There have been countless amounts times when WWE has missed opportunities with certain superstars but some stand out more than others. Let’s take a look at 10 times WWE missed opportunities.
#10) Mr. Kennedy
Ken Anderson was once labeled as the fast-rising superstar in Smackdown history. He had the look, the mic skills, and in-ring talent to back it up. Even picking up clean wins over Batista and The Undertaker at one during his run. We all thought he’d become a huge star even being penciled in as Vince’s illegitimate son at one point and winning the Money in the Bank briefcase but things never worked out that way. Talk about a missed opportunity. KENNNNNNNEDDDDDDDDY had it all!
#9) Paige/Charlotte Rivalry
In a rivalry that could have been the female version of Ric Flair and Sting, the WWE plagued these two with terrible booking and tasteless scripted promos. Paige had already made a name for herself as one of the better workers and the WWE was trying to push a rookie Flair. Unfortunately, I think the mentioning of Reid Flair’s untimely death killed this program.
#8) Balor Club
This is something we all wanted to see as fans. WWE had a perfect opportunity to form a hot stable with tyles, Anderson, Gallows, and the Prince himself. We were teased with this one too many times. While AJ got to have short runs with the OC we wanted the star pairing between the 4 but we never got it and we probably never will. What a wasted opportunity. Imagine Styles walking around with the WWE title, Balor the IC title, and Luke and Karl with the tag titles. This could have been great television.
There was one point in time where the WWE almost successfully recreated Goldberg 2.0 in Ryback. Ryback would show up, destroy his opponents, and leave. He was given the opportunity to work with CM Punk and at the time all the crowd could chant was FEED ME MORE! The WWE not only didn’t put him over but they killed his momentum. He would completely slide down the card and eventually was released.
#6) The Shield Split
I hated to see the mismanagement of this angle. The seeds were set and the WWE could have made Roman a huge star coming out of this without having to force-feed him down our throats. The WWE could have had Rollins turn, beat down Roman beyond recognition, thus taking him off TV for a while. Then had Seth feud with Dean over the next few months and PPVs. They could have had Seth beating Ambrose beyond recognition and had Roman make the save and then have them work a program where Roman went over clean but nope. But instead, Seth and Roman were both force-fed to us while Ambrose got over on his own.
#5) Paul Heyman Guys
Paul E is one of the greatest wrestling minds in the entire business. His eye for talent and ability to tell a compelling story speaks for themselves. But his clientele in the WWE has been lackluster. If your name isn’t Brock Lesnar or CM Punk he didn’t get you over. Heyman has been paired with guys like RVD, Cesaro, Big Show, and Curtis Axel failing to get any of them over organically.
#4) Braun Strowman
I’ve touched on this a few times in recent days. Braun is finally the Universal Champion and while we’re all happy to see him get his moment it feels like it’s too late. Strowman stayed in the main event scene on Raw for a while having multiple chances at winning the title and he never was able to take away from the likes of Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, or Brock Lesnar. But he was able to dominate a 50 year Goldberg thus making Strowman and the title look really weak.
#3 I got Kids!
Heath Slater’s free-agent run was the best work we’ve seen from him in his entire career. They could have done so much more with Slater during this time. His promo on Brock Lesnar was a defining moment in his career as he showed he’s just as good on the mic as some of the best in the business. While this propelled Slater to a tag team title run, the WWE missed an opportunity to do so much more with Heath.
#2) CM Punk
Yes, I know CM Punk has been blackballed from the WWE in the same way that Colin Kaepernick has from the NFL. But Punk is blackballed for much pettier reasons. CM Punk was the hottest star in the WWE and all he wanted was to be in the main event of WrestleMania because (HE DESERVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!). But instead, Vince had The Rock and Cena’s spot fest close out the show two years in a row. When Punk finally realized he’d never be treated as the top star he truly was he lost his smile, took his ball, and went home.
This one still gets talked about for how infamous it is. The story goes like this. Edge and Jericho wanted to put the group over because they knew it would propel them into superstardom. Heck, they could even turn into a new version of the New World Order. Nexus had been booked very strong up until they crossed paths with Super Cena. Cena insisted Nexus lost so all the kids could go home happy. Not only did they lose the match but the way they lost made them look really weak and they were never able to recover from this. The only good thing to come out of the Nexus was Daniel Bryan who we all knew would eventually be a star one day anyway.
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