Top 16 Disappointing WWE Wrestlers from 1990

Top 16 Disappointing WWE Wrestlers from 1990


Today we present you
16 disappointing supertars from
1990
16) Kerry Von Erich – 1992
The Von Erichs are one of wrestling’s
first families,
with a dozen members representing
the family inside the squared circle.
But out of this dirty dozen,
only Kerry Von Erich ever competed
in the WWF,
though wrestled as the Texas
Tornado when he debuted in 1990.
A fan-favourite from his first match,
Kerry was quickly pushed,
and won the Intercontinental
Championship just a month after
his debut,
defeating the long-established
Mr Perfect at Summerslam.
By 1992 however,
Von Erich was demoted to being
a mere jobber,
and a mixture of injuries and personal
issues caused Kerry
to leave the company in August,
just months before his untimely
passing aged 33.
15) Scott Steiner – 2003
When Scott Steiner first appeared
in the WWF,
he was a clean cut All-American
babyface alongside his brother Rick.
But when Steiner returned in
November 2002, he was
completely different,
as fans had seen him
become the muscle-bound self-
proclaimed Freakzilla in WCW.
Whilst Steiner had been an
impressive force in WCW,
in 2003, the WWE Universe received
a lazy, unmotivated Superstar,
who’s match at the 2003 Royal
Rumble is still considered
one of the worst World Title
matches in history.
Refusing to give up on the
Detroit-native,
the company gave him a rematch
at next month’s No Way Out,
but after another poor performance,
the WWE were convinced not to
give him a similar push
to the one he got at the end of WCW.
14) Zack Ryder – 2012
In 2018, the WWE are all about
social media,
showcasing their content on Facebook,
Twitter,
Instagram
and plenty more sites.
But in 2011, when Zack Ryder
was getting himself over
on his ‘Z! True Long Island Story’
YouTube show,
the company didn’t like that one bit,
refusing to book Ryder despite
despite his massive support from
the fans.
At TLC 2011 though,
the company seemingly had a
change of heart,
with Ryder winning the United
States title,
in what should’ve been a
storybook ending.
Instead, the company quickly
stripped everything from the
Woo Woo Woo Superstar,
having him lose the gold quickly,
before losing then-girlfriend
Eve Torres,
a breakup made even worse when
Eve emasculated him at WrestleMania
28 in 2012.
By the end of 2012, Ryder was
back to being a jobber,
and has never reached the highs
he once was.
13) Bad News Brown – 1990
Quite possibly the most
disappointing wrestler of 1989 as well,
Bad News Brown signed with
the WWF in 1988
in what was a huge signing at the time.
A Judo Bronze medallist at the
1976 Montreal Olympics,
Brown became arguably a
prototype Stone Cold Steve Austin,
refusing to trust anyone,
even his fellow heels.
By 1990 though, Brown’s star-
power had dropped significantly,
with the Olympian entering a
completely tone-deaf feud with
Roddy Piper,
which saw the Scotsman paint
half his body black,
in what Brown has since described
in interviews as a clear racist attack.
After failing to beat Piper at
WrestleMania 6,
Brown left the company in the
Summer of 1990,
claiming Vince McMahon had broke
his promise to make him the first
black WWF Champion.
12. Bart Gunn – 1999
Bart Gunn was probably never going to be
the next Triple H, but there’s no denying his
in-ring skill. Unfortunately, in 1999, the company completely ruined Gunn, in just 35 seconds
After winning the Brawl for All shoot-fighting
tournament which was the WWF’s answer to
UFC, Gunn could’ve become a huge star.
All he had to do, was defeat Eric ‘Butterbean’
Esch at WrestleMania 15.
Instead, Butterbean completely destroyed
Gunn, knocking him out in just over half a
minute, completely destroying all tough-guy
cred that Gunn had built, with the Smokin’
Gunn being released not long after.
They say if you pause the WrestleMania
fight at just the right moment, you can
pinpoint the exact second Bart Gunn’s
career breaks.
11) Kharma – 2011
In TNA, Awesome Kong was one
of the company’s top stars,
