The world of wrestling is super exciting but at the same time its is strange to an extent. In the WWE, since its evolution, there have been countless superstars who have tried to gain momentum but have failed due to some reason or the other. While there have been superstars as small as Rey Mysterio enjoying a lengthy career in the sport, there have also been huge athletes like The Great Khali who could not survive a long count of years.
Similarly, the WWE has seen superstars with the best physiques perform in the squared-circle. But surprisingly, some who were at the very top as far as their shapes are concerned, have not been able to achieve what they were expected too. This signifies that WWE is all about that ‘charisma’ that was specified by Stephanie McMahon in a recent interview. It is either you have it or you do not. So let us take a look at 5 WWE Superstars who had the best physique but could not make it large at the sport:
Scott Steiner had a wrestling career spanning over three decades but his best spells were at WCW. He formed an unbeatable tag-team with his brother Rick and captured the WCW Tag Team Titles seven times and the United States Tag Team Titles once. But unlike his WCW career, his brief stint at the WWE is hard to recollect for many. Steiner, also known as Big Poppa Pump, returned to WWE in 2002, after WCW was acquired by Vince McMahon’s brand.
Steiner joined WWE Raw and engaged himself in a feud with World Heavyweight Champion Triple H. After a few attempts, Steiner failed to put the belt around his wrist and joined former WCW colleague Stacy Keibler and formed a tag team with Test. But the year 2004 marked the end of his WWE career as he was sidelined due to injury.
WWE roped in Jon Heidenreich, a former pro footballer, in 2003, and his size made the man a favorite to receive a push in Vince McMahon’s brand. Though he was expected to shine in his wrestling career, Heidenreich was released by the WWE after only three years.
The day, September 29, saw Heidenreich make his debut on WWE Raw with a gimmick and being “controlled” by an entity known as “Little Johnny”. He was 6 feet 7 inches tall but according to former WWE commentator Jim Ross, Heidenreich was “way too green”, which meant he lacked the aptitude for the wrestling business.
Remember the Master Lock? With a submission move that was almost impossible to reverse, Chris Masters never met a mirror he didn’t like. WWE Raw in early 2005, saw the debut of Chris Masters who quickly caught the eye of the fans, with his devastating finishing maneuver, The Master Lock.
Superstars like John Cena and Shawn Michaels fell prey to the submission move and Masters even ended up offering thousands of dollars to anyone who was willing to try and escape. But “The Masterpiece” did not enjoy many decent feuds in the WWE apart from the two with Shawn Michaels and Carlito. He eventually parted ways with the WWE in the year 2011.
David Otunga, who had one of the best physiques in the WWE did not make the most of wrestling career after gaining momentum in the NXT as a heel face. Powered by a degree from Harvard Law School education, Otunga made his presence felt in the WWE and went on to become foot soldier of The Nexus and a multi-time WWE Tag Team Champion.
But perhaps he was more fascinated with his counselinghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sl9yUyLlNec skills than his wrestling ones and chose to become a pro bono legal counsel for Executive Vice President of Talent Relations and onetime General Manager of both Raw and SmackDown, John Laurinaitis. This move kind of ended his in-ring career but Otunga can sometimes be spotted in the WWE as an announcer.
Nathan Jones was a mammoth of a superstar who had a short-lived career at the WWE. He is best remembered as the guy who was supposed to team with The Undertaker to face Big Show and A-Train at WrestleMania 19. But surprisingly, WWE made the Undertaker fight in a handicap match as the brand pulled Jones off the grand event.
WWE had set up a pre-match attack to make up for the absence of Jones but the real reason was his in-ring ability not being up to the brand’s standards. Though he returned to the WWE later in Survivor Series but ultimately quit the company just three weeks later.