WWE's 10 Worst In-Ring Wrestlers in the Company Right Now
Every WWE superstar brings something to the table.
Whether it's a unique gimmick, a bodybuilder physique, incredible promo skills or fantastic in-ring abilities, there is indeed a reason why every WWE star has a place in the company.
Unfortunately for some, they often lack the one thing that every pro wrestler should have: Solid wrestling ability.
Not every superstar is going to be able to put on five-star matches or wrestle technical classes, but some struggle to even put on watchable matches.
I applaud every guy who steps into a wrestling ring, especially those who work tirelessly to improve their craft. But for many of them, things just aren't clicking.
Here are the WWE's 10 worst in-ring wrestlers.
10. Sin Cara
While working in Mexico as "Mistico," Sin Cara became the biggest star in the country and an international sensation.
But for whatever reason, he just hasn't been able to catch on to the WWE style, which is considerably different from the lucha libre style he was accustomed to in Mexico.
Although Sin Cara can be entertaining at times and does have some amazing high-flying abilities, his matches are generally botch-filled spot fests.
Sin Cara, who's been given the not-so-flattering nickname of "Botch Cara," has become notorious for botching moves and failing to connect with the WWE audience like many expected him to.
I think that Sin Cara could perform well given the right circumstances, but up until this point, he's seemed unable to adjust to the style that the WWE wants him to wrestle.
He often no-sells and looks to work the right side of the body, which are two obvious indicators of his lucha libre background.
Until Sin Cara can tell a story in the ring and limit his botches (if that ever happens), he's going to continue to be one of the worst in-ring performers in the WWE.
9. Jinder Mahal
Jinder Mahal has been a victim of being rushed to the main roster before he was ready.
When Mahal debuted on SmackDown in April 2011, he was just 24 years old, had only been signed with the WWE for a little more than a year and appeared to have a pretty basic move set.
From what I've gathered, he's improved tremendously since largely disappearing from TV and has become a big player on NXT.
That's good news for Mahal, but judging by his short-lived stint on the main roster, he's still got a ways to go.
Although Mahal has a presence about him and is decent on the mic, his matches have never seemed to generate much of a reaction, likely because he's been either squashing people or getting squashed.
Mahal is still young (he's 26) and has all the time in the world to improve, but there's nothing about his in-ring ability that sticks out, even though it isn't particularly awful, either.
Ryback looks like an absolute beast and performs like one in the ring as well.
But there's a reason why his in-ring work has been limited as both Skip Sheffield and Ryback: He's not very good.
Ever wonder why Ryback generally only participates in squashes or other short matches? Yeah, that's why.
Ryback has developed a reputation as an unsafe worker, and according to the Wrestling Observer's Dave Meltzer (via whatculture.com), this is the main reason why Ryback spent so much time squashing local jobbers rather than lower-card WWE superstars upon his debut.
Ryback's unsafeness in the ring isn't the only problem, though.
Given that he spends most of his time squashing lower-card stars, he's generally inexperienced when it comes to working a full match with actual psychology, and his selling needs some work.
It's going to be hard for Ryback to wrestle lengthy matches down the road when he's grown so accustomed to being an aggressive monster who hardly ever sells.
7. Brodus Clay
Have a wrestler with some obvious limitations in the ring?
Put him in squash matches and try to hide those weaknesses.
That's the WWE's philosophy when it comes to guys like Ryback, and of course, Brodus Clay, who I don't think has participated in a match that's lasted more than five minutes since he became "The Funkasaurus."
While Clay actually showed flashes of some serious potential, especially for a guy his size, on NXT, he's backed into a corner with what he can do under his current character.
He generally only utilizes a handful of moves, sells very little and does nothing to make his matches seem special or unique.
I get that Clay's character is primarily being used as comedic relief, but when he's not particularly great in any one area and isn't overly athletic because of his size, his matches can be extremely difficult to sit through.
Although wrestling is in Camacho's genes (his father is Haku), he's another one of those wrestlers who made it to the main roster before he was ready.
Initially brought in as bodyguard of sorts for Hunico, Camacho has stepped into the ring a lot more often recently, and his weaknesses have been exposed.
Why? Because he's still green.
I'm not sure how long Camacho has been wrestling, but as is the case with guys like Jinder Mahal, he appears to be very inexperienced. As a result, what he can do in the ring is very restricted.
Although he doesn't botch like crazy or seem to be particularly bad at any one thing, he's been protected by being primarily placed in tag team matches and has utilized a limited arsenal of moves during said matches.
He's new to the main roster, so he will undoubtedly improve over time.
But for the time being, Camacho is one of the rawest (and therefore, worst) superstars currently on the SmackDown brand.
5. Mason Ryan
Mason Ryan has the best physique in the WWE.
He look like he wakes up, works out, eats about 500 grams of protein, works out again and then works out some more every day.
But his major accomplishment in the company so far has been that he looks like the second coming of Batista. That's about it.
Ryan's got a look that 99 percent of wrestlers could only dream of having, but it seems like that physique is actually what limits him in the ring.
He was extremely raw when he first appeared on TV in January 2011, and after it initially looked like he was headed for a monster push, he quickly found himself plummeting down the card and hasn't wrestled a match on Raw or SmackDown since--well, I can't even remember when.
During a time where in-ring work has more value than it has in quite a while, Ryan's strength (his look) can't make up for the fact that he's still green and has a ways to go before he can succeed in the ring.
It's difficult to do that without getting on TV, though.
4. Ezekiel Jackson
Ezekiel Jackson has addressed his lack of TV time quite often recently, but I don't think he's going to get a firm spot on Raw or SmackDown anytime soon.
Like Mason Ryan, Big Zeke looks like a million bucks. Unfortunately, he's rather limited with what he can do in the ring.
Jackson has become well-known for having one of the simplest move sets in pro wrestling, which consists primarily of body slams and the torture rack.
Beyond that, there's not much to Jackson besides a massive frame.
The WWE has tried to push him on multiple occasions, even giving him a run with the Intercontinental Championship and making him the last ECW Champion in company history.
But Zeke has failed to get over with the fans as either a face or heel primarily because of his underwhelming in-ring work.
Although he's fine in some roles (like as a bodyguard, perhaps), there's nothing to suggest that he'll get any type of push as a wrestler in the near future.
3. Titus O'Neil
The Primetime Players are getting a golden opportunity to become the premiere tag team in the WWE.
I like what they've done so far, and I think that Darren Young has improved drastically since his last major TV run as part of The Nexus.
But the weakest link of that tag team? It's easily gotta be Titus O'Neil.
Like Young, O'Neil has improved a lot since his NXT days. However, he's undoubtedly inferior to Young when it comes to in-ring work.
As is the case with so many other guys on this list, there's just nothing about O'Neil that stands out, outside of maybe his barking. He's just a big dude with a basic move set who's been put in a tag team to hide his weaknesses.
Young does the majority of the work in their matches because he's the better worker of the two, and O'Neil's subpar wrestling ability is probably the main reason why the Primetime Players have yet to win the tag team titles.
They seemed destined to win the straps, but with O'Neil not exactly setting the world on fire with his in-ring performances, I'm sure that's a big reason why WWE officials are hesitant to push the duo as the top team in the tag division.
2. David Otunga
David Otunga is a good talker, and ever since he started sipping coffee non-stop, he's become a rather entertaining character as well.
But under no circumstances should he be pushed as a wrestler unless he improves dramatically in the ring.
I'm not sure I can recall a time in recent memory when a guy has struggled so much as a wrestler, only to get a sizable push over guys with far more in-ring talent.
Again, I like Otunga the character, especially when he was paired with John Laurinaitis. But he's as sloppy as they come in the ring.
He consistently botches simple moves like clotheslines and body slams, he doesn't do much beyond flexing, and he's not overly agile or athletic.
I'm guessing that the WWE pushes Otunga primarily because of his high-profile relationship with Jennifer Hudson and the occasional publicity it gets. But that push will not be warranted until Otunga steps it up in a major way wrestling-wise.
He's been in the ring with a ton of top stars recently, such as Randy Orton, John Cena and Sheamus.
You would think that would help him improve greatly. But it hasn't. At all.
1. The Great Khali
This one's a no-brainer.
Look, I get that the WWE has The Great Khali on its roster because he's a huge star in India and the WWE is trying to expand its market there.
But there's no other way to put it: the guy is flat-out awful in the ring.
Khali's massive size makes him more susceptible to wear-and-tear and injury, and as a result, his knees are shot, which severely hurts his already poor abilities as a wrestler.
It's hard to criticize the guy for being naturally huge, and thus, being at a big disadvantage with a body that prevents him from being nimble or athletic.
But that's the unfortunate truth for Khali, who makes me cringe every time I see him walk to the ring.
He has a place on the roster because of his international appeal and his almost superhuman size, but given his lack of athleticism and his broken-down body, he should be used the right way.
And that's not as a wrestler.
That being said, we still wish the big guy well as he recovers from surgery.
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