Like any competitive sport, the goal of professional wrestlers is to be the best.
Often, this is accomplished by winning matches, with names such as Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Bret Hart, and John Cena all having huge victories in their very illustrious careers.
When a new Superstars joins the WWE, they will no doubt be hoping to win more than they lose, and put on a good show each and every week. But for some Superstars, winning isn’t just a good thing, but it’s an absolute must in certain circumstances.
For these Superstars, they had their own reasons why they refused to take just one loss, despite what the WWE thought was best. Here are five WWE Superstars who flat-out refused to lose huge matches, and their reasons why.
#5. Hulkamania runs wild at the expense of the Legend Killer
In 2006, Randy Orton had found his spot as an upper mid-carder. Capturing the World Heavyweight Championship at Summerslam two years prior, Orton had become a huge star, feuding and defeating several legends.
At Summerslam 2006, Hulk Hogan was the next to be added to that list, as the company planned for Orton to defeat the Immortal One at Summerslam. Laying out the Hulkster with an RKO at Saturday Night’s Main Event, a victory over Hogan would have been arguably the biggest victory in the Viper’s career.
Instead, though, Hogan refused to lose to the Legend Killer, threatening to pull out of the match due to ‘injuries’. This threat clearly worked for the Hulkster, as Hogan toppled the Viper, in what was an entertaining though ultimately forgettable match.
#4. John Cena topples the Nexus
The original NXT may not have been great, but at least the first season helped to establish stars. After winning the first season, Wade Barrett teamed with his fellow rookies to demolish the RAW roster, forming the Nexus.
Destroying all who opposed him, it was only a matter of time before the 7 NXT rookies were main eventers, with the team facing a team of WWE Superstars, led by John Cena.
The plan was for the Nexus to emerge on top, in what would’ve been the rookies’ biggest win and would have established Barrett as a sure-fire future World Champion.
At some point though, Cena demanded the match be changed, with Big Match John destroying the group, and whilst Cena himself has said he regrets the demand, that doesn’t make up for it. It’s only from the last couple of years that Cena has been putting over younger stars left and right.
#3. Jarrett refuses the ninth wonder of the world
In late 1999, Jeff Jarrett knew his time with the WWE was at its end.
Double-J was certain he wanted to join the opposing WCW, and through some convenient booking by close friend Vince Russo, was the WWF Intercontinental Champion despite his contract expiring.
With no legal obligation to defend his title at the No Mercy 1999 pay per view against Chyna, Jarrett reportedly demanded an obscene amount of money from Vince McMahon, though Jarrett has refuted the claims.
Seeing no other option, McMahon paid the Chosen One, and Jarrett lost the title at the pay per view to the ninth wonder of the world. Blacklisted from WWE, Jarrett would later start TNA Wrestling, before returning to the WWE in 2018 to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
#2. Michaels loses his smile instead of the championship
Bret Hart may have refused to have lost to Shawn Michaels at the 1997 Survivor Series, but that was in part because HBK had refused to lose to the Hitman not long earlier.
In his book ‘Hitman’ (great read, by the way), the Excellence of Execution states that Michaels openly admitted that he would not lose to Bret and avoided putting him over whenever possible.
In fact, when Michaels walked away from the ring in early 1997 as he’d ‘lost his smile’, Hart claims it was more-so because HBK refused to lose the WWF Championship at WrestleMania 13 to the Hitman, whom Michaels had defeated one year prior in the first ever Iron-Man match.
Hart would instead face Steve Austin at WrestleMania, though HBK and Michaels would reunite, in Montreal. We all know how that ended.
#1. The Rattlesnake walks out of WWE
Bursting onto the scene the night after WrestleMania X8, Brock Lesnar was constantly touted as ‘the next big thing’.
Upon his way to winning the WWE Undisputed Championship at Summerslam 2002, the hungry rookie crushed all in his path, including the legendary Huk Hogan.
Before Summerslam though, Lesnar would win the King of the Ring tournament and was supposed to qualify for the historic contest, by defeating Stone Cold Steve Austin. Unfortunately, Austin’s ego would get the better of him, and after refusing to lose to Lesnar, the Bionic Redneck walked out on the company in shocking fashion.
However, Austin did state in later interviews that his issue itself wasn’t putting over Lesnar, but he felt that putting him over on a throwaway episode of RAW just wouldn’t do.
Returning in February 2003, Austin’s would have a handful of matches before retiring officially at WrestleMania 19, with this final part of his career being sadly sullied by his departure from the WWE.