The current roster in WWE is extremely deep with talent all over the place. Unfortunately, that means not everyone will get a fair chance to show how talented they are. There is only so much television with Raw, SmackDown and NXT only having so many spots open for consistent television time. Wrestlers to get over will keep their spot open for quite some time making it more difficult for new people to get noticed and causes some older talents to be forgotten. Performers like Cody Rhodes, Ryback and Jack Swagger have selected to leave WWE due to the feeling that they weren’t getting a chance to shine.
We'll take a look at a plethora of names on the roster right now that aren’t doing well. Some of these performers have been on the rumor mill regarding the desire to leave WWE and want to find a new place to work. Others are struggling but deserve the opportunity to get a chance at redemption. This list will take a look at both stories regarding the wrestlers trying to make a change in some way. Here are seven wrestlers that reportedly want out of WWE and another eight that need to be salvaged before it is too late.
15 Salvage: Bray Wyatt
The career of Bray Wyatt has seen him accomplish many great things like winning the WWE Championship and having a WrestleMania match with The Undertaker. However, Wyatt has clearly been a disappointment as his character never goes anywhere. Bray just says the same cryptic messages every week with no meaning before losing to the face he is feuding with.
14 Wants Out: Rusev
Rusev had a great start to his WWE career going almost a year undefeated without getting pinned. His first ever WrestleMania match saw him come out on a tank for a big time match against the legendary John Cena. This would be the peak of Rusev’s career with everything going downhill afterwards. Rusev has struggled to find momentum after his undefeated streak ended.
13 Salvage: Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows
The beginning of 2016 saw Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows linked with A.J. Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura as major free agents all signing with WWE together. Styles and Nakamura are both currently main eventers on the SmackDown brand. Gallows and Anderson are complete jokes on Raw barely getting any relevant television time.
12 Wants Out: Nia Jax
Nia Jax isn’t someone that wrestled outside of WWE before joining the company. The lack of wrestling experience would make you think that she would want to remain with WWE as her only option to wrestle. However, Jax has other career opportunities out there as a successful model often taking part in plus size shoots before she signed with WWE.
11 Salvage: Mike Kanellis
The signings of Mike and Maria Kanellis as a package in the middle of the year saw them both skip NXT straight to the main roster. Their promo along with a tremendous entrance theme made it seem like they would be getting pushed. Instead, Mike has been used as an enhancement talent for live events with the occasional match putting someone over on SmackDown.
10 Wants Out: Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan is not keeping it a secret that he wants out of his WWE contract unless they change their stance on him wrestling. The doctors of WWE strongly believe Bryan should not be cleared and he is a higher risk following his history with concussions. Other doctors outside of the company have told Bryan that he is fit to compete and not more dangerous than any other trained performer.
9 Salvage: Apollo Crews
The talent of Apollo Crews is exceptional despite the fact that he is barely able to show it on WWE television. Crews has an unbelievable athleticism to match his incredible physique. You would think that WWE would want to push someone with those credentials, especially considering he has a great back story regarding his journey to his dream job.
8 Wants Out: Neville
Neville made major news when he refused to continue wrestling for WWE in the lackluster Cruiserweight Division. Following his return from injury in 2016, Neville has been unhappy with his status in the company. The success of Neville in NXT saw him become one of the greatest NXT Champions of all time helping establish the belt.
7 Salvage: The Cruiserweight Division
This spot was originally going to be for a cruiserweight, but there were too many options to pick just one. Most of the wrestlers in the Cruiserweight Division are quite talented. The Cruiserweight Classic was a huge success with names like Cedric Alexander, Rich Swann, Gran Metalik and TJ Perkins all looking great. All of those guys are now forgettable names on 205 Live and Raw.
6 Wants Out: Dolph Ziggler
Rumors have been going around for quite some time now regarding Dolph Ziggler’s frustration in WWE. The talent of Ziggler saw him reach a high level of popularity in 2013 when cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase to win the World Championship. WWE never believed in him as a main eventer and made his title reign quite embarrassing.
5 Salvage: Zack Ryder
It wasn’t too long ago that Zack Ryder won the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania 32 to cheers from the biggest crowd in wrestling history. Fans want to cheer Ryder and have shown that any time WWE pushed him as a face. The company just doesn’t believe in him as a wrestler that can achieve sustainable success.
4 Wants Out: Cesaro
The relationship between WWE and Cesaro has always seen the talented wrestler wanting more out of his role. Cesaro believes he is one of the best wrestlers in the world and wants to show it as a top singles star. Vince McMahon doesn’t share the same sentiment and keeps him in the midcard picture. Cesaro and Sheamus currently make a good team, but both men want to be the Universal Champion at the end of the day.
3 Salvage: The Bludgeon Brothers
The repackaging of Luke Harper and Erick Rowan as The Bludgeon Brothers will see them return to SmackDown with a new gimmick. Both guys showed their talent as an excellent tag team when working with Bray Wyatt in the Wyatt Family. All three members have suffered following the split, but Harper and Rowan have been off television for months.
2 Wants Out: Matt Hardy
The signing of Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy for their surprise return at WrestleMania 33 may have been the best wrestling moment of the years. Fans lost their minds in happiness of the moment live and it became WWE’s most watched YouTube video. This was partially due to the Hardys being red hot after their characters did incredible work in Impact Wrestling and Ring of Honor.
1 Salvage: Sasha Banks
Sasha Banks is still trying to find momentum after a disappointing main roster run so far. The career of Banks sees her as a star due to being in many high profile matches and selling the most merchandise in the women’s division. However, there is no arguing that her reputation of being the top female star in WWE has fallen from her NXT Women’s Championship run to today.
Banks has played a face role for the majority of her time on the main roster. The Boss character in NXT gave her an edge to step her game up to a level that she has not been able to reach in a few years now. Banks is just 25 years old and has way too much talent to let fade away into the background of the Women’s Division. WWE has to salvage Sasha by turning her heel as the Boss to remind everyone just how good she is.
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