WWE has reached a point in their programming over the past few years where 50/50 booking has taken over. This means that stars like Randy Orton and John Cena who are seen as the biggest faces in the company right now will never be replaced since WWE are not looking to make stars who are bigger than the company anymore.
Roman Reigns is following in his father’s footsteps by stepping onto a wrestling ring much like many other stars in the company at this moment in time, but even though there are a number of legacies being continued in WWE right now, there are also a number of WWE stars who will be leaving the company without having left a legacy of their own. The likes of Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes and even the aforementioned John Cena have all left a legacy behind them in WWE, even though Cena hasn’t actually retired from the company just yet. It’s sad to think that many of these stars will be working their entire career but will never leave anything behind that fans will be able to look back on in a few decades time.
The following list looks at 15 current stars who will not be remembered in the coming years because they will leave nothing behind in WWE when they finally decide to hang up their boots.
15. Summer Rae
Poor Summer Rae hasn’t been seen on WWE TV now for almost 600 days and the WWE Universe haven’t even noticed that she’s missing. She came through the ranks in NXT a few years ago and was a promising addition to the Women’s Division when she was brought up to the main roster alongside Fandango, but she was never able to achieve anything memorable.
Her brief stint on the E! Network show Total Divas didn’t add enough to the series that the producers wanted to sign her on to a second season, and she wasn’t memorable enough to the WWE Universe to have the company working hard to think of a way to bring her back. Summer hasn’t even been missed over the past year and a half, which sounds harsh, but she was never a big enough presence for the WWE Universe to care.
14. Curtis Axel
Curtis Axel is the son of WWE Hall of Famer Mr Perfect, he already had a legacy to continue before he set foot in a WWE ring, but the fact that Axel has been overlooked and underutilized throughout his WWE career means that he has never been able to live up to the legacy his father left behind, let alone be able to create his own.
Axel once had so much hope as a Paul Heyman guy and a former Intercontinental Champion, but WWE is just not willing to give Axel the opportunities that his father’s name should bring him, which means that he is not able to achieve the records or the accolades that he needs to be remembered in the years to come.
13. James Ellsworth
James Ellsworth was only supposed to be a jobber in one match against Braun Strowman last year on Raw, but after becoming a hit on Social Media, WWE brought him back and decided to put him on the SmackDown brand, so that he was no longer associated with the Monster Among Men that once destroyed him.
Ellsworth hasn’t achieved anything memorable over the past year and has already reached a dead end in his storyline with Carmella. Ellsworth is a character that the WWE Universe once got behind, but he has now become consistently annoying. It’s likely that Ellsworth will be released from WWE in the near future and the year he has been a part of WWE, will be long forgotten, along with his name.
12. Tyler Breeze
Tyler Breeze was part of the NXT roster for longer than any other star before him, WWE wanted to wait for the perfect moment for Prince Pretty to be added to the main roster so that he could make the right impact with the WWE Universe.
Sadly, WWE didn’t achieve this and Breeze became a jobber on the SmackDown brand, before aligning himself with Fandango. As a tag team, the duo has tried to push forward with The Fashion Files, but WWE is unable to take them seriously, which is denying the WWE Universe of two incredible personalities. Despite the work that Breeze put in down in NXT to become a top star in the company, it seems that he’s another one destined for the forgettable pile.
11. Curt Hawkins
Curt Hawkins has had two stints with WWE and both have followed the same kind of pattern for the former Tag Team Champion. Hawkins was only re-signed to WWE last year because Shelton Benjamin suffered an injury and was unable to make his re-debut on the SmackDown Live roster following last Summer’s brand split.
Hawkins has become the main jobber on both SmackDown and Raw over the past year and now has an incredible 115 match losing streak. On top of this he is usually the superstar who is destroyed while being used as an enhancement talent, which was shown recently when he was handled by Braun Strowman. Hawkins will be another forgotten star in WWE history in the next few years because there will be many more jobbers like him to take his place over the next few decades.
Emma was once one of NXT’s most promising female wrestlers, but ever since she has made her way up to the main roster, she has become just another female wrestler who has been lost amongst the Women’s Revolution.
It’s sad that the most memorable thing Emma has done over the past few years was when she was arrested for shoplifting an iPhone case and WWE released her from her contract, only to rehire her a few hours later. Emma also had the shocking storyline where she turned into Emmalina for less than a minute earlier this year, but because it was deemed a failure, she was changed back. Emma hasn’t even been close to a Women’s Championship in her career and sadly will be another woman in the history of the company that will probably reach the end of her career with the same statistic hanging over her.
9. Baron Corbin
Baron Corbin is a controversial addition to this list because he is already a former winner of the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royale and this year’s Mr Money In The Bank. That being said, some backstage problems have caused Corbin a lot of problems in recent weeks, and now he is back on the mid-card where he started.