which is why expectations were
so high
when the former Knockouts
Champion signed with WWE in 2010.
At a time where the company preferred
models over actual talent,
Kharma broke the mould,
with promos showing the monster
heel destroy barbie dolls left and right.
But in one of the company’s most
bizarre moments,
Kharma randomly broke down in
tears after one of her attacks,
announcing a week later that she
was pregnant.
This joyous news secured the end
of her push
as Kharma would leave for the
rest of the year,
returning at the 2012 Royal Rumble,
before leaving the company in July,
never having a single one-on-one
match as a WWE Superstar.
10. Bob Backlund – 1993
A decade after losing the WWF Championship
to The Iron Sheik, Bob Backlund returned to
the WWE in 1992, though to a very different
company.
Not long after returning, fans quickly saw that
Backlund was out-of-step with the new generation,
as the 44-year-old squeaky clean babyface had
plenty of wrestling skill, but absolutely zero
charisma.
After a highly underwhelming 1993, things
did get better for Backlund, as in 1994 he
turned into a crazed heel,
, who monologued about ‘the good old days’,
and had plenty of grievances about new edgy,
popular superstars like Razor Ramon and
Bret Hart.
Winning the WWF Championship in late 1994,
Backlund’s new title reign may have been brief,
but was by far his most entertaining.
9. Buff Bagwell – 2001
One match can make a career, and one
match can break a career, and in the case
of Buff Bagwell, it was definitely the latter.
Joining the WWF after WCW’s demise,
Bagwell was given one chance to impress,
being booked to face WCW Champion
Booker T on a July 2001 edition of RAW
Sadly, Buff did not have ‘The Stuff’, as
the match stank up the show.
Just one week later, Bagwell was fired
from the company, who cited attitude
issues as just one of several reasons
behind the release.
Another reason was that his mother
Judy, who is somehow a former WCW
Tag Team Champion
was pestering the WWF about giving
her son a push, in what might be the
most embarrassing mom moment in history.
Today we present you
16 disappointing supertars from
1990
8) THE NEXUS -2010
8) The Nexus – 2010
Yep, in 2010, it wasn’t just one
Superstar who was the most
disappointing,
it was a whole group.
Sure, the group started strong,
destroying everything on RAW in
their June debut,
in a moment so controversial,
it caused WWE to temporarily
fire Daniel Bryan.
But at Summerslam, in a moment
he now regrets,
John Cena forced booking changes,
making so that he almost single-
handedly defeated the seven
remaining members,
killing all momentum the group had.
Whilst Cena would later be forced
to join the sinister group of renegades
the Summerslam loss caused
irreparable damage to the Nexus’ cred,
as fans knew it was only a
matter of time
before Big Match John would break
free and defeat them, again.
7) Lex Luger – 1994
Lex Luger could’ve been 1993’s
most disappointing star,
as his DQ-victory over Yokozuna
and post-match celebration,
despite not winning the WWF
Championship
not only made Luger look like
an idiot,
but cemented his image as
‘not Hulk Hogan’.
But in 1994, things got worse
for the leader of the Lex Express,
despite Luger receiving more
chances
at capturing the coveted gold.
at capturing the coveted gold.
After failing in all these shots,
Luger was quickly moved to the
mid-card, a huge demotion for the man
Vince McMahon once thought
would be his next hero.
Perhaps nothing exemplifies
his fall from grace
than Luger’s 1994 rivalry with
Tatanka,
as both men wondered who
sold out to Ted DiBiase,
which left the fans wondering,
who cares?
6) Dean Douglas – 1995
When Shane Douglas returned
to the WWF after years away,
he was a much different man
than the one who had left.
As ECW’s foul-mouthed Franchise,
Douglas had become a huge
commodity,
that Vince McMahon was eager
to snatch up.
And yet, it was McMahon’s
decision to repackage the Franchise
as college educator, further proving
that ever New Generation
needed a side job.
