WWE WrestleMania 27: The 27 Worst WrestleMania Competitors of All Time
No, Snooki did not make the list yet, but it will be all up to her to avoid a spot in the Hall Of Shame that is the following slideshow.
As we all know, WrestleMania is The Grandest Stage Of Them All and The Show Of Shows. It is any wrestler's dream to battle at WrestleMania and to be in the middle of the ring for that unique moment is an accomplishment in itself.
All the greatest wrestlers in the business had their WrestleMania moment. To headline the event is a guarantee of a lasting legacy. Shawn Michaels, Stone Cold, Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker, Randy Savage, The Rock, Triple H, Andre The Giant and John Cena are some of the few who come to mind when we think about The Showcase Of The Immortals.
There are also all those who filled the undercards throughout the years and most of them deserved their spot at the biggest annual wrestling extravaganza.
But, as I said, most of them deserved their spot and I would like to insist on the "most of them" because some competitors were simply not WrestleMania's caliber. And I don't even talk about dark matches because the list could be a Top 100 of the worst.
So, with no more introduction, let's see those who were not at their rightfully place when they stepped in a WrestleMania ring.
27. Cody Rhodes (WrestleMania 26)
He might not be on this list for long because he seems on his way to become a great WrestleMania performer this coming April 3rd in Atlanta.
But for now, his only presence on a WrestleMania card has left many question marks in the air about his future. His presence in a triple threat match against Randy Orton and Ted DiBiase was one of a jobber, pure and simple. His run with Legacy was plain awful and was equally matched by his match at WrestleMania 26.
26. Ted DiBiase Jr (WrestleMania 26)
Ted DiBiase Jr is going nowhere since WrestleMania 26 and he was not going anywhere good even as a member of Legacy.
His first and maybe last WrestleMania appearance did nothing good for him. In fact, his match against Orton and Rhodes is one of the worst booked in WrestleMania's history so he's not the only one to blame. But even in defeat, it's possible to look a little bit good and it was not the case for DiBiase on that night.
25. The Boogeyman (WrestleMania 22)
He was a decent mid-card wrestler with his freaky gimmick, but WrestleMania is not exactly a stage for him.
The Boogeyman is not awful, but he is not WrestleMania's caliber neither and he proved it in the handicap match he had against Booker T and Sharmell. He could fit on any minor pay-per-view card, but that's about it.
24. Men on a Mission (WrestleMania X)
With a team like Men On A Mission on the card, it's no wonder why WrestleMania 10 won't be remembered for ages. There have been many worst combination than Mabel & Mo, but there have been so many better.
Actually, most fans remember the ladder match between Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon for the Intercontinental Title more than the main event. So, many have probably forgot that Men On A Mission won the Tag Team Championship against The Quebecers.
23. David Sammartino (WrestleMania I)
At the first WrestleMania, David Sammartino, the son of the legendary Bruno Sammartino, made his first and only appearance on a major pay-per-view against Brutus Beefcake. The not very memorable match ended in a double disqualification.
Obviously the fans in the arena cheered more for Bruno than for David and it was probably not easy for the young man to get the spotlight on him.
But David didn't do much to shine and to impress; his performance was just ok and not WrestleMania worthy. He also generated a very lukewarm reaction in the audience and he did not connect very well with the fans. Actually, if we look at him carefully, he did not seem to enjoy the moment and he would have probably preferred to stay home on this day.
22. Akebono (WrestleMania 21)
There's nothing wrong with sumo wrestling, but was it necessary to have such a match at WrestleMania 21?
Akebono is not to blame because he probably received an interesting amount of money to face Big Show in a sumo wrestling bout. But it was boring and the big man who made his mark in Japan gave the impression he did not really want to be there. He did not look comfortable in front of a WWE crowd and he generated zero reaction.
He was apparently not at WrestleMania for the fun or for the prestige of the event, but he managed to win against The Big Show. A statue would have shown more emotions than him.
