The history of pro wrestling is littered with incredible characters, some great, some utterly forgettable. Over the years, there have been some surprisingly creative gimmicks that seemed, on paper, that they should have been destined for greatness, but due to the shortcomings of the wrestler underneath, never managed to pan out for a variety of reasons. We’ve scoured the archives to bring you a list of wrestling characters that probably should have been some of the most memorable performers ever to grace the squared circle, but were instead relegated to the scrap heap.
13. Papa Shango
In what would become an ongoing theme over the years in WWE, Papa Shango, the evil Voodoo man, was brought in with expectations that he could be a foil for The Undertaker, and a main event talent in his own right. In an indication of the original plans WWE envisioned for Shango, he even made an appearance at WrestleMania VIII, interfering in the main event to assist Sid against Hulk Hogan, preparing the way for a feud with the returning Ultimate Warrior. Unfortunately, the man behind the painted skull, Charles Wright, was a mediocre wrestler at best, and while he did have a unique charisma, none of it came across in the persona of the mysterious witch doctor. Shango hung around for a while, but his lack of in-ring ability saw him plummet down the card quickly, and he eventually disappeared forever. Fortunately, all was not lost for Wright, who was repackaged several times over the years in an attempt to find a character that worked for him, allowing people to ignore his wrestling shortcomings. Wright moved from Papa Shango to The Supreme Fighting Machine, to Kama Mustafa, and finally to the role that would land him a spot in the WWE Hall of Fame, as The Godfather (a persona where nobody cared if he wrestled for a single second).