Introducing a Superstar to pro wrestling fans is not easy. A lot goes into planning and executing the introduction to perfection can make a big difference. One of the most iconic debuts in WWE history was Chris Jericho's. The former WCW star debuted in the company with a bang, interrupting none other than one of the biggest Superstars of all time, The Rock. Jericho went on to become multiple-time World Champion in WWE and is the current AEW World Champion. It was an introduction done well.
A unique way for a Superstar to make their debut is by coming from the other side of the barricade, portraying themselves as a mere fan. This has been done several times in the past and we look at five of the instances where a Superstar made their WWE debut as a fan.
#5 Rosa Mendes
In late 2008, WWE cameras began focusing on a female fan who was boasting signs that claimed she was Beth Phoenix's biggest fan. Phoenix had been a mainstay in WWE for quite some time and was then WWE Women's Champion. The woman, dubbed as Rosa Mendes, cheered for Phoenix for weeks on end.
Soon, Beth Phoenix confronted Melina, the #1 contender for her WWE Women's Championship belt. This was the moment the 'fan' crossed the barricade and helped Phoenix launch an attack on the former M.N.M. member. Mendes was soon banned from WWE events, but managed to come in by disguising herself as one of Melina's photographers. This helped her attack the unsuspecting Diva once again. Mendes went on to become an intern under the tutelage of Santino Marella and Beth Phoenix. She made her official WWE debut in an 18 Diva Tag Team Match.