The influx of talent on the WWE roster today is astronomical and as a result of the immense talent WWE currently has inked, many wrestlers get lost in the shuffle. As a result, there will be those that are placed in meaningless or lackluster storylines that do little or nothing to further propel their character to greater heights. Along with those wrestlers that are placed in mediocre storylines there are those that are inexplicably placed in high profile storylines. Moreover, there are those that are shoved down the fans throats despite the constant uproar from the same fans clearly vocalizing that they are not behind the wrestler in the high profile storyline.
The 2016 Draft Lottery has helped separate talent and give more wrestlers more opportunities. The introduction of the WWE Universal Title and Smackdown Tag Team Titles has helped establish the number one guy on both shows as well as the premier tag team on both shows. Here, we look at eight wrestlers who deserve better in 2017 and seven wrestlers who deserve nothing.
15. DESERVE BETTER: Sami Zayn
Many wrestling fans will tell you that the best match they saw in the 2016 calendar year was between Sami Zayn and Shinsuke Nakamura at NXT Takeover: Dallas. Many fans would also place Zayn’s match versus Kevin Owens at Payback at the top of their list. Yet, fans are currently witnessing Zayn try to escape the wrath of Braun Strowman week in and week out. Zayn isn’t being booked as an underdog; he is being booked as a weakling who doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell at defeating the towering big man, Strowman. Zayn is a crowd favorite who is one of the company’s best workers. Instead of this pointless feud with Strowman that is doing nothing to heighten the career of Zayn, he should be placed in a meaningful feud for a mid card belt.
14. DESERVE NOTHING: Sheamus
Unlike his tag team partner Cesaro, Sheamus isn’t beloved by the WWE Universe. Instead, Sheamus is met with much less of a beloved reaction and his 2016 is best remembered for fans shouting “you look stupid” at him. Sheamus is a talented in ring worker, but he has received a number of opportunities at the top of WWE’s card as he has been a three-time WWE Champion and 1x World Heavyweight Champion. He’s also had multiple opportunities as an upper mid carder as evidenced by his two United States Championships. Fans aren’t invested in Sheamus despite him being shoved down their throats for five plus years. Perhaps his pairing with Cesaro will make him a beloved babyface like the Swiss Superman but the early indication is that this is a farfetched observation.
13. DESERVE BETTER: Bo Dallas
Asides from Neville and Finn Balor, Bo Dallas was the longest reigning NXT Champion in the company’s history with a reign of 280 days. In NXT, Bo’s character thrived as his snarky persona made him so hatable. However, when Dallas was placed on the main roster his momentum stumbled very shortly. After racking up eighteen straight wins, Bo inexplicably lost to R-Truth of all people on Monday Night Raw. Since then, Bo has been a part of the jobber stable the Social Outcasts and has taken to a more aggressive approach with his “Bolieve in Bo” character that comes out with a picket sign with the words “Bolieve in Bo”. To conclude 2016, Bo joined forces with Darren Young to take on the Shining Stars (which may signal a face turn) before he along with the other competitors were decimated by Braun Strowman. If Bo and Young are for the long term, Bo may be well on his way to deserving better in 2017.
12. DESERVE NOTHING: Big Show
The Big Show has made it no secret that 2017 will be his last as he plans to hang up his ring boots. Big Show hasn’t indicated when in 2017 exactly he will retire, but there’s a good shot that he will want to call it a career on the grandest stage of them all at WrestleMania 33. If this indeed is Big Show’s plan, his grand finale won’t be against a wrestler; it will be against a former dominant NBA big man that you may have heard of by the name of Shaquille O’Neal. If Big Show plans on his grand finale being against O’Neal this will be extremely disappointing. Show should use his stature to “do the job” against a up and coming talent that could greatly benefit from a victory in his last match as opposed to an outsider like O’Neal.
11. DESERVE BETTER: Naomi
The women’s division has been on fire since Sasha Banks, Charlotte and Becky Lynch debuted on Monday Night Raw in July of 2015. Since then, the final member of the Four Horsewomen, Bayley has also debuted. Alexa Bliss has made quite the splash as well as she’s the current Smackdown Women’s Champion. While the forenamed names are WWE’s most showcased female talent, there is other female talent on the roster that is overlooked. One of those is former Funkadactyl, Naomi. Naomi has been with the company since 2012 and is one of the most athletic female performers the company has on its roster. Yet, she’s almost never, if ever, been considered a threat to rule the division. Naomi deserves a shot to show what she can do with a run with the Smackdown Women’s Championship.