The calendar year of 2015 was not the best year for wrestling. TNA had major hits from losing its TV deal with Destination America to mass exodus of talent and a terribly done tournament. ROH had its own problems but WWE has been the focus. From terrible booking to injuries and other issues, the company has had a very rough year that shows the weakness in not building new guys. True, NXT is terrific but the main shows are facing serious ratings falls and other problems.
It comes down to the actual wrestlers and while some guys did their best and gave their all, many others did not. Sure, some were affected by bad booking or presentation but others just weren’t that good in the first place. That’s not counting former huge stars that now have fallen into terrible ruts. We've covered plenty of shortcomings for the WWE in 2015, but it’s not just WWE. TNA gave us plenty of bad stuff too and that’s not counting the indies. Here are the 15 worst in-ring competitors of 2015 that weren't on the WWE main roster. Some can be seen as a total waste, others not living up to potential and how they contributed to a bad 2015.
14 Baron Corbin
12 Jeff Hardy
Hardy has been coasting for a few years now, the “daredevil style” hiding how bad his in-ring work has become and if it’s not a ladder bout or such, he’s just not that notable. That was highlighted this year as he and Matt won the TNA tag team titles but their reign was cut short when Jeff stupidly crashed his motorcycle and broke his ankle, a dumb move when you know your company is counting on you.
11 Ken Anderson
10 Solomon Crowe
This isn't about attacking the performer for his previous work, as Sami Callihan has proven on the indie scene that he can hack it. However his time in NXT left a lot to be desired and perhaps it just wasn't a fit. He made his television debut early in the year, attacking CJ Parker. His hacker gimmick was dreadful and he couldn't make himself stand out on a talented roster. Crowe requested and received his release from the company in November.
8 Lei’D Tapa
7 Mahabali Shera
6 Jeff Jarrett
Always a guy who thinks he’s a much bigger star than he truly is, Jarrett reached new heights of arrogance this year. He managed to convince TNA that they’d be best served allowing his new Global Force Wrestling to “invade” for a storyline that lasted only two months and gave some damn poor feuds in the process. He conned them into creating a “King of the Mountain” title just for him to win and use like a real belt while doing rough promos that couldn’t decide if he was the heel or face.
5 Bull Dempsey
4 Mojo Rawley
Mojo Rawley already has perhaps the worst finisher in all of wrestling, His gimmick involved him getting super excited all the time and Rawley hasn't really proven he can work any kind of match other than a squash match. Rawley has a very limited offense and you would think a guy who used to play in the NFL could come up with a more devastating looking offense other than using his rear end every other move. Rawley eventually joined up with Zack Ryder to formThe Hype Bros, probably NXT's way of saying he couldn't cut it on his own.
3 Alex Riley
2 Hulk Hogan
1 Eva Marie
She's spent the year on NXT, so she qualifies for this list (and wins in a landslide.)Even those who love redheads (like myself) have a hard time investing in Eva Marie. Sure, her antics on “Total Divas” can be fun in a trainwreck kind of way but in the ring, she’s utterly horrible. She can’t wrestle despite all her training from Brian Kendrick. She can’t talk, her promos stilted and just isn’t entertaining.
Okay, I take that back, the video montages of her non-stop botching in the ring are pretty hysterical. But that just shows how bad she is, obvious how it’s only her looks and reality TV fame pushing her along as she has nothing else to offer. Easily the worst wrestler on the current roster and no surprise she tops this list.
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