Most Misused WWE Superstars of All Time
There have been hundreds of wrestlers who have come and gone through the WWE, with some becoming stars and others whose careers did not amount to much.
Through the WWE's history, there have been guys who should have done so much more for the company but did not achieve the status they should have. Yes, they achieved some success, but they were destined to do much more with themselves.
Here are 10 wrestlers who were not used in a way that saw them achieve maximum success, as they achieved moments here and there, but they did not attain the highest possible accolades they deserved.
Note: Runs in WCW, ECW (pre-WWE ownership) or any other accolades will not be considered into respective successes in WWE.
Jake 'The Snake' Roberts
Years Active in WWE: 1986-1992, 1996-1997
Achievements: 1996 King of the Ring runner-up
Jake "The Snake" Roberts had the best ring psychology of any wrestler in the history of the business and was the innovator of the DDT. Yet he really had nothing to show for it in the WWE.
Roberts was immensely popular with fans. Despite not being the most athletic performer in pro wrestling, Roberts did not win a single title in the WWE.
You're telling me that Roberts couldn't hold the Intercontinental Championship or a tag title? A guy like Roberts could have even been a contender for the WWE title, but he would never win a single championship with the WWE.
The best thing Roberts ever did was contribute to putting over "Stone Cold" Steve Austin in the 1996 King of the Ring final. For that, we are grateful.
Years Active in WWE: 1998-2009
Achievements: World Tag Team Champion (with Lance Storm), European Champion, two-time Intercontinental Champion
Val Venis worked for the WWE for over a decade and was extremely popular with fans. Venis had the look that the WWE was all about, but he never received a main-event push like I thought he should have.
It may have been because of the porn gimmick, but Venis was a good in-ring competitor. Even if they wanted to take away the lovable porn gimmick, Venis was a good heel, as seen in his tenure with Right to Censor.
Given all the time he put in, it would have been nice to see a hard worker like Val Venis get a run at the main event, even if it were brief.
Years Active in WWE: 1991-1993, 1994-1996, 1997-2002,
Achievements: WWE Tag Team Champion (with Bull Buchanan), Intercontinental Champion, Hardcore Champion
OK, so The Godfather was not the most technical wrestler in the world, but his size and power alone should have made him a force to be reckoned with in the WWE. Like Val Venis, he was a face that could be a heel, as exemplified with his time in Right to Censor.
The Godfather was a pimp who pumped the crowd up with his "Ho Train." For his size and power, he only had one Intercontinental title run, a Hardcore title run (which lasted an incredibly short time) and one tag team championship.
He was used as a lovable midcard act, but he was never taken seriously. This was probably because of his gimmick. Give him another gimmick, like that of Kama Mustafa in the Nation of Domination, and he could have been a main-event heel.
At the very least, he could have been a constant threat for the Intercontinental title.
Faarooq AKA Ron Simmons
Years Active in WWE: 1996-2004, sporadically afterward
Achievements: Three-time WWE Tag Team Champion (with Bradshaw), WWE Hall of Fame (class of 2012)
You may be saying, "How can Ron Simmons be misused if he is in the Hall of Fame." Well, it is easy, as Simmons aka Faarooq was grossly misused by the WWE.
He had the raw power, hard-working ability and look the WWE liked to make a run at any title in the company. Yes, he had a great history as a tag team champion when he teamed with Bradshaw, but when they split, Bradshaw got a main-event run and Faarooq faded into obscurity.
And let's be honest, Simmons made the Hall of Fame on his accolades in WCW more than anything he ever did in WWE. Simmons was the first ever African-American WCW Heavyweight Champion, which helped break color barriers in the business.
Years Active in WWE: 2001-2011
Achievements: ECW Champion, two-time WWE Tag Team Champion (with Eddie Guerrero), six-time WWE Cruiserweight Champion
Chavo Guerrero may not have been as good as his uncle, Eddie Guerrero, but he was not that far behind. Chavo's run in the WWE was more of him making others look great than himself advancing up the ladder.
