Ranking the Most Surprising Superstars to Ever Compete at WrestleMania

Travis Wakeman@@traviswakeman10Featured Columnist IVMarch 28, 2013

Ranking the Most Surprising Superstars to Ever Compete at WrestleMania

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    In the 28 WWE WrestleMania events that have taken place, there were bound to be some questionable matches and superstars over the years.

    While guys like "Superstar" Billy Graham and Brian Pillman never competed at the Showcase of the Immortals, there were plenty of strange competitors who did.

    So from the unknown to the downright ridiculous, we take a look at some of the more surprising wrestlers that have competed at WrestleMania, some of whom you may have never even heard of.

13. Maven

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    Maven was the very first winner of Tough Enough, a reality show that, in those days, aired on MTV.

    After winning the show, Maven was a bit of a disappointment in WWE, only lasting a few years with the organization.

    Maven's most memorable moment came during the 2002 Royal Rumble when he shockingly eliminated (video) Undertaker.

    Not long after, Maven would actually win the Hardcore title from Undertaker with help from The Rock.

    It was at WrestleMania 18 where he would defend that title in a match against Goldust.

    Due to WWE's 24/7 rule at the time, Spike Dudley actually won the title from Maven during that match. Later in the night, after the belt had changed hands multiple times, Maven pinned Christian to get the belt back.

12. Marcus Cor Von

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    Marcus Cor Von came to WWE with plenty of fanfare after a good run with TNA.

    He was placed on the ECW brand, where he quickly became part of the New Breed faction.

    It was at WrestleMania 23 where these men would get their break, competing in an eight-man tag team match.

    The match was most notable for the fact that many ECW originals finally got their shot at being on a WrestleMania card.

    Their opponents that night were four men who can be easily forgotten. Cor Von abruptly left WWE not long after.

11. Adam Bomb

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    Adam Bomb was a guy who actually had a lot of talent, but a very strange gimmick.

    At WrestleMania X, he met Earthquake in what was supposed to be some sort of battle of natural disasters.

    It didn't amount to much of a battle at all, as Earthquake defeated Adam Bomb in just 35 seconds, one of the quickest finishes in WrestleMania history.

10. The Boogeyman

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    The Boogeyman was easily one of the most bizarre characters in WWE history.

    As ridiculous as he seemed, he also rarely lost, at least early on in his career.

    At WrestleMania 22, he faced a very established Booker T and his wife Sharmell in a handicap match.

    Not only did Boogeyman win the match, but he also did so rather easily, defeating the duo in less than four minutes.

9. Repo Man

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    The Repo Man (pictured at bottom right) was a gimmick given to Barry Darsow, who had previously competed as Smash with the very strong tag team Demolition.

    Several videos were made of him "repossessing" items, but what made Repo Man stand out was his use of a tow rope, which he used to tie opponents up after defeating them.

    He appeared at WrestleMania 8 in an eight-man tag team match, teaming with The Mountie and the Nasty Boys. They would lose to The Big Boss Man, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Sgt. Slaughter and Virgil.

    Repo Man would resurface at WrestleMania 17 as part of the gimmick battle royal.

8. Tenryu and Kitao

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    At WrestleMania 7, WWE put together a pretty random matchup between one of their long-standing tag teams, Demolition, and a team from Japan.

    Genichiro Tenryu and Koji Kitao defeated Smash and Crush in less than five minutes.

    Tenryu would go on to make appearances in both the 1993 and 1994 Royal Rumble matches, but the decision to have them defeat Demolition was and still is surprising.

7. Skinner

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    Steve Keirn, the man who portrayed Skinner, actually had a lot of wrestling talent. So why was he saddled with this animal hunter gimmick?

    Skinner took part in WrestleMania 8, suffering a quick defeat at the hands of Owen Hart.

    Keirn is still employed with WWE and is currently working as the president of NXT.

6. The Sultan

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    Who was the first man The Rock ever faced at WrestleMania? The Sultan.

    If you don't remember him, don't worry.

    The Sultan was actually portrayed by Rikishi, and he was supposed to be from the Middle East.

    Bob Backlund and The Iron Sheik managed him together, guiding him to a shot at Rocky Maivia's Intercontinental title at WrestleMania 13.

    The Sultan actually gave Maivia a run for his money but came up a little short of winning the belt.

5. Doug Furnas and Phil LaFon

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    Doug Furnas and Phil LaFon were one of the most obscure tag teams on record in WWE, yet they did receive a match at WrestleMania.

    At WrestleMania 13, the duo took part in the opening contest, which was a Fatal 4-Way match to determine No. 1 contenders for the tag team titles.

    The Headbangers would outlast the New Blackjacks, The Godwinns and Furnas and LaFon.

    The team disappeared later that year and resurfaced in ECW.

4. The Executioner

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    The Executioner is part of the answer to a great trivia question: Who competed in the first match in WrestleMania history?

    At WrestleMania 1, he opened the event in a match against Tito Santana.

    Santana would win the match over the masked man, who was portrayed by longtime wrestling veteran "Playboy" Buddy Rose. 

3. Aguila

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    During the Monday night wars between WWE and WCW, one area WCW clearly held an advantage was within their Cruiserweight division with guys like Rey Mysterio, Psychosis, Juventud Guerrera and Billy Kidman.

    WWE tried to emulate this by creating a light heavyweight division, leading to Taka Michinoku emerging as the winner of a championship tournament.

    At WrestleMania 14, Aguila challenged Michinoku for the title.  

    The two men showed off an exciting array of high-flying maneuvers before Michinoku put Aguila away to retain his title.

    Aguila was portrayed by a superstar who would later become known as Essa Rios.

2. David Sammartino

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    Though his much more famous father, Bruno, will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this year, David Sammartino never came close to duplicating his career.

    At the inaugural WrestleMania event, David faced Brutus Beefcake in one-on-one action. After a back-and-forth struggle, the match ended in a double disqualification after Bruno began brawling with Beefcake's manager, Johnny Valiant.

    Not long after the event, David's WWE tenure ended after it seemed clear that Vince McMahon was just using him for his name and wasn't truly interested in his ability.

1. George Wells

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    Not only is George Wells one of the most unknown superstars to ever compete at WrestleMania, but he was also involved in one of the strangest scenes.

    Jake "The Snake" Roberts defeated Wells in just over three minutes with his vaunted DDT, and then after the match, he unleashed his snake, Damien.

    As the python slithered over the body of the fallen Wells, he began vomiting and foaming at the mouth.

    Wells left the WWE soon after this and never returned.