WWE has been synonymous with pro wrestling for years. Even before WCW shut down (and during the years the company was actually far more profitable than Vince McMahon's organization), mainstream society associated the letters "WWF" with pro wrestling.
As a result of that perception, WWE has long been "the place to be." Most wrestlers - today and then - have a career goal of ending up on the grandest stage of all, and in recent years, even international stars have made the journey across the continent or the world to see if they can find success in the increasingly global WWE.
Unfortunately, not every star's journey to WWE works out. Sometimes, the company seems to hire stars that don't fit into their traditional mold, and while a few have managed to change the paradigm, many have flopped. That's okay, in a lot of instances - the wrestlers in question were able to get a decent payday, then transfer their exposure into a post-WWE career that was more lucrative than their pre-WWE work.
Sometimes, though, stars didn't even get that out of the deal. Some wrestlers were so poorly handled by WWE that all they did in the company was waste time and damage their legacies. For those stars, joining the promotion in the first place was a mistake.
Here are 10 wrestlers who never should have signed with WWE:
Scott Fried is a Slammy Award-winning* writer living and working in New York City. He has been following/writing about professional wrestling for many years and is a graduate of Lance Storm's Storm Wrestling Academy. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/scottfried.
*Best Crowd of the Year, 2013