The landscape in the WWE changes at the drop of a hat. The placement and positioning of the talents fluctuates through the years, making it nearly impossible to figure out how things will shake out. Luckily, years of watching wrestling can help make things easier to forecast. Longtime fans can figure out which talents have a chance of making it to the highest levels of success and which fall under the opposite spectrum of being on borrowed time. Many of the wrestlers on the current roster are having a tough time making waves or finding a way to stand out on WWE television.
The stories range from poor booking to WWE not understanding how to use them to a few talents just not being good enough. This article will try to forecast the future of various talents struggling to succeed in WWE. The future is always changing and you never know what the fans will want next year, let alone in ten years, so it’s a tough job but some of the wrestlers make it easy to figure out. A few of these talents have potential that has yet to be fulfilled and a couple of factors may give them a chance at staying employed for the next decade.
Many others have been in the WWE system for too long and are bound to be released. Some will continue wrestling in other promotions and others will completely ditch the business in hopes of finding luck in another field. Hopefully your favorite wrestler is not on ths list, as no one wants to be in this position of struggling to find relevancy with such a competitive roster of impressive names all battling for television time. We will break down each specific story of the fifteen top names that are currently struggling in WWE and where they will be in the year of 2025.
15 Tyler Breeze: Indy Circuit
NXT creates new stars for WWE television but many of the prospects end up floundering on the main roster. Tyler Breeze falls into the latter category based off his quick fall from grace after he debuted on RAW towards the end of 2015. Breeze went from a hot NXT talent to a glorified enhancement talent rarely used on RAW or SmackDown. The career of Breeze is in danger as he has little presence or relevance in the WWE world. Expect the “Prince of Pretty” to go back down into NXT within the next year or two before getting dropped and moving into other wrestling promotions for the remainder of his career. Breeze is the kind of talent who will excell in other places after his WWE tenure ultimately comes to a depressing end.
14 Sheamus: WWE Road Agent
WWE clearly has always believed in Sheamus becoming a credible main event star but the Irish import has always failed to deliver in the position. Fans just don’t consider Sheamus to be the kind of performer you want to see in title matches or PPV main events. Sheamus is currently in the horribly boring League of Nations stable and struggling to stand out on the show every week. Unlike many of the other names on this list, Sheamus will not have to worry about job security. WWE will likely keep him employed until he no longer wants to wrestle and Sheamus will probably move into an agent position by the year 2025.
13 Jack Swagger: Possible MMA Career
Jack Swagger has dropped the ball during a couple of rare pushes in the main event tier and he will never get another chance in the World Title picture. The once promising talent from Oklahoma does not have the charisma or personality skills to stand out effectively in WWE. There is no doubt Swagger will be released from WWE long before 2016 and it is a safe bet that he will try to leave the wrestling industry. Rumors have circulated that someone on the WWE roster has been planning for an MMA career and Swagger would be our best guess. Regardless of what he does, Swagger likely won’t be in the wrestling business in nine years.
12 Fandango: Indy Circuit
Fandango's career will go down as arguably the biggest missed opportunity of the past decade. Fandango’s theme song and gimmick caught on with fans after WrestleMania 29 causing him to become a social media hit. The WWE over-pushed the concept of “Fandango-ing” to the point where the fan base no longer cared about it. Fandango’s career has gone downhill since then and he has not been able to generate any momentum. This is likely one of the releases coming in the near future with Fandango likely being forced out of WWE, but he loves the wrestling business. At the age of 34, the talented Johnny Curtis will continue chasing his dream and wrestle for the next decade in other promotions.
11 Bo Dallas: WWE Lower-Card Wrestler
Bo Dallas is one of the youngest members of the WWE roster at just 25-years-old. The third generation wrestler is struggling on the big stage as a member of The Social Outcasts after his “Boliever” gimmick failed horribly. Dallas stood out on NXT as a former champion but just doesn’t show the same presence on WWE television. The young age will likely present him more opportunities along with the pedigree of being Bray Wyatt’s brother and the son of I.R.S. Dallas is most likely going to end up being slotted in a tag team or continue to be a lower tier member of the roster all the way into 2025.
10 Damien Sandow: Indy Circuit
The chances of Damien Sandow ever being elevated on television again are quite slim. Sandow’s popularity as The Miz’s stunt double gave hope he would be pushed as a singles face but the talented worker has been off television for the majority of the past year. Fans have expressed support online with petitions for WWE to use him again but it's more likely that Sandow will be released quite soon. Sandow does have the talent, experience and name value to excel outside of WWE. Expect him to create a good following on the independent scene and find work for the rest of his career into 2025 as a full-time wrestler.
9 Neville: WWE Superstar
The NXT call-ups over the past few years have given us mixed results. Kevin Owens, Bray Wyatt and Charlotte would represent the highest levels of success. Adam Rose, Tyler Breeze and The Ascension sum up the negative side of things. Neville is directly in the middle as a talented midcard standout that has yet to be involved in any noteworthy storylines. The high-flying skills of Neville are second to none in the wrestling world and WWE has something special there. WWE will likely make Neville a fixture in the company and it will be a surprising disappointment if he’s not on the roster in 2025.
