Many wrestlers all over the world dream of being a part of WWE, but what about the superstars who were a part of WWE and have had to make a career outside of the company?
I look at the ones who have done better without relying on the biggest wrestling company in the world to pay their bills.
5. Alberto Del Rio
The Mexican superstar began his run in WWE in a successful manner and he rode his millionaire gimmick all the way to the World Championship, but during the last year of Del Rio's WWE career it seems the creative team had no idea what to do with "Mexico's greatest export."
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Following his World title loss to Dolph Ziggler the night after WrestleMania 29, Del Rio never truly got back on top in WWE and, after an alleged racist comment was made towards him backstage and he reacted in a physical manner, Del Rio was released from his WWE contact.
Many thought that this would be the last we heard from him but it wasn't. Del Rio headed to Lucha Underground where they finally know what to do with him and he is currently the AAA Mega Champion.
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4. Chris Masters
Perhaps the best gimmick of 2006 was The MasterPiece and his Master lock, Chris Masters destroyed the WWE Roster with his famous move, until it was finally broken. Masters then bounced around the mid-card for a few years winning various championships before his release in 2007.
After a few years on the Independent scene Master returned to WWE in 2009 and for the next two years he was once again used in the wrong manner and WWE never explained why he had been missing in the first place.
Since his second release from WWE Masters has come over to Britain and competed on the British Independent Circuit, where he is a former PCW Heavyweight Champion. It was announced earlier this year that Masters had become part of Jeff Jarrett's GFW roster.
3. CM Punk
A lot has been said about CM Punk in the past 18 months since his final appearance for WWE at the 2014 Royal Rumble, but the former World Champion has always stated that he was a part of WWE to make a change and he has definitely done that.
Late last year he finally came forward and explained why he left WWE on Colt Cabana's podcast before he shockingly announced that he was joining UFC.
CM Punk has always been a fan of MMA and is currently building up to one of the biggest fights and Box Office hits in UFC history. Say what you want about CM Punk but when Triple H told him that he would be back because he "liked to have an audience for his pipebombs" he made sure he has an even bigger audience than just the WWE Universe.
In the history of WWE Divas I don't think there is one that has been used in a less appropriate way than Maria when she was a part of the 2004 Divas Search, that was eventually won by Christy Hemme.
She was then used as a backstage interviewer and often as part of storyline angles, but WWE ever fully trained Maria to wrestle and her talent was ultimately wasted.
Following her release from WWE in 2011 Maria jumped ship to Ring of Honor where her real life boyfriend Mike Bennett performed. Over the past few years she has been known as the First Lady of ROH and it seems she has become a recognisable part of the brand and a better wrestler in the process.
Whilst she has mostly been a valet for her now husband Bennett, Maria has been used a lot more effectively in ROH.
1. John Morrison
What can you possibly say about John Morrison? It was a complete opportunity missed by WWE because he was a world champion waiting to happen. He was the stand out performer in MNM and as soon as he went solo and changed his name he was an all around performer and it was never really stated as to why WWE released such a talent.
Following his departure from WWE in 2011 Morrison bounced around the independent circuit until he was signed to Lucha Underground in 2014. He has since been wrestling under the ring name Johnny Mundo and has been creating some waves in the promotion with many fans preferring to watch Lucha Underground over WWE.
These are just five superstars who have got back on their feet on the wrestling circuit since they left WWE. It proves that WWE are not the only heavy hitters in the wrestling world, they are the biggest company, but there are other contenders all over the world right now.