The 30 Most Overrated Wrestlers
Ever since wrestling came out as obviously fake, we’ve had a chance to look back on wrestlers in the past and compare them to the present. Wrestling used to be about skill, and who could take out the other guy. Even if it was a little staged at some points, it wasn’t as obvious as it is today. Unfortunately, that’s changed the biz quite a bit.
Now, it’s about more than technical skills. Now, wrestlers need to have great mic skills, unending charisma, and a variety of wrestling moves to keep fans entertained through pay-per-view matches and TV broadcasts. It’s a lot to put on one person. They’re essentially actors and athletes all tied up into one.
Unfortunately, wrestling organizations (looking at you, WWE) have a habit of making scripts go a little too awry. Birthing a hand? Uh…okay? That pulls us out of it all and makes us realize how overrated some entertainers are. It isn’t about who has the best skills in the game—it’s about who has the best connections. These wrestlers prove that it’s about who you know rather than what you know.
Hulk Hogan is easily one of the most overhyped stars in the biz. At first, he started as a good performer, but then all of his matches looked like a formula put together. Then, he was plastered all over any product that could fit his face. It was just too much.
Diesel, aka Kevin Nash, has a lot of championship titles, and we don’t get why. When it came to actual wrestling, it was like watching paint dry. Most of his moves were expected because they followed the whole “big-guy persona.” Diesel had friends in high places, as made evident by his frequent backstabbing with little repercussions. Diesel is also often cited as the reason WCW went under.
Lex Luger honestly doesn’t have a lot going for him. He doesn’t have charm, and to be honest, he’s pretty crap on the mic. When Luger returned to the WCW, we all knew he wasn’t giving 100% in his matches. Heck, we’d be surprised if he was giving 50%. He just got complacent without losing any fame.
The Ultimate Warrior
The legal name “Warrior” is a bit much, don’t you think? Guess Jim Hellwig doesn’t have the same ring to it. Then again, Warrior is about as much of a joke as he turned into. What pissed fans off the most was when he demanded Hogan “pass the torch” to him. Not that we like Hogan, but that kind of stuff is earned.
When you’ve seen one Goldberg match, you’ve pretty much seen them all. He’s one of the most formulaic wrestlers out there—hit the opponent with the spear and the jackhammer before pinning. It took a decade before fans realized what was going on. Now, we’re just sick of his face.
We don’t hate The Rock. We do, however, think he was a pretty mediocre wrestler. When he was in the ring, he was able to entertain crowds, which is what you want in a wrestler. The only problem with The Rock was when the mic was down, he was boring. The People’s Elbow was a terrible closer, and he stole the Sharpshooter bit from Bret Hart.
There’s something wrong with a guy that enters the main roster and holds the most coveted championship in just five months. Since getting that championship, he’s held one of WWE’s main belts off and on, which is the epitome of overrated. The worst part? Lesnar doesn’t even fight on weekly TV shows anymore! For 15 years, he’s only appeared in pay-per-view events.
Sycho Sid tops the charts at being overrated. When he did wrestle, he did the typical “big guy” moves, which was kind of boring to watch. Then, he was a terrible interviewer. In fact, many consider him one of the worst interview guests in WWE history.
Sable was one of the pioneering women in WWE history, but that isn’t what makes her overrated. What makes her overrated is that she couldn’t really wrestle. Sable was there for eye-candy since basic moves were beyond her. Then, there was that one match where she power-bombed Marc Mero. Everyone thought wrestling was all an act before, but that sealed it.
The Big Show
Even the Undertaker knew that The Big Show is overrated. He just didn’t live up to his potential, but that didn’t stop him from becoming super famous. The Big Show was just too lazy for his own good. Everyone wanted more from him since he looked so tough, but he preferred to sit on the couch with a bag of potato chips.
He makes a hilarious Drax, but as a wrestler? Nah. His gimmick was that he was a muscle-y hothead. In his industry, that’s nothing new. You have to have something more. Did he make up for it with his wrestling? Nope. His matches weren’t entertaining, especially when he had to compete against guys like the Undertaker and Edge.
You either love Cena, or you hate him. The problem was that he was entertaining, but he was the WWE’s leading man for way too long. We’re not saying that Cena is a bad guy. In fact, he’s extremely generous, but his spot as the “top guy” for years and years was unwarranted. At the end of the day, he was a beefed-up muscle-head with little athleticism.
Jeff Jarrett did what he could, bless his heart. The problem with Double J is that he just couldn’t compare to others in the game. He was a lesser wrestler. Everyone knew that he reached his rank because he knew how to play the game (and Vince Russo). Fans never bought him as a main event, so why was he pushed so hard?
