Alas, there have been more than a few overrated stars in WWE history.
These guys and girls had it all: hype, big pushes and opportunities. For a while, they were seen as major stars that would help shape the future of the company.
But due to their own flaws, things never quite panned out.
Examining factors like just how heavily they were hyped and how badly they faltered, let’s have a look at the five most overrated superstars ever.
Ashley Massaro was the recipient of one of the biggest pushes in Divas history. She got to pose for Playboy and Maxim and appear in various high-rated shows like Survivor and Smallville. In the ring, she got to wrestle the likes of Trish Stratus and Melina on TV and pay-per-view.
So, what was the problem? Well, the Diva Search girl couldn’t wrestle at all. She was a disaster any time she got near the ring. In fact, the name “Ashley Massaro” is now synonymous with “botch-prone Diva.”
Granted, he had a good physique and some charisma, but did Billy Gunn really deserve the huge push he got during the Attitude Era?
Let’s face it: He wasn’t that great a wrestler and his act was very one-dimensional. Without DX, how much of a star was he really?
Considering this, it’s not really surprising his King of the Ring victory in 1999 and feud with The Rock ultimately went nowhere.
Sure, Chyna was pretty major name in 2000. She posed for Playboy, she released her own fitness DVD and churned out a best-selling book, If They Only Knew.
But looking beyond the WWE hype machine, it’s hard to claim that Joanie Laurer was much of a talent.
She couldn’t really talk, her wrestling skills were patchy at best and she wasn’t exactly bursting with charisma. Really, all she going for her was her physique.
It's hard to believe she was once such a big part of WWE television.
Likely due to his charisma and cool catchphrase, WWE pushed Ken Kennedy strongly for the first few years of his WWE career. He won Money in the Bank, he featured in main events and was even planned to be Vince McMahon’s illegitimate son at one point.
However, his habit of getting hurt, wrestling stiff and saying stupid things in interviews sabotaged his once-promising WWE career and the star was released in May 2009. You have to wonder what all the fuss was about in the first place.
WWE clearly wanted big things for Bobby Lashley. He was given one of the biggest pushes ever and had the ECW brand built around him. He beat several top guys and was even allowed to main event WrestleMania 23 with Umaga as part of the McMahon/Trump feud.
Sadly, Lashley just didn’t have “it” in terms of star power and charisma. He had a huge, impressive physique but not much else. And when the wrestler departed the company in 2008 to pursue an MMA career, he wasn’t exactly missed.