5 Monsters WWE Put Out To Pasture
Monsters have always had a home in WWE. However, there are scores of monsters who were released or lacked the investment by the company. Let’s look at five such monsters.
Mike Knox (2006-2010)
I have to say, WWE kind of made an attempt with Mike Knox. He was introduced in the worst way: as Kelly Kelly’s possessive boyfriend.
Towards the end of his WWE run, he was put in a gimmick that was basic as hell but he could’ve worked it. Knox was just a large, bearded powerhouse by 2008.
This is when the company should’ve really started their work on him and keeping him involved. Knox ended up being another large wrestler who was just on the roster.
Sylvester Terkay (2006-2007)
This guy was a favorite of mine during the ECW brand period of WWE. He was 6’6, a little over 300lbs, had an MMA background, and a couple of years’ experience.
The big thing Sylvester Terkay had going for him was that he looked like a modern-day Bruiser Brody. Height, weight, build—he had the wild bruiser look down pat.
So, instead of just running him as The Predator or just a generic Bruiser, they made him an associate/bodyguard of Elijah Burke and gave him a legitimate athlete gimmick.
He was in WWE less than a year.
Ezekiel Jackson (2008-2014)
Big Zeke had a lengthy stint with WWE and would be the last champion of the ECW brand. The man was pretty much everything Vince would want in a superstar.
While he lacked charisma, Ezekiel Jackson had the height and the physique. He could be a monster villain or a larger-than-life superhero type.
That is if WWE actually invested him. The company kept him in the loop of things up until a point but what he really needed was more time in developmental and a slow build.
With that said, this dude was probably a second attempt at Ahmed Jackson.
Matt Morgan (2003-2005)
I’ve gone into Mayor Matt Morgan before in our Wrestling Salvage Yard series. He’s the “Blueprint”. Roughly 7’0, 300lbs, and only 3-percent of bodyfat. A muscular monster.
However, his time in TNA showed he could play heel and face well and that he was solid on the mic. Of everyone on the list, he was the bona fide superstar.
Morgan had enough for WWE to work with when he came out of development that they could’ve positioned him in the main event on SmackDown by 2005.
Bam Bam Bigelow (1987-1988, 1992-1995)
Bigelow’s first stint in WWE was mildly memorable but his second stint saw him make it into the WWF WrestleMania game on the Nintendo.
What hasn’t been said about Bigelow here, elsewhere, and via his peers? He was big, agile, and had charisma—just not the mic skills.
Bam Bam Bigelow could be pointed at and a non-wrestling fan would be able to tell that he was a wrestler and probably a superstar.
Yet his second WWE run didn’t pan out as it should’ve. On that note, he did join WWE at a strange transitional time for the company.
He, Luger, Koko, Owen, Steve Keirn, Shane Douglas, and Tatanka all got washed by that 1991-1995 period via creative.
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