10 Wrestlers Who Refused Huge Matches

A wrestler’s in-ring career is, in most cases, a short section in the life of the people behind the famous gimmicks and personas we see occupying our TV screens and sporting arenas all over the world.

So, you’d think that most professional wrasslers would seize each and every opportunity to create “moments” and/or “history” in the form of a mouth-watering showdown with another eye-catching performer in a potential “dream match”.

But, as history has frequently reminded us, that’s not necessarily always the case. In fact, on a number of infuriating occasions, matches that seemed to be on the cusp of becoming a reality have been snatched away from devoted fanbases for a variety of reasons.

Whether it was due to not being a fan of the creative direction the company were heading down with the proposed big match, wanting to keep their word despite nobody else giving a damn, or not seeing eye-to-eye with said potential opponent, each of the following names all refused the opportunity to work what could have been seriously big encounters at one point or another.

Oh, what could’ve been…

Towards the back end of 2019, various WWE stars were beginning to think about what the upcoming WrestleMania 36 card would have in store for them. With, at that point, the prospect of performing in front of 70,000 strong, it’s fair to say that Randy Orton in particular had his eyes on something special at the then-latest Showcase of the Immortals.

Knowing none other than The Rock would be present for the debut edition of Friday Night SmackDown on FOX in early October, Orton felt this was the perfect time to shoot his shot. Tweeting out that the pair should settle who the greatest third generation wrestler is once and for all at ‘Mania 36, it was soon clear ‘The Great One’ had already had enough of ‘The Viper’.

Referencing the fact they’d already crossing paths at ‘Mania XX and that their families didn’t run for as long as they did just to see ‘Rocky’ get RKO’d into oblivion in front of a sell-out crowd, the lack of substantial follow-up from the Hollywood megastar spoke volumes.

As far as consolation prizes go, facing a returning Edge, albeit in front of a crowd of zero, wasn’t the worst second choice, though.

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