Wrestling is cyclical, with most stars becoming cogs in a wheel that never stops turning. Sometimes a wrestler is the main gear that keeps the machine running, and other times they may just be their for cosmetic appearance with no real use. In either case many performers have been subjected to either working the bottom or top of a wrestling card. Even John Cena was forced to move to the mid-card during 2015, in order to bring some integrity to the United States Championship.
Cena’s “demotion” wasn’t seen as a negative, as he was being asked to use his name to bring prestige to a title. In other cases however, a former main eventer moving into the undercard can mean trouble for a wrestler’s career.
Today we are going to take a look at 15 former main eventers, who have been reduced to jobbers, or jobbers for the stars. A jobber is someone who takes nothing but losses, and a jobber to the stars is someone who only does it for main event talent. None of the men mentioned today are by any means on the same level as the Brooklyn Brawler, but they certainly lose more than they win.
Sheamus was given a main event spot since he debuted on the WWE main roster in 2009, with the Irish born star winning the WWE Championship during his rookie year. The good times continued to roll for Sheamus as he took part in WrestleMania that same year, losing to Triple H in a singles match. After his impressive first year, Sheamus would go on to have feuds with all of the big names in the company as well as win heavyweight gold on three more occasions.
Although his numbers aren’t as staggering as some on this list, Sheamus’ career is starting to level out. His first few years were filled with nothing but victories, but the opposite has been true for the past three years. Though he has held multiple championships during that time, his reigns have been short, and his wins have not been significant enough to warrant main event status.
When the Kane character debuted on WWE television in 1997, fans were legitimately terrified of his ominous presence. Arriving to the company as the younger brother of the Undertaker, Kane instantly jumped right into the main event scene. As time went on the character evolved (as all good characters should), and little by little he began to lose his edge.
After not holding any major titles for a few years, Kane floated around in the mid-card, teaming with Rob Van Dam for most of 2003. After losing a title match against Triple H in 2003, Kane was forced to remove his mask in front of everyone after the match. This moment marked the highlight of Kane’s career, where his character was reborn into a monster who terrorized the WWE roster. Sadly for the former WWE Champion, this would be the last time he actually meant something in the main event picture. Since then, Kane has been used as a utility performer, to either put over younger talent, or make an established star look dominant.
13. Kofi Kingston
Believe it or not kids, Kofi “Booty-O’s” Kingston used to be a main event talent in the WWE. Despite being a tag team all-star now, Kofi actually was sharing promo time with Chris Jericho and Randy Orton in 2008 and 2009 respectively. Despite headlining a few pay per views during this time, and being an absolute standout for Raw, Kofi just couldn’t hang with the top dogs in the company.
Watching Kofi struggle to break the glass ceiling of the WWE was hard to do for many fans, especially after seeing him do so well in previous outings. Luckily for Kofi, he hasn’t been completely thrown to the wolves, as he consistently has been featured on WWE television, despite not wrestling a singles match for any major titles in nearly a decade. The former Intercontinental Champion may not want to get too comfortable though, as many of the NXT performers can easily perform his annual Royal Rumble stunts.
12. The Miz
How the mighty have fallen. The Miz is one of the very few people to ever headline a WrestleMania, and fall off the face of the Earth within a few months. Miz never really had a shot of being “The Guy”, well not as long as guys like Cena and Orton were still in the picture in the WWE. Although The Miz held the title for an impressive 160 days, he was still treated like a second class citizen in the WWE booking room.
Miz could have used his main event run as a way to cement himself as a top guy, instead he was blamed by WWE management for lower pay per view buys and attendance. It can be argued that neither one was his fault. Since falling out of the main event, Miz has done alright for himself, becoming a main fixture in the mid-card picture. Only time will tell if the former WWE Champion will ever be elevated to the top of the card again.
11. Dolph Ziggler
It’s hard to say why Dolph Ziggler has never been given a real chance as a top guy in WWE. Ironically enough, Ziggler has worked matches with almost every top name that the WWE has had to offer over the past decade yet has never been a true top-card talent. It’s almost as if WWE has a problem believing in the two time WWE Champion. You may be thinking, well at least he held the WWE Heavyweight Championship multiple times, but those title reigns were mediocre at best.
Oddly enough Ziggler still remains one of the biggest fan favorites in this era, and still holds the record for the biggest crowd pop received after cashing in his Money in the Bank contract in 2013. Ziggler’s path is probably the least predictable of anyone on this list, as the Show Off literally works every single place on the card on any given night.