Vince McMahon Fumbled the Bag Letting These 3 Former WWE Stars Go

Vince McMahon has been in charge of WWE for decades, and during his tenure, Mr. McMahon has given the professional wrestling world some of the biggest stars in history. From The Rock, John Cena, to The Undertaker, all of these superstars enjoyed tremendous success under Kennedy’s leadership as he made perfect decisions giving them all long runs in the Stamford-based promotion.

But this was not the case with all the in-ring performers who made their way to the talent pool of the biggest wrestling promotion in the world. There were many talented guys who ended up leaving the company for various reasons. So, here is a list of three former WWE stars who were screwed by the former CEO.

3. Christian Cage

You have to wonder why a veteran like Christian Cage is on this list since he had a memorable career in the WWE. But the reason why letting him go was a bad decision by Vince McMahon is his recent work in All Elite Wrestling. This veteran has been on top of his game in the promotion led by Tony Khan and is currently among the biggest heels in the company.

Christian Cage
Christian Cage (Credits- Wrestling Inc and Wrestlezone)

As Christian enjoyed a great amount of success in AEW, even at this stage of his career, he could have achieved much more in the WWE. Because of this, it’s safe to say that Mr. McMahon felt the bag giving Cage enough reasons to leave a name as big as the Stamford-based promotion and join the Jacksonville-based promotion.

2. FTR aka The Revival

FTR aka The Revival is a prime example of a team that had everything WWE needed to give the moon a tag push, but things just didn’t work out. The team consisted of very talented performers like Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood, and they even enjoyed a great amount of success in WWE NXT, but they couldn’t really make an impact on the main roster.

These two began working as a team in the Stamford-based promotion in 2014 and competed in the company until 2020. During this time, they spent the majority of their time on the main roster, but their NXT run was arguably more dominant. This shows that their booking on RAW and SmackDown was not great, and that may be the reason why they ended up parting ways with the company.

FTR aka The Revival
FTR aka The Revival (Credits- New York Post and Bleacher Report)

But their exit from their former workplace served as a blessing in disguise for them when they joined AEW. Their run in All Elite Wrestling not only helped them establish their dominance, but it also gave them memorable reigns, not only in AEW but also beyond it. All in all, these accomplishments really show that Vince McMahon fumbled the ball in letting The Revival leave the WWE.

1. Matt Cardona

Last but not least, the final name on this list is Matt Cardona, formerly known as Zack Ryder due to his WWE occupation. This 39-year-old superstar has been a part of the Stamford-based promotion for 15 long years, as he joined it in 2005 and left the organization in 2020. But, in between this long tenure, Cardona has seen all kinds of ups and downs. .

From being a fan favorite who had to be called up to live TV tapings for fans, to winning the Intercontinental title at WrestleMania 32, Zack has had many memorable moments. But, despite having such incredible feats, Matt Cardona was never fully utilized in WWE, and he was eventually released in 2020 due to budget cuts.

Matt Cardona
Matt Cardona (Credits- Bleacher Report and Zona Wrestling)

Getting released was probably the biggest thing for Matt, because he absolutely revolutionized his career after that. During that time, he worked with All Elite Wrestling, Impact Wrestling, National Wrestling Alliance, and others, and all of this helped Zack establish himself as a megastar. Looking at the current popularity of Matt Cardona, Vince McMahon absolutely fumbled the ball on this incredibly talented in-ring performer.

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