that the word has almost lost its meaning. When they've got guys like Rikishi and Koko B. Ware in their Hall of Fame and guys like The Boogeyman signed to a Legend's Contract, it would seem as if their definition of the word "legend" is a bit flawed.
So why is it, then, that so many already-acclaimed wrestlers had lacklustre-at-best careers in WWE?
Could it be because Vince McMahon would rather push a wrestler that he created, instead of one that was created elsewhere? Could it be that the roster is often too crowded to use everyone properly? Could it be because of an untimely injury? Well, it could be any of these factors and then some.
With that, here are 11 wrestlers who were signed with a lot of hype, but ended up flopping. Well, here are a couple of disclaimers before we begin - the first is that this isn't in any particular order. The second is that I will only be including wrestlers whose time with WWE is finished, so you won't be seeing Gallows & Anderson or the Cruiserweight Division on here because it's not too late for them. Also, feel free to share any other wrestlers you feel that WWE squandered in the comments below! Now, on with the list:
While he was in his mid-50's and well past his prime at the time of his signing, WWE fans were ecstatic to see Sting when he debuted at the 2014 Survivor Series. After all, the thought of Sting in WWE seemed to be merely a smark's pipe dream. Needless to say, it was surreal to see him standing in a WWE ring for the first time.
Upon his arrival, fans started thinking up dream matches for the Stinger. Though it was apparent that his first feud would be with Triple H, fans begged to press "fast forward" on the feud so that he could move on to wrestle The Undertaker at WrestleMania 31. I mean, it had been a WCW vs. WWE dream match for almost two decades, so how could they not capitalize on it?
Well, long story short - they didn't capitalize on it.
Instead, we got Sting vs. Triple H at WrestleMania 31. WWE kept hyping this as a "dream match for the ages," which it...was? Sort of? I guess? Maybe it was a dream match, but it wasn't THE dream match. And as if WWE couldn't disappoint us anymore with this match...Sting lost.
That's right - we waited decades for Sting to come to WWE, only to watch him stare at the lights for Triple H in his first match.
Sting went on to wrestle only two more matches for the company - a DQ victory over The Big Show on Monday Night RAW, and a loss to Seth Rollins at Night of Champions. So let me ask, how were young fans supposed to see Sting as a big deal if he had a 1-2 record with ZERO decisive victories?
Now, it's too late for us to get that dream match with The Undertaker, because Sting was forced to retire in 2015 due to a neck injury. What a letdown.