Best Wrestlers That Never Became World Champions.

by powermandan | created - 14 Dec 2016 | updated - 14 Dec 2016 | Public

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1. Roddy Piper

Actor | They Live

Roddy Piper was born Roderick George Toombs on April 17, 1954 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. He was a pro wrestler from 1973-1987 in the NWA, Pacific Northwest, California. He was a longtime mainstay in the WWF, and was one of the biggest "bad guys" in the WWF during the early '80s, before ...

2. Richard Blood

Actor | WWWF Championship Wrestling

Retired American professional wrestler of Japanese descent as Ricky Steamboat. He trained under Verne Gagne, and first made his name in the old Mid-Atlantic territory in the Carolinas. He had many legendary matches and feuds with Ric Flair, culminating in their epic "Holy Trilogy" of matches at WCW...

3. Owen Hart

Actor | WWF SmackDown!

Owen Hart was one of twelve children from a legendary Canadian wrestling family. His brother Bret is also one of the most well known wrestlers of all time. Owen was one of the best wrestlers in the business and his major accomplishments include being the 1994 King of the Ring, former ...

4. Scott Hall

Actor | WCW Monday Nitro

Scott Hall was born into a military family on October 20, 1958. Due to the army life he grew up a traveller and spent his high school years at the All American High in Munich, Germany. When his family returned to the States he attended St Mary's College in Maryland where he graduated with a degree ...

5. Jim Duggan

Actor | Pro Wrestlers vs Zombies

Jim Duggan was born on January 14, 1954 in Glens Falls, New York, USA as James Edward Duggan. He is an actor, known for Pro Wrestlers vs Zombies (2014), WWE SmackDown Live (1999) and WCW Monday Nitro (1995). He has been married to Debra Haynes since April 8, 1989. They have two children.

6. Curt Hennig

Actor | WCW Monday Nitro

Curt Hennig was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as the son of one of wrestlings all time legends - Larry Hennig - Aka Larry The Ax Hennig. Curtbegan training to follow in his fathers footsteps when he was just 12 years old. Starting off in the AWA - Curt began his career as a tag team wrestler. He...

7. Drew Galloway

Actor | The Cursed

Drew Galloway was born on June 6, 1985 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. He is an actor and producer, known for The Cursed (2014), WWE SmackDown Live (1999) and WWE NXT (2010). He has been married to Kaitlyn Frohnapfel since December 9, 2016. He was previously married to Taryn Terrell.

8. Chavo Guerrero Jr.

Stunts | Peppermint

Chavo Guerrero is a 20-year third generation veteran of the professional wrestling industry who first debuted back in 1994 after having been trained by legendary family members Chavo Guerrero Sr., Eddie Guerrero, Hector Guerrero and Mando Guerrero. He started his career working in both Mexico and ...

9. Matt Hardy

Actor | Pro Wrestlers vs Zombies

Being trained by wrestling legend Dory Funk Jr., Mattthew "Matt" Hardy has become one of the most gifted and talented performers in sports-entertainment. Before going into the WWF (Now WWE) along with his brother Jeff Hardy, the Hardy Boyz (or The Hardyz) ran their own promotion called Organization...

10. Matt Cardona

Actor | Z! True Long Island Story

Matt Cardona was born on May 14, 1985 in Merrick, Long Island, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for Z! True Long Island Story (2011), WWE SmackDown Live (1999) and WWE NXT (2010).

11. Terry Gerin

Actor | WWF SmackDown!

While growing up in Detroit, Gerin's father died when he was just fourteen and his mother was working up to three jobs. While still living in Detroit, Gerin made his professional wrestling debut in 1994 in the independent circuit. Then in 1995, he started working for World Championship Wrestling (...

12. Stu Bennett

Actor | Vengeance

Stu Bennett is a globally-known actor, television host and professional wrestler who performed for WWE from 2007-2016. He decided to take a hiatus from the professional wrestling world in 2016 in order to focus on his acting career.

His growing acting résumé includes leading roles in the features 'I...

13. Bob Howard

Actor | WWF SmackDown!

Before coming a wrestler, Howard was a wielder. Once getting into the wrestling business, Holly was trained by Stan Frazier, Eddie Sullivan and Rip Taylor. Soon, Howard debuted in 1990. Two years later, Holly went to Smokey Moutain Wrestling under the name "Hollywood Bob Holly" before adopting the ...

