SummerSlam Hall of Shame: The 20 Worst Wrestlers in SummerSlam History
In the last 23 editions of SummerSlam, the WWE presented 188 matches and many became classics for the ages.
Several greats left their mark in unforgettable encounters. Bret Hart, The Undertaker, Hulk Hogan, The Rock, John Cena, Stone Cold are few of those who made history on the stage of the Biggest Blockbuster Of The Summer.
However, for everything awesome, there is an awful counterpart and SummerSlam made no exception.
A lot of wrestlers should not be found on the card of the second biggest WWE event of the year. However, as you will see, 20 of the most awful wrestlers managed to find a way in.
So, with no more introduction, I invite you to discover who are the unlucky ones who made the cut to feature in the SummerSlam Hall Of Shame.
20. Michael Tarver
He was involved in the biggest storyline of the year that eventually blew up when he was a member of Nexus at SummerSlam 2010 in a losing effort against John Cena and his WWE Team.
Fast forward one year later and you will discover that Michael Tarver has been released this last June. Does it surprise anyone? I don't think so.
He was nothing more than a part of the furniture during the Nexus angle and he has been left behind when it was time to move on.
Boring would describe him perfectly. He was not awful in the ring wrestling-wise, but it takes more than some wrestling skills to be entertaining.
Previously known as the One Man Gang, a cool tough guy persona, Akeem was a weird character with no personality who seemed to have lost all his edge in the ring. He was still a heel, but we were miles away from what he once was.
The African Dream was plain awful, especially when he was trying to perform some tribal dances. The gimmick was a failure and The African Dream was more of a nightmare than anything else.
At SummerSlam 1989, he was on the losing end when he teamed up with the Big Boss Man and Andre The Giant to face Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Demolition.
Fred Ottman, the man who was previously known as the famous Tugboat and later known as the iconic Shockmaster, was a part of the duo dubbed as The Natural Disasters and he was called Typhoon.
At SummerSlam 1991, the super heavyweight team defeated The Bushwhackers, who were used as jobbers in a match probably no one remembers.
Typhoon was as bad as Earthquake, but at least he didn't have his mannerisms.
17. Heath Slater
At SummerSlam 2010, he was a member of Nexus in a potentially huge storyline and his team lost the match against Team WWE led by John Cena.
With no charisma and no "it" factor, the crowds just don't care about Heath Slater. He's a good athlete and he can actually wrestle very well, but when he takes the mic, it screws up his positive points big time.
It's doesn't help to be a self-proclaimed "One Man Rock Band" when you have nothing to back up that statement.
Unless we see a drastic change, Slater will be stuck in the bottom of the card for the rest of his career and he will never be a big draw.
16. Repo Man
The guy behind Repo Man's mask was previously known as the great Smash from Demolition. However, someone had the stupid idea to give him one of the worst gimmicks ever.
Unfortunately for him, he could be nothing more than a low mid-card jobber and he seems to have left his passion behind when Demolition was deactivated.
SummerSlam 1992 was the stage of classic moments, but nothing could be perfect, so the fans were served with a match in which Repo Man jobbed against Crush.
The 1991 edition of SummerSlam was the stage of a match with an interesting storyline in background. Virgil, who was Ted DiBiase's valet, went in revolt mode against his master and it led to a match won by the underdog.
It was a beautiful fairytale, but Virgil was too stiff in the ring and the match was a borefest. It's no wonder why he is most remembered as DiBiase's valet than as a wrestler.
He was also put in another borefest the following year on the same stage, on the losing end of a squash match against none other than the infamous Nailz.
Fortunately, the fans didn't have the time to fall asleep since the match lasted less than four minutes.
14. The Barbarian
It's not a good sign to have a wrestler who had over 15 managers throughout his career. And The Barbarian was no exception.
To have so many managers means he has zero mic skills and that he's not good enough to keep a manager more than some months.
At SummerSlam 1988, he and The Warlord, a duo known as Powers Of Pain, defeated the aging Bolsheviks in a very low-profile match to display how McMahon loved his big, muscular men.
In the summer of 1989, there was a huge storyline going on surrounding the movie "No Holds Barred" in which starred Hulk Hogan in the role of a wrestler facing an indestructible opponent called Zeus.
Magically, the Zeus character got out of the movie screen and challenged Hogan. At SummerSlam, the fans were served with a too predictable match with Hulk Hogan & Brutus Beefcake opposing the mighty Zeus and Randy Savage.
However, Zeus was only decent (and I'm generous) in the movie. He was just not a wrestler.
He was impressive in person, but that was about it and it's no wonder why he was only involved in the few matches of the angle. He left without fanfare and he quickly became a forgotten WWF wrestler.
Nailz, the crazy ex-convict was unfortunately on the SummerSlam 1992 card. Even worst, he won his match against Virgil, who tried to become a wrestler, but who became a well-known jobber.
The idea behind the gimmick was not so bad and it could have turned into an interesting storyline against the Big Boss Man, but it turned into a major failure.
Nailz was nothing more than a big guy who could deliver some decent promos, but he was awful in the ring.
If John Cena only has five moves, Nailz only had four: punch, kick, clothesline and choke hold; and, even then he had issues to perform those moves. He was also one of the worst wrestlers ever to sell opponents' attacks.
11. General Adnan
He was a former WWWF Tag Team Champion, but it was in the '70s and it was really not necessary for him to come back in the ring at the age of 52. He was Sgt. Slaughter's manager, and he should have stuck to this role.
