WWE: Kharma and the Top 15 One-Hit Wonders in WWE History
When the news broke two weeks ago that Kia Stevens, known to the WWE Universe as Kharma, was pregnant and would be missing over nine months of action, talk immediately began about her position in WWE and what would happen to the character that had been built up so much over the past months.
While nobody really knows what will happen when Kharma makes her return sometime in 2012, it's very unlikely she will return with the same force displayed during the few weeks she was on the WWE roster.
Though her pregnancy makes Kharma's situation unique, there has been no shortage of wrestlers who abruptly disappear from WWE after making a huge impact.
There could be many reasons why a particular superstar would disappear, including injury, suspension, creative changes or just a lack of response from the fans.
This list takes a look at the top 15 WWE superstars who are considered "one-hit wonders."
15: Marc Mero
After coming to WWE from WCW, Marc Mero quickly rose to become the Intercontinental Champion, defeating Faarooq in the finals of a tournament for the vacant title. He then feuded with Hunter Hearst Helmsley for a few months before tearing his ACL.
After spending nearly six months away for rehabilitation, Mero returned but couldn't pick things up where he had left off.
His character split with his wife and former manager Sable, and he was placed into sloppy storylines with Goldust and Luna Vachon.
Mero eventually left WWE with three years remaining on his contract. He sat out with injuries and collected a large portion of his guaranteed salary.
14: Marcus Cor Von
After a stint in TNA as Monty Brown, Marcus Cor Von debuted in WWE on ECW as a member of the New Breed.
Cor Von feuded with the ECW originals, frequently showcasing himself as the powerhouse of the New Breed. It seemed that the former NFL star would eventually rise to the top of ECW.
After the feud with the ECW originals died down, Cor Von took time off for "family issues" and was never seen on WWE programing again.
13: "Texas Tornado" Kerry Von Erich
Instant Intercontinental champion, faded to Jobber
"The Texas Tornado" Kerry Von Erich debuted in WWE and was instantly pushed into stardom. He won the Intercontinental Championship as a fill-in for Brutus Beefcake and carried the title for months.
Von Erich had many high profile matches at WrestleMania, Survivor Series and Royal Rumble, leading many to believe that he would eventually be one of the top stars in WWE.
However, Von Erich's push stopped in 1992 and he became a jobber, losing matches to up-and-coming stars. He left WWE shortly afterward.
12: Marty Jannetty
Marty Jannetty will only be remembered as Shawn Michaels' tag team partner before Michaels hit it big.
After a run with Shawn Michaels as The Rockers, the two broke up and were set to begin a feud that would end at WrestleMania VIII. However, Jannetty attacked a police officer and was sentenced to six months of house arrest.
Upon his return, Jannetty was promptly released after a poor performance at the Royal Rumble and the rumor that he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs during the match.
He returned again, eventually winning the Intercontinental Championship only to be sued by Charles Austin, who had broken his neck after taking Jannetty's "Rocker Dropper" finisher several years earlier.
Jannetty was released; it is speculated that the court case played a major part in that decision.
Jannetty has made several appearances since then, but his career could just never make it over that first big hill.
11: Mr. Hughes
After brief stints in both AWA and WCW, Mr. Hughes signed a short contract with WWE and found himself immediately in a feud with The Undertaker.
Mr. Hughes held his own against The Undertaker, thanks to his manager Harvey Wippleman. Hughes was even involved in a storyline where he had stolen the urn from The Undertaker, a very prominent part of The Undertaker's character at the time.
Eventually defeated by The Undertaker, Mr. Hughes disappeared from WWE, with only the one feud under his belt.
10: Sean O'Haire
When vignettes began airing showing Sean O'Haire with his new Devil's Advocate character, WWE looked to have a new star on their hands.
O'Haire would urge others to break the law, commit adultery, not go to church and other things.
On one occasion he convinced Brian "Spanky" Kendrick to streak through the arena and convinced Dawn Marie to flash the audience on another. His dark persona seemed poised for a run at the WWE Title.
O'Haire then began hanging around "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and his new gimmick was dropped.
Shortly thereafter, he was involved in a motorcycle accident which kept him out of action for over a month. Upon his return, he was sent back to developmental and later released.
9: Ludvig Borga
Ludvig Borga played the evil anti-American.
The only problem was he hailed from Finland, not really a country that any Americans had a problem with. His problems with America stemmed from issues in environmental laws and in the educational system.
After defeating former Intercontinental Champion, Marty Jannetty, Borga was pushed instantly into the main event, facing Lex Luger several times including the main event of Survivor Series which saw both Luger and Borga as the last remaining members of their respective teams.
Borga almost defeated Razor Ramon for the Intercontinental Championship on one occasion, only to have his victory overturned due to interference by Shawn Michaels.
Borga later injured his ankle in a match with Rick Steiner and was forced to take time off. This cancelled plans for him at both Royal Rumble and WrestleMania and he left WWE soon after.
8: Elijah Burke
Elijah Burke was one of the top stars on ECW, but could never effectively make it as a singles superstar.
Before he became the leader of the New Breed, Burke was allied with Sylvester Terkay, a former Mixed Martial Artist who acted as his manager and tag team partner. Upon Burke arriving in ECW, Mr. McMahon dubbed Burke as "The Future of ECW."
After a lengthy feud with the ECW Originals, Burke went on a mission to become the ECW Champion. After several failed attempts, Burke began to fade into obscurity.