I’m looking at you IRS.
As if being the cartoonish Dean
wasn’t bad enough,
Douglas quickly made
enemies backstage,
with the Kliq being quick to
make his life a living hell.
Unsurprisingly, Douglas returned
to ECW in 1996,
vowing never to work for
WWE again,
a promise he has kept to this
day, over 20 years later.
5) The Dragon – 1991
We all know that Vince
McMahon can be petty,
but did he bury Ricky Steamboat
four years
after he took a brief hiatus to be
there for the birth of his son?
That’s how it seemed in 1991,
when Steamboat returned to
the company as ‘The Dragon.
Not Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat,
just ‘The Dragon’,
of course wearing dragon themed
headgear and breathing fire
before matches.
Whilst the commentators would
occasionally refer
to him as a former
Intercontinental Champion
or mention in passing his
epic WrestleMania 3 bout
with Randy Savage,
the words Ricky Steamboat
was never mentioned,
as if they had been banned
by McMahon.
Unhappy with his new role,
Steamboat left before the
end of the year,
after losing on a house show
to Skinner,
the crocodile hunter, not the
Springfield elementary principal.
4) Tazz – 2000
Following in Shane Douglas’ footsteps
Tazz debuted the WWF with a
lot of hype,
after being a beast in ECW.
Unfortunately, much like Douglas,
the Human Suplex machine quickly
became an afterthought,
wallowing in the mid-card,
and having an embarrassing feud
with Jerry Lawler over the Summer,
which Tazz wouldn’t even win.
By 2001, Tazz’s star had fallen so far,
the pint-sized powerhouse
was relegated to the Voice of
the Alliance,
a clear sign the company had
given up on pushing him,
perhaps due to his size.
As a commentator, Tazz had a
much bigger role,
where he worked colour
commentary for years,
before leaving in 2009,
arguably better known for his voice
than his fists.
3) DDP – 2002
One of the biggest stars in WCW,
Diamond Dallas Page made
history in 2001,
when he became the first WCW
star to appear on RAW.
Unfortunately, this shocking moment
came about because Page
had been revealed as the stalker
of the Undertaker’s wife Sara,
in what was obviously a very uncomfortable feud, far beneath
both men.
After being destroyed by the
Deadman for the majority of 2001,
2002 was not much better for Page,
who feuded for the lowest-tier
European championship,
before quietly leaving in April.
Whilst the company has embraced
Page in recent years,
giving the positive one a Hall of
Fame ring in 2017,
his WWE career was seemingly
another case
of a WCW star being broken
down by Vince McMahon.
2) Mr. Kennedy – 2007
Mr. Kennedy had seemingly everything
a WWE Superstar could want.
Talented, charismatic
a great gimmick,
the loudmouth was seemingly a
sure-fire World Champion,
a belief strengthened
when he became Mr. Money in
the Bank at WrestleMania 23.
But a month later, everything changed.
After losing the contract to Edge,
personal issues
and backstage rivals costed
Kennedy everything,
including a main event push as
Mr. McMahon’s illegitimate son.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, the role
was ultimately given to Hornswoggle,
with Kennedy being shown the
door in 2009.
1) Finn Balor – 2018
Whilst 2018 isn’t over yet,
it’d take a miracle for Finn Balor to
avoid becoming
this year’s biggest disappointment.
Since returning from an injury
that forced him
to vacate the Universal Championship,
the Irishman has been running
in circles,
and despite victories over Bray Wyatt
and Baron Corbin, hasn’t moved
up the card.
And now with Brock Lesnar holding
the Universal championship hostage
for a second time,
Braun Strowman and Drew
McIntyre nipping at his heels,
and Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins
likely feuding for the
Intercontinental Championship,
Balor remains stuck without
any motivation,
and might be better off taking
his talents to SmackDown Live,
or dare we say it, New Japan.
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100 Replies to “Top 16 Disappointing WWE Wrestlers from 1990”

