Today were gonna take a look at 15 wrestlers who could potentially be top guys in the business but didn't quite made it, now making it to the top doesn't essentially mean you need to win a championship, legends like Arn Anderson,Roddy Piper,and Jake Roberts all became big time even without winning major titles.
So yeah, let the list begins!
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Duke "The Dumpster" Droese
But what kept him back is his awful gimmick. It seems like giving him a garbage man gimmick is a last minute decision and they haven't thought of anything.
He didn't have any major feuds with anyone and was mostly only seen on battle royals,royal rumbles,and King of the Ring tournaments just to be eliminated. Hell why would you want a garbage man be king anyway?
After his release on WWF, he continued to wrestle on various promotions in the US. On WrestleMania X-Seven, The Dumpster made his final appearance in the WWE where he was apart of the gimmick battle royal.
Jimmy Wang Yang
When Jimmy Wang Yang returned to WWE for the second time, he was nothing more than a jobber despite being a great talented wrestler.
The most notable parts of his second run in the WWE is he tried to capture the Cruiserweight Championship multiple times but kept failing, mainly seeing him feuding with either Chavo Guerrero or Jamie Noble.
Then he formed a tag-team with Shannon Moore where they tried to capture the tag-team belts off of The Miz and John Morrison. It was a decent feud but Miz & Morrison were the winners in the end.
In the latter part of his career he teamed up with Slam Master J, where they mainly job to other bigger tag-teams. After that Jimmy Wang Yang was released and went to Japan.
Burke made his debut with a former MMA fighter by his side; Sylvester Terkay. He first defeated a jobber named Scott Wright, after that he was the first man to defeat Vito's undefeated four month winning streak.
A pretty decent start for him. In 2007 Terkay got released, Burke then formed a stable known as The New Breed where he alligned himself with Kevin Thorn,Marcus Con Vor,and Matt Striker where they feuded with the ECW Originals; RVD,Sabu,Tommy Dreamer,and The Sandman.
This feud would lead to decent matches but later on The New Breed disbanded. After that Burke just became somewhat of a jobber and ended up having matches with Funaki,Stevie Richards,and Jamie Noble.
After a few months of absence from TV he was released.
After his WWE run, he went to TNA as "The Pope" D'Angelo Dinero where he found more success than in WWE.
First he made his debut in a tag-team with a guy named Ice Train, where they were known as Fire and Ice. They feuded with other tag-teams such as Rock 'n' Roll Express and The Steiner Brothers but they never won the belts.
After him and Ice Train split up, he joined the nWo but he never got a bigger role other than being an enforcer or a bodyguard if you will. He would constantly just squash jobbers.
Originally when WCW recruited Scott Norton they tried to have him in a feud with Sting, but they never managed to captivate the fans with it so they just scrapped the idea.
After his run in WCW, he want back to NJPW and later on on the indie promotions.
Later on AWA, he would form The Fabulous Ones with Stan Lane where they held the AWA Tag-Team titles a total of 17 times! So you think with such a great background Keirn would have a great run in WWE? Nope, he got wasted due to a terrible gimmick.
Steve Keirn made his WWF debut on 1991 where he was known as Skinner. A man who likes to chew tobacco and an alligator hunter. He competed in the 1991 King of the Ring tournament where he won the 1st round by defeating Virgil, but loss to the 2nd round against Bret Hart.
After that he challenged Bret for the Intercontinental Championship but loss via submission. On WrestleMania VIII he loss to Owen Hart in 1 minute and 7 seconds.
He would then later on portray Doink the Clown on some occasions until being released. After his WWE run he went to WCW for a brief time until fully retiring.
Since the 1980's Keirn made his own wrestling school, well known alumnus were Mike Awesome,Goldust,Mideon,Diamond Dallas Page,and Tracy Smothers.
Since 2013, he is one of the lead trainers for NXT.
Palumbo made his WWE debut when The Invasion storyline happened but he found more attention when he formed a tag-team with Billy Gunn. They were known as simply Billy & Chuck a pair of "homosexuals." Despite being a controversial tag-team, they won the tag-team belts by defeating Tazz and Spike Dudley.
On September 2002 Billy proposed to Chuck, and on their wedding day they later revealed that everything was just a publicity stunt. After that they had a short feud with 3-Minute Warning. When Billy Gunn got injured for real, their team split up for good.
After the whole homsexual gimmick, he got a biker gimmick but this time Palumbo is mainly a jobber. He would have feuds with Charlie Haas and Jamie Noble until being released.
He then went to ECW where he found the biggest point of his career where he changed his name as Justin Credible. He is one of the most well known ECW originals and had great matches with Masato Tanaka,Tommy Dreamer,Mike Awesome,and Tazz!
Justin Credible is a former ECW World Heavyweight Champion and a two time ECW Tag-Team Champion. After ECW went bankrupt he went to WWE under The Alliance storyline where he mainly had tag-team matches with Raven. After the storyline he would win the Hardcore Championship 8 times.
Credible would then be mainly treated as a jobber, usually losing to random squash matches to the likes of Batista,Test,and, later on CM Punk's debut.
He is now currently doing well in various indie promotions.
Glacier's gimmick was mainly inspired from the successful fighting game; Mortal Kombat character; Sub-Zero. After a few months of delayed debut Glacier finally came and would squash random jobbers here and there! But no one cared about him.
He later feuded with another Mortal Kombat inspired character known as Mortis. He also formed a tag-team with Ernest "The Cat" Miller where they feuded with Mortis and his partner; Wrath.
After a few months of being undefeated Glacier was finally defeated by Mortis.
