Top 5 Recent Failed Pushes
by, 10-10-2011 at 02:00 AM (7433 Views)
So, I was just sitting at home watching some old wrestling videos on youtube and I got to thinking, what happened to this person and their push. That person was doing great in the feud got over, or in some cases didn't, and then just fell off the map. This list is based only on the talent in the WWE, as I have not been watching TNA enough to know if any super failed pushes. My list is based on people who got a push and could of made something big happen and then just fell off or weren't relevant for a while. This list is only using pushes from about 2007-forward.
5. Kofi Kingson- While I am not a fan of Kofi, I do think that his feud with Randy Orton in 2009 was a great. We went over Orton and CM Punk, previous World Champions, with in 10 seconds of each other. He looked like a credible threat to Orton, who was the biggest Heel in the business at this point. His entire character was repackaged, the crowd was on his side, and then BOOM! It's over, Kofi didn't win the MITB that year at Mania, switched to SD only to be put back into the mid-card. He has proven to perform well in the mid-card having held the IC and US titles on multiple occasions and putting on great matches. I think WWE dropped the ball after this feud to not give him the chance to really get over in the capacity in which he should have.
4.Vladimir Kozlov- Let's just say booked as a HUGE Monster heel. Went around just mawling everyone. Jeff Hardy and Triple H being the two biggest names. He was over just on the basis of squashing everyone and ruining Jeff from becoming WWE Champion. He had a huge monster push, and then after Survivor Series when Edge returned and took the title he fell into obscurity. He went from being a monster to being a jobber all within a few months. It was just really confusing because WWE missed their chance with this guy and then repeats the exact same build on Sheamus a year later. WWE really missed out on Kozlov being a huge player, especially if they would of found him a mouthpiece. But no... he went on to tag with Santino... talk about falling into obscurity.
3. CM Punk- All I'm going to say is First MITB; Face run at the World Heavyweight Championship. I think we are all in aggreeance that this was possibly the worst use of CM Punk, and probably the MITB, ever. Just super fail.
2. Drew McIntyre- This one I really don't understand. He was over as "The Choosen One". The Vince McMahon letters were brilliant, he went over some pretty over people during his run. He was over and then nothing. He didn't win the MITB that year (either of them) dropped his title to Kofi (who had just gotten a push then flopped) and fell into obscurity. He's literally been jobbing ever since and his "Chosen One" gimmick is forgotten about. I'm so confused because he was doing so well, because he was put into the MITB match because of his gimmick. It's so weird.
1. Jack Swagger- I'm a pretty huge Swagger fan, no surprise I suppose, but his WHC run last year was pretty miserable. First of all he had no build up and then randomly won the MITB over McIntyre, Kofi and Christian. Then cashed it in before he had any build up period. Once he, cleanly might I add, went over Orton at ER he got lots of heat and put Show over as a legitimate face after his departure from ShowMiz. After Over the Limit, he literally lost the entire time he had the Championship then dropped it to Mysterio, booked strong for about 3 weeks, then fell into obscurity. He was on the poster for SummerSlam and then wasn't even on the card for the event. His WHC run wasn't even mentioned on TV until about 4 months ago. His coaching of Cole, who was super over as a heel did nothing for him. He literally feel so far down the card. Next to Punk's face run, this is probably the worst use of MITB in the history of it's creation.
I'm pretty sure there are more, but these are the most failing that I have seen in a while. I'm normally pro WWE pushes and their booking work, sometimes, but these were just difficult to justify as being anything other than poor follow-up, decision making in the first place, or allowing silly backstage politics/banter bring down the product.
My opinions... comment I'm interested to see what you all think!