Everybody loves a good comeback story, and nowhere is that more true than in the world of sports entertainment. If a popular WWE superstar has been away for even a few months, their return can easily make headlines and cause fans to react with a burst of applause greater than the performer was receiving when they left in the first place. Bombastic returns and explosive surprises are the stuff that wrestling legends are made of, and there have been a great number of comebacks that revitalized careers and shot superstars to newer and greater heights than ever thought imaginable during their earlier run in WWE.
Unfortunately, not every wrestler has been able to capitalize on the momentum of an explosive return, and in fact on a few occasions they’ve fallen back into the habits that lead to them going away in the first place. Some wrestlers have proven themselves prone to injury, political games, or simply a generally consistent level of low performance and in-ring failure that leads to their returns being more of the diminishing variety than bombastic and exciting in the way the best sports entertainment can be. Read on to learn about 15 superstars who kept making the same mistakes.
15 Tatanka - Surprise Return, Feels Out Of Place, Disappears
14 Jeff Jarrett - Cuts His Losses and Starts Over
13 Lex Luger - Reputation As A Choker
Lex Luger is a wrestler who was always on the precipice of becoming a major star, but he early on earned the reputation as a choke artist that he was never able to shake throughout his career. Luger’s first brush with stardom came in the late 80s in National Wrestling Alliance, where he became extremely popular during a feud with The Four Horsemen. Luger’s rise was cut off at Starrcade 1988, when he lost to Ric Flair due to referee stoppage after a small cut on his head was called too severe for him to continue. Luger would face the same problem in WWE, when his patriotic rise up Lex Express was cut off when he only defeated Yokozuna by Count-Out at SummerSlam 1993.
12 Randy Savage - Always Let Hulk Hogan Overshadow Him
11 Ric Flair - Repeatedly Made Foolish By WCW
10 Scott Steiner - Anger Problems Everywhere He Went
9 William Regal - Continuous Substance Problems
8 Marty Jannetty - Gets A Job Then Gets Really High
7 The Ultimate Warrior - Fails and Bails
6 Kevin Nash - Trips Over Himself With Constant Injuries
5 Rey Mysterio, Jr. - Weak Knees For Over 20 Years
4 Terry Funk - Comes Out Of Retirement To Wrestle Retirement Matches
3 Eric Bischoff - Puts All His Chips On The Hulkster
2 Hulk Hogan - Destroys Any Company That Gives Him Power
1 Vince Russo - Hired And Fired In A Manner Of Days
Vince Russo has made so many mistakes in the wrestling world and dragged his own name through the mud to such a degree it’s hard to remember there was once a time when he was actually respected and successful. Although in reality he was only a small cog in a machine of success, Russo undoubtedly does deserve some level of credit for the success of WWE’s Attitude Era, financially the most successful and arguably the most beloved era in company history. However, as soon as Russo left WWE, he started running a variety of companies into the ground so drastically and irrevocably that it became all he was known for. Russo first destroyed WCW, then nearly did the same to TNA on two separate occasions. His name is so maligned he was almost immediately fired from WWE when Vince McMahon attempted to take mercy on him and give him a job in 2002, only because of how negative the backstage response was to the idea of him putting his stink on WWE.
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