The WWE has produced some of the greatest wrestling talents the world has ever seen, ranging from The Rock to a fan's favourite like John Cena.
But,through the years we have seen many talented and reputed Superstars leave this company.
Some of them leave to pursue other careers, some leave due to injury, and some leave with a bitter chip on their shoulder because they never made it to the top.
But, despite the fact that they've left the business, the WWE Universe has been waiting for them to return one day.
The company does have future greats like Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler and the likes, but those superstars who amused the crowd with their in-ring performances are still missed.
The fans are still awaiting that particular moment when they return and leave them dumbstruck with their abilities and antics. Here are five of the best....
5. Bubba Ray Dudley aka Bully Ray
The 42-year old New-Yorker has been doing a stunning job as a heel at TNA recently. And he undoubtedly can be called the best heel in wrestling right now. He has previously worked with the WWE and ECW but the push he needed was never actually given as he was a somewhat main event material.
Constantly involved in feuds with The Hardy Boys and E&C (Edge and Christian). He was also involved in singles rivalries with Triple H and Kurt Angle during 2001 and 2000. In 2005, WWE had announced that it had opted not to continue contract renewal negotiations with the Dudley Boyz.
He and D-Von were issued with legal notices instructing them not to use the name "Dudley". But this guy can be used by the WWE now as an incredible heel superstar, for competing in the main events.
4. Bobby Lashley
The power and strike-force in this guy was astonishing when he was in the WWE, his feud with Umaga over Vince's hair was his best. WNW states that Lashley is interested in returning to the WWE. But the problem is WWE isn’t as interested in bringing him back.
He has formerly worked as an ECW and a World Heavyweight Champion out there, but people said that he committed a mistake when he joined MMA. He has also worked with TNA previously and was involved in a feud with Samoa Joe but he never quite settled there, pretty much like in the WWE.
He can be brought back and can be an effective Face and Heel superstar, in contention for the WWE title.
Better known as The Animal, Batista was loved by the fans during his prestigious and memorable time with the WWE. His well known bloody rivalries with The Undertaker will be remembered whether he returns or not.
He was also a part of the stable-Evolution during 2002-2005 and had won several World Titles as well. John Cena's rivalry was his very last one but I guess the fans will love to see him back with the industry. He had said in an interview after quitting the industry that he left WWE because he did not like the direction the company was going in and would not be returning any time soon.
In another interview in 2012, Batista said that he was planning a return to WWE in the future. No one knows whether or not he'll return, but it would be delighting to see one of my favourites back.
2. Jeff Hardy
The charismatic enigma had signed a three-year deal with TNA last year, ensuring his stay till 2015. I loved this guy as he was never reluctant to jump off a 30ft ladder or on Randy Orton from 35-ft above. He was my personal favorite during his time with the WWE but drug abuse destroyed his career and life out there. He was constantly used by the WWE as a main-eventer both at Raw and Smackdown and was believed to become a future Hall of Famer and a future Shawn Michaels.
His high-flying abilities and "never say die" attitude entertained the fans greatly.But just when his career was taking off,he had to quit the WWE. On the August 28 episode of SmackDown, Punk defeated Hardy in a steel cage rematch for the World Heavyweight Championship, resulting in Hardy being forced to leave WWE, in storyline, per the pre-match stipulation.
This storyline was put in place to allow Hardy to leave WWE to heal his injuries, including a neck injury. Hardy also had two herniated discs in his lower back and was suffering from Restless legs syndrome. I'd love to see him back by renewing old rivalries with the likes of Punk and Orton.
1. Bill Goldberg
Many fans want Goldberg to face Undertaker at Wrestlemania, but the possibility is a bit low considering the fact that he hasn't wrestled for almost seven years or so. Triple H and his Evolution were constant rivals for him but his career ended rather abruptly in 2004 after a feud with Brock Lesnar.
He could've been given further roles of a heel as well as a face, in case he had opted to stay in the company. His television career almost evidently, seemed more interesting than his wrestling career but his in-ring abilities will be remembered forever.
His old rivalries with Brock Lesnar can be renewed on his return. Undertaker vs Goldberg will be an interesting contest for sure and the fans had voted to see it in the newest WWE2k 14 video game.This indicates that he is wanted here and the empty space he left can never be covered up.
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