“In the real world of competition, the players want to compete and they want to compete at the very highest level. They don’t want to be a mid-card, much less in a preliminary match. They’re always fighting for the spotlight and that’s tough to reach…”
- Vince McMahon, WWF RAW Magazine, March 2001
The current WWE lower-to-mid card is packed full of talent. Some are young professionals waiting for their breakout moment (Antonio Cesaro); some are former headliners that are winding down their careers (Christian). Most, however, are simply stuck there—irrespective of ability.
Finding yourself in this group of WWE pro wrestlers is generally an unfavourable position to find your career in. It is usually this group of performers that are constantly walking the tightrope in terms of keeping their jobs, with these athletes often being victims of company cutbacks such as the notorious post-WrestleMania “spring cleans”.
Over the years, numerous stars have been released from the company as a result of an extended period of time in the lower-to-mid card, usually given the dreaded “creative has nothing for you” as an excuse. Shelton Benjamin, Low Ki and John Morrison are notable names on the list of undercard casualties, and you can expect that list to grow over the next 12 months.
In this article, we will take a closer look at 5 characters that this writer believes will be handed (or ask for) their release in the upcoming year.