Did you know that the WWE is the largest and most profitable professional wrestling entertainment company in the world thanks to its numerous income streams and worldwide reach? Now you know. This multinational company holds over 300 wrestling events every single year and well over 36 million viewers across the globe get to watch these events.
For a very long time now, wrestling has been a source of entertainment for many people, and the WWE has done so much with regard to quenching people’s thirst for very entertaining fights. Most people out there who do not like wrestling think that we don’t know that the fights are purely based on entertainment, and that is exactly why so many of us love watching every WWE show we can.
Over the years, the WWE has produced numerous legends and superstars, and it is still grooming many more for eternal glory – not only in the WWE Hall of Fame, but also in the hearts of wrestling lovers all over the world.
However, anywhere there is entertainment and unforgettable superstars, there are other people that we all love to hate, or simply want to forget about. Some highly talented individuals have fought hard, won titles, and even broken records that only the legends could, but have ended up disappointing us to the point of not wanting anything to do with them.
There is no doubt about just how talented the following individuals were or still are. The only problem with these wrestlers is that they really made us hate them and we generally refer to them as some of the worst superstars in the WWE. Here is a list of my top 10.
10. Mark Henry
Mark Henry might be one of the wrestling superstars that most WWE fans love to hate, but there is no denying the fact that he is one of the greatest weightlifters in the world. However, despite being a weightlifting legend, he fails to perform like a real superstar in the ring.
Henry is part of this list because he was the ECW champion in 2008 and the WWE World Heavyweight Champion in 2011, but his performance in the ring is always a disappointment. You can argue that Henry is too big, too slow, and he gets injured too often, but it is obvious that it is no longer exciting to watch him fight. Do you know that there is even a Facebook page with over 2,300 likes for people who hate this wrestling superstar?
9. Santino Marella
Santino Marella‘s real name is Anthony Carelli and, no, he is not Italian, he is a Canadian. Santino retired from professional wrestling a while back but he is still considered to be a superstar since he was the WWE Intercontinental Champion twice, a WWE United States Champion, as well as a Tag Team Champion at one time.
Santino makes it to this list because some fans feel as if he was nothing but a sideshow act who added no real value to the world of sports entertainment. Santino might have also been used by the WWE to bring comic relief, but that does not change the final verdict. Santino’s die-hard fans insist that he had a great effect on the fans whenever he was in the ring and that he was interesting to watch. The rest of the WWE Universe disagrees.
8. The Big Show
Within the first few years of The Big Show signing with WWE, he had beaten big names like Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Triple H and The Undertaker. For a while there, it seemed as if The Big Show was fast becoming the greatest superstar the WWE had seen, until he started his latest string of poor performances. Despite the fact that The Big Show has been the WWE World Heavyweight Champion seven times, he still belongs on this list.
We can all agree that WWE fans are shouting at him to retire because this giant does not come off as lazy in the ring, he flip flops from face to heel on a whim, and he thinks that his size gives him the right to get away with anything.
7. The Great Khali
The Great Khali’s inclusion in this list has nothing to do with the fact that he is Indian; it’s all about how far he has fallen since his glory days. The great Khali became the WWE World Heavyweight Champion in 2007, and he had a good run back then. However, his performance later on left a lot to be desired, as there was hardly ever a “wow” moment while watching this 7 foot giant in the ring.
The Great Khali lacked the agility displayed by other wrestlers his size, and he was not as lovable as most other wrestlers were. His poor communication with the fans and his lack of the entertainment factor make him a deserved member of this list.
It is hard for most people to decide whether to hate Stardust or to love him, because he was such a great wrestler as Cody Rhodes, before changing into the Stardust persona. His real name is Cody Garrett Runnels, and he is the half-brother of Goldust and son of the late WWE Hall of Fame legend Dusty Rhodes.
Stardust has won his fair share of championships, both as an individual and as a tag team, but these days he is just a disappointment. Because of just how much everyone loved Cody Rhodes and the performance he had in the ring, there was a chance that Stardust would have missed this list, but the damage is already done.
Sheamus (Stephen Farrelly) is a professional wrestler who has had a lot of success in the WWE in the recent past. Sheamus has been the WWE Heavyweight Champion three times, the World Heavyweight Champion one time, the United States Champion two times, and the list continues.
Despite the above achievements and success, Sheamus is still one of the worst WWE superstars we have had in a long time, because he is a bully, his signature moves have the most ridiculous names, his character can be a bit stale at times, and he is boring to watch whether he is fighting in the ring or just talking on the mic.
4. The Miz
Michael Gregory Mizanin goes by the stage name “The Miz”, and he happens to be one of the most successful wrestlers that we have in the WWE today. Currently the Intercontinental Champion for the fifth time, this superstar has won 14 WWE Championships, starred in the main-event in several pay-per-view events and has done so much more.
However, his success does not shield him from featuring on this list, because he gives us so many opportunities to hate him. The fact that he is a reality TV star is enough reason to hate him, in addition to the notion that he has had it easy compared to other wrestlers who have worked so hard for their titles. The Miz rubs everyone the wrong way and most fans dislike him.
3. The Ascension
Konnor and Viktor are the two professional wrestlers who make up the tag team commonly known as “The Ascension.” There is hardly anything good you can say about this team, except the fact that they were WWE’s NXT Tag Team Championships for a year and that’s it.
These two have a terrible dress code, they wear paint on their faces, their short fights are never exciting and their long ones are even worse. They play an evil role in their gimmicks, and this does not help their image at all because fans can’t take them seriously. The Ascension is a genuinely bad tag team, worthy of a high spot on this list.
2. Vince McMahon
Although Vince McMahon is the chairman, the majority owner, and CEO of the pro wrestling promotion, we cannot forget that he was a wrestler. Since hardly anyone likes the boss, Vince McMahon is undoubtedly one of the most hated superstars the WWE has ever seen.
During his fighting days, he managed to win several championships and beat some big names including Triple H, The Undertaker, Ric Flair, and Shawn Michaels, and these victories made the fans hate him all the more. He is probably one of the worst superstars in WWE for a million reasons, some of which include his racist gimmicks, being a bully, his perceived misogyny, and the fact that he was not a good fighter at all.
1. The Spirit Squad
Another team to make their way to this list is the Spirit Squad, a group of five professional wrestlers who make up what is a “stable” in professional wrestling terms. The spirit squad was made up of Johnny, Kenny, Mitch, Mikey, and Nicky, and this stable became World Tag Team Champions within just three months of their television debut.
All six guys were recognized as champions during their stay at the top, but their defeat led to a breakup of the stable. Some of the things that made the Spirit Squad one of the worst WWE Superstar Tag Team Champions was the fact that they looked like a squad of male cheerleaders. They had some of the most offensive moves, they cheated, and it just felt right to hate them.