7 WWE Stars That Failed To Deliver Despite Great Debuts!

7 WWE Stars That Failed To Deliver Despite Great Debuts!

7 Hugely Expected WWE Debuts
That Unfortunately Failed To Deliver 7: Tazz One of the most iconic stars of the
original Extreme Championship
Wrestling, Tazz was a force to be reckoned with thanks
to his badass attitude and array
of submissions. But in early 2000, the Human
Suplex Machine left the company
for the WWF, and with Paul Heyman’s blessing, made
a truly epic debut at that
January’s Royal Rumble. Accepting the open challenge of
the undefeated Kurt Angle,
Tazz’s debut inside Madison Square Garden is still
seen as the stuff of legend,
and though Angle tried to get the loss overturned, thanks
to Tazz using his illegal
Tazzmission chokehold, the Olympian’s undefeated streak
was no more. Sadly, this would be the highlight
of Tazz’s career in the WWF, as
within weeks, he was plummeting down the card, and
after losing to Triple H on the
April 20th edition of SmackDown, Tazz would be
relegated to the mid-card. Competing for the Intercontinental
Championship, Tazz would fare
no better here either, as he never came close to
capturing the gold, which was
being held by fellow ECW alumni like Chris Benoit,
Chris Jericho and Eddie
Guerrero at the time. Taking time off to heal an arm
injury, Tazz returned to have a
terrible feud with Jerry The King Lawler, and by the end
of the year, had already started
to transition into a commentary role. Just one year after his debut,
Tazz would be eliminated from
the 2001 Royal Rumble without getting any offense in,
and after this, it wasn’t long
until the so-called extreme wrestler hung up his singlet for
good, moving to behind the
commentary desk full-time. 6: Mike Awesome Despite being one of the most
athletic big men of his time,
the 6-foot-5 near-300lbs Mike Awesome never gets the
respect he deserves. In ECW, the colossal Awesome
was booked like an absolute
killer by Paul Heyman, so when the Awesome One joined
WCW in 2000, expectations
were high. When he signed with the company,
Awesome was still the ECW World
Champion at the time, and not only did Awesome
walk in as the champion, but he
did so at the expense of WCW veteran Kevin
Nash, attacking Big Daddy Cool
on his first night. From there, Awesome received a
major push in the first few weeks,
feuding with the likes of Nash, DDP and Chris
Kanyon, including the memorable
spot with Awesome through Kanyon from the triple
cage at Slamboree. Despite all evidence pointing to
a World title push for Awesome,
WCW decided to throw all that potential away with
one gimmick, when they turned
the 35-year-old as the Fat Chick Thrilla. A self-professed quote “chubby
chaser”, Awesome would spend
the next few months lusting over large women, much
to the disgust of the commentators
who treated this as unacceptable. After months of the terrible
gimmick, Awesome was
repackaged, now this time as “That 70s Guy”, celebrating the
decade that brought us the
Watergate scandal, Apple Computers and the first of
many Star Wars movies. Dressed in clothes straight out
of the decade and hosting a
talk show called the Lava Lamp Lounge, Awesome’s career
would be damaged beyond repair,
and though he would return to his serious roots
as part of Lance Storm’s Team
Canada, the damage to the career of Awesome had
already been done. 5: Lord Tensai During his initial run in the WWE
from 1999-2004, Matt Bloom
was little more than a sideshow act, first as Prince
Albert and later as A-Train. Though the mid-carder enjoyed
some success, even capturing
the Intercontinental Championship, it wasn’t until Bloom
went to Japan in 2005 that he
became an actual star. Taking the name Giant Bernard,
Bloom would become of the
biggest gaijin wrestlers in Tag Team history, often working
alongside Karl Anderson or
Tyson Tomko. Leaving Japan as a two time IWGP
Tag Team Champion, and one time
THC Tag Team Champion, Bloom’s departure from
WWE had done his career a world
of good, yet he decided to return in 2012. As segments on RAW foretold the
debut of the ominous Tensai, and
though both fans and the commentators hyped up
the debut of the new character,
all that hype instantly went out of the window
when he unmasked. As Bloom revealed his very
recognisable face to the world,
fans quickly taunted the former Superstar by mockingly
chanting Albert, as the character’s
mystique was gone. After a brief undefeated streak,
including defeating John Cena
of all people, Tensai’s winning would come to an end
thanks to Big Match John, and
this would start a rapid decline for the character. Ending up a comedy act before
the year had even ended,
Tensai would be repackaged as the fun dancing Sweet T, and
would align with Brodus Clay. Retiring in 2014, Bloom now
works as the WWE Performance
Centre’s head trainer, after the release of Bill DeMott,
where he is hopefully teaching
the young rookies to avoid the same mistakes that
happened to Tensai. 4: Paige At a time when WWE Divas were
tanned bombshells, many of
whom were hired solely for their looks, Paige obviously
stuck out from the crowd. As part of the formative years of
NXT, Paige would have great
success in the developmental brand, even
becoming the very first NXT
Women’s Champion in 2013. By the next year, the self-professed
Anti-Diva had done it all in the Gold
brand, and so the decision was made to call
Paige up on the night after
WrestleMania 30. Not only did the British Superstar
make her debut on arguably the
biggest RAW of the year, but she also ended the 295-
day reign of then-Divas
Champion AJ Lee, becoming the only woman ever to hold the
Divas title and NXT Women’s
title simultaneously. Becoming the youngest Divas
Champion at the age of 21, the
young rookie went from being relatively obscure to the
majority of fans to becoming
the biggest star of the day, though things quickly went
south from here. Like so many new champions,
Paige fell victim to the WWE
curse that says all new champions must lose non-title
matches, and even her first
Divas Championship match ended in a no-contest, when her
opponent Brie Bella was attacked
by Kane. Retaining her title against Naomi,
there was very little character
development for Paige, and any semblance of a
push came to an end when she
lost the Divas title back to AJ in the spunky Superstar’s
