In a previous slideshow, I presented the 25 wrestlers who were the most misused in WWE history. As we could see, many talents were wasted mostly due to bad booking.
On the other side, there are wrestlers who received a push with the fans wondering "why them?" Those wrestlers can be branded as "not deserving of a push."
One might think that as many wrestlers fell into the "undeservingly pushed" category in the last decades, but surprisingly, it's not the case.
I first thought about doing a top 25, but I did even not find enough candidates to fill a top 20 after I did my research. So, I finally made a top 10 and, with no more introduction, let's see who are the unlucky wrestlers who made the cut.
His ECW Championship reign was justified because it was a secondary title and he was a rising star.
The main issue is that he became Mr. Money in the Bank at WrestleMania 26. The win shocked everyone, including himself according to the look he had on his face when he grabbed the coveted briefcase.
It was then a formality for him to become a new world champion and he did it a few days after WrestleMania. His 82-day reign was not completely awful, but he was just not ready to be World Heavyweight Champion. He mostly lacked microphone skills and charisma, two things that have not improved even today.
Swagger just doesn't connect with the fans and only a few actually care about him. He certainly has outstanding in-ring abilities, but he absolutely needs to work on his character to be a true superstar.
He must learn how to generate some actual heat. He must back up his bragging words and look like a genuine heel if he wants to be taken seriously and move out of the current list.
Fortunately there was Billy Gunn on the Smoking Gunns to add some charisma and entertainment in the ring. Otherwise, that team was doomed. In fact, without Billy who carried the team, the duo would have not been three-time Tag Team Champions.
Bart was bland in tag team action and it was even worst in singles. It's hard to believe they gave him a little push by winning the Brawl For All shoot-fighting tournament in 1998. It even led to a high profile match at WrestleMania XV between him and the iconic Butterbean.
Why Bart Gunn for such pushes? No one knows.
He was one of the worst heels ever in WWE. He mostly generated cheap heat with his so unoriginal guitar smash on his rivals' head, something he copied on The Honky Tonk Man. In addition, Jarrett had to brutalize women to produce actual heat and he went as far as smashing a guitar on the 76-year old Fabulous Moolah.
Jarrett was not bad on the microphone, but he wasn't good enough either, so he had to use some disgusting promos to cement his heel status.
If he was not awful in the ring, he was somewhat limited and he found nothing more original than an unconvincing figure-four leglock as his finisher.
He was maybe good enough for one or two reigns as Intercontinental Champion. However, six Intercontinental Title reigns was way too much for someone his caliber, who was very generic in the ring.
A few big boots, some clotheslines, a series of scoop slam and, to finish, the torture rack. That is how we can describe Ezekiel Jackson's typical matches.
He maybe proved lately that he could cut almost decent promos, but is it all it takes to deserve to be remembered as the last ECW Champion in history? Absolutely not.
With his nearly zero charisma, is he a great Intercontinental Champion? Of course not.
Do we see many signs with his name in the crowds? Please let me know if you see one.
Do we hear a lot of IWC member coming to his defense or praising him? If yes, please provide me a link.
Does he have his place on the current list? Yes he does!
Seven days with the Tag Team Title for their first reign followed by a two-day reign. That could summarize the greatness of The Godwinns, but I won't stop there.
Their tough farmers gimmick was fun at first then it became stale and boring. Even their slop throwing was too repetitive.
The two hog farmers were nothing more than limited brawlers, with very few wrestling skills.
In addition, they formed the Worst Tag Team in 1996 and in 1997 according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
Imagine Ezekiel Jackson with even even less skills on the mic. Rewind to the mid-nineties and you have Ahmed Johnson.
The fans liked his powerhouse style when he started, but he quickly stalled and the WWF didn't really know what to do with him due to his limited in-ring skills and because he could only scream unintelligible words on the mic.
In addition, if it was not enough, he had a bad habit of legitimately hurting his opponents during matches.
His 50-day reign as Intercontinental Champion is often cited as one of the worst in the title's history. So it's no wonder why he features on this list.
She could barely wrestle and she was way better in her managerial role.
In 1999, she received an inexplicable push for the casual fans who didn't know she dated Steve Austin at the time she won the WWF Women's Championship.
Her reign only lasted 29 days, but it was enough to show how the creative couldn't care less about the women's division. The worst is that she didn't win the title in an actual wrestling match; she won a lame Evening Gown Match that ended with controversy to do it.
To put two behemoth together on a tag team of a 850 lbs. combined weight was the vision the WWE had of titanesque champions. The only problem is that Earthquake and Typhoon were not exactly two titans.
Their run together was a true borefest and their 85-day reign as Tag Team Champions in 1992 didn't help them to look better. Is there anyone who actually liked to see those guys in the ring? All they had was their super-size and nothing more; no mic skills, no charisma and no in-ring abilities.
At least their team's name fitted very well because they were literally disasters in the ring and painful to watch.
He was without a doubt the worst King Of The Ring ever. It was a push that fortunately became a de-push; but, when the creative team realized their mistake after a few months, the damage was done. Savio Vega or even Kama (aka The Godfather) would've benefited way more than Mabel from the King Of The Ring's crown.
As King Mabel, he featured in some high profile matches in 1995, including one of the worst SummerSlam main events in history. With his too gigantic size, he could not wrestle and no opponent could make him look good, not even Diesel or The Undertaker.
He was also a part of one of the worst tag teams ever, Men On A Mission, a duo that loved the color purple too much. He and Mo even had an incredible reign as Tag Team Champions that lasted two days in 1994. In addition to that pathetic reign, they received the 1993 Worst Worked Match award by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
The Mabel character vanished after the 1996 Royal Rumble and he came back as Viscera, a member of The Ministry Of Darkness in 1999. His in-ring skills didn't improve with that change, but at least his push didn't resume.
The Great Khali is certainly the worst wrestler to have ever won a world championship in pro wrestling history.
The one-time World Heavyweight Champion obviously received all of his pushes for business purposes only. He battled and even defeated the biggest names in the business, including The Undertaker and John Cena.
Khali is simply one of the worst wrestlers ever. He can barely walk to the ring and his in-ring skills are those of a giant who can't move. Not only can't he wrestle, but he can't talk and he has zero charisma. Even with a manager it just doesn't work.
He is the ultimate proof that anyone who can fill Vince McMahon pockets with a large market can have success with WWE. I'm not a pure hater and I don't hope he gets released, but many others deserved the push he received, especially as World Heavyweight Champion.
As you could see, there few wrestlers who truly deserve to be branded "undeserving of a push." I initially planned to build a top 25 list, but when I made my research, I only had 17 candidates so I decided to make the cut at 10.
It shows that the WWE rarely pushes wrestlers who don't deserve it. Many will wonder why John Cena or The Ultimate Warrior did not make the cut. It's simple: they both have something more than the 10 on the list.
John Cena has a lot of charisma, good mic skills, he is dedicated to the business and he's is a huge moneymaker. He's maybe not the finest wrestler, but he can deliver as we could see on some occasions, especially at the last Money in the Bank PPV.
The Ultimate Warrior screwed up big-time with his nasty attitude backstage and with how hard it was for his opponents to work with him. However, he connected with the fans with his unique intensity and his "it" factor. He had success despite his limited wrestling skills because, as for Hogan's case, he filled Vince McMahon's pockets.
That being said, we have to give credit to the WWE for usually avoiding to put championship belts on wrestlers against a majority of fans' will. They rarely made the mistake to push someone really undeserving.
So, what do you think? Do you agree or disagree with my picks and with the order? If I missed anyone, please let me know.