8 Zack Ryder: WWE Employee Backstage
Zack Ryder’s recent Intercontinental Championship win in the opening ladder match at WrestleMania 32 was by far the biggest moment of his career. The bad news is Ryder lost the title the next night and is already missing on RAW and SmackDown. WWE will never value Ryder as a commodity but they have respect for what he brings to the table. The hard work and dedication shown by Ryder to WWE will earn him a job for life. Ryder will eventually transition into a backstage position similar to the likes of Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble.
7 Rusev: WWE Superstar
The first year of Rusev’s WWE career was incredible and the unbeatable monster looked like a future World Champion. Sadly, his career has taken a big downturn following the loss to John Cena at WrestleMania XXX and he's now an irrelevant member of the League of Nations. Rusev is immensely talented and still relatively young at just 30-years-old. The WWE will absolutely give him another chance at success and he’ll hit a home run. Rusev has the ability to get over as a lower main event tier heel and showed that during his undefeated streak. WWE will keep him around for the next decade and attempt to make him into a money drawing villain.
6 Cody Rhodes: WWE Superstar
Cody Rhodes is basically a WWE veteran at this point, as he's worked for the company over the past ten years. The tenure and potential of Rhodes has failed to lead to substantial results considering he has never risen above the midcard. Rhodes is currently in wrestling purgatory working as Stardust. The gimmick has no legs and he is rumored to be ditching it for a return as his usual Rhodes persona. Rhodes is only 30-years-old and has been treated like a member of the WWE family despite his lack of results. WWE will give him every chance to keep his spot on the roster and he will still be in the company come 2025 as a lifelong but credible midcarder.
5 Paige: WWE Superstar
The first woman from NXT to get a big push on the main roster was Paige following WrestleMania XXX. Paige won the Divas Championship on her first night defeating AJ Lee on RAW. Paige's success has been halted with the other call-ups from NXT becoming the new stars of the women’s division. Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch and Charlotte have fans forgetting all about Paige and nowadays she’s rarely on television. WWE still loves Paige and showcases it with her marketing in media spots and merchandising opportunities. The company will make Paige a fixture of the women’s division for a long time and her youth (23) is a clear indication that she has a lot more to give.
4 Alberto Del Rio: AAA
WWE signed Alberto Del Rio to a very lucrative contract towards the end of 2015 and hoped to position him as a top star once again. It flopped right away and Del Rio was a bore just weeks into his return to the company. The League of Nations is the current direction for Del Rio and it has to be depressing knowing the original plans were for him having a far bigger role. Del Rio is nearing 40 but has the makings of a wrestler that works into his late 40s. WWE will likely let him go in a few years when his contract expires but Del Rio will end up working occasional dates for his home promotion AAA, since he will always be a massive draw in Mexico.
3 Dolph Ziggler: Entertainment World
The shine of Dolph Ziggler being a crowd favorite ended faster than anyone would have imagined. WWE introducing new favorites for the diehard fans such as Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn caused Ziggler to lose his appeal. The in-ring work of Ziggler has also been much less inspired than past years and he is struggling to stay relevant on the shows. Ziggler is constantly trying to get into the acting world and is attempting to make a name for himself as a standup comedian. The veteran is definitely looking to find other areas of work for when his time in WWE is up. There’s no way Ziggler lasts until 2025 and you’ll only be able to find him performing at your local improv comedy club unless another big wrestling promotion opens to challenge WWE.
2 Ryback: Wrestling Conventions
WWE desperately hoped the fan base would embrace Ryback as the next big star but all they saw was a wannabe Goldberg gimmick. Ryback has floundered in just about every role the WWE has positioned him in and it has become clear he will never succeed as a main event star. “The Big Guy” recently teased in an interview that he will be leaving WWE for another business if things don’t change for the better in the near future. Spoiler: Nothing will change. Ryback likely won’t work the independent circuit or get booked in Japan so he’ll be well out of the wrestling business by 2025. The best chance you’ll have at finding him will be at the rare autograph conventions.
1 The Miz: WWE Color Commentator
The Miz has endured one of the more bizarre careers in recent WWE history. The former reality television show star earned respect up to the point where he was WWE Champion and main evented WrestleMania XXVII. The Miz’s career would meet a huge decline as he has fallen into complete obscurity over the past five years. The return of his real life wife Maryse is giving new life to his character and he is getting a run with the Intercontinental Championship but Miz is still struggling to stay relevant. The Miz is one of the most loyal WWE employees, is well spoken and does great PR work in interviews. WWE will never let him go unless he does something to mess it up. The strengths of The Miz are on the microphone, which will see him become a color commentator by the time 2025 comes around.
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