Over the past few years, there have been many talented wrestlers who, due to one reason or another, were not used to their full potential.
In this slideshow, I will present to you five wrestlers who I personally believe were very close to making it to the top of the roster, or at the very least, had enough talent to warrant a main event push.
But before you dive into this article, here is a quick clarification: This article will focus on WWE wrestlers from 2005-2010. Wrestlers who are currently wrestling right now will be given a separate slideshow (aside from one exception).
With that out of the way, check out the slideshow!
This is the exception.
It baffles me that DiBiase went from being a key player in major feuds in 2009/2010, to being almost non-existent. The "Legacy" stable turned out to be counter-productive, unless the main objective was to push Orton to the moon.
While his former stable-mate Cody Rhodes is steadily climbing up the ranks, I really wish that DiBiase, a guy with a good look, solid ring skills, and decent mic skills, is also given another good shot, as I could honestly see this guy having a very successful career.
I understand that this guy still has a long way to go, but my gut tells me that a really good shot to push a very solid worker, was missed.
Remember this guy?
As soon as Muhammad Hassan's entrance music hit, it would take only a split second for the entire audience to react, almost instinctively, with boos. Hassan (real name Mark Copani) is arguably one of the best mic workers in WWE history.
He was great at getting a reaction out of the crowd, and he wasn't a half-bad wrestler to boot. With a more-than-meets-the eye character to his name, the WWE could have gone a long way with him.
While he did pander to stereotypes at many points in his short career, there was always an opportunity for building an "underdog" character—something that would have been a brave move for the WWE to do in a post-9/11 America. Just as probable, though, was the possibility for him to become a true main-event heel.
When an angle involving men in ski masks, helping Hassan attack the Undertaker, aired on the same day as the 7/7 London bombings, the backlash was massive. Hassan, as a result, was released.
I'm sure Shelton being on this list is no surprise to anyone.
The guy could wrestle. He had a five-star match with Shawn Michaels on RAW early in his career (Gold Rush tournament, for those curious). He was charismatic, dedicated, and even his mic skills were good.
While I openly acknowledge that the WWE did give this guy many solid pushes, inconsistent booking (feuding with Evolution one month, and wrestling on Heat the next), as well as bad angles (The Mama angle) kept this guy down. Of course, perhaps he just didn't have "it."
Regardless, I would've loved to see him go all the way, although at least he was given a solid run in ECW before being released.
"I spit in the face of people who don't want to be cool."
In a just world, this guy would have been at the top. While a lot of people may not agree with me, I thought Carlito was one of the best all-around talents in the WWE.
His matches entertained me thoroughly, and he won over the audience.
What's not to love?
I could go through a long list of things that I think made Mr. Kennedy one hell of a superstar but, in the end, the fact was that he had the potential to be big and the WWE openly acknowledged this.
I'm not claiming that he was the best wrestler on the roster, or even the best mic worker (although he was one hell of a speaker), but damn, that guy had potential.
If he was able to keep his push, while adjusting and improving to be an even better superstar, he could have made it. Hell, I'll go as far to say that he could have been an icon, although that is my own personal opinion.
Whichever way you look at it, the guy could get insane reactions as both a heel or a face. With proper improvement, he could have made a big impact.
Sadly, being injury-prone slowed him down. However, his recklessness in the ring, as well as backstage politics, led to his eventual release.
Thanks for checking out the slideshow!
Feel free to comment, whether you agree or disagree with my choices. As well, feel free to share who you believe had the potential to be a main-event star.