As of the spring of 2017, the World Wrestling Entertainment universe is one that contains multiple titles on both the Raw and SmackDown brands. Each of those touring rosters has its own top champion as well as mid-card title holders that work on television shows, pay-per-view “special events” and off-television arena shows. Looking at the overall size of the main WWE roster and also realizing there are two major groups working underneath the company’s umbrella, it isn’t all that crazy to suggest wrestlers who are seen as forgettable figures could one day hoist a WWE Title some day down the road. After all, it’s not as if WWE Titles are treated like sacred objects as they were back in the days of old.
With that said, there are some WWE supposed stars who, to borrow the phrase made famous by the one and only Vince McMahon, have “no chance in hell” of winning a WWE Title during their current stints with the company. Somewhat noteworthy here is that some of the wrestlers mentioned in this piece have actually won WWE Titles in the past, but it’s been made clear they won’t again reach such majestic heights in the future. Perhaps the biggest shame about this is that plenty of the performers spotlighted here are talented workers who, for one reason of another, won’t receive pushes or the respect from the WWE that they’ve earned through their in-ring achievements. There’s always Ring of Honor, we suppose.
15 Zack Ryder
It doesn’t seem as if it was all that long ago when Zack Ryder was the self-appointed “Internet Champion” who got himself over using his own YouTube show. That, of course, resulted in Ryder earning a rather lackluster run as the United States champion, and he was ultimately relegated back down to NXT before getting an opportunity to work on the SmackDown roster.
14 Tyler Breeze
Remember when Tyler Breeze was one of the top heels working in the NXT brand and also having great matches and generating legitimate reactions from fans? Now, Breeze is nothing more than a comedy figure part of a SmackDown tag team that is going nowhere quickly. We suppose it’s possible the WWE will allow Breeze to hold a Tag Team Title as a transitional champion at some point, but even that is a stretch when you evaluate how the company has treated the character since his call-up to the main roster.
13 Bo Dallas
Not everybody can be a Superstar working for the WWE, as every pro wrestling promotion needs enhancement talent, or jobbers, that help get others over. That’s where you come in, Mr. Bo Dallas. Dallas did just fine working as one of the top characters in NXT, but those responsible for making important decisions in WWE obviously did not view Dallas highly after he was called up to the main roster.
12 Kassius Ohno
The artist formerly known as Chris Hero has been given a second chance to work for NXT, but those of you hoping that you’ll one day see Kassius Ohno be handed an opportunity to truly carry the flag for that brand would do well to pump the breaks. While the WWE has been far more open about the types of talents the company signs from independent promotions, the reality remains that those in charge have ideas about what they want champions to look like to casual fans.
Years from now, there will be an unbelievable trivia question that involves the fact Fandango actually beat Chris Jericho in his debut match that occurred at WrestleMania. No, you weren’t dreaming. It really happened, and it was probably the top moment of a WWE career that quickly went downhill after that first match. Fandango is a fine worker, but the WWE obviously isn’t putting him over anybody worth any significance en route to winning a title on any brand.
10 Jinder Mahal
The WWE needed some fresh bodies after the company split the Raw and SmackDown rosters in the summer of 2016, and thus workers such as Jinder Mahal were brought back to wrestle on television and live events. Mahal’s best moments during his return involved working alongside Rusev, but it seems that partnership is not one meant for future plans.
9 Eva Marie
Take one look at Eva Marie, and you can understand why multiple people working within the WWE would want to push her as a major star capable of carrying one of the two Women’s Titles once she is talented enough to wrestle in the main event of a show. The problem here is that we aren’t sure she’ll ever get to such a level. There’s also the fact that we haven’t actually seen her on WWE television since she allegedly violated the company’s Wellness Policy in the summer of 2017.
8 Titus O'Neil
On paper, Titus O’Neil seemingly has the goods to carry a WWE Title and be a star who can get over among fans. He’s big, he has a good look and he’s improved as an in-ring worker from his early days in the WWE. O’Neil is missing that “it” factor often mentioned by fans and even in WWE storylines and that is why we’re putting him in the middle of this list.
7 James Ellsworth
We absolutely love the James Ellsworth character. Any fan who ever dreamed of making it as a pro wrestler but who couldn't do so because of physical limitations or other hurdles can completely relate to this character. We’re not going to go crazy with the joke and say Ellsworth should ever be given a major push, though, and that’s why he’s mentioned here as a star who won’t ever win a WWE Title.
6 Xavier Woods
Believe it or not, this has nothing to do with the leak of controversial pictures that included Xavier Woods and other pro wrestlers Paige and Brad Maddox. Woods has never been given a real shot to show what he could do as a singles worker, and he has also been positioned as the third guy and the comedy figure of the New Day.
5 Eric Young
It has been fascinating to watch Eric Young develop as a wrestler and as a character from when he first debuted in what is now known as Impact Wrestling all the way to his days as part of the current NXT roster. Young could be a great manager for a top heel group on the main WWE roster, but we imagine his lack of size will prevent him from ever carrying a major title while working with the company.
4 Simon Gotch
There are some cases where it's made obvious a WWE performer is never going to receive a run with a title, and that is the case with Simon Gotch. The Vaudevillains were treated as a legitimate tag team capable of beating talented duos in NXT, but Gotch and Aiden English have been booked as comedy jokes for the majority of their stints as part of the SmackDown roster.
3 Hideo Itami
The pro wrestling fates have seemingly been against Hideo Itami for much of his WWE career as he continues to deal with nagging injury issues. An injury sidelined him right when it appeared as if he was on the cusp of getting called up to the main roster, and he's now barely a figure on the visual NXT roster. Itami could be one of the top overall workers in the WWE, but odds are he'll eventually be overshadowed by Shinsuke Nakamura once Nakamura is wrestling on either Raw or SmackDown later in 2017.
2 Tye Dillinger
Some of you may not believe that it’s been over a decade since we first saw the wrestler now known as Tye Dillinger on a segment of WWE television. While he was positioned as a jobber in the NXT brand, Dillinger did well to become a fan-favorite because of his “Perfect 10” gimmick that leads fans to jump to their feet and chant during his matches. His gimmick and theme song are over, but Dillinger has a long ways to go before he is positioned at the top of any WWE card.
1 Sami Zayn
This one is probably the most frustrating on the list. One would’ve thought the WWE would’ve learned a lesson about booking underdogs after Daniel Bryan became one of the biggest Superstars featured by the company this decade. That hasn’t been the case with Sami Zayn, who is the perfect babyface the WWE needs heading into the summer of 2017.
WWE writing repeatedly buries Zayn despite his amazing talent and ability to generate babyface sympathy, and we expect that will continue as the WWE tries to force Roman Reigns as its top star. That’s too bad, because Zayn could be something special if he was treated as he was during the majority of his time in NXT. We’re confident in predicting Zayn won’t win a WWE Title.
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