  1. Steiner was also working with a foot injury which held him back from performing good against triple h you can clearly tell watching the match he talked about it in a shoot interview

  2. Balor on Smackdown is an easy win. Have him reform The Club, feud with Bryan, Orton, AJ, Nakamura, Rusev, Club v. Bar, Club v. New Day… there's a shit ton of options there.

  3. Steiners issue was he was so swelled up from "roids " he wasn't as limber as he used to be . Being huge doesn't always equate to being a great wrestler ! Cool review though .

  4. If you remember that raw in 2011 when Kharma breaks down in the ring my question is did anyone else thought at the time that is was a work??? (At the time of course)

  5. Scott Steiner is a legend! He could of destroyed the whole locker room. I thought his match with HHH was genius & included it actually WRESTLING!

  6. THIS VIDEO SUCKS WHY BECAUSE THESE WWE SUPERSTARS DIDN'T RUIN THERE CAREERS VINCE MCMAHON DID SO HE'S THE ONE WHO SHOULD FIX IT FOR THEM

  7. 1. Roman Reigns (2015)
    2. Bobby Lashley (2018)
    3. Alberto Del Rio (2015)
    4. Sami Zayn (2017)
    5. Jinder (2017)
    6. Mojo Rawley (2017)
    7. Muhammad Hassan (2005)
    8. Bayley (2017)
    9. Carmella (2018)
    10. Nia Jax (2018)

  8. "Disappointing" is a fairly poor choice of descriptor. It's too vague and sounds pejorative in the case of wrestlers that were perhaps promising but got injured or just weren't utilized or pushed correctly – that's "disappointing" perhaps but it makes it seem as if the wrestlers themselves were the "disappointments" when that's not always the case.

  9. Very nice list man but WWF was nervous with Bad News Brown Vince McMahon was scared to put Brown against Hogan and McMahon and Hogan know it.

  10. Scott Steiner disappointing like WTF are you on this men was a one man mob a bloody wrecking machine you need to look into how Vince treated him and others you don't know 💩 do your homework 1st look into HBK and what 💩 he's done to ruin others wrestlers DISAPPOINTING THATS A GOOD ONE

  11. Kerry Von Erich was a badass, and Bad News Brown could literally whoop any wrestlers ass in the locker room except Haku,

  12. Are you kidding me Bart Gunn he was in a shoot angle where he couldn't win and you're going to call him 1 most disappointing wrestlers of the 1990s give me a break pal

  13. Are you kidding me that give like that gave Shane Douglas was embarrassing and you should be ashamed for even mentioning it

  14. I would say any WCW wrestler who came after WCW's end in 2001 was misused and never got a fair shot, making them all disappointing. Even Goldberg, who had title runs, was not great. DDP could have been sooooo good, such a waste.

  15. 90…dusty rhodes…basically lampooned by vince and there to be laughed at uggg

    Id also give 1993 to konna…er max moon given the expense of the suit and the belief in konnan being mil mascaras for a new era all accounts that was konnan being a dick not vince

    Too sad to mention…Owen Hart being pushed out of a succesful tag team with jarrett to be a heel blue blazer due to his refusal to do an adultry angle…will NEVER forgive either vince for that…ever

    Its pre 1990 so doesnt count but outback jack was such a flop it bears a mention…basically the bushwackers gimmick got over in vignettes but then the fans realized he Could…Not…Wrestle

    Veterans who wanted a less taxing gimmick the sheep herders would take the gimmick to the heights vince was thinking of a few years later

  16. Ken shamrock 1998-99 he should have been the WWE champion and should have won the 1999 Royal rumble he had to go to TNA/NWA the first-ever TNA /NWA heavyweight champion of that company

  17. Its not right on how Zack Ryder has been treated especially when he has the most views on his YouTube Channel and his merchandise dice sells he should have been held the United States Championship and Intercontinental Championship a hell of a lot longer than he did and he should have been WWE Champion already

  18. In 1991, everybody was “The” something. The Dragon, The Texas Tornado, The Undertaker, The Repo Man, El Matador, The Bezerker, The British Bulldog, The Mountie, etc, etc. xoxo The Clarences

  19. MacMahon and the rulers of WWE have been notorious for their petty, self-centered, self-important egos and attitudes. The phrase “best for business” translates into best for their own personal interests, and not anything to do with actually making money or pleasing their fans.

    It was a complete travesty for Ricky Steamboat to be treated the way he was for wanting to put family first. Yes, I understand that the nature of the business is that for the sake of business everyone must sacrifice their personal lives, excessively so, for the sake of fame, stardom, and maintaining the momentum of the business.

    But as with anything else in the world, and most especially pertaining to WWE in present times, shouldn’t there come a time when someone in authority asks the question; can we make some changes here? You don’t have to break the entire mold just to get a new response. The whole system is out of what, just parts of it.

    And what gets me is that the more I learn and hear about the backstage nonsense the ruling body of WWE exhibits, the more laughable it becomes. I guess having billions of dollars clouds one’s mind to the need to continue making or sustaining the wealth you’ve acquired. You can’t keep making money, if your fans and your employees are not treated with the respect and professionalism they deserve.

