It’s no secret Vince McMahon loves the body building industry almost as much as the pro wrestling business. In the early days of the WWE and when Raw first started showing up on TVs across America, Vince was always looking to combine the two, whether it was some weird weight-lifting competition or just simple advertisements by companies like ICO Pro.
Fair to say he wasn’t ever really able to meld the two together, but over the years he’s shown time and time again his affinity for big dudes with muscles on top of muscles. If you want to know what 80s wrestling was all about, that’s a great place to start, jacked dudes that were accepted because of their size and not their work rate. Who cares if he could flip off the ropes or work a thirty-minute match? The WWE was (and still is) always giving wrestlers with “presence” a chance, even if their skills are limited to punches, kicks, and body slams.
Sure, there have been notable muscle heads who have come through and shown they are just as talented as others, guys like Brock Lesnar and Triple H, just to name a few. Unfortunately, there have been a whole lot more that have passed through the curtain with much less talent and ended up finding other places of employment. So, with that said, here are eighteen muscle heads that WWE wants you to forget!
To give you a sense of his career, he’s most remembered for three things; his weird peanut butter colored teeth, kicking a fake baby into the crowd, and saying “It’s not my fault” as a catchphrase. At 6’8” and 286 lbs. Snitsky was one of those head-scratchers that managed to last in the WWE for five years, but managed to never do anything too significant.
16 Chris Masters
With his chiseled physique and unbreakable Master Lock, Masters was looking to make it towards the top of the WWE with the help of a dramatic entrance and a decent enough ability to talk on the mic. Unfortunately his pushes came to sudden halts for failing the WWE’s Wellness Program not once, but twice due because of (depending on which report you want to believe) painkillers, steroids, and even mental illness due to his addiction.
15 Nathan Jones
Pictures don’t do justice to how absolutely monstrous Nathan Jones was, so to compare; Brock Lesnar is billed at 6’3”/286 lbs. where Jones was an amazing 7’/351 lbs. Most of you can picture how Brock dwarfs most wrestlers, well Jones has a whole nine inches and sixty plus pounds on “The Beast.”
14 Sean O’Haire
O’Haire was one of those big men who had talent, but didn’t quite reach the level that he should have, which wasn’t necessarily his fault. When WCW was bought up, he was one of the more talented young workers that WWE could have taken hold of but because he was a “WCW Guy” he wasn’t given the same respect. They kept him in a tag team (with Chuck Palumbo, who he teamed with in WCW) where he found mild success before being sent down for more training, returning in a Devil’s advocate gimmick, he would tell people to not go to church, commit adultery, and just be generally bad.
13 Rob Terry
It might be tough to forget someone who wasn’t even around, which is the case of Rob Terry, the 6’5”/298 lbs. brute that couldn’t make it out of WWE’s development. In 2007, he was signed to the company and began his training, along the way he ended up being Nick Nemeth’s (also known as Dolph Ziggler) bodyguard.
12 The Warlord
Initially coming to the WWE in a tag team known as The Powers of Pain, he and Barbarian destroyed everyone in front of them becoming one of the greatest tag teams ever! Just kidding, they were basically fed to every tag team in the promotion, and were only somewhat watchable thanks to Barbarian’s skills.
11 Mike Knox
Was Mike Knox a muscle head? Well, at 6’6”/293 lbs. he definitely had the size and he was really unlikable, so let’s just toss him in here just for the heck of it. Starting out in WWE’s version of ECW, Knox was (somehow) given the role of being Kelly Kelly’s boyfriend who turned increasingly jealous of her striptease dancing and admiration of CM Punk.
10 Ezekiel Jackson
Ah well, looks like that non-champion streak will come to an end here, Jackson was able to capture both the ECW Heavyweight title and the Intercontinental title during his seven year run with the WWE. At 6’4”/309 lbs. Jackson made everyone look small in the WWE and overall had one of the better runs among the group of wrestlers on this list.
9 Rob Conway
Rob spent the first part of his time with WWE in the tag team, La Resistance, a duo with the tired foreign heel gimmick that just never really took off with fans. WWE put the tag titles on them, but even with that, Rob wasn’t able to reach a high level of popularity.
8 Shawn Stasiak
Son of long-time wrestler Stan Stasiak, Shawn got his chance with the WWE in 1998 debuting as Meat, who was basically the boy-toy for Pretty Mean Sister (Terri Runnels, Jacqueline, and Ryan Shamrock), losing matches all along the way. While he had the look, there just wasn’t much else, he was fired for recording a heated conversation between two wrestlers without their knowledge.
7 Sylvain Grenier
Starting with the WWE in 2001, it took two years before Grenier was brought into the tag division as part of La Resistance. Despite being a mediocre team, he was able to capture the tag titles four times (once with Rene Dupree and three times with Rob Conway) which could be considered a big thing, but in Grenier's case people barely remember him.
6 Matt Morgan
Have to give it to WWE for jumping on Matt early on, he was a 7’/300+ lbs. guy who could actually move, something that is very difficult to find. Known as “The Blueprint” in WWE’s development promotion (Ohio Valley Wrestling) Matt held their title for six months.
5 Mark Jindrak
Yet another WCW contract that WWE decided to keep when they bought out the company, Jindrak was immediately sent to developmental for additional training for almost two years. When it was time for his big call up he was penciled to be included in Evolution, yes, that Evolution! Along with Triple H, Randy Orton, and Ric Flair, Jindrak was supposed to be the muscle of the group and at 6’6”/265 lbs. he fit the bill.
His time with The Oddities is probably the only gimmick you might remember him from, but Kurrgan actually had an amazingly long wrestling career that began in 1990 and lasted until 2011. His time with the WWE wasn’t that long as he worked also worked as Kurrgan The Interrogator as a member of The Truth Commission.
3 Rene Dupree
Dupree’s father was a wrestling promoter who in turn got Dupree into the business at a very young age, in fact he began wrestling at 14 which helped him get into the WWE at an incredibly young age. He’s most known for winning the WWE Tag titles at only 19 years old, being the youngest to hold any title in the company’s history, as well as the only teenager to hold a title (he was still learning as he's holding the title upside down in the picture).
2 Mason Ryan
In 2009, Ryan signed a five-year contract with the WWE and he got exactly five years with the company when he was released in 2014. A mountain of a man, Ryan spent about two years in development before he was debuted as a member of the Nexus group (led by CM Punk at the time). Due to storyline and real injuries Ryan missed quite a bit of time right off the bat, slowing his impact with fans.
Brakus (or Brakkus) was signed by the WWE, but through their working relationships with USWA and ECW, he was sent there to build up his skills and reputation. Working dark matches with the WWE, he finally received some vignettes to build up his debut calling out Triple H and Vader (he faced neither).
Brakus began losing in quick fashion when he was given TV time and was also included in the “Braw for All” tournament (which was a legit boxing match between wrestlers and it was awful). Brakus didn’t know it was supposed to be somewhat real and lost to Savio Vega, while also receiving a bloody nose in the process. He was a body builder who didn’t translate to wrestling at all, so his time was short with the company was extremely short.
Sources: WWE.com, Wikipedia.org
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