Some superstars enter the WWE immediately destined for greatness. But what about those who take a more roundabout path to the top?
Whether it's a poor gimmick, a lack of faith from company higher-ups, or a nontraditional look, some superstars have to overcome tremendous obstacles to succeed.
Even with fans clamoring for a push, it can take years for certain wrestlers to get an opportunity.
For some, the break never comes.
There are those who never get the chance to relish the spotlight.
And yet, there are wrestlers who have made it despite their perceived shortcomings — those who finally get a chance to run with the ball after enduring years as insignificant curtain jerkers.
Here are the WWE's 20 biggest and most surprising cases of wrestlers breaking through and exceeding primary expectations: