In the WWE, there are a set group of wrestlers who dominate the top scene. People like John Cena, CM Punk and Randy Orton are top players at their craft and deserve to be in that position.
Below them on the professional food chain are wrestlers who are thought of as utility players. Often, they will be given an opportunity to shine. Sometimes it works, and other times it doesn’t.
In this article, I will look at the nine wrestlers who are constantly in that position and cannot cross the threshold into superstardom. These are people who I do not think deserve their position and at least in my opinion are overrated.
Clearly, Santino is popular with the children quotient of the WWE fan base. Often, he is an entertaining sideshow to the serious action on a WWE show.
However, my issue with him is that his presence as a featured wrestler hurts the overall quality of the show. If we have Santino as a side show that is one thing, yet he is the reigning WWE US champion and his skills and stature are not of that level.
Additionally, he has come dangerously close a certain occasions to becoming a more featured competitor. For example, he was in the final two in the 2011 Royal Rumble.
Santino as a comic character is fine. However, Santino as a champion and serious competitor hurts the overall credibility of the WWE.
R-Truth is a poor wrestler. Characterizing him in any other way would be a disservice.
R-Truth does have a following among the young fans of the WWE product with his invisible friend “Little Jimmy.” But if he is ever to be expected to be taken seriously, this is not the way to do it.
Yet the WWE keeps putting him in positions where he is a featured player. He is currently one half of the WWE Tag Team Champions with Kofi Kingston. His promo skills are horrible and his in-ring work leaves something to be desired.
WWE needs to stop using him as a featured competitor and place him where he should be: the WWE undercard.
Kofi Kingston can have some awesome moments inside of the ring. He has amazing acrobatic ability. Yet, he is not a great wrestler.
He would have been awesome as a featured competitor in a cruiserweight division. He is not a heavyweight.
All previous attempts by WWE to elevate him to a main event competitor have been failures (Randy Orton feud, Elimination chamber matches). He is not good on the microphone.
My assessment is that his current position in the Tag Team division is a good place for him.
Kelly Kelly has the looks to be a WWE diva. However, her in-ring abilities are atrocious.
Kelly Kelly never does anything new. She has the same exact entrance every time, same exact emotion. By all means, keep the microphone away from her.
I think she needs to mix it up a bit, because what she does now is not inspiring.
This guy entered the WWE as a member of the Nexus and has done nothing since then. Mason Ryan has the look of a superstar, just not the talent.
Some have said that he looks like a Batista clone. This may be true, but I don’t see Batista’s success in his future.
He has been juggled from many different roles and nothing is working. His current spot as a client of A.W. is not a role that I would expect great success from.
The former “Albert” did not make the splash on WWE like many thought that he would. He has already had a change to his character.
Tensai is a big bruiser. He can brawl and has a good look. However, I don’t see great success in his future. WWE fans have been educated to view “superstars” as muscled-up, tan guys, and that is not what Tensai is.
I can see him falling into a comedic role as time goes on.
Many expected big things from Ted DiBiase. He was supposed to be the breakout star of “Legacy,” but it just never happened.
Since the breakup of “Legacy,” he has floundered from small role to small role and all that has been revealed about him is that he is a poor promo.
He has a great look and a lineage that should get him places. However, I don’t think it is ever going to happen for him.
All of a sudden, Eve starts dressing as a businesswoman (complete with reading glasses) and we are supposed to take her seriously as an authority figure. She has done nothing to deserve her spot.
She is an average wrestler; however, we have discovered that she is really uncomfortable speaking on the microphone. WWE should get her out of this pathetic role and give her a spot doing something that she is comfortable in.
Besides being connected with Jennifer Hudson, what is so alluring about David Otunga?
He is not a good wrestler. He has a great physique, but that alone does not make a superstar. Let’s face it, great physiques can be found anywhere. WWE should face it, there is nothing there for Otunga.
This is probably my most controversial pick. Yet, it cannot be denied that Chris Jericho's latest WWE return has been very dull and unexciting.
There was a lot of hope that he may be able to bring the magic that he once had, but that seems to have disappeared. His current character just seems to be a retread of his last role, and it comes off as forced and boring.
While he is a great in-ring competitor, I think he reached his peak long ago.