One needs to have some level of an ego to become a success in the entertainment industry. They don’t necessarily need to look down on others, but they do need to believe they’re pretty great themselves, or else they won’t find the drive and motivation needed to truly succeed in such a competitive medium. Nowhere is this more true than in professional wrestling, where a big part of the job description is talking about how great you are, and a significant amount of the performers took arguably too many of the words they said to heart.
Many of the wrestlers who have huge egos actually did something to earn some level of self-aggrandizement. Wrestlers like Hulk Hogan or Dusty Rhodes admittedly thought a bit too highly of themselves at times, but they also changed the face of wrestling forever, so it’s understandable they’re trying to get some of the credit. With other wrestlers, that wasn’t quite the case, as they seemed to view themselves in the elite stable of Hogan or Rhodes, while most of them actually are more suited for The J.O.B. Squad. A few of these wrestlers have even later admitted they got a bit too big for their britches. Keep reading to discover the 15 most unwarranted egos in wrestling history.
15 The Ultimate Warrior - Thought He Was Hulk Hogan
14 Larry Zbyszko - Claims To Be The Only Living Legend
13 Buff Bagwell - His Mom Thinks He's A Star
12 Konnan - A Legend In Mexico, but Not Elsewhere
11 Vampiro - Great Punk Rock Vampire, Average Wrestler
10 Jeff Jarrett - Early Inductee to His Own Hall of Fame
9 Triple H - Not The Star He Thinks He Was
8 Shane Douglas - The Franchise In His Own Mind
7 Vince Russo - Made Himself World Champion Despite Not Being A Wrestler
6 Paul Roma - The Worst Horsemen Who Thought He Was The Best
5 Big Dick Dudley - Bitter He Was Left Behind
4 Tom Zenk - Immediately Saw Himself On The Level of A World Champion
3 Sable - Men Wanted Her, But No One Wanted To Be Her
2 Billy Jack Haynes - Genuinely Insane Delusions
1 Outback Jack - A Blip On The Radar Who Thinks He's A Legend
Outback Jack was an extremely short-tenured WWE jobber in the mid 1980s. As his name might imply, he was heavily inspired by Crocodile Dundee, but he was such a small name we didn’t even feel the need to bring him up when we did our list of pop culture rip-offs. If you were to ask Jack, though, he was one of the biggest stars in wrestling history, and he was still getting rapid phone calls from countless fans for decades after his career ended. Paradoxically, Jack is also aware he wasn’t as big a star as he could have been, blaming Vince McMahon’s ego for preventing him from hitting the stratosphere. Most fans would disagree and point to Outback Jack being a stereotypical comedy Australian as the real reason he never made the main event.
Sources: WWE, PWInsider
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