After that he would become a jobber of his own losing to the likes of Buff Bagwell and Eddie Guerrero. All of WCW's plans for Glacier were later scrapped with reasons being "he cannot evolve his character furthermore."
He remained to WCW until 1999 before returning to indie promotions.
The team was well accepted by WWF fans in the start. They even became tag-team champions once in a show on UK by defeating The Quebecers but two days later The Quebecers got the belts back.
They then started feuding with The Smoking Gunns, and later they attacked their manager Oscar turning them heels. At this point the fans are starting to get bored with Men on a Mission.
On 1995,Mabel won the King of the Ring tournament was known as King Mabel. Mo was then renamed as Sir Mo, he mainly acted as a manager for Mabel but would sometimes act as a tag-team partner too.
At this point WWF mainly focused on Mabel and Mo was kind of left behind. And as soon as Mabel started to get more of the fame, Mo was released and returned to the indie promotions until in 2006 where he semi-retired.
He could have been good but Mo is like Marty Jannetty, always outshined by their tag-team partner.
After Hulk Hogan decided to jump on WCW, Horace joined his uncle as well. But even though being the nephew of the most well known wrestler of all time, Horace never got big into WCW and was mainly used as a jobber as well.
He was a member of nWo mainly teaming up with Scott Norton,Vincent,or Stevie Ray but that's basically it.
Even though he had moments with the likes of Ultimate Warrior, Horace never got near to the success that his uncle experienced. He left WCW when his uncle did as well and is now on various promotions in Florida.
Possibly another talent wasted due to the nWo bandwagon.
In 1994 on WCW, Dave and Kevin Sullivan started to feud with The Nasty Boys. But when Dave got injured he was replaced by Cactus Jack. Kevin Sullivan & Cactus Jack would later defeat The Nasty Boys in a PPV ending the feud between the two teams.
When Dave Sullivan returned from the injury, Hulk Hogan made his WCW debut. He then started to become "Hulk Hogan's biggest fan" making Kevin angry because he dislikes Hogan.
Because of this Kevin turned on Dave and they started feuding until in 1995. After that Dave would fall in love with Kimberly Page (DDP's wife at that point.) He would give gifts to Kimberly everytime which made DDP angry thus starting a feud with each other. In the end Sullivan lost in the feud and moved on.
His next and final feud on WCW was against Big Bubba Rogers. This time Dave found a "new friend" which is a bunny, and Big Bubba was allergic rabbits forcing him to wear surgical masks everytime they have matches.
Dave Sullivan would always win the matches he had against Big Bubba with the help of the bunny.
After many random feuds, Dave Sullivan was released in 1996 and fully retired later on due to various injuries he had in his wrestling and football career. He is now a football coach.
Keith Hart mainly had success in his father Stu's promotion in Canada; Stampede Wrestling where he won the tag-titles multiple times with Bret Hart and Chris Benoit.
Keith never really went on other promotions and his only WWE match was on Survivor Series 1993 where him and his brothers took on Shawn Michaels and his knights due to a Bret vs HBK feud storyline.
Even though Owen was eliminated and Keith got injured, The Hart Brothers still managed to take the victory.
In the 90's Keith retired from wrestling and became a full-time firefighter and trainer for the Hart Dungeon Wrestling School along with his brother Bruce.
He faced Chris Jericho for the Undisputed Championship but loss after submitting in the Walls of Jericho, and he even eliminated The Undertaker in the Royal Rumble. He also held the Hardcore Championship 3 times.
But after all of that, WWE pretty much just scrapped everything they got for Maven and he just became a jobber in the latter part of his WWE run. He had random feuds with Shelton Benjamin,Snitsky,and William Regal.
After that he formed a tag-team with Simon Dean but they mainly got squashed by other tag-teams. When their team got split up, Maven was released from WWE.
Maven is a pretty decent wrestler but if you look at him, he seems a very generic wrestler and he has no charisma at all. After his WWE run he wrestled for a few years in the indies before retiring for good.
Barry Horowitz made his debut on WWF in 1987 and for three years he would be a jobber in his stay their! He would mainly lose to big time babyfaces. Later on he would form a tag-team with Bodydonna Zip but their team didn't found any success either and were just squashed by other more well known tag-teams.
Horowitz would have seven televised victories, one of them over Ken Shamrock which everyone got shocked! He also had 11 victories in house shows and dark matches.
After his first run in WWF, he went to WCW only to become a jobber as well losing to the likes of The Juicer,Sam Houston,and Disco Inferno. Horowitz would have a total of 50 matches in WCW only winning one of them which was against Tommy Angel at a TV taping.
He would then return to WWF in 1991 where he received his first push after winning in a match against Bodydonna Skip. In disbelief JR screamed the words "Horowitz wins! Horowitz wins!" in the commentary. He would have two more wins in his feud against Skip, making him a popular underdog among the fans.
He would then form a tag-team with Hakushi, but Hakushi turned on him. And after that Horowitz became a jobber once again and was later released!
Since 2005 Horowitz semi-retired from wrestling. In 2008 he was featured in a "Where Are They Now?" article of WWE.com.
Then he made his debut on WWE in 2008 under the ring name; Braden Walker, where he loss in a dark match against Shelton Benjamin. He then made his television debut by defeating Armando Estrada.
After that Walker managed to pull off a victory against James Curtis, before being released.
After that Braden Walker's WWE run became a laughing stock in the internet! Poor guy.
Check out this Bleacher Report article "A Story of a Legend: Braden Walker" to have a good laugh!
Who could be more unsuccessful than Braden Walker?! He's the definition of that!