Guerrero was a great Cruiserweight Champion, a legend if you will. But after that run, I always hoped the WWE would open their eyes and have Chavo make a run at the main event. He had the speed, in-ring ability and mic skills to make it as a heel.
Instead, he got stupid gimmicks like Kerwin White, which hurt his stock more than it helped.
Years Active in WWE: 1990-1991, 1995-1999, 2001-2003, 2005-2006, 2008-2012
Achievements: World Tag Team Champion (with Booker T), three-time Intercontinental Champion, seven-time Hardcore Champion
If there is a guy who never got a fair shake, it was Dustin Runnels aka Goldust. A great ring psychology paired with good in-ring skills will always make me wonder why Goldust never made a major splash.
He won the Intercontinental title several times, which shows his early success with the gimmick. But it wasn't until a later run when fans actually got behind him. At that point, he barely received a push.
Even when fans were completely behind him, and then partner Booker T, they only had one run as Tag Team champs. The bookers than put Booker T in a solo push and left Goldust behind, a big mistake in my eyes.
Goldust was a solid gimmick, as he got in his opponents' heads. Unfortunately, outside the WWE, he got gimmicks like Se7en and Black Reign, which were failures, thus proving how Runnels never got a fair shake.
Years Active in WWE: 1993-2004
Achievements: 10-time WWE World Tag Team Champion (with Bart Gunn, Road Dogg and Chuck Palumbo), Intercontinental Champion, two-time Hardcore Champion, 1999 King of the Ring
Yet again, another guy with the look and the skills that couldn't seem to get his break in the main-event scene.
To his credit, Billy Gunn was in three successful tag teams, the Smokin' Gunns, the New Age Outlaws and Billy and Chuck. Being a 10-time tag champion is a great accolade to have, especially in an era where the tag belts mattered.
One would have thought Gunn would receive a singles push when he won the 1999 King of the Ring. Instead, he would only be a one-time Intercontinental Champion and a two-time Hardcore Champion (which is probably the equivalent of several hours with the belt).
Gunn should be a Hall of Famer based on his tag team accomplishments, but he should have made the main-event scene at some point in his career.
'Rowdy' Roddy Piper
Years Active in WWE: 1984-1996, 2003, sporadic appearances
Achievements: WWE World Tag Team Champion (with Ric Flair), Intercontinental Champion, WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2005)
One of the greatest heels of all time, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper never won the World Championship in the WWE. This is hard to believe, as he worked with the company for over a decade and feuded with legends like Hulk Hogan.
Again, people may be questioning how a Hall of Famer makes this list. Well, when you are one of the top stars in the WWE and the only singles title you won is the Intercontinental Title once, something did not go right.
Piper built his career on making others look great. He also gave us the legendary "Piper's Pit." I guess that's not enough to give the man a world title run when he was in his prime.
Diamond Dallas Page
Years Active in WWE: 2001-2002, sporadic appearances
Achievements: WWE World Tag Team Champion (with Chris Kanyon), European Champion
This may be another questionable call, as DDP spent very little time in the WWE. But had the WWE given DDP storylines and a push that he deserved coming out of WCW, he may have stayed longer.
For all of you too young to know DDP, he used the Diamond Cutter as his finishing move. That is the same move as the RKO, which Randy Orton uses.
DDP only had one tag team title reign, which was short thanks to the Brothers of Destruction, and one European title reign, probably the lowest-tier belt in the organization at the time.
That's pretty low for a three-time WCW Heavyweight Champion if you ask me.
Years Active: 1996-1998
Vader is much better known for his runs in WCW and Japan than his run in the WWE. That's because the WWE failed to use Vader in a manner which he was capable.
Vader could have been a monster heel that terrorized the WWE for years. Instead, Vader's stiff, hard-hitting style was wasted in a forgettable run which saw him fail to achieve any gold.
He helped put over guys like Undertaker and Shawn Michaels in his time in the WWE. He was supposed to get the WWE title, but it is said that Michaels refused to drop the title to him.
With Jim Cornette as his voice and manager, Vader should have been huge in the WWE. Instead, he didn't have any championships to his name in one of the biggest misuses of talent in WWE history.
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