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10 World Champions Vince Wishes He Never Crowned And 10 He Wishes He Did

Each wrestling fan is aware of that to be the Man, it’s a must to beat the Man. However the one that books you to be the Man is not simply supplying you with his promotion’s heavyweight championship, he is supplying you with the ball. He’s telling you for all of your exhausting work, this is the richest prize within the business. The Man cannot simply relaxation on his laurels, he has to work even more durable now; present the world that he is deserving of the spot he is been given and take the business to the subsequent degree. Not each champion accomplishes that feat and the person in cost, on this case Vince, is sitting there with egg on his face, questioning why he pulled the set off on a sure star. At that time, it is also straightforward to second guess and marvel what issues can be like if another person was topped champ.

Hulk, Bret, Shawn, Austin. All of them did it. Triple H, Foley, and The Rock too. AJ Types is doing it proper now. Loads of individuals have grabbed that brass ring and raised the bar from which it hung. However for some superstars, when it was their probability, they floundered. Whether or not it’s private troubles outdoors of the ring, or they might not recover from because the Man. One thing simply did not click on. Some guys have been greater than deserving, however by no means have been capable of get the elusive title.

Listed here are 10 World Champions Vince Wishes He Never Crowned And 10 He Wishes He Did.

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20 Wishes He Did not – Jack Swagger

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By all accounts, Jack Swagger ought to have been the second coming of Kurt Angle. Swagger was an enormous nation boy from Oklahoma. An newbie star, and actually nice within the ring. He did not have Angle’s (no pun meant) swagger nevertheless. However his talent nonetheless landed him alternatives.

These alternatives led him to profitable Cash In The Financial institution and subsequently the WWE title. However in-ring talent and the Swagger Hovering Eagle weren’t going to be sufficient to point out Swagger had charisma.

A number of years later, Zeb Coulter wasn’t capable of assist Swagger out both.

Getting arrested for possession when he was about to get one other probability did not do him and favors both.

19 Wishes He Did – Mr. Good

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Within the pantheon of nice wrestlers by no means had the prospect to run with the WWE’s richest prize, Mr. Good’s identify is usually on prime of everybody’s listing. Never earlier than (or probably since) has a gimmick and a person been so completely matched – pun meant.

For a number of the guys on this record, regardless of how a lot warmth they garnered, they both did not want the title or labored in WWE when it was a babyface territory. Curt Hennig had each of those working towards him. He was simply too good and method too over to wish the strap and, in his heyday, Hulkamania was operating wild.

18 Wishes He Did not – Alberto Del Rio

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The hype surrounding Alberto Del Rio was fairly large. He’s an enormous star that firm was constructing as much as be a spin on the Million Greenback Man. Within the ring and on the mic, he had each present a wrestler might hope to have. However for some cause one thing wasn’t clicking. Not when he gained the 40 Man Royal Rumble and never when he efficiently cashed in his Cash In The Financial institution and never when he once more gained the world title, both.

One thing simply wasn’t working with Del Rio and Vince seemingly pulled again on the practice and pushed him again down the cardboard.

Then, very similar to others on this listing, his personal issues received in his method, and Del Rio not was chief potential and El Patron shouldn’t be remembered for his championship run.

17 Wishes He Did – Razor Ramon

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Whereas he’s recognized rather more for his run in WCW as one of many founding members of the nWo. However that fame would have by no means occurred if not for his WWE run as Razor Ramon. He was dripping with machismo and gold chains, so why not add the WWE title to that listing of gold?

The previous four-time Intercontinental Champion was all the time pushed as both the quantity two or three heel or child face throughout his time within the firm, however the huge winged eagle belt all the time eluded the Dangerous Man. He would head for WCW and the remaining was historical past. However virtually definitely if he stayed, Razor would have been huge champion heading into the Angle Period.

16 Wishes He Did not – CM Punk

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“I wanna be top guy! I was a top guy in Ring Of Honor. I want to be a top guy. The crowd loves me. I deserve to be a top guy. You’re not going to make me the top guy. Ok, my contracts up and I’m going to leave. Oh, you’re going to make me the top guy now. Yay, I’m the top guy! Finally! Wait, I have to work like a dog to be the top guy?! I thought Hulk, Rock, Austin, and Cena just did that stuff because they liked to. You expect me to work 24/7 as the top guy?”

“Oh my back hurts. I’m quitting. By Felicia.”

Philip Brooks may need had the drive at one level to be the Man. He believed he wasn’t being handled pretty. Proper, improper or detached, he walked out on his job, with no discover. Do you actually assume Vince needs anybody to keep in mind that one level CM Punk was the man?