14. Ken Shamrock

Actor | WWF SmackDown!

Ken Shamrock was born on February 11, 1964 in Macon, Georgia, USA as Kenneth Wayne Kilpatrick. He is known for his work on WWE SmackDown Live (1999), WWF St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1999) and Grace Is Gone (2019). He has been married to Tonya Shamrock since February 27, 2005. They have three ...

15. Steve Blackman

Actor | WWF SmackDown!

Steve Blackman was born on September 28, 1963 in Annville, Pennsylvania, USA. He is an actor, known for WWE SmackDown Live (1999), WWF Superstars (1986) and WrestleMania XIV (1998).

16. Stan Hansen

Actor | No Holds Barred

Refused to drop the American Wrestling Association heavyweight title in 1984, even when told directly by AWA president Verne Gagne. Never officially dropped the title and was stripped of it for failure to defend it in thirty days. When the AWA asked him to return the belt since he wasn't champion ...

17. Jimmy Snuka

Actor | ECW Hardcore TV

Jimmy Snuka is a classic example of the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) (formerly known as World Wrestling Federation (WWF)) bad guy who became a baby-face (a good guy) without trying. Originally a "heel", he came into the WWE under the guidance of heel manager Capt. Lou Albano. After receiving...

18. Dustin Rhodes

Actor | The Murders of Brandywine Theater

Dustin Rhodes was born on April 11, 1969 in Austin, Texas, USA as Dustin Patrick Runnels. He is an actor, known for The Murders of Brandywine Theater (2014), Meet Me There (2014) and WWE Raw (1993). He has been married to Ta-rel Marie Runnels since June 22, 2012. He was previously married to Milena...

19. Cody Runnels

Actor | Arrow

Cody Runnels was born on June 30, 1985 in Marietta, Georgia, USA as Cody Garrett Runnels. He is an actor, known for Arrow (2012), Warehouse 13 (2009) and WWE SmackDown Live (1999). He has been married to Brandi Rhodes since September 12, 2013.

20. Ted DiBiase

Actor | WWWF Championship Wrestling

The son of a professional wrestler, Ted DiBiase had started his pro wrestling career as a fan favorite, but soon "changed sides" and became a heel throughout the rest of his career. DiBiase entered the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in the late 1980s where he gained most of his fame as "The ...

21. Davey Boy Smith

Actor | WWF SmackDown!

Davey Boy Smith was born on November 27, 1962 in Manchester, England as David Boy Smith. He was an actor, known for WWE SmackDown Live (1999), NWA World Championship Wrestling: Saturday Edition (1985) and WCW Monday Nitro (1995). He was married to Diana Hart. He died on May 18, 2002 in Invermere, ...

22. Claudio Castagnoli

Actor | The Wrestler

Swiss professional wrestler known for his work for Ring of Honor, CHIKARA, CZW, IWA Mid-South, Pro Wrestling Guerilla and many other promotions under his own name and for WWE as Cesaro, formerly Antonio Cesaro. Debuted in 2000 and competed all over Europe, debuting in the U.S. in 2004. He and Chris...

23. Bobby Heenan

Actor | AWA All-Star Wrestling

Bobby Heenan was born on November 1, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Raymond Louis Heenan. He was an actor, known for AWA All-Star Wrestling (1960), WCW Monday Nitro (1995) and Saturday Night's Main Event (1985). He was married to Cynthia Jean Perrett. He died on September 17, 2017 in Largo, ...

24. Paul Orndorff

Actor | WWWF Championship Wrestling

Paul Orndorff was born on October 29, 1949 in Brandon, Florida, USA as Paul Parlette Orndorff Jr. He is an actor, known for WWF Championship Wrestling (1972), UWF Fury Hour (1990) and WCW Monday Nitro (1995). He has been married to Michelle Lee Johnson since July 31, 1999. He was previously married...

25. Rick Steiner

Actor | WCW Monday Nitro

Rick Steiner was born on March 9, 1961 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Robert Lee Rechsteiner. He is an actor, known for WCW Monday Nitro (1995), WCW Worldwide Wrestling (1975) and House of Hardcore 2 (2013). He is married to Jayme McKenzie.

26. Perry Saturn

Actor | WWF SmackDown!