first match back. by the end of the year, Paige’s push
had all but fizzled out, and after a
series of injuries and suspensions, the Brit’s career
came to an untimely end in 2018,
never returning to the heights it once had been. 3: Sami Zayn To be fair, Sami Zayn’s disastrous
debut on the WWE main roster
in 2015, can’t be blamed on the company, or Zayn
himself, but instead a terrible
spot of bad luck. Joining the WWE as part of NXT
in 2013, Zayn had joined the
company with a whirlwind of support from fans
who remembered his as El
Generico, the lovable masked Superstar who had been
retired under the pretense that
Generico had left wrestling to help build
orphanages overseas. Under his new name, Zayn’s
incredible talent and genuine
personality made him one of WWE’s most natural babyfaces,
and this culminated with briefly
holding the NXT Championship for a handful
of months. After dominating in NXT, Zayn
would get the main roster
most Superstars could only dream of, as he was introduced
in his home state of Quebec,
Canada, by none other than Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart. Answering John Cena’s United
States title open challenge,
Zayn was obviously into things, but got too into things
during his entrance, as he
blew his shoulder out when raising his arms for the crowd. Still choosing to compete against
Cena, Zayn would only remain in
the ring for a few more weeks, before having his
last match against Kevin Owens
for the Prizefighter’s NXT title, and after this, Zayn
would require surgery that kept
him on the shelf for several months. By the time he returned to the
main roster in March 2016,
Zayn’s potential had been overlooked in favour of others,
and all these years later, we
still can’t help but wonder what could have been, had
things gone to plan in 2015. 2: The New World Order When the NWO made their
shocking debut at the 1996
Bash at the Beach Pay Per View, no one in WCW realised
just how much the wrestling
world was about to change. Helping to usher in the era of the
cool heel, Hulk Hogan, Kevin
Nash and Scott Hall all had success in the Georgia-based
promotion, but when WCW went
out of business, all three weren’t a part of the
Invasion angle. As the Invasion culminated with
Ric Flair co-owning the WWF
with Vince McMahon, the Chairman wasn’t happy about
that, and in one of the greatest
promos ever, promised to kill his own creation,
by bringing in the New World
Order. Making their debut at the 2002
No Way Out Pay Per View, the
group were hit with a huge nostalgic pop, and that was
part of the problem, as fans
struggled to boo the three so-called heels. Though Nash and Hall would
receive mixed reactions by
the crowd, everyone was happy to see the Hulkster, and
after his incredible performance
against The Rock at WrestleMania 18, Hogan’s face
turn was all but assured. Despite kicking Hogan to the curb,
Hall and Nash still struggled to
hang with the new roster of the company, and
despite bringing in Booker T,
X-Pac the Big Show and Shawn Michaels into the group,
fans had already given up on
the NWO. When Nash went down with an
injury, and Hall requested his
release following the Plane Ride from Hell, the story
of the NWO was offically over
by July 2002, as one of the most iconic and influential
groups of all time fizzled out
with very little fanfare. 1: The Nexus Whilst NXT may now be considered
the best part of WWE Programming,
the show was much different when it debuted
as a reality show in 2010. After months of embarrassing
tasks, it was hardly unsurprising
that the rookies of the show were happy at how they’d
been treated, and took their
frustration out on everyone in their shocking
RAW debut in June. Dubbed The Nexus, the group
decimated John Cena, CM Punk,
the commentators and even ring announcer Justin
Roberts before demolishing
the entire ring. Wbat followed in the coming
months was more domination
by the group, and their might even led to foes Cena and
Sheamus to briefly align just to
survive. By the time Summerslam rolled
around, The Nexus were
prepared to battle the 16 time World Champion and his
teammates, and by all logic,
it seemed like this was going to be the biggest win of the
groups tenure, as well as launch
leader Wade Barrett into the World
Championship picture. This hope came cradhing down
though, when, according to
reports, Cena himself refused to lose, and had the
match changed to see him
emerge victorious. In interviews since, Cena has
admitted he was wrong to have
the finish changed but the wind had already been let
out of the group’s proverbial sail. Though Barrett would find a way
into world title picture, he never
captured the title and by the end of the year, was
ejected from the group in favour
of their new leader CM Punk. Even with the Best of the World
in charge, the team were never
seen the same and after a series of additions and
departures, the group was quietly
disbanded for good in the summer of 2011, as Punk
would return to being a singles
star, to pursue his phenomenal face run as the
Summer of Punk.


  1. they made a serious mistake breaking up sAnity….there was a faction they could have ran with….sAnity vs the new day or the whatever the hell their other names are…. OTC? viking warriors….sAnity could have wiped them all out….that was a wasted opportunity…

  2. My friends always said to me:

    Dear Slat Rock, your voice is like butter to our ears. Could you please find a way to get that audible chocolate on the airwaves?

  3. Paige was also bad timing as Nikki Bella started shining dating Cena thus Paige looked like a fool losing to the Bellas shenanigans.

  4. Ok but you're missing a huge one. Fan don goooooooo. He beat Chris Jericho in his debut match and had the entire crowd "fandongo'ing". He was super over, but creative let him down, as they often do.

  5. It amuses me that the NWO brought Big Show in during their return, despite Paul Wright had been in the original incarnation as The Giant.

  6. 6:47I from the USA so I know what you mean saying that about AJ Lee , but yeah in UK dilecte you saying that about AJ Lee mskes them thing something different. I barely learned about it like last year. Then Ross Tweddell in WTF Moments brings it up every time it used to describe someone.

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