Men like The Rock entered the WWE with more fanfare and hype than many of the hard-working, lesser-known wrestlers of the world.
Often it was their previous platform, the relative fame they brought with them, that made them stand out. Other times, it was their off-the-charts athleticism that got them the attention.
Whatever the reason, right or wrong, WWE believed it had something special with these men.
Predicting a wrestler's career trajectory is an impossible task. Some seemingly unparalleled talents wash out. Sometimes guys no one believes in make it to the highest level.
Rick Martel, Curt Hennig and Scott Hall came into the company with a ton of buzz, but they weren't exactly prospects at that point. All three were AWA vets. Hall had worked for WCW as well.
The following are WWE prospects, men with little pro-wrestling experience, who the company hyped like a carnival barker building up the inhabitants of his freak show. Wrestlers who, deserved or not, had their debuts passionately touted.