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10 Wrestlers Who Left WWE & Became World Class

René Duprée was never going to be anything big in WWE.

He was prevented from ever doing so when he was presented with the patriotism gimmick. He's a French-Canadian. Pair him with other French-Canadians, make them decree France as the greatest nation, and make them do that funny dance, goddammit! In all fairness, Duprée - alongside Robért Conway and Sylvain Grenier - won the World Tag Team Championships within La Résistance's first few weeks on television, with Duprée being a teenager at the time.

It wasn't all bad. Just most of it was, hence why they were the Wrestling Observer's worst tag team of 2003. In Japan, however, 'The French Phenom' had a far better experience.

Granted, Duprée never quite made it to New Japan, but regardless, he became a somewhat major player in the promotions he did wrestle for, although nowhere near the level of your Stan Hansens and Kenny Omegas in the country. Runs in WRESTLE-1, All Japan Pro Wrestling, and, most recently, Pro Wrestling NOAH, where he's a former GHC Tag Team Champion with El Hijo de Dr. Wagner Jr., have allowed René to redeem himself.

Unless you're a diehard Japanese wrestling fan, chances are Duprée fell off the map for you. He's worth looking up, though. Surprisingly, he's a corker of a wrestler, something his WWE never run never allowed you to realise.