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15 Released WWE Stars That Could've Been World Champions

Rarely do we see the WWE make a mistake regarding a talent. Most of the time when a wrestler is released, we understand why. In recent history however, with so much young talent emerging in the ranks,

Rarely do we see the WWE make a mistake regarding a talent. Most of the time when a wrestler is released, we understand why. In recent history however, with so much young talent emerging in the ranks, some controversial decisions have been made with the booking of certain stars. This has caused them to either walk out on the company or be released by Vince and the WWE.

Today, we will highlight some of the most memorable cases of talented wrestlers that could have actually made quite the impact had they been held onto for a little longer. Some of the wrestlers included on this list can actually still serve a purpose and possibility climb up the World Championship ranks. The list of wrestlers ranges from the 80s, 90s, 2000s and today. All these wrestlers had tremendous potential, only to see it squandered because of terrible bookings (in most cases). Here are 15 released WWE stars that could have been World Champions. Enjoy!

15 Ethan Carter

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14 King Barrett

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13 Raven

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12 Tazz

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11 Carlito Cool

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10 Ryback

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9 Ted DiBiase Jr.

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8 Shelton Benjamin

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7 Drew Galloway

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6 DDP

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5 Bobby Lashley

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4 Cody Rhodes

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3 Scott Hall

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2 Mr. Perfect

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1 Ricky Steamboat

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His style was innovative and his matches were so ahead of their time. Steamboat goes down in history as the greatest wrestler to never win a World Championship. How that ever happened remains a mystery. After leaving the WWE, Steamboat quickly captured the NWA World Heavyweight Championship with a company that would later transition into WCW. Despite not winning the title, his legacy as a top in-ring performer of his time will live on forever.

Sources: yahoo.com, bleacherreport.com, forbes.com

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