Your debut is probably your most important moment as a pro wrestler. After all, as the saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Of course, in wrestling, you could always get repackaged, but the point remains, your debut will almost certainly make or break your career in the eyes of the fans, and those watching backstage. Do a great job, and you could even end up in the main event some day. But if you mess it up, things can go an entirely different direction. Sometimes, wrestlers have managed to overcome terrible debuts and even have great careers, but that’s the exception, not the rule. With that in mind, we’ve gathered up some of the most disastrous debuts in wrestling history, some of which were recovered from, and some that sank entire careers from the very start.
10. Big E
We may now know him as the jubilant giant of The New Day, but for his WWE main roster debut, Big E was a silent, stoic bodyguard for the pairing of Dolph Ziggler and AJ Lee. Big E actually debuted in impressive fashion, destroying John Cena at the very end of an episode of Raw, however, it was his very first match on WWE TV where he made what he believed to be an unthinkable error in judgment. While Big E strode to the ring, accompanied by AJ and Ziggler, he began flexing and waving his arms in the air as if warming up, and apparently, he forgot that there were other people following him, as he accidentally punched AJ Lee in the chest. And remember, Big E is a 300-pound powerlifter, while AJ Lee could probably play the part of Tinkerbell without needing to be shrunk down by CGI. In an interview, Big E actually called it “probably the most frightening moment in [his] career”, saying “I was expecting to turn around, see this tiny woman on the ground in a pool of blood. I don’t know what I would have done after that, probably just walk straight to the back”. Fortunately, AJ was fine, and Big E’s career survived the incident.