10 Legendary Wrestlers Who Had Hugely Disappointing WWE Runs

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9. Sabu

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The Homicidal, Suicidal, Genocidal, Death-Defying Sabu had previously rebuffed a WWE contract offer in the mid-90's, preferring instead to focus on his lucrative career in Japan and on the US independent scene. 

A trailblazer who became a legend while putting his body through hell in the original ECW, Sabu had worked just about everywhere and bounced back from serious health issues (he was hospitalised in late 2004) before signing on for the WWE version of ECW in 2006. 

He had worked both One Night Stand pay-per-views and looked particularly impressive in his dream match with Rey Mysterio, so there was excitement about what he could do on the third brand. 

Things got off to a positive start when he had a great match with Kurt Angle and was booked against ECW Champion Big Show at SummerSlam, but things went downhill after that. 

Notoriously hard-headed, Sabu didn't fancy conforming to the WWE way, his reluctance to do what was asked of him (and other disciplinary problems) resulting in him being taken out of the Extreme Elimination Chamber match at the disastrous December to Dismember pay-per-view. 

He never managed to regain his early momentum and acted out by showing up late and, on one occasion, without his gear. 

After being used to primarily put over others for months, things came to a head and he was released less than a year into his WWE tenure. There were a few genuine highlights during his run, for sure, but it could and should have been so much more. 

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Lewis Howse

Written by Lewis Howse

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