One Man Gang
We want this gang to disperse. One Man Gang was a regional star that tried to reinvent himself a few times. He had a tough look about him (and one of the hardest heads in wrestling), but he wasn’t good enough to be a main-event star. The “stuff” just wasn’t there.
Jinder Mahal could have been a contender! He could have been an incredible trailblazer, but he didn’t have much in terms of personality. In the ring, he was so boring that fans didn’t even care about his 170-day reign as WWE Champion, which was the longest of up until that point.
Bobby Lashley is a perfect example of what not to do in the wrestling entertainment business. Yeah, he looked the part, but that’s about it. Since the start of his career, he was presented as a monster that could do anything, but it made fans yawn. Worst yet, he had terrible mic skills; remember the promo about his sisters?
Nakamura didn’t have a chance. Hyping someone as being one of the “most exciting wrestlers in history” will never go well. Nakamura simply couldn’t live up to his reputation. Sure, he got a belt, but everyone pretty much forgot. To make up for his inability to carry a promotion on his own, he was paired with Rusev in a tag team; that didn’t do anything for either guys.
Nia Jax was supposedly “amazing” before, but now, she’s infamous for being an unsafe wrestler. In 2018, she punched Becky Lynch in the face, and this caused Lynch to take time off when she was headed to stardom. That was when fans lost respect for this entertainer. Now, it doesn’t matter that she held the WWE Raw Women’s Championship once. Unsafe wrestlers are a huge no for us.
The Bella Twins
For an organization that started out with Divas that were there for eye-candy, it sure has come a long way. Women made a name for themselves outside of having a great body. The Bella Twins, unfortunately, represent the archaic views of the early days. Neither are particularly skilled, and Brie even earned a reputation of being an unsafe wrestler following a series of injured opponents.
Shane McMahon makes it clear that it isn’t what you know but who you know. Son of WWE CEO Vice McMahon, Shane has been hyped ever since he debuted. If you pay close attention, you can see that Shane really only knows a total of two moves, which he uses to carry numerous pay-per-view events. Actually, “carry” is the wrong word because his opponent has to do all the entertainment work.
Carlito’s career only lasted six years, so it’s surprising that he rose the ladder pretty quick. There are far more underrated wrestlers that worked for decades and never even got a championship. Carlito showed minimal effort in interviews, and his matches were lame. While we’re talking about him, the whole eating the apple and spitting it out was a stupid gimmick.
Mark Henry was abysmal whenever he was on screen or in the ring. The only time he was worth anything was when he was part of “The Nation,” and that’s only because the Rock’s charisma kept things together. His career is about as laughable as the scene when Mae Young gave birth to Henry’s hand.
Triple H is a good heel and a fine wrestler, but he couldn’t have risen to the top without Stephanie McMahon. If he had put in the time, he might have reached fame on his own. Now, he’s the face of the WWE, and he’s even trying to break into movies. The only problem? He can’t act, and that’s painfully obvious when he’s entertaining for the WWE.
Attitude is important in WWE and has been for decades. We’re here to say that there’s a fine line between having an attitude and being down-right arrogant. X-Pac was carried because he was hanging out with Triple H, who we also think was partially carried. Without Triple H, X-Pac would have been buried like the overrated “entertainer” he is.
Randy Orton is talented, and we knew that when he first appeared. Then we watched his matches over and over, and we’re just wondering where that talent went. His events turned bland to the point where they feel like a rerun. He needs a serious character change and new moves.
The Sandman had one of the best entrances in wrestling. Nothing is better than blasting Metallica’s “Sandman” on the loudspeaker. The only issue is that the song concluded, and there wasn’t anything left. The Sandman was limited, which left his matches lackluster. Well, at least “Sandman” is a long song?
No one really expected (or wanted) Big Cass to make a return, but when he did, we thought there would be more from him. WWE certainly hyped him to be someone to contend with. After a few fights, we realized that it was the same old stuff. Then, the WWE threw him into a Rumble (huge mistake), which ultimately wasted Daniel Bryan’s return feud.
Why won’t WWE give up on Baron Corbin? Does he have dirt on the company or something? Fans have refused to accept him as a star, which is obvious when he appears in the ring. Fans boo louder for Corbin than they have anyone else. And when he’s getting beaten? Fans cheer. Loudly.
Roman Reigns is being shoved down our throats like hotdogs at a competitive eating competition, and honestly, we’re sick of it. Any time Reigns loses a fight, there’s always some conspiracy involved. You can mute the fans all you want, but we won’t accept this guy.
Rey Mysterio is a fun wrestler to watch, and his moves are pretty unique. The only reason we put him on the list is because this “David and Goliath” trope has gone too far. Even if they’re a fan favorite, they have to lose sometimes. It’s a reality we accept because, after a while, it feels faker than WWE should want.