During the past year it seems as if the WWE roster has changed tremendously, taking on an entirely different appearance than it ever has. Think about it, currently we have a strong Women’s Division, a completely revitalized Tag Team Division, and a Cruiserweight Division has been rumored to start after the Cruiserweight Classic event this Summer. Sure the Heavyweight talent isn’t exactly Attitude Era quality, and the mid-card is sort of shallow, but other than that the WWE has made some great decisions recently.
With the roster in the best shape it’s been in since the early 2000s, it’s time to be more critical of the wrestlers who are signed with the WWE. Sure we all have our favorites, but with the seemingly endless crop of talent coming from NXT, it may be time to give up on some wrestlers. Admittedly there is a chance that with the brand split, some wrestlers may get more of a push than before. In most cases though, not many of them will be able to contend with more established main eventers who are headlining those shows.
Now that’s not to say that there aren’t wrestlers on the main roster who don’t still deserve a chance to shine, as some have a pretty large fan base despite being undercard talent. The popularity of a Superstar can literally make or break their career in WWE. Keep in mind however, that popularity didn’t save Cody Rhodes or Damien Sandow from being future endeavored a few weeks ago. In either case fans can be a determining factor in whether or not someone in the WWE receives a push, and with that power comes responsibility. That is why we are here today, determining which wrestlers to give up on and which ones we should hold out hope for.
Feel free to let us know if you agree with our list in the comments below.
8. Give Up On: Alberto Del Rio
Alberto Del Rio’s multiple WWE runs have been ironic, considering that his ability to work is great, but his connection with the crowd is severely lacking. Truth be told, the only time he ever really elicited a large reaction, was when Ricardo Rodriguez was introducing him to the WWE Universe. Even when he made a surprise return to WWE in 2015, his positive reception was only temporary as he floated into a mid-card position almost immediately. At the least, it’s time to give up on Del Rio as a WWE main event talent.
8. Hold Out For: The Miz
Sure everyone hates The Miz, but why? The guy is a heat seeking missile, constantly garners a response from the crowd, and whether you believe it or not is one of the hardest working guys in the industry. Miz has gotten a bad rap since entering WWE on the merit of his reality star fame, rather than based on his wrestling ability. The former WWE Heavyweight Champion is one of the few active wrestlers on the roster who has actually main evented a WrestleMania, and that has got to count for something right?
7. Give Up On: Titus O’Neil
He may be the Father of the Year, but Titus O’Neil is about done in the WWE. Sadly despite having the look and charisma needed to succeed in the world of professional wrestling, O’Neil just doesn’t have the coordination to have a good match. The Former Florida Gator is constantly featured on the YouTube series Botchamania, and has yet been able to find his footing in singles competition. Perhaps his most recent feud with Rusev will finally be enough to solidify him as a credible big man in WWE.
7. Hold Out For: Zack Ryder
WOO WOO WOO, isn’t it about time for Ryder to start getting some respect around the WWE. Despite organically developing a cult following and working his way back to the main roster from NXT, Ryder is consistently neglected on Raw. Sure he won the Intercontinental Title this year at Wrestlemania, but his reign lasted all of 24 hours.
Ryder is a big guy who has the crowd behind him, and you can expect him to do big things once the brand split happens. If you don’t believe that, just remember that back when there were three brands, Ryder was the main headliner for ECW.
6. Give Up On: Kofi Kingston
Can you believe that Kofi Kingston is already a 10 year veteran of the WWE? Crazy right? Well despite his awesome run with The New Day currently, Kofi doesn’t really have much going for him when they eventually split up. WWE has tried multiple times to give the Tag Team Champion a push into the main event scene, but every time he has failed to step up to the plate.
The fact that Randy Orton is still employed at WWE is pretty much the nail in Kofi’s coffin. Well that and there has been a ridiculous influx of young talent who are hungrier than the former United States Champion has been in recent years.