15 Wishes He Did – Rowdy Roddy Piper

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Loads of individuals consider that Rowdy Roddy Piper was one of the best on the microphone ever. Heel, babyface, Piper’s Pit, within the ring – you identify the place and put Scorching Rod in the midst of it and he was a heat-seeking missile. Within the ring he would again it up and by no means took an evening off.

He was one of many few superstars that really did not want a title.

However with all of that bravado, Roddy was in all places in the course of the rock and wrestling enlargement. What if he was in all places with the WWE title? Whereas it was pushed by Hulk Hogan, it would be fascinating to see what would have occurred if the Hulk needed to chase Roddy for the gold no less than one time.

14 Wishes He Did not – Goldberg

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Again in 2003, when the acquainted gladiator march that heralded Goldberg’s arrival in WWE, the followers went berserk. However the backstage drama of making an attempt to get Invoice acclimated to how WWE does issues has since been properly documented and the pushback of Vince not eager to e-book the man because the unstoppable monster that WCW was a head scratcher to the followers.

When he defeated Triple H at Unforgiven, profitable the World Title, it simply appeared like an afterthought (in fact he is the champ, he is Goldberg), as an alternative of the big-time second it was alleged to be. Contemplating how poorly he felt about his time in WWE throughout this period, he in all probability should not have gained the title.

13 Wishes He Did – Vader

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Even know almost 20 years after he was completed actively wrestling, Vader stays atop the heap as one of many biggest tremendous heavyweights ever. In all places he went, crowds of all types marveled on the Mastodon and what he might do within the ring. It is a disgrace he by no means obtained to run with the WWE title.

That is not for lack of Vince McMahon making an attempt. He was booked to face and defeat Shawn Michaels at Survivor Collection 1996. However a younger prima donna HBK prevented the momentous event, because of the occasions of SummerSlam 1996. Verify the match out on the Community – he is screaming at Vader for a very good portion of the match.

12 Wishes He Did not – Rob Van Dam

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If one night time can put an asterisk in your whole WWE run, virtually invalidating it – you then is perhaps RVD. Rob Van Dam was arguably the best wrestler in North America in the course of the mid-late nineties. However in ECW, he did not have the nationwide publicity that he wanted.

As soon as in WWE, he exploded and confirmed off each bit what ECW trustworthy already knew.

He would primary occasion and win the ECW title at One Night time Stand 2006, additionally profitable the WWE title within the course of too. Then he obtained into some authorized hassle, leaving Vince no selection however to strip him of the corporate’s prime prize. Vince sadly by no means received the arrogance to function RVD once more prominently.

11 Wishes He Did – Rick Impolite

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Rick Impolite was a wrestler who ought to’ve been a world champion in any promotion he stepped into. He had the look, he had the charisma and he might go within the ring. Sadly he got here to WWE round a time the place it was all about Hogan, and ultimately The Final Warrior turned Vince’s pet challenge. There was little or no room for some other star to carry the gold in Impolite’s WWE tenure. Ultimately he would go to WCW the place he would get a quick run on prime earlier than a again damage primarily ended his in-ring profession. It was all simply dangerous timing for Impolite.

10 Wishes He Did not – Rey Mysterio

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Reality – after El Santo and Mil Mascaras, probably the most well-known Luchador in all of wrestling is Rey Mysterio. One other reality is that Vince McMahon all the time needed his personal sort of Mighty Mouse character, defying the chances all the time working and preventing from beneath.

That does not imply that Rey was ever meant to truly seize the World Championship. Loads of followers and a few insiders to this present day, almost ten years later nonetheless assume he was solely given a run with the gold as a result of Eddie Guerrero handed away. That has by no means been confirmed or denied, however Rey profitable the title when he did was undoubtedly not within the plans.

9 Wishes He Did – Lex Luger

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The push to put Lex Luger atop the wrestling world was utterly unreal on the time. You can examine it to the early push to put Roman Reigns on the identical hill. Each males have been the apple of Vince McMahon’s eye. Each males have been at one level accepted by the followers. However the followers needed different males extra. In 2014, the followers needed Daniel Bryan.

For Lex, it was partly due to the white-hot Bret Hart. However in response to tales, he wasn’t shopping for into the Lex Categorical deal. As an alternative of truly dwelling on the tour bus, he’d head off to a lodge for the night time. He’d make appearances when required however not the sort of random appearances that driving cross-country on a bus would have seen. That lack of ardour and dedication is what did Luger in.

eight Wishes He Did not – Finn Balor

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When NXT celebrity Finn Balor was drafted to Uncooked, it marked a shift in how WWE will make the most of developmental call-ups shifting ahead. It was an enormous deal. Then an errant buckle-bomb ruined the entire ordeal. The hype surrounding Balor and the mystique behind The Demon was gone.