He tried to team with Shelton Benjamin to win the WWE Tag Team Championship, but he was fading too fast and was eventually released from his WWE contract.
7: Nathan Jones
Nathan Jones was built up as one of WWE's next big things, but his lack of solid in-ring abilities caused his downfall.
Jones was supposed to be The Undertaker's tag team partner for his match against A-Train and Big Show at WrestleMania XIX. However, due to Jones' poor in-ring work, he was written to be attacked and injured prior to the match.
At WrestleMania, The Undertaker took on A-Train and Big Show in a handicap match and Nathan Jones only appeared in the final moments of the match, attacking Big Show so The Undertaker could pin A-Train.
After WrestleMania, Jones was sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling for more training. He returned and was placed in a storyline, aiding Brock Lesnar in his feud with Kurt Angle.
Jones quit WWE shortly afterward.
6: Bobby Lashley
Another superstar who had a lengthy run with WWE, but failed to achieve the status that many had predicted.
Lashley first began to make a name for himself on SmackDown. He was involved in a feud with JBL, and even defeated him for the United States Championship.
However, Lashley dropped the title and discovered that he had elevated enzymes in his liver and would be unable to perform for several weeks.
Shortly after his return, Lashley appeared on ECW and quickly became the ECW Champion. After a run as champion and a feud with Mr. McMahon that included the famous "Hair vs Hair" match at WrestleMania 23, Lashley was drafted to Raw and stripped of the ECW Championship.
Poised for a run at the WWE Championship, Lashley failed in two attempts before taking time off to heal a nagging injury. Before returning, he announced that he was leaving WWE to pursue a Mixed Martial Arts career.
5: Buff Bagwell
Buff Bagwell was a somewhat successful wrestler in WCW where he won the WCW Tag Team Championship five times. His WWE career did not go quite as well.
Bagwell was one of the first WCW superstars to sign with WWE after the WCW buyout. He made his televised debut on July 2, facing Booker T for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.
Though the match went to a no-contest after interference from Stone Cold, Bagwell's performance was so bad that he was booed out of the arena.
When he arrived for the Raw taping the next week, Bagwell was informed that he was being released from his contract due to complaints about his attitude and the accusation that he faked an injury at the SmackDown taping only days before.
Even his mother called WWE offices, claiming that her son should get time off for his "injury."
4: Spirit Squad
The Spirit Squad were a dominant group of superstars who performed under the gimmick of male cheerleaders.
They became Tag Team Champions in April 2006 and held on to the titles for 216 days, the longest reign since the team of Owen Hart and The British Bulldog in 1996-1997.
Their "leader" Kenny eventually began to break from the group and looked as if he would be the next big superstar in WWE. However, after a short singles stint, Kenny faded back to developmental and then out of WWE completely.
Nicky has since re-emerged as Dolph Ziggler, the only member to currently be under WWE contract, but no mention of The Spirit Squad has ever surfaced with him.
3: Giant Gonzalez
You probably know about Giant Gonzalez thanks to the outrageous body suit that he wore in his WrestleMania match against The Undertaker. What you may not know, is that the suit is one of the only memorable aspects of Giant Gonzalez.
Pitched as the next big opponent to The Undertaker, Gonzalez made his debut at the Royal Rumble in 1993, where he eliminated The Undertaker even though he himself was not in the match.
The two met at WrestleMania IX, where The Undertaker won by disqualification after Gonzalez attempted to use chloroform on The Deadman.
They met again at SummerSlam, with The Undertaker again coming out with a victory. Gonzalez was then set to have a feud with his former manager, Harvey Wippleman and his new superstar, Adam Bomb, but Gonzalez left WWE before the feud could begin.
2: Mr. Kennedy
Though he had a rather lengthy run in WWE, Mr. Kennedy had just begun to break into the spotlight when he disappeared forever.
Though he was a former United States Champion and Money in the Bank winner, Kennedy was plagued by injuries and suspensions that kept him from ever making it to the top.
After winning the Money in the Bank ladder match at WrestleMania 23, he sustained an injury and was forced to drop the briefcase to Edge.
Upon retuning from injury, Kennedy was drafted to Raw to start a new run, only to be suspended due to a wellness policy violation.
After a few months on the show, he took time off to film Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia, returned and was drafted to SmackDown, only to dislocate his shoulder and be forced to sit out again.
When Kennedy finally made his return, he was drafted back to Raw, competed in one match and then was released from his contract four days later, never having made it to the top ranks of WWE where so many thought he would eventually be.
1: Muhammad Hassan
Muhammed Hassan had one of the most promising gimmicks in WWE history and had a bright future in store for him, only to have it taken away by an unfortunate circumstance and pressure from a television network.
Hassan played the modern anti-American extremely well, claiming that he was trying to overcome the anti-Arab prejudice that was so abundant in the aftermath of 9/11.
Hassan quickly became one of the most hated heels in the business, even so much that the other heels hated him as well.
On an episode of SmackDown that was taped on July 4, 2005, Hassan appeared on the ramp after a match between Daivari and The Undertaker.
Five masked men the jumped into the arena, attacking The Undertaker and eventually carrying Daivari out on their shoulders. This broadcast aired three days later, mere hours after the London bombings took place.
UPN, the network that aired SmackDown, pressured WWE into keeping Hassan off of television. He was released shortly after.