Every sport has athletes who can make it in one system and not another. The sport of wrestling (and yes, professional wrestling is a sport) is no different.
Whether you have a wrestler who is too good, too extreme, too big, too entertaining, or who is just a straight-up wrestler. There are some promotions where guys just cannot get over.
There are some names which jump right out but have been left off this list. Superstars such as The Sandman, who made a name for himself in the Land of Extreme but when he jumped to WCW as Hak, he had no character.
In the WWF/E, he couldn't be nearly as extreme as he was in ECW because of the fact that they were transitioning to a more family-oriented television show.
Shouts to Jacob for helping out...
After the gimmicks of Isaac Yankem and Bruiser Mastino (WCW), Glenn Jacobs finally got his big break as The Phenom's younger brother Kane, in one of the most storied feuds in wrestling history.
If Jacobs were to leave the WWE, he would have to leave behind the gimmick of Kane due to trademark issues. It would leave him without the character that made him the superstar that he is today.
When Christian first became famous, he was known as one half of the tag team Edge and Christian, known for their classic TLC matches with the Hardys and Dudley Boyz.
He also had some success in singles competition as a mid-carder, winning the Intercontinental Title three times.
Three years ago, he left the WWE for TNA and immediatly got a major push as World Champion, winning the NWA/TNA World Title on two different occasions.
Christian has since returned to the WWE and it has yet to be shown how the company will push their newest superstar, but if last night was any indication he might return to the mid-card status.
Bret "Hitman" Hart, might have been the greatest in-ring wrestler of all time. In his era however some wrestling promotions cared more about mic skills than wrestling ability.
Hart got over in the WWF because of his abilities in the ring, but when he went to the WCW, everybody saw how poor his mic skills were.
In the mid-to-late-'90s, the WCW was more about cutting promos than they were about wrestling, and that led to the downfall of the Hitman.
Sabu earned his name as the "Suicidal Homicidal Genocidal Death Defying
Athlete" because of his extreme demeanor and dedication to the business
of professional wrestling.
For god sakes, after being seriously injured during two different matches this man would duct tape his broken jaw shut and taped his torn bicep (superglued to make it to the hospital) and STILL finished the match.
However, when Sabu signed with WWE, when they decided to bring back the
ECW brand. Sabu felt deceived by the company, because the WWE's version
of ECW was not nearly as extreme.
Without the extreme rules, Sabu became just another guy in the ring. It got so bad that Sabu intentionally would break the rules backstage to get his release.
WCW was so focused on building up past champions who had already
established themselves as main eventers that they failed to push new
Bill Goldberg was one of the few young guys who was able to get
a major push within the company. Once he got his first win, he never
He kicked you, slammed you, speared you, and jack hammered you and that was the match. In the WCW Goldberg was unstoppable, but when the company folded, the glory days were over.
Goldberg wrestled in Japan for two years and then made his return with the
WWE. His debut was hyped up and his first few months started off much
like his career in the WCW: undefeated.
One of the main things that made Goldberg's character was the fact that he would never lose, but with the WWE having so many stars it was hard to keep it that way. With the writers not using Goldberg's character the right way, the fans didn't like his slow pace and began to resent him.
With the WWE not being able to make Goldberg the unbeatable force he was
in WCW, both parties decided it was best to part ways.