When it comes to WWE talent, it’s generally only the top five that are immune to character and positional alterations. From there down, Superstars and Divas work in an environment where it’s not uncommon for their character to ping-pong multiple times within a year. It’s impossible to count the number of wrestlers who have come into WWE with plenty of promise, only to be shown the door in the time it takes to design a new ugly John Cena shirt.
Members of the WWE Universe can easily argue why those who are cast aside have plenty of upside, but the negatives generally heavily outweigh the positives. When backstage and real world politics get thrown in, the whole deal becomes a lot messier.
Now that NXT has become an established brand in its own right, the number of opportunities for success has grown, with a distinct increase in roster size required to fill the WWE’s increased programming on the back of the WWE Network. However, that means there is also increased chance of failure given the limited spots at the top of the mountain.
For the sake of this list, the wrestlers mentioned are those who are contracted to the WWE and doesn't include those rumored to be joining the company. The list is also centered around the talent being groomed for bigger things rather than filling out the roster, as is the case for the likes of The Brian Kendrick for example.
The list will also not include those who have been established in the company for over five years and/or have had major success, for example Jack Swagger.
As the list goes on, the number of people disagreeing will increase; opinions are a crazy old thing.
Without any further ado, here are the top 20 WWE Superstars, Divas and tag teams destined to fail with the company.
20 Bull Dempsey
19 Summer Rae
18 Eva Marie
17 Heath Slater
14 Adam Rose
13 Alex Riley
12 Curtis Axel/Damien Sandow
11 Blake and Murphy
10 The Prime Time Players
9 The Ascension
7 Bo Dallas
6 Baron Corbin
4 Tyler Breeze
2 Samoa Joe
1 Hideo Itami
Most will likely disagree, but the list of failed Japanese wrestlers in WWE speaks for itself. WWE has invested a lot in Hideo Itami, who sprung to fame as Kenta in Japan and Ring of Honor. Introduced in NXT as Hideo Itami in 2014, Itami boasts strong engagement with the fans and featured in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania. Currently sidelined with a shoulder injury for six to eight months, Itami may have great success in WWE but if the list of Japanese wrestlers in the past teaches us anything, it's that it will be incredibly difficult at least. Itami is a talented wrestler, but it's no secret that he will receive a push as a result of WWE trying to engage with its Japanese fans. Artificially trying to force somthing often results in backlash from the WWE Universe and although he is a favourite of NXT fans now, a run in the title picture upon return will be make or break.
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