21. Ted Arcidi (WrestleMania II)
Probably no one knows who is Ted Arcidi and that explains his presence on the current list. He took part to the Battle Royal at WrestleMania II and that is his biggest accomplishment with the WWE.
Arcidi mostly made his mark as a power-lifter, but his wrestling career turned short after he failed to draw the fans attention.
20. Skinner (WrestleMania VIII)
Skinner was a boring character who was used as a jobber against Owen Hart in a match that could have been erased from the card with no problem.
He was one of those who don't belong on the great stage that is WrestleMania. He was barely a mid-carder so his presence is very questionable.
19. The Six Football Players (WrestleMania II)
Jimbo Covert, Harvey Martin, Ernie Holmes, Bill Fralic, Russ Francis, William Perry were all invited to the show.
William Perry is maybe into the WWE Hall Of Fame, but that doesn't make him a great WrestleMania competitor and the same could be said about the five other football players who participated to the WrestleMania II Battle Royal.
The group of football players received some good cheers, but they had no business in the ring, especially because they did nothing worthy of mention.
18. Chris Masters (WrestleMania 22)
No offense to the countless Chris Masters fans around the world, but he is not WrestleMania's caliber. Maybe was he worthy of a Tag Team Championship shot, but it shows how bad was the division in 2006 (the more it changes, the more is still the same).
It's hard to believe couldn't find a better partner for Carlito to challenge Kane and Big Show for the Title at WrestleMania 22.
17. The Midgets (WrestleMania III)
Fortunately WrestleMania III featured the biggest match in WWE history and an unforgettable wrestling clinic so we could forget about The Haiti Kid, Little Beaver, Little Tokyo and Lord Littlebrook on the Grandest Stage Of Them All.
Why did they have to put four midget in the mix with Hillbilly Jim and King Kong Bundy? I have nothing about midget wrestling, but it should be reserved for house shows attraction or for regular TV shows.
Hillbilly Jim's team won the match via disqualification because the big men were not supposed to fight against the midgets and King Kong Bundy squashed Little Beaver.
16. The Bushwackers (WrestleMania V)
The tag team division was very strong in 1989; there was then Demolition, Strike Force, The Hart Foundation, The Brain Busters and many others. However, there was a weird team called The Bushwackers who probably had the most ridiculous tag team finisher in pro wrestling history.
The Bushwackers were (fortunately) unique and they would form an perfect trio with Bastion Booger if you can picture that. They had a little fans base, but they had no business on a stage like WrestleMania.
The worst is that they defeated the poor Rougeau Brothers in less than four minutes. After such a disgrace, it no wonder why Jacques Rougeau turned into The Mountie.
15. Santina Marella (WrestleMania 25)
The Divas division was already (and still) suffering a lot, but they managed to make it reaching new lows when Santina Marella became Miss WrestleMania.
I like Santino, but they completely ruined his credibility with the role of Santina. I guess it was not his idea, but it was a stupid move from WWE. Not only it made Santino looking ridiculous, but in turned the women's division into a joke. In fact, I can't even find a word to describe the state of the division at the time.
Santino proved he would do anything to get his paycheck, but I wonder how he enjoyed that pathetic run.
14. Mr. Fuji (WrestleMania V)
Mr. Fuji teamed up with Powers Of Pain in a 3-on-2 handicap match against Demolition, but the handicap was actually Mr. Fuji himself who looked ridiculous in the ring at WrestleMania V.
He was one of the greatest tag team wrestler ever in his prime, but he should have remained in his manager role for that match. Even with an advantage of one man, Powers Of Pain and Mr. Fuji looked incredibly weak and they were no match with Demolition who annihilated them.
13. The Warlord (WrestleMania V and VII)
It was not enough to have him in tag team action at WrestleMania V as an half of The Powers Of Pain. The WWE had to renew our displeasure by throwing The Warlord in solo at WrestleMania VII.
He was already awful in tag team action so can you imagine how it was in singles? Just think about a mix of Hulk Hogan and Batista, but with a bizarre attire and zero charisma. It's not exactly what a fan can expect from a competitor at the show of shows.
