10 Wrestlers Who Had One Match In WWE

What do you mean 'a second match'? What was wrong with the first one?!

It's been almost seven years since WWE presented NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn, an event that (as much as any other) signalled to the world that the black-and-gold brand was one to watch. 

A tremendous show that took place in front of a raucous New York crowd, highlights included Sasha Banks and Bayley's incredible NXT Women's Title match, the in-ring debut of Apollo Crews and the bruising NXT Championship ladder match main event between Finn Balor and Samoa Joe. 

For some fans, however, the show perhaps peaked in the very first match, when a Japanese legend wrestled his first - and only - WWE match. 

It doesn't happen often, but sometimes performers are (for various reasons) 'one and done' when it comes to appearing in a WWE ring.

Now, for the purposes of this countdown, we're taking into account both wrestlers who had either one televised match or, rarer still, one match total, whether they were on TV, pay-per-view or when the cameras weren't rolling at all. 

10. Jushin Liger

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It took Jushin 'Thunder' Liger being over thirty years into his historic career before he got the call from WWE. 

The deal was made when Finn Balor and then William Regal got in touch with the New Japan Pro Wrestling office, with the two sides then working out a one-shot deal for the masked innovator to appear for NXT. 

Liger had worked absolutely everywhere in the three decades prior, including all over Japan, Mexico and Europe and for American promotions like WCW, TNA and Ring of Honor. 

The perfect way to kick off TakeOver: Brooklyn, Liger's entrance brought the house down before he had a very entertaining match with Tyler Breeze, someone who was certainly on the rise in NXT at that time. 

Liger got the win with his patented Liger Bomb, before heading back to the Land of the Rising Sun. 

After retiring from active in-ring competition in January 2020, Jushin Liger was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame the following year. 

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