It is unlikely that WWE will want to give Corbin another push towards the main title picture after the stunt he pulled with his Money in the Bank case, so it seems that Corbin is now in the position he will remain for the rest of his career. He is another star much like Dolph Ziggler that has already reached the peak of his career, and now the rest of his career could end up being quite forgettable.
8. Alicia Fox
Alicia Fox is now seen as a veteran in WWE, much like her friend Rosa Mendes before she retired from WWE earlier this year. Much like Rosa though, Alicia could retire from the company right now and be seen as another woman who was unable to find her place during the Women’s Revolution, or a woman who was only ever there to make up the numbers.
Alicia is a former Divas Champion, but over the past few years she has been aligned with male superstars and not pushed towards any real storylines in her own division, which has made her just another woman at this point. This is quite sad considering Alicia Fox is a talented superstar in the ring when she’s given her chance, but at 31-years-old, her best days could well be behind her.
7. Heath Slater
The former Tag Team Champion looked like he was finally going to be able to do something in his career when he was the forgotten star, the only star who went undrafted in last year’s WWE Draft. This storyline led him and Rhyno to the SmackDown Tag Team Championships, but since then Slater has gone back to being the jobber that he always was.
Slater was once part of The Nexus, 3MB and even The Social Outcasts but he was never able to achieve anything with these groups and it seems that WWE always feels the need to revert back to using Slater as a jobber. Now that Rhyno is heading towards a career in politics, it could be that Slater is no longer used as a tag team star, but where is his place in WWE?
6. Darren Young
Darren Young is a former Tag Team Champion in WWE, he is an accomplished wrestler and has recently been seen working alongside WWE Hall of Famer Bob Backlund. Despite the WWE legends help, Darren was never able to become “great again” and has been on the sidelines through injury since January.
Young made mainstream news a few years ago when he became the first ever professional wrestler to reveal his sexuality while he was still part of the WWE locker room, this took guts and it gave WWE something to work with when it came to his character, but the company has never capitalized on it. Young is destined to become another star like many others on this list who has the talent but is overshadowed by stars who the company obviously value much more than him.
5. Titus O’Neal
Titus was Darren Young’s tag team partner when they won the Tag Team Championships a few short years ago, since then The Prime Time Players have gone their separate ways and Titus has become a manager figure who is now recruiting some of WWE’s biggest stars as part of his brand.
Titus’s best wrestling days are definitely behind him, and he doesn’t seem to be working as a manager either, but WWE just has nothing else for him. Sadly the most memorable thing Titus ever did was when he was suspended for touching Vince McMahon following Daniel Bryan’s retirement ceremony on Raw last year. O’Neal is just another star who will be forgotten by the WWE Universe in a few years time.
4. The Ascension
The Ascension were the longest reigning NXT Tag Team Champions in the history of the brand whilst they were part of the developmental set up, but ever since they were given the storyline where they decided to mock some of WWE’s most iconic teams, they were on a road to ruin.
The legends finally got their own back on The Ascension and the group haven’t been the same since. Konnor and Viktor have been completely unable to find their feet following this humiliating beatdown, and are now just another team making up the numbers on SmackDown Live. The Ascension proved what they could do whilst they were in NXT, but like many others before them, this duo is destined to remain in their current position until they are released due to budget cuts.
3. Bo Dallas
Bo Dallas is a former NXT Champion, when he made his main roster debut in the Royal Rumble back in 2013, the WWE Universe were expecting some incredible things from the inspirational star, but sadly he hasn’t been able to inspire himself enough to achieve a memorable career in WWE over the past four years.
Bo is the son of Mike Rotunda and the grandson of Blackjack Mulligan, which meant that the minute he stepped into a WWE ring, he had a legacy to continue. Sadly for Bo, that much like his current Miztourage partner Curtis Axel, he is another star who has come from a professional wrestling family, but he has been underutilized by WWE throughout his career and now his family’s legacy will end with him.
2. Jinder Mahal
Jinder Mahal is the current WWE Champion, but he was once a jobber in WWE and that is the main reason why the WWE Universe will never fully accept the star as the leader of the SmackDown roster.
Jinder may have held the WWE Championship ever since Backlash, but he hasn’t been able to win over much of the WWE Universe and is currently destined to drop the WWE Championship and then move back down to the jobber status that he held in WWE throughout his career. Jinder will only be remembered in lists of the worst WWE Champions in WWE history, or Champions that were only pushed to the top because of politics outside of WWE, which isn’t something that anyone wants to be part of.
1. Bray Wyatt
The Eater of Worlds, The former Patriarch of The Wyatt Family and the former WWE Champion, he promised so much but has sadly delivered so little, but it isn’t his fault, the blame here lies solely on WWE’s creative team.
Bray Wyatt is the grandson of Blackjack Mulligan and had big shoes to fill in WWE, something that he seemed to take to quite well when he was part of The Wyatt Family but WWE has no idea what to do with the former WWE Champion now he’s a singles star. Bray is one of the most talented stars on the mic in WWE right now but sadly he is also destined to walk away from the company with nothing to show for his time there and no legacy left for his children to continue.
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