So, losing your job can be one of the worst things that can happen in a person’s life. Whether it is a part time job where you are making a few bucks or a career, to lose a job is not easy – especially when you know how hard the possibility of starting over can be. The idea of starting over can be a stressful, difficult ordeal to handle. I would never understand (unless I hit the stardom lottery) how to be let go from a business where each night you performed, you were in from of thousands of people. This past week, WWE did their annual “dropping of the ax” and future endeavored 11 off their roster. It comes as no surprise that some stars have either not lived up to their potential, may have heat in the back, contract negotiations did not go well, or simply the star just ran their course and time was up. Injuries also come into play as well as trying to find a proper way to get the star over, and things just weren’t working so the company and the star must part ways. This is very common in not only wrestling but in all aspects of business. But for wrestlers, the hopes are to either latch on to another top tier promotion, work the Indies or overseas, or find another line of work. Sometimes things work for the best because other doors may open or opportunity for returns or bigger stardom in other areas can occur. For the most part, it has been rare to hear wrestlers who have become down trodden and in bad shape. In many cases, Superstars are able to return and reinvent themselves and if not, find success in other avenues. To be “future endeavored” does not mean the end of the world, but the start of a bigger adventure. So, with that being said, I bring to you…
The Worst of Future Endeavored
Chris Masters (WWE)
What do you get when you have a wrestler with good looks and a physique to match, who can be used as a face or a heel, with decent ring work, a signature and a finisher everyone will know and recognize, and the possibility of selling merchandise? No, it’s not John Cena! I’m speaking of Chris Masters. After signing with WWE during his first go-around in 2005, Masters had the look of the old style wrestler in which Vince McMahon is a huge fan of. In fact, Vince wanted Masters to channel his inner Paul Orndorff and use his physical appearance to draw heat or get over. It didn’t hurt that Masters used the Full Nelson and called it “The Master Lock” as well. The two runs “The Masterpiece” had with WWE were filled with some title run feuds but unfortunately no gold. If WWE gave Masters a chance with some type of title he would have put some type of legitimacy in his potential. If there was a prototype for what a Create-a-Wrestler should be, Chris Masters is definitely the model for it.
Matt Morgan (WWE-TNA)
The DNA of TNA should have been a World Heavyweight Champion. Point blank. Either in WWE or TNA, Matt Morgan had the look of a giant and the skills for what a giant should be capable of doing. At seven feet and over 330 pounds, Morgan has the look of a champion and the possibility of star power. The gravelly voiced mammoth has athleticism as well as movie star looks. With finishing moves known as “The Hellevator” and “Carbon Footprint” Matt should had been positioned for Heavyweight title greatness. Instead, TNA decided to put the run with the tag titles around his waist and a possibility of main event gold during the Hogan Era. But once again, both companies failed to see the potential of what could actually be a great build up and possible star status of a wrestler such as Matt Morgan. “The Blueprint” should be considered one of the top wrestlers in the business that promotions forgot.