When Finn got here again slightly greater than six months later, any good religion Vince had introduced him was utterly gone.

The announcers might or is probably not instructed to say that Finn was the primary ever Common Champion, however it’s clear the boss has little interest in investing in Balor Membership inventory.

7 Wishes He Did – Ken Shamrock

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Earlier than seemingly each MMA fighter determined to commerce within the octagon and naked ft for the squared circle and boots, there was simply Ken Shamrock and Dan Severn. Do not let Severn learn this, however the man had much less charisma than mayonnaise, so Shamrock obtained to shine.

He was tremendous over and had tremendous babyface hearth and would have made a high-quality champion. He truly was a reputation Bret prompt to job out to previous to Montreal. However as charismatic as Shamrock was, he wasn’t holding a candle to names like Mankind, Rock, or Austin. In one other period, Shamrock would reign for years. However in the course of the Angle Period, you wanted an additional spark, which was one thing Shamrock did not have on the stick.

6 Wishes He Did not – Jinder Mahal

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The backlash to this choice was not actual warmth, it was head-scratching “really?” sort of warmth. However within the spirit of needing recent names on the prime of the cardboard, Jinder Mahal turned the WWE World Champion. Jinder wasn’t a nasty champion in any respect and he did attempt to up his recreation immensely.

However you’ll be able to’t hold a man as a floundering humorous jobber and anticipate followers to consider him as the person, simply since you determine on a whim that he must be champion. Mahal may need improved his look, however his in-ring recreation wasn’t profitable lots of people over.

5 Wishes He Did – Owen Hart

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Even Bret Hart would agree that the most effective the household needed to supply within the ring was Owen. At one level the WWE thought so too, there are un-doctored, pre-photoshop footage of the King Of Harts holding the winged eagle title of the mid-90s. Nevertheless it wasn’t Owen’s time but.

Owen wasn’t distant, as he was all the time a prime heel. He determined to remain after Montreal and Vince McMahon has all the time rewarded loyalty. Owen would have definitely gotten the gold if not through the Rocket / King Of Harts part, then definitely through the Black Hart part. A world title reign actually would’ve cemented Owen’s legacy as one of many greats of his period.

four Wishes He Did not – Brock Lesnar (2017-2018)

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Brock got here again to WWE the day after WrestleMania XXVIII and has been on a comfortable schedule ever since. Whereas each wrestler has been grinding day in, day trip, Brock obtained to twiddle his thumbs.

Making an attempt to convey prominence to the Common Title by solely that includes it sparingly, he booked Brock to be the champ for over a yr.

The technique backfired. Followers weren’t excited to see Brock. Once they have been, we obtained barely any ring day trip of him in supposedly high-profile matches. However when it turned obvious that pleasure for and from The Beast waned, it merely turn into a storyline to get the belt off him by calling personal dedication into query.

three Wishes He Did – Ahmed Johnson

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Vince McMahon loves the large robust guys like Ahmed Johnson. Now say that in your greatest Vince impression – “look at Ahmed Johnson, the big guy!” Now that you simply’re within the temper for feeling some Vince love for such a poor employee, keep in mind that Ahmed Johnson for a time was over. Being over does not all the time imply being a great employee.

That being stated, having the improper angle definitely is not going that will help you in your rise to glory, which is what Ahmed had. When that’s matched with sloppy ring work, any grandiose plans Vince McMahon may need for you’re put to a halt.

2 Wishes He Did not – Diesel

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You can definitely see why Vince would need to crown somebody like Kevin Nash as his champion. Nash was seven ft tall and had the look Vince all the time needed his champions to have. However when Diesel was made champion in late 1994, he was not able to be a babyface champion. He would’ve labored so much higher gaining steam as a heel. By means of a lot of 1995, Vince stored the title on Diesel and it proved to be one in every of WWE’s worst monetary years of all time.

The corporate would’ve been much better off with somebody like The Undertaker and even Bret Hart holding onto the belt for a lot of the yr, till somebody like Shawn Michaels was prepared for it.

1 Wishes He Did – Jake The Snake Roberts

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The most effective wrestlers are capable of join with the WWE Universe on both aspect of the aisle – heel or babyface. Jake the Snake was one of many few in the course of the late 80s and early 90s who pulled off these feats. He did not even have to vary his character that a lot. All of the Corridor Of Famer did was change who he was feud with.

Whereas Jake as champion would have labored wonders and been a memorable champion, he additionally was in his heyday in the course of the Hogan period and large man period. Jake wasn’t Hogan and Jake wasn’t an enormous man. So a run with the gold wasn’t within the playing cards.

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