The range of personalities of wrestlers outside of the ring may be even more unpredictable. Most wrestlers play face or heel roles on the television screen, but real life follows that guideline when you look at stories about how they present themselves. Some performers we know from the world of wrestling are great people that have spotless reputations. These wrestlers are known for treating others well and have positive interactions with fans. Others are real life heels that prove to play the “bad guy” or “bad girl” character in their normal lives. These talents have been known to be a pain for their peers to deal with or a jerk to fans.
We'll take a look at both sides of the story when it comes to lower card wrestlers in particular. These performers don’t have the high profile that current stars like Roman Reigns and John Cena or former stars like Steve Austin and Hulk Hogan do. Despite the lack of a presence in mainstream fame, the names shown on this list are either known for their reputations of being wonderful people or complete jerks. Each person will be discussed at length as we look at eight low level wrestlers that are jerks in real life and seven that are really nice.
15 Jerk: Austin Aries
The WWE tenure of Austin Aries went poorly due to him being unhappy stuck in the Cruiserweight Division. Aries had a successful track record in ROH and TNA before finally signing with WWE for a role in NXT. The lackluster division led to Aries witnessing his position on the card turn into a lower card role, if on television at all. This is why he chose to leave WWE to become a free agent and pursuit other things.
14 Nice: Summer Rae
Summer Rae is still under contract to the WWE, but you wouldn’t know that based on the lack of a presence on television. The injury rehab of Summer over the past year and a half saw her get cleared this past summer. WWE chose not to bring her back to television and there’s a good chance they just run her contract out the way they did with Eva Marie.
13 Jerk: Lana
Lana has the worst reputation of the current women’s roster in WWE when it comes to a bad attitude. Despite having a world of hype behind her wrestling debut, Lana has struggled in the ring and is barely on television right now. WWE is transitioning her into a manager position again due to the lack of wrestling skills.
12 Nice: Hardcore Holly
Former WWE wrestler Hardcore Holly was always a lower card performer with a few short spurts in a more high profile position. Since leaving WWE, Holly has continued his career on the independent wrestling circuit. Many people view him as a jerk for his actions in WWE often enforcing the locker room by chewing out those young performers he felt were being disrespectful.
11 Jerk: Davey Richards
The wrestling career of Davey Richards is rather disappointing if you think about the fact that he was viewed as an equal to the likes of Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. Richards however ended up signing with TNA rather than WWE with tag team partner Eddie Edwards. The one of the two to break out ended up being Edwards.
10 Nice: Darren Young
We haven’t seen Darren Young on WWE television in quite some time, but he is still very much a part of WWE. Young recently recovered from an injury and is back on the WWE live event tours. Despite not being a featured part of the on-screen product, WWE sends Young to a lot of schools as part of the Be a Star campaign against bullying. As one of the few wrestlers to reveal his personal life details, Young offers another perspective to these talks.
9 Jerk: Disco Inferno
One veteran wrestler that spent the entirety of his career as a lower card act is Disco Inferno. Most longtime WCW fans remember him for being a comedic enhancement talent for the majority of the Monday Night Wars. WCW would throw him a bone every once in a while with short mid-card title reigns. However, the career of Disco is clearly known for being a glorified jobber.
8 Nice: Apollo Crews
One of the wrestlers currently known for being a kind soul is Apollo Crews. The main roster tenure of Crews has been rather underwhelming given how much hype was put into his NXT debut. Crews is among the most impressive wrestlers in WWE physically given his strength, speed and agility. Unfortunately, he has not accomplished much since getting called up and is now struggling to get television time.
7 Jerk: Sexy Star
Sexy Star has primarily made her wrestling name in Mexico. American fans were introduced to her on Lucha Underground. Both Lucha Underground and AAA have tried to push her but numbers indicate she’s not that big of a star after all. Lucha Underground received low ratings after making her World Champion leading them to using her in a less spectacular role.
6 Nice: Heath Slater
The connection Heath Slater can form with fans is what has kept him from ever getting released from WWE. Slater’s career peaked in 2016 when becoming the first ever Smackdown Tag Team Champions with Rhyno. It was the fans organically supporting Slater that made WWE push him for a short time period. Once losing the belts, Slater fell back down the rankings and is once again a lower card act.
5 Jerk: Al Snow
Veteran wrestler Al Snow spent the majority of his career as a lower card act. The character he created in ECW talking to the mannequin head landed him a role in WWE for many years. Snow never had a run in the main event picture but made a good career for his work either way. Following the end of his WWE career, Snow started working as a producer and trainer.
4 Nice: Tyler Breeze
The NXT career of Tyler Breeze saw him become a great heel act and one of the more unique characters on the show. Breeze seemed bound for great things whenever called up to the main roster. The singles run fell apart right away leading to him being a forgotten man until forming a tag team with Fandango. Everyone loves the comedic combination of Breezango, but they are clearly lower card acts in this role.
3 Jerk: Eli Drake
Someone to prove to be a jerk after leaving WWE is Eli Drake. Following a disappointing run in FCW, Drake would get cut before ever making it to the main roster. TNA signed him and has made him a fixture on their roster. Quite frankly, you are a lower card performer right now if you work for TNA and never had a relevant run in another promotion.
2 Nice: Titus O'Neil
WWE talent Titus O'Neil is considered one of the best people in the wrestling business. Batista helped him land a job in WWE. O’Neil has never proven to be a successful singles wrestler, but he may have found his role leading the Titus Brand. We get to see Titus’ strengths as an entertainer help out wrestlers that struggle to get over on the microphone.
1 Jerk: Enzo Amore
The biggest jerk in WWE right now with a lack of success to his name is Enzo Amore. WWE loved the trash talking skills of Enzo and it got him over in NXT to the main roster. Unfortunately, the loud mouth antics of Amore are also working to his detriment in real life. Roman Reigns kicked Enzo off a tour bus and he was exiled from the Raw locker room due to saying rude things about the business on a phone call while annoying his peers.
The entire Cruiserweight Division hating him is not only a storyline but reality of the situation backstage as well. Another story leaked of a stripper outing Enzo as being one of the worst customers she ever dealt with. Amore allegedly bragged about how big of a star he was and how rich he was without spending much in return for having to listen to his big mouth. The lower card act is likely the peak for Enzo as WWE will likely keep him there due to his attitude.
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