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The Top 5 Wrestlers Who Turned Down a WWE Contract

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Thanks, but no thanks. Over the years Vince McMahon and the WWE have heard these words on a few occasions, and it got me to thinking why? Shouldn't a wrestler want to join the biggest wrestling/sports entertainment company of all time? A wrestler can make a lot of money in the WWE. Not to mention the fame and acknowledgement that goes with it. But for some wrestlers that is not enough nor is it what wrestling's about. Today we are going to take a look at my top 5 wrestlers that are giving the WWE a cold shoulder so to speak, and their reasons for doing so. So without further ado here's the list.

Counting down the top 5 wrestlers to say "No Thanks" to the WWE:

5. Nikita Koloff -



"The Russian Nightmare" is a former NWA National Heavyweight Champion, was named the PWI Most Inspirational Wrestler of the Year in 1987, and was awarded PWI Feud of the Year in 1987 for his feud with the Four Horsemen. After his NWA World Title match against Ric Flair at The Great American Bash in 1985, McMahon approached the burgeoning superstar with a deal that promised Koloff an immediate massive push, in which he would give him either the Intercontinental Title, or a main event match with Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania 2. Nikita Koloff turned him down because he believed that the push he was set to receive in the NWA would give him greater leverage for a more lucrative WWF contract in the future. A year later he had become a megastar within the NWA, and McMahon approached him again, and again Koloff declined. The amount of money was huge, but Koloff wanted Hogan and was told no. Nevertheless, Koloff became a star in his own right, and it's interesting to ponder how the course of WWE history would have changed had he accepted that first deal.

4. Rebecca Reyes -



Most of you probably know her as Reby Sky, unfortunate girlfriend of the even more unfortunate ex-WWE and -TNA wrestler Matt Hardy. Last December, Reyes posted this on her Twitter account:
“Weird day. Just had to turn down WWE (per my Lucha Libre USA contract). Very weird day.”
Apparently she wouldn't have been able to continue working with LLUSA had she signed with WWE. It is unclear what kind of contract she was offered—it was most likely either a developmental contract or a contract to appear on Tough Enough—but the fact that she turned it down to continue her training with LLUSA speaks to her desire to learn the craft, rather than just to make a bunch of money.

3. Davey Richards -



Davey Richards is the current ROH World Champion and an IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion, and was ranked #25 in PWI's top 500 singles wrestlers of 2011. He turned down an offer from WWE in 2009 stating
"It's not for attention I do this, it's not for money, it's not for notoriety. It's for my beliefs, my morals, my creed. I am a man who believes hard work must be rewarded and laziness must be punished. I've simply walked away from places before who I feel have not shared this moral with me."
So apparently Richards isn't so interested in playing the politics game. It's a valid reason to turn WWE down, as its backstage politics have come under fire in the past.

2. A.J. Styles -



In 2001, the phenomenal A.J. Styles was under contract with WCW. He didn't get to do much while he was there because WCW was bought out by the then WWF. The WWE powers that be decided they didn't want Styles, and so he was left without a job. In April of 2002 he was offered a developmental contract; which he declined stating that he's steered clear of WWE because he believes it's a company full of "backstabbers." A.J. Styles went on to become a cornerstone of TNA; it's difficult to imagine what the promotion would be like without him. However, it seems that he has achieved all he can there. However, with all the complaining he's been doing about TNA's direction lately, maybe he'll rethink his prospects.

1. Sting -



What longtime wrestling fan doesn't know this story? Sting was one of the biggest, if not the biggest star in WCW history; and he's also the biggest star never to work for WWE. Not only did he turn down a contract back when WWE bought out WCW in 2001, but he turned down what would have been a legendary main event match with The Undertaker at WrestleMania XVII. In an interview with the U.K.'s Daily Star, he explains why;
“There are so many variables. Let’s just say that I turned it down for the same reasons I always have. Something in me never trusted what would happen up there, based entirely on the track record with other WCW guys and everything that went on after Vince bought WCW."
Nevertheless, fans still salivate at the mouth as they wait for Sting to finally make his appearance inside a WWE ring. Already there is some speculation that the mysterious "It Begins" promo could signify a run for Sting with WWE (even though I myself definitely think it's Jericho). Who knows, perhaps one day, to the surprise and delight of us all, he'll finally ink that contract, but it wont be today.