12. S.D. Jones (WrestleMania I)
When a wrestler's biggest accomplishment is to have been squashed in a record time of 23 seconds at WrestleMania I, it just makes sense to find him on the current list.
At least for King Kong Bundy it was not a midget this time.
I mean no disrespect for Jones because he was a valuable jobber, but he had no business on such a mega stage.
11. The Sultan (WrestleMania 13)
Fortunately Rikishi did not keep The Sultan's gimmick for too long, but it was enough to appear at WrestleMania 13 as a boring jobber against a new comer named Rocky Maivia, also known as The Rock.
The Sultan's character was plain awful and worst than just uni-dimensional. Even the fans were wondering if he deserved some boos.
10. Bobby Heenan (WrestleMania V)
At WrestleMania IV, Bobby Heenan surprised everyone when he pinned Koko B. Ware, but it was in tag team action so he was not alone to work the match against the opposition.
It was not the same at WrestleMania V when he lost to The Red Rooster in a boring one way 32-second bout. Heenan looked ridiculous and he proved his manager or commentator's role were fitting him better.
9. Dink (WrestleMania X)
Dink was nothing more than an annoying midget siding with Doink.
As I said earlier, I have nothing against midget wrestling, but, please, not in The Showcase of Immortals. Can you imagine if they were to put Hornswoggle on the next WrestleMania card in an actual match? Well, they did just that at WrestleMania X with Dink; and, even worst, it was a midget with a clown costume.
8. Recon & Sniper, the Truth Commission (WrestleMania 14)
There are duos that just don't work in pro wrestling and The Truth Commission is one of these. Recon & Sniper, two nobodies in WWE were just not worthy of a presence at WrestleMania.
But the bookers thought it would be a good idea to throw those two guys in a tag team battle royal as jobbers. I guess it's another case of the many "why them?" unsolved mysteries emanating from the creative team.
7. Skull & 8-Ball, the Disciples of Apocalypse (WrestleMania 14)
The WWE realised The Disciples Of Apocalypse did not belong on a WrestleMania card so they only featured in a battle royal dark match before WrestleMania 15.
At WrestleMania 14, the infamous Skull and 8-Ball were on the actual card as participants in a tag team battle royal. They were very helpful as jobbers, but WrestleMania was not a stage for them.
6. Repo Man (WrestleMania VIII)
The Repo Man's character was simply lame. He was nothing more than bottom food for the rest of the roster. But who knows why, he appeared in a low profile 4-on-4 tag team match.
Oh! and for those interested, his team, composed of himself, The Mountie and The Nasty Boys lost to Jim Duggan, The Big Boss Man, Sgt Slaughter and Virgil.
5. Sapphire (WrestleMania VI)
When you think about the fact Sapphire scored a win at WrestleMania VI, it's no wonder why the women's division died the same year to be reactivated in 1993.
It was in a mixed tag team match, but still she was on the winning side and she had nothing good to do in the middle of a WrestleMania ring.
4. The Great Khali (WrestleMania 23)
A giant who can barely move just doesn't belong on a stage as big as WrestleMania. But it's even worst when that annoying giant wins the match.
Kane probably did something very wrong to have deserved such a booking on the Grandest Stage Of Them All.
3. Giant Gonzales (WrestleMania IX)
If The Undertaker's streak is legendary, we can't say the same about all the matches that composed the famous streak.
Giant Gonzales was as awful as Khali, but with a most ridiculous outfit.
2. Uncle Elmer (WrestleMania II)
Just a look at the picture should be enough to understand why he is so high on the list.
I just don't know what to say about that wrestler. Obviously, he did not listen to his careers adviser and it resulted in a boring loss against Adrian Adonis at WrestleMania II.
1. Vickie Guerrero (WrestleMania 26)
I still don't understand why she did that. But I don't want to elaborate because my mom raised me to become a gentleman.
Anyway, you know why she's number one as the worst WrestleMania competitor of all time.