WWE Raw: The 5 Worst Wrestlers in the History of the Show
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Not surprisingly, in the heavy push for Raw 1000, WWE have focused wholly on the positive aspects on their long-running flagship show.
Clips of stars like Mick Foley and Triple H crooning over their favorite Raw moments in history have been plastered all over television. We are also bombarded with "Did You Know" facts boasting about the show's success (they've had more episodes than Lassie, you guys!).
Even members of the WWE Universe have been recruited in recent times to tout about their beloved programme to everyone who will listen.
But, despite what the company proclaims, not everything about Raw in its nearly 20-year history has been great.
Alas, over the years, WWE's flagship show has been blighted with more than its fair share of mind-bogglingly bad wrestlers who have stunk up the place in various "matches" (we use that word very loosely).
These folks aren't just bad; they're hilariously bad.
Question: Did you think it was possible for a trained professional wrestler to botch simply standing in a corner?
Well, you may want to take a look at this list.
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With her good looks, feisty charisma and first-rate promo skills, former model Rosa Mendes makes a great manager to WWE tag team Primo and Epico.
Sadly, it took the company a while to figure out that Mendes, who was signed in 2006 coming out of that year's Diva Search contest, was far better-suited to managing rather than wrestling.
Simply put, Rosa is a totally hopeless wrestler. Even by the already low standards of women's wrestling in a the company, she still manages to be eye-openingly awful.
However, rather than recognizing where her natural strengths lay, management continued to push her as an in-ring competitor for much of her tenure—with disastrous results.
The most (in)famous moment of her wrestling career? Eh, it was probably this moment from a tag match on Raw last year.
At one point during the match, Mendes was stuck in the corner while Kelly Kelly set her up for a handspring elbow.
Mendes' role here was not difficult: all she had to do was stand there and take the move. But, for whatever reason, she took a few clumsy steps forward before Kelly was ready to hit, botching the move and making the whole sequence looked like a calamity.
That's right, folks: Rosa botched standing in a corner.
The Great Khali
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Thankfully, Khali has spent most of his WWE career on SmackDown, where his more obvious botches and mistakes can be edited out due to the taped nature of the show.
Nonetheless, the clumsy, lumbering giant has made more than a few appearances on Raw over the years, and shown us just exactly why he belongs in the non-live show.
Granted, the star tries—and by all accounts, he is a nice guy backstage—but, at his enormous height and weight, wrestling is simply not something he can do well at all. Indeed, when all is said and done, he will probably go down as one of the worst wrestlers in Raw history.
Amid all the botches, incoherent promos, and rotten matches, it's difficult to find his very worst moment ever.
However, the giant attempting to pin one of the Uso brothers in the middle of a dance-off contest may take the cake. (Khali seemingly forgot that he was not in an actual match, and had to be reminded by the referee, as well as Michael Cole on commentary).
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After winning the 2005 Diva Search, the former model really did try her hardest to be a good wrestler—and the company didn't shy away from putting her in matches—there was just one tiny problem: she was an absolutely atrocious in-ring performer and no amount of time or effort would change that.
No, seriously. She was bad. You think the current crop of Divas are mediocre wrestlers? You should check out some of Ashley's bouts. The Diva Search winner was one of the most clunky, uncoordinated and botch-prone wrestlers to ever grace the company.
Heck she made the oft-criticised Kelly Kelly look like Manami Toyota!
Massaro's all-time career low? Basically, her entire match with Torrie Wilson on Raw in late 2005, which saw most of the crowd in attendance boo the Diva Search winner vociferously after she noticeably botched several moves.
You know things are bad when the announcers are forced to make excuses for your incompetency on commentary, like poor Jim Ross did here.
Reports have recently emerged that Massaro is planning a return to wrestling, after spending several years away from the business following her WWE release in 2008. Eh, if this is the case, let's hope she sticks to managing.
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Buff Bagwell was such an abysmal wrestler that, even though he only ever made one appearance on WWE's Flagship show in a WCW Championship match with Booker T in June 2001, he still makes this list. (Buff was fired from the then-WWF shortly afterwards, apparently due to backstage issues. His rotten performance here probably didn't help matters, either).
How bad was the Booker T/Bagwell match? When Steve Austin and Kurt Angle—the biggest heels on television at the time—showed up out of nowhere and attacked the competitors, bringing the bout to an end, they were widely cheered by the fans in attendance.
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For a while there, it looked like WWE wanted Mason Ryan to be the new Dave Batista.
It's easy to see why they may have felt this way: Not only does the Welshman share a strong facial resemblance with the now-MMA-bound star (they really could be father and son), he's got the huge bodybuilder physique to match.
There was just one problem: Mason Ryan can't wrestle at all.
Granted, Batista wasn't exactly Shawn Michaels either during his peak WWE years, but he knew what he was doing in the ring, and could often deliver a great wrestling match when the occasion called for it.
During his brief on-and-off appearances on WWE television, though, Ryan has shown himself to be utterly clueless, barely being able to deliver simple power moves competently or move with any sort of smoothness or coordination. All he really has going for him is his huge size and frame, and not much else.
The most notable moment of his career? Eh, how about his debut on Raw in 2011 when he appeared out of nowhere to interrupt the CM Punk vs. John Cena match and several fans could be heard chanting "Batista" thinking that "The Animal" had made his long-awaited return?