Professional wrestling is all about hype, but some of the so-called biggest names are nothing but hype. The business is not an athletic competition like baseball or basketball were a player's ability is clearly able to be measure by looking at the states. For this reason it is full of overrated men and women. At one level, you can say that almost every professional wrestler - past or present - is overrated. To be overrated means simply that their ability and contribution to the industry is much lower then the hype their name caries with it. You can be great and overrated. Not all over rated people are "Why are or were these guys World Champions?" guys (or gals). A few have to answers that question, and it often has nothing to do with their ability. There are others on the list that are/were great in and for the business, but their promotion (or the ignorant fan boy/girl) has skewed their importance in the history of wrestling. Every one here has held a companies highest title and were seen at the times by the promotion (and/or some fans) deserving not only the title, but the franchise tag as the face of the company. Some should be taken off the ladder altogether while others should just be let down a peg or too. This is not "the Worst Wrestlers Ever" or even a list of bad wrestlers; this list is of wrestlers who's praise out weights their ability. Feel free to add to the list, but explain why and how they are over rated.
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Someone please explain how Cena can have already been the champ like 11 times? Oh, ya, if he's health there's a 90% chance he's going to get a title shot. Like him or hate him, you have to admit that he has ability - looks, mic ability, and at least Hogan level ring skills - but he either hasn't been able to or doesn't know how to use that ability. The fans have had a steady diet of John Cena shoved down their throats, and as they have been force fed his character, his gimmick has become stale. He's cheesy, sophomoric, and predictable. While some say his in-ring abilities have improved, it's hard to tell because his matches are scripted like Popeye cartoons. You just put this week's bad guy in the formula - Cena is being beaten for 14.75 minutes then he eats his spinach and whips his opponent in less the 15 seconds. The End, fade to black.
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The only the enigma about Jeff Hardy is why people are so in love with him and why the two largest wrestling promotions in the world push this guy as a heavy weight contender. He was a member of one of the greatest tag teams ever, but as a singles wrestler he's just not got the same magic. There is little about Jeff Hardy that is not over rated. He's an average wrestler, above average at his best. Much like his brother, he should be in the mid-card area. Give him all the T.V., Intercontinental, United States, Hardcore, Diva/Knockout, Tag Team, and X-Division titles you want, but his guy lacks the skills, talents, and reliability to lead any wrestling promotion into the future. I'm sorry TNA, but if you think Jeff Hardy is your future your future is an enigma.
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Goldberg is a firecracker. You wait with anticipation for him to rise, then he climaxes with a bang and bright flashy lights only to fade into nothingness.
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I thought he was dead.
No, he's not dead, just his career.
No, he's not dead, just his career.
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This joker is a mid-carder. He was good as one half of the tag team champions. He's also well used fighting for one of the mid-card belts like U.S. Champ or Intercontinental Champion, but then only to put talented guys over.
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He may be the "Excellence of Execution" in the ring, but a lot of people would have to be ignored for him to be "The Best There Is, The Best There Was, or The Best There Ever Will Be." He may have been the best there was in the WWF in the mid-90's after the top starts fled to WCW. He may have also need one of the best hookers (a wrestler with genuine mat-wrestling skills), but the majority of the guys he faced by the time he was headlining as Heavy Weight Champ and the top man in the company were still young pups who had not yet developed. As good as he may have been on the mat unfortunately, he was that bad or worse on the mic. His promos were just boring and hard to watch. He's still probably one of the best ever. The thing is that he's not at the same level that Hogan or Flari are as entertainers, and he's not on the same level as a Lou Thesz, Ed Lewis, or even a Kurt Angle as a hooker. He was an excellent wrestler when he was given what he needed and wanted and wasn't whining, but it's hard to see him as a top ten all time let alone in the top five were people try to place him.
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It's amazing how much a man can accomplish when he's married to the boss's daughter and can make sure that he snuffs out any light before it starts to shine brighter then his. Wrestling Observer Newsletter has named him the "Most Overrated" wrestler 4 time in an eight year span. They also named him as part of the "Worst Feud of the Year" and the "Worst Worked Match of the Year" two times each in that same time.
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Great pedigree, great athlete, good wrestler, and very good on the mic, but he's a better actor then a wrestler. And he;s not that great an actor.
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