Perry Saturn was born on October 25, 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Perry Alfred Satullo. He is an actor, known for WWE SmackDown Live (1999), WCW Monday Nitro (1995) and WCW Thunder (1998). He has been married to Lisa Marie Kuhlemeier since June 2009.

27. Dean Malenko

Actor | WCW Monday Nitro

Retired American professional wrestler best known for his work for ECW and WCW during the 1990s. He is the son of the late wrestling legend Boris Malenko. He debuted in Florida in 1979 and proceeded to work all over the world, particularly in Japan. He teamed with his brother Joe for years. He also...

28. Jim Neidhart

Actor | WWWF Championship Wrestling

Jim Neidhart was born on February 8, 1955 in Montebello, California, USA as James Henry Neidhart. He was an actor, known for WWF Championship Wrestling (1972), Eastern Championship Wrestling (1993) and Saturday Night's Main Event (1985). He was married to Ellie Hart and Joy Small. He died on August...

29. Yoshihiro Asai

Actor | World Wide Wrestling

In 2002, Asai underwent arm surgery which allowed him to return to wrestling. He signed with WWE in 2003 fulfilling two life long goals of wrestling at Madison Square Garden and WrestleMania. His contract expired in 2004 which he left on good terms. Asai now works for CMLL in Mexico City and also ...

30. Aron Stevens

Actor | WWF SmackDown!

Aron Stevens was born on August 3, 1981 in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA as Aron Steven Haddad. He is an actor, known for WWE SmackDown Live (1999), WWE NXT (2010) and WWE Main Event (2012).

31. Monty Sopp

Actor | WWF SmackDown!

Monty Sopp was born on November 11, 1963 in Orlando, Florida, USA as Monty Kip Sopp. He is an actor and producer, known for WWE SmackDown Live (1999), TNA iMPACT! Wrestling (2004) and WWE NXT (2010). He has been married to Paula since January 24, 2009. He was previously married to Tina Tinnell.

32. Brian James

Actor | WWE Monday Night RAW

Brian James was born on May 20, 1969 in Marietta, Georgia, USA as Brian Girard James. He is an actor and producer, known for WWE Raw (1993), WWE SmackDown Live (1999) and NWA World Championship Wrestling: Saturday Edition (1985). He has been married to Tracy since September 14, 1996. They have ...

33. Sean Waltman

Actor | WWF SmackDown!

Broke into wrestling in the Global Wrestling Federation, known then as The Lightning Kid. He is also a member of the elite group of wrestlers known as the Clique. The group which consists of Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Triple H, Justin Credible, and Shawn Michaels are best friends in and out of the ...

34. John Hennigan

Actor | Boone: The Bounty Hunter

John Hennigan was born on October 3, 1979 in Los Angeles, California, USA as John Randall Hennigan. He is an actor and producer, known for Boone: The Bounty Hunter (2017), Strange Nature (2018) and Hercules Reborn (2014). He has been married to Kira Hennigan since June 1, 2018.

35. Vampiro

Actor | Wrestling Society X

Ian was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario but has also lived in Toronto, L.A. and Mexico City. He played junior hockey for Kingston and was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens. However, he quit hockey and decided to become a wrestler. He started in Montreal and later jonied EMLL(CMLL) in Mexico as El ...

36. Shane Douglas

Actor | Pro Wrestlers vs Zombies

Shane Douglas was born on November 21, 1964 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as Troy Allan Martin. He is an actor and director, known for Pro Wrestlers vs Zombies (2014), Extreme Rising (2012) and ECW Hardcore Heaven 1995 (1995). He has been married to Carla Reeves since August 13, 1999. They have ...

37. Jushin Liger

Actor | Stampede Wrestling

Jushin Liger was born on November 10, 1964 in Hiroshima, Japan as Keiichi Yamada. He is an actor, known for Stampede Wrestling (1957), NJPW Dominion 6.11 (2017) and WCW Monday Nitro (1995). He has been married to Jane Lee since January 14, 2002. They have two children.

38. Peter Gruner

Actor | Ready to Rumble

Peter Gruner was born on May 11, 1974 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA. He is an actor, known for Ready to Rumble (2000), WWE SmackDown Live (1999) and NWA World Championship Wrestling: Saturday Edition (1985). He was previously married to Torrie Wilson.



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