The WWE is an opinion based business. Superstars will rise and fall sometimes purely based on fan opinion. Because of this, every fan will have a slightly different opinion of each Superstar. While some wrestlers are undeniably popular with everyone such as Daniel Bryan and Steve Austin, and while most fans would agree that Jim Ross was the greatest commentator of our time, many would agree that Booker T was just odd on the announce team. Some fans will even swear that Ryback and Curtis Axel are considered some of the greatest Superstars of our generation. Of course every fan is entitled to their own opinion, but some of these opinions are definitely in the minority.
Sometimes fans can turn on a Superstar and you can sympathize with them. When Rocky Maivia first entered the WWE, fans turned on his boring babyface persona and when The New Day debuted, fans almost instantly turned them unofficially into heels due to their extremely irritating "power of positivity" gimmick. The same goes with General Managers, as fans eventually turned on Teddy Long for his insistence on making the main event of SmackDown a Tag Team match between whoever was feuding at the time. And you could feel that this was justified. It does feel that sometimes, the fans will turn on a Superstar or a person in the WWE for almost reason at all. Many fans have unfairly turned on people within the WWE and here are the top 15.
15 Byron Saxton
14 The Usos
Kane, like someone else who appears on this list, is guilty of slightly over staying his welcome in WWE. When he first debuted, Kane was a terrifying giant of a man that terrorized the WWE for ages, but as time has gone on, Kane has been overexposed and handed some very bad angles. Nevertheless, Kane has made the best of these angles, and even managed to have some entertaining moments with his 'Corperate Kane' segments.
11 Big Show
The story of the Big Show is one that is very similar to the story of Kane: a great giant when he first entered the scene, but a giant who has long since suffered from being around too long and not having anything fresh recently. Like Kane, Big Show has a very basic move set and can cut a good promo (when he isn't crying). Big Show has been involved in some surprisingly great matches, such as the WrestleMania XXV Triple Threat for the World Heavyweight Championship against John Cena and Edge.
10 Brock Lesnar
The Beast Incarnate...Brock Lesnar is a guy who went out and said that he only wrestles for the money, saying he 'clocks in and clocks out' and that he isn't actually a fan of the wrestling business. Quotes like these will obviously draw criticism from WWE fans, and while most of this criticism is justified, it is worth noting that a lot of people do their jobs just for money. Do you go to your job for the love of the business? Not many can say that they do.
9 Nikki Bella
8 CM Punk
7 The Rock
6 Michael Cole
5 Triple H
Ah, the man with the golden shovel. Many past and present Superstars in the WWE believe that Triple H has buried their momentum, as well as former writers saying that Triple H has stopped Superstars from rising to the top. While it is true that Triple H did put a dent in CM Punk's momentum, many of the complaints about him burying Superstars simply aren't true. Goldberg has always been overrated and only rose to the top because he was gifted it by WCW. People like Rob Van Dam are obviously good performers but lack that special something that is needed to be the top WWE Superstar. Triple H is best when he is the champion and is untouchable, so obviously he needs to be at the top and can't be losing to people all the time, otherwise he would look weak. Many Triple H supporters have come out and said that he doesn't bury talent, and when people like Ric Flair say this, you know he's probably right.
4 Roman Reigns
3 Vince McMahon
Vince McMahon gets a lot of criticism, considering that he is the man that made wrestling the worldwide phenomenon that it is today. Even if you had a passing interest in wrestling, without Vince McMahon, you would not be able to access it in the way that you can today. While it can be said that he does have a little bit of an obsession with the bigger guys, for the system that WWE uses, they do work well. WWE is all about drawing in the casual fans and banking on the fact that the hardcore fans will continue watching. If a casual fan was flicking through channels, they would be more likely to stop and watch if they see a giant of a man, in a 'clash of the titans' style match, than they would if it was two Cruiserweights wrestling.
2 Hulk Hogan
A man who technically was never part of the WWE (according to them at least). If you are over the age of 35, the reason that you watched wrestling is because of this man. While he was never Daniel Bryan inside the ring, when he was promoting an upcoming match, no one could touch this man. He was the original white meat babyface, who had fans going crazy for whatever he did and he would be able to make a match against the local cat feel like the most must see match of all time. What Hulk Hogan comes under immense criticism for is because he wanted to stay in the spotlight for far too long and would refuse to let anyone be considered the man in the business. While it could be said that he did become a little stale towards the end of his babyface run, he did put over The Ultimate Warrior clean at WrestleMania VI, and Ultimate Warrior's championship run was lacklustre to say the least, which was probably the reason that Hogan was so reluctant to put over anyone else.
1 John Cena
Come on, you knew he'd be number one on this list. John Cena is the Superstar in WWE today and there is no denying that. John Cena comes under the same criticism that Hulk Hogan does, in the sense that he has overstayed his welcome and may have become stale. But despite never officially turning heel, John Cena still feels like a great character and manages to feel interesting in whatever he does. In terms of the criticism of his in ring abilities, John Cena has been involved in some of the greatest matches in WWE history, such as a stellar match against The Rock (the first time) and a string of great matches during the John Cena U.S. Open Challenge. His recent match with A.J. Styles was the definition of a dream match, despite the awful finish. Even when John Cena in not the champion, he still makes whatever he is involved in feel like the most important thing going on in WWE at the time. When he has the right motivation, he is untouchable on the microphone and his popularity with the kids is undeniable. You can say what you want about him, but deep down, you love John Cena.
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