    Every wrestler and every situation they were in just speaks of dishonesty, cruelty, maliciousness, and just basically evil. Steamboat was a money maker for the WWF/E and not only should’ve been a HUGE, HUGE star, but should have won and held on to the title for extensive runs. Steamboat had one of the most exciting matches and potential rivalries in WWF/E with Randy Savage, and definitely cemented both superstars as the elite of professional wrestling superstars.

  20. I would put Bobby Lashley for 2018 pretty high on that list. Every match the boring powerhouse stuff. It isn't helpful that he's on Raw where half of the locker room are such guys with power moves. Get one of Lashley, McIntyre or Strowman to Smackdown. Those Lesnar vs another boring powerhouse are stale for a year now.

  21. Hey. Where's Dan Severn, Brodus Clay and Crush? All three guys got a little bit of a push from the WWF/WWE. But none really clicked with fans mainly because they sucked in the ring..

  22. What Happened to other stars like Bam Bam Bigelow he was a top hype wrestler but wasn't a main-event player years later Vince made him a monster heel to be manged by Ted Dibiase after his loss to Lawrence Taylor in Wrestlemania 11 he loss his push and becomes a jobber,there's Tito Santana a top WWE star of the 80's has wrestle the top stars like Greg Valentine,Randy Savage,Rick Martel and Jesse Ventura than Vince give him a gimmick that didn't work it's The Matador made him a jobber,Vader a domating force in WCW as a monster heel he came to WWE in '95 he ran-rough shot in the company until he meets Shawn Micheals Shawn defeats him Vader is buried by The Kliq.Damen Sandow another hyped wrestler who couldn't cut the mustard he won Money in the Bank he cash in was beaten by John Cena and loss his push and he turns into gimmick characters week after week he left the company and goes to TNA he's more of a jobber than WWE and lets not forget Jinder Mahal a first class jobber gets a upset win on Randy Orton and win the Smackdown championship he was on top of the world until he meets AJ Styles and ended his title regin he failed to regain it he hits rockbottom and becomes a first class jobber again.

  23. Steamboat was my all time favorite wrestler. His foil to Four Horseman Rick Flair was epic. I actually drove by Ricky Steamboat's gym regularly as it was on the way to a relative's house. Steamboat was always a class act, until "The Dragon" phase, but his skills never failed him. 🙂 Thanks for mentioning him. It brought back a smile remembering how Steamboat/Flair built WWE (WWF then) into a sports entertainment powerhouse. 🙂

  24. Love how any famous person from Michigan is always called a Detroit native like Madonna and Steiner. Both are from Bay City Michigan.

  25. Kerry Von Erich is a legend! One of my favorite wrestlers of all time! Wish he could of held up to the attitude era. He would of dominated the attitude era!! Texas proud!!!

  26. bagwell made 1 other appearance he was involved in the attack on undertaker outside the arena the week after being thrown out the door he is easy to miss though as the commentators don't even acknowledge he is a part of the attackers

  27. 11:13–11:18 They've given up on Tazz due to his short frame, but yet other small male wrestlers like Daniel Bryan, The late Owen Hart, Shawn Michaels and Rey Mysterio Jr have one the World wrestling championship belt in the WWF/WWE roster…Like come on now.. I'm just saying.

  28. Eugene in retrospect the character was offensive just how Cuba Gooding Jr was stereotypical in that radio movie we learning disabled are capable of amazing feats

  29. Damn von Eric died the story of his family and family tragedy is terrible he didn't really suck or fail his only brother left has had his terrible times as well. You guys watch the von Eric documentary. Its worr every sec. If not then hate on me lol

  30. Steiner was older and had multiple injures that prevented him from being nearly the man he was in his first WWF run. Also, they made the mistake of bringing him in as a babyface. Anyone who watched the Big Poppa Pump character over the years knows that he was best as being the arrogant bad guy. Just another WCW creation that WWE ruined.

  31. I totally agree that Balor is a disappointment, he's a cruiserweight that was big in Japan but somehow gets to come over here and becomes the first Universal champion? Fuck that. Balor should have been the first 205 champion. 205 is where he should have been sent and we wouldn't have lost Neville and Aries, the division could have been something to watch but no, WWE can't manage shit right.

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