WWE's Overused, Underused and Properly Used Superstars
WWE boasts a big, talented roster of various superstars some of whom are put in front of the camera too much, too little or just enough.
As much as their individual fan clubs would like it to be so, not every wrestler can be world champ and main event WrestleMania. WWE has the unenviable task of finding a niche for every one of their workers.
With some, they've done a magnificent job, allowing the superstars' skills to be showcased.
In other cases, talented wrestlers are rarely seen, wasting away backstage. The following list discusses the most glaring cases of WWE's superstars who deserve a bigger chunk of the spotlight, as well the ones who should be offered less and which are in the ideal spot.
Underused: The Usos
With the tag team division resurging, why aren't The Usos in the mix more often?
WWE can't have the tag teams go the way of the Divas, where the rotation is so small that there aren't any options for feuds. Adding another team for The Prime Time Players and Primo and Epico to face helps everyone involved.
Jimmy and Jey's athleticism fuels their exciting matches.
They have a great look and are the most distinctive and cohesive team on the roster. If airtime is an issue, WWE can place The Usos into more three-team battles, fully utilizing the talent available.
Overused: Alberto Del Rio
As smooth and compelling as Alberto Del Rio can be in the ring, WWE fans are just not into him.
WWE clearly believes in Del Rio as a top-level wrestler, but the crowd reactions say otherwise. Pedigree, experience and wrestling acumen are all great, but in the end it's the fans that decide who makes it.
It's a shame too, because Del Rio has put on a number of excellent matches.
Del Rio doesn't need to be banished, but he needs to be lowered on the depth chart, so to speak. Until audiences are more invested in him, he shouldn't be placed in feuds involving major titles.
The company needs to find a niche for him, a place where he isn't hogging the limelight, but is put in a position to possibly win over his critics.
Properly Used: Daniel Bryan
The goat-faced half of Team Hell No delivers in and out of the ring at an extremely high level.
WWE's creative team has been brilliant with their usage of him in recent months. They've allowed him to show off his wrestling skills by consistently throwing him into matches.
They've also made him a part of some of the company's most hilarious moments thanks to Dr. Shelby, Kane and plenty of airtime.
Daniel Bryan will surely be a WWE champ at some point, main eventing pay-per-views, but while CM Punk is in that position, Bryan is being showcased elsewhere.
Underused: Yoshi Tatsu
The crowd pops when Yoshi Tatsu's cloyingly catchy entrance music comes on.
He'll never carry a wrestling company or do what John Cena does for ticket sales, but he's been treated like the fifteenth guy on an NBA team. He may as well not even suit up.
Get him in the game.
Whether the answer is finding him a tag partner or just giving the odd match against a member of 3MB, anything would be better than wasting the energetic dynamo that is Tatsu.
He doesn't need to win a ton of matches, just be in them long enough to show off his kicking and flying skills.
Overused: David Otunga
Sure David Otunga has a nice physique and is reasonably interesting when he speaks, but his ring skills and star power are so inferior that he'd better suited to frequent WWE Superstars and Saturday Morning Slam.
Otunga is the Paul Roma of his generation.
He certainly looks like a wrestler when he flexes, but is just not compelling or believable once he steps through the ropes.
WWE has tried various henchman roles for him, all of which he has done well with. It's just that the company places him in matches that would be better suited to go to guys like Drew McIntrye or Hunico.
Otunga's much better at what he does in a sweater vest and a coffee in his hand than anything involving actual wrestling.
Properly Used: Damien Sandow
The tag team division is an appropriate home for the rising young star.
Damien Sandow performs at a high-level in the ring, delivers great promos and has an engaging character. Perhaps one day he'll be on a world-champion level, but for now while he sharpens his game, he's in the perfect spot.
Thanks to Team Hell No, tag teams are suddenly receiving a glut of the spotlight.
Sandow and Rhodes can produce great matches with Kane and Daniel Bryan, Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara or whoever they are asked to face. Sandow won't be asked to carry a pay-per-view or be the headliner in this position, but WWE can monitor him and judge if he can handle that job in the future.
Underused: Tyson Kidd
After a pair of upset victories over Tensai and entry in the Money in the Bank ladder match, it looked as if Tyson Kidd's momentum was building.
Since then, he's been seen far too infrequently on WWE TV.
Kidd may never reach the top rungs of the company, but he's one of the best workers the company has under contract. Fans get behind his speed and high energy.
He's been a part-time entrant into the tag division with partner Justin Gabriel. That's a pairing that could do big things if WWE is consistent about putting him there. The company needs to decide to wholeheartedly push him as a tag specialist for the time being or give him some singles spotlight.
Being on the bench as often as he has been is a mistake.
Kidd's ability should equal consistent time on Raw, feuds with upper-midcard talent and title matches, if not title runs.
Properly Used: Antonio Cesaro
Antonio Cesaro is exactly the type of wrestler that the United States title was created for.
He's not over with the fans enough to be going after major titles or be involved in top-level feuds, but you can't stick a guy that talented in the backstage area and let his skills go to waste.
As US champ, Cesaro is allowed to put on quality matches on a consistent basis. He's not being crushed by pressure in the process though.
Fending off Justin Gabriel or R-Truth allows fans to begin to connect with him and for WWE to monitor his development and project his future. The company has been smart to have him defend the belt often and to make him look good while doing so.