Most Overrated Wrestling Workers of All-Time
Like every sport, the politics of professional wrestling have allowed dozens maybe even hundreds of superstars to attain amazing heights of popularity and success that they didn’t necessarily deserve.
Or in some cases, they received a lucky break, or even worse, had help from family. Either way, some guys weren’t and aren’t nearly as good as they tried or try to make you believe. And while wrestling is just that, make believe, Review Fix gives you this list of 10 workers who aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.
10: Jeff Jarrett: Sure, he’s a former World champion in two companies, but he’s never been a franchise guy. TNA allowed him another chance to see how well he could be the face of a company after his terrible reign on top of WCW; it proved that, while no one will doubt his ability in the ring, he’s more of an upper-mid-carder.
9: Jake Roberts: Master on the mic and the innovator of the most widely used move in wrestling history, the DDT. Aside from that, his matches are a bore.
8: Batista: Aside from a few power moves, Batista isn’t much to watch in the ring. While his work on the mic got better as his career developed, it felt like he was pushed too hard, too fast. Would have been nice to see his career go on a little longer.
7: John Cena: Although he has more talent than someone the likes of Hulk Hogan and can work, he often doesn’t. His matches are like pizza, same directions and ingredients every time, put it in the oven for a few minutes and then it’s done. He wasn’t always that way, but he is now.
6: Hacksaw Jim Duggan: Aside from the catchphrase, what has Duggan ever done in the ring? In the WWF, Duggan was like their mid-card Hogan, throwing around guys, hitting his tackle and waving the American flag, he benefitted from a push during Desert Storm and carved a career out of it.
5: The Sandman: This guy is a legend because he was the first anti-hero. Without him, it’s doubtful someone like Stone Cold would have came along when he did. His promo work is solid and a few of his angles are the best in ECW history. In the ring however, The Sandman is mediocre personified. So bad that he had to incorporate a Singapore cane into a routine move like the Russian Leg Sweep to make him look credible in the ring.
4: Kerry Von Erich: Like Batista, the guy had a great look and women loved him. He had something special. But between injuries and his attitude, Von Erich was never what his family billed him as, a Modern Day Warrior.
3: Kevin Nash: A great look, good on the mic, a cool finisher and some solid in-ring tricks on the way home. That’s all Nash is.
2: The Ultimate Warrior: Run to the ring. Gorilla Press, splash, game over. Sure, it was awesome when you were a kid, but now, it’s just down-right terrible. All flash and no bang, zero polish, Warrior was an anomaly. He’ll never happen again.
1: Hulk Hogan: A marketing machine, a great look and charisma. That’s what Hogan will be remembered for. His matches during his second WWE run stand as his best work, when he did more than the boot and leg drop. Still one of the best ever, but a different type of legend.
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