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5 WWE Superstars' refused pitches that Vince McMahon should have approved

5 WWE Superstars' refused pitches that Vince McMahon should have approved
Vince McMahon is well-known for being involved in every area of WWE, including the artistic side. The WWE Chairman must approve everything that comes under the artistic umbrella.

Although some celebrities' imaginative pitches have been approved, they are likely to have received more rejections. We're not claiming that every pitch is fine, but Vince McMahon's rejection of a pitch has resulted in several missed opportunities.

Here are five times Vince McMahon turned down a pitch that he should have accepted.

Triple H vs. Batista's HIAC match rejected by Vince McMahon

WrestleMania 35's Triple H vs. Batista match has held up well for the past two years. It's an example of why Vince McMahon's decision to hold two-night WrestleManias is the best course of action moving forward.

WrestleMania 35 was a long, stressful affair, which is why Triple H vs. Batista didn't receive the respect it deserved. It would have been appreciated for what it was if it had taken place of the two-night WrestleMania format - a masterclass in in-ring psychology between two legends.

WrestleMania 35 was Batista's official WWE retirement, particularly because he finally got the Triple H match he had been waiting for for years. On Talk Is Chris Jericho, he announced that he and Triple H wanted their WrestleMania match to take place inside Hell in a Cell, but Vince McMahon rejected the idea.

The No Holds Barred stipulation wasn't terrible, but Hell in a Cell would have elevated the stakes. Although Triple H and Batista put on a fantastic match, their best match to date took place at Vengeance 2005, inside Hell in a Cell.

It would have been a better way for The Animal to say his goodbyes, but the way he did was fine.

Randy Orton's personal pleading to Vince McMahon

5 WWE Superstars' refused pitches that Vince McMahon should have approved
Vince McMahon's disdain for WWE's tag team division is well-known. In WWE, The Revival, now known as FTR in AEW, became outspoken about their dissatisfaction. Their dissatisfaction stemmed from McMahon's mistreatment of the tag team division, and reports of them requesting their release emerged once their contract was up for renewal.

In 2020, they eventually got their wish, but there was one major omission. Randy Orton started working with The Revival in 2019, implying the formation of a new trio or faction. According to Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful Select, Randy Orton directly approached Vince McMahon to pitch the concept of forming a party with The Revival, but it was dismissed.

This may have been just what The Revival needed to take their WWE career to the next level. By denying the pitch, the WWE Chairman lost out on a lot of great plot possibilities.

Vince McMahon turned down Bubba Ray Dudley's "Bully Ray" pitch

Bubba Ray Dudley said that he pitched the idea of separating from D-Von Dudley and becoming Bully Ray to Vince McMahon. Bubba Ray Dudley's singles career reached its peak in IMPACT Wrestling, where he won the World Championship as Bully Ray.

It was widely regarded as his best work, and seeing it in WWE would have been fantastic. Although Vince McMahon reportedly liked the concept at first, he said that the "Be A Star" anti-bullying initiative prevented it from being implemented.

Bubba demonstrated to Vince McMahon that he would be avenged by a babyface before becoming a good guy himself, but it didn't work out.

This was an idea that could have benefited rather than hurt the "Be A Star" program, particularly given the babyface's eventual retribution.

Vince McMahon turned down Bayley's WrestleMania 37 pitch

5 WWE Superstars' refused pitches that Vince McMahon should have approved
Despite her availability, Bayley was one of the biggest names to miss WrestleMania 37, and fans were baffled as to why Vince McMahon chose not to place her in a contest. She'd only been the SmackDown Women's Champion for a little over a year before she was shot.

Her reign as SmackDown Women's Champion from June 2019 to October 2020 proved McMahon's confidence in her, and she repaid him by becoming one of WWE's most important stars during the pandemic period.

Her recent success gave her the courage to pitch ideas for a WrestleMania match to Vince McMahon, but it fell on deaf ears.

It's worth noting that Bayley proposed non-title matches to Vince McMahon, but he didn't follow through with it. She eventually rose to the role of "unofficial WrestleMania host," appearing in various segments during the two-night event.

Hulk Hogan's game-changing pitch was rejected by Vince McMahon

Vince McMahon turned Hulk Hogan into a heel even before he turned John Cena. Hogan, one of the most recognizable figures in WWE history, had a passing of the torch match against The Ultimate Warrior at WrestleMania VI, in which the latter was crowned as the new face of the company.

Unfortunately, it didn't work out, and Warrior was never the Hulk Hogan successor Vince McMahon envisioned. Although there were many explanations for this, it might have happened if McMahon had chosen Hogan's pitch.

Hulk Hogan told Corey Graves on After The Bell that he had no qualms about bringing The Ultimate Warrior over at WrestleMania 37, but he felt there wasn't a long-term strategy in place.

Hogan pitched the concept of turning heel and becoming "Hollywood Hulk Hogan" in an effort to turn the wrestling world on its head - a character that would only be realized five years later. Vince McMahon, on the other hand, turned down his proposal.

While all of the other ideas on this list would have made for interesting plots, this was a game-changing concept that would have rocked the wrestling world.

It would have been revolutionary at the time, but Vince McMahon didn't think so.

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