He teamed up with an aging Iron Sheik, known as Col. Mustafa in 1991, and Sgt. Slaughter in a handicap they obviously lost against Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior.
It's needless to say that it was a very forgettable match and one of the worst SummerSlam main events in history.
10. Los Boricuas
You probably know Savio Vega, one of the most misused talents in WWE history. But have you ever heard about Miguel Perez Jr., Jesus Castillo and Jose Estrada Jr.?
You certainly understand now why the dreadful stable called Los Boricuas features on this list.
By the way, if anyone is interested, they won their match against The Disciples Of Apocalypse at SummerSlam 1997.
9. The Blu Brothers
The Blu Brothers just didn't get it. They had zero charisma and they had a boring farmer tough boys gimmick. They were tall and that's about it.
They were nothing more than two brutal brawlers who could barely wrestle; and the match they lost against the Smoking Gunns at SummerSlam 1995 was another proof of their very limited in-ring skills.
8. Eric Bischoff
I can understand Shane McMahon's presence in a ring for a wrestling match because he has some abilities and he can perform some interesting stunts.
However, Eric Bischoff should have stayed behind his microphone where he belonged when SummerSlam 2003 was presented. He tried his best, but it just didn't work and, as The Rock would say, "Know your role and shut your mouth!".
McMahon emerged victorious, but it only served for storyline purposes and an arm wrestling would have done the job.
The guy who was called Big Daddy V recently was first known as Mabel when he joined the WWF. For some reason, the purple lover guy became (the worst) King Of The Ring ever and he featured on three SummerSlam cards.
At SummerSlam 1994, the behemoth lost against Jeff Jarrett in a borefest. Then, the following year, he found a way to the main event as the challenger for Diesel's WWF Championship.
Finally, in 1999 he made his return at the summer classic as Viscera in a losing effort with his tag team partner Mideon.
It's beyond me to understand why such a limited wrestler lasted so long with the WWF and achieved so much. He was a complete waste of air time.
6. The Warlord
The Warlord was the epitome of Vince McMahon's obsession with muscular big men because he made him appearing on three installments of SummerSlam.
In 1988, he was an half of the Powers Of Pain, an atrocious team that claimed victory against The Bolsheviks. He also won a singles match at SummerSlam 1990 against Tito Santana, who was then a jobber. Then, at the 1991 edition of the summer classic, he lost in a three-on-three encounter.
The un-charismatic powerhouse had all his chances to shine and to become a huge draw, but he miserably failed. In 1992 the fans were finally freed from his presence but he did enough damage to be remembered nowadays.
5. The Oddities
Just a look at the picture should be enough to understand why they deserve to be on this list. They were refreshing to watch in some ways, but they played their gimmick too seriously. An 100 percent humoristic approach would have worked way better.
That being said, the group was just a bunch of big guys who could not wrestle and when you say Kurrgan is the best wrestler in your stable, you have a problem.
In 1998, they won their SummerSlam match against Kaientai and I prefer to abstain to comment on the quality of the match to avoid hurting anyone's feelings.
I just don't get why they made such a big deal about Earthquake. He was tall, fat and he couldn't wrestle.
It's even more surprising to know that he took part to two SummerSlam events in a row. In 1990, he was defeated by Hulk Hogan. The next year, he teamed up with Typhoon and they defeated The Bushwhackers in a low profile bout.
His trademark mannerism, to jump in the ring to make it shake with his opponent down, was atrocious to watch. It was meant to impress the audiences, but all it did was to bore them to death.
3. Giant Gonzales
The Undertaker was not always involved in great feuds, and the one he had against Giant Gonzales in 1993 was the proof of that.
Gonzales was so awful in the ring that only The Undertaker could actually work with him. Except The Deadman, he only faced jobbers in his nine-month run with the WWF.
After their atrocious encounter at WrestleMania IX, it was decided they would have a rematch at SummerSlam. The Argentinian giant moved a little bit better than The Great Khali, but he was as limited.
Fortunately the Argentina's market was not targeted by McMahon, so they didn't put the WWF Title on Gonzales.
2. The Disciples of Apocalypse
It should surprise no one to know that one of the worst stables ever was involved in the 1997 PWI Worst Feud of the Year, against Los Boricuas.
The group was composed of Crush, Chainz (who?) and the Blu Brothers now bald with new names (Skull & 8-Ball). Just to hear those names should put fear in everyone's mind, but it never happened. All the fans had for them was pity.
The Disciples of Apocalypse were atrocious to watch every time they appeared on TV, and SummerSlam 1997 was no exception.
1. The Great Khali
It's a secret for no one that The Punjabi Playboy became World Heavyweight Champion for business only. Vince McMahon found no better way to gain the India market and that's okay. But was it necessary to have him at SummerSlam on three occasions?
At the 2007 summer classic, he retained the World Heavyweight Championship via disqualification against Batista. The following year, he challenged Triple H for the WWE Championship but he fell short. Then, in 2009, he was defeated by Kane in a borefest.
The Great Khali just can't wrestle and he can barely move. When he walks, he reminds me the living trees in The Lord Of The Rings. No offense to them, but at least they can use the fact they are trees as a disclaimer.
As you could see, even SummerSlam could not escape the invasion of mediocrity. I hope your brain is not too damaged after that travel into the land of the awful.
But as for any list, I probably forgot some names so I invite you to use the comment section to let me know.
Do you agree or disagree about the order and is there anyone who doesn't belong on the list?
Finally, on a more positive note, the upcoming SummerSlam might be a great show and, hopefully, they won't throw in Khali or Hornswoggle.
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