Years active in WWE: 2010-2016
Finishing move: Bull Hammer
Best heel moment: Leading the Nexus in destroying Monday Night Raw’s main event
As leader of Nexus, Wade Barrett made an incredible first impression. He and his crew ransacked the main event of Raw, and in the process, they beat up CM Punk, they beat up John Cena, and they tore the ring down to its wooden foundation. Unfortunately, however, things went south from there. Barrett got buried by John Cena (which Cena himself still regrets), and he never recaptured that old spark from early in his career. Even when he was Bad News Barrett and the King of the Ring near the end of his run, WWE had already moved on to younger, more promising talents.