Well that's my list of the top 5 wrestlers to tell the WWE no. I hope you enjoyed reading it and feel free to comment and let me know what you think.

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Updated 11-27-2011 at 11:43 AM by Frank

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  1. Glamour Girl's Avatar
    And Yano proved just what it means to be a true mark because to him if WWE doesn't want you or you don't want to be there then you're not a top wrestler. Lol how sad that people can think that.
  2. The Phantom Menace's Avatar
    If you want to be rich you sign with WWE, if you want to be a great wrestler you dont. For some people integrity & self respect mean more than money. As Sting has said a dozen times already he was on the fence about signing then the Rock said to Booker T who the hell are you and Sting knew WWE wasn't the place for him.
  3. Sahu's Avatar
    when i saw the blog's name..the first name came to my mind is STING!!!!
  4. Dr. Death's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rassling_Fan
    This article looks awfully familiar... Just missing three people...
    I wasn't aware of this. Thank you for bringing it to my attention. I assure you that I did not get the idea from them. I don't read that site.
  5. Rassling_Fan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Phantom Menace
    As Sting has said a dozen times already he was on the fence about signing then the Rock said to Booker T who the hell are you and Sting knew WWE wasn't the place for him.
    Considering when he came back to TNA he was instantly given the World Title, I'm not sure if his reasons for not signing with WWE was as noble as he's been saying.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Death
    I wasn't aware of this. Thank you for bringing it to my attention. I assure you that I did not get the idea from them. I don't read that site.
    Alright. Just wanted to make sure. Weird coincidence two articles of the same subject to appear.
  6. Bralon23's Avatar
    I was really high on this blog until I saw that you plagiarized an entire article. Are you really going to say that you didn't copy and paste 5 people from the article that Rassling_Fan pointed out? It's pretty lame of you to take credit for something that you didn't create. I wouldn't even have minded if you cited that you saw this article, liked it, and just wanted to call attention to it by making a blog about it.
  7. Dr. Death's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bralon23
    I was really high on this blog until I saw that you plagiarized an entire article. Are you really going to say that you didn't copy and paste 5 people from the article that Rassling_Fan pointed out? It's pretty lame of you to take credit for something that you didn't create. I wouldn't even have minded if you cited that you saw this article, liked it, and just wanted to call attention to it by making a blog about it.
    For the last time, I did not know about the other article. I take offence at you suggesting I plagiarized anything. I didn't even read the other article until I was informed of it. Do I feel bad because there was another article on this? Yes, because it makes it look suspicious. So now what? I have to search the whole of the internet before I make a blog so that I don't coincidentally say something someone else has? That's near impossible nowadays. Hell, because of all this I might go ahead and subscribe to the other place just to make sure I don't say anything they might have. It was by accident, not intentional. I do understand why you might think otherwise, hell if I was you, I might have done the same, but I assure everyone that it was not my intent. I also apologize to anyone who might think otherwise and to those who had posted an article like this one.

    If I had of known about the other article, I would have put it in quotes and given credit to those who wrote it as I have done in other posts. Please do not insult nor condemn my integrity anymore. When Rassling_Fan pointed it out, I felt embarrassed. I shouldn't have to justify myself to you nor anyone else, but considering the topic I felt that I should at least address it.

    Believe what you want. If there was a way I could delete the whole blog , I would. Then I'd make a new one without any of those listed, (except Sting who deserves the #1 spot), and I'd make sure that other place doesn't have anything about the people I list. I could go back to the 1940's if you wish. Back when I was a kid. Maybe I'll PM Frank or one of the moderators to see if they can remove this for me.
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