10 Wrestlers Who Deserve So Much More
There are wrestlers in every generation that fans feel aren't being used properly, and if given the chance, could be bigger stars than they have been.
Just because a wrestler has been a world champion doesn't mean he has truly been given the chance to fulfill his potential.
I have a list of 10 wrestlers that I believe, if given the chance, could be huge stars in the world of professional wrestling.
Obviously there are a lot more than just 10 guys that could be bigger stars, but these are 10 of my favorites.
Hernandez is one half of LAX, one of the premiere tag teams in TNA.
He has held the TNA title once, and is currently in possession of a Feast or Fired briefcase holding a World Title shot.
Hernandez tips the scales at 300 pounds, but flies around the ring as quick and agile as a wrestler half his size.
He is a great choice for a future champion due to his Latino heritage.
Much like Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio, Hernandez can bring a whole new demographic to TNA should he ever be given the World Title.
I have to admit, Chris Sabin has always been a favorite of mine.
He is a great in ring technician and very few can keep up with his speed in the six sided ring.
I wasn't a fan when he was paired with Alex Shelley.
I couldn't understand why they would put one of their best young wrestlers in a tag team with the former lackey of Kevin Nash.
I have since converted and think the Motor City Machine Guns are the best tag team in all of wrestling at the moment.
The moves the duo create are second to none, and they share the great chemistry that all the great tag teams have had.
Eventually the team will split, and I see more X Division gold in Sabin's future.
Homicide, the other half of LAX, has had success in both TNA and Ring of Honor.
In fact, Homicide held the World Title in ROH for two months.
Like Hernandez, Homicide holds a briefcase guaranteeing him a future title shot at the X Division title.
Also, like his tag team partner, Homicide can be a huge draw for Latino wrestling fans.
I feel that LAX has been an underused tag team and hope that Homicide can find solo success in TNA like he did in ROH.
Castagnoli has been with Ring of Honor ever since "invading" the promotion in 2005, along with other Combat Zone Wrestling stars.
Castagnoli, a native of Switzerland, maintained a vertical suplex for the longest recorded time during a match—an astonishing 70 seconds.
His "very European" gimmick is quite funny, and he cannot only handle his own in the ring but has the entertaining aspect that is important in today's wrestling.
Castagnoli very likely could make a jump to WWE within the next year.
He will likely be used incorrectly and be forced to go back to ROH to maintain any real success in the business.
"The Gold Standard" of the WWE has had success since joining the company in 2002 as part of "Team Angle."
Benjamin has held tag team gold with Charlie Haas, won the Intercontinental title three times, and the US title once.
Benjamin is as athletically gifted as anyone that has ever stepped into a WWE ring.
Some of the things he can do in a match are simply mind boggling.
Benjamin also has the ability to pull in a minority demographic to WWE television.
I don't, however, see him ever being given the chance at a world championship.
Bryan Danielson has been a mainstay in Ring of Honor since late 2002.
For those that aren't familiar with Danielson, think of a young Chris Benoit.
Danielson has held ROH gold and is always in title contention.
Much like Benoit, he doesn't need any flashy gimmicks to get over with the crowd. He is simply the best worker out there.
Danielson could stay in ROH and continue to be a top star, but he could also see quite a bit of success in TNA.
I don't see WWE in his future due to his small size.
He is under six feet and weighs less than 200 pounds, not nearly big enough to be a star like Vince McMahon usually favors.
Nigel McGuinness just finished up a year-and-a-half reign as Ring of Honor World Champion. He has been with the company since 2003.
The cocky Englishman is very entertaining in promos and ringside commentary.
He is also as good in the ring as anyone in the world.
He is currently nursing an arm injury that will likely keep him out for the next few months.
McGuinness would be a success no matter where he wrestled. He is one of the rare performers that is entertaining in the ring and on the mic.
Unfortunately, can you name any star from the United Kingdom that ever held a World Title for Vince McMahon?
Davey Boy Smith came close but maybe McGuinness can change that in the future.
As many of you know, I am a huge CM Punk fan and his potential is endless.
Punk has held world and tag team gold in both Ring of Honor and WWE.
He also held the ECW.
He is the current holder of the money in the bank briefcase—the second year in a row that Punk holds the case.
Punk has turned into an immensely popular baby face based solely on his look and in ring work. He has yet to be given the chance to shine on the mic.
A heel turn is needed for Punk to take the next step.
Like many have said on here before, Punk's gimmick of, "I'm straightedge and better than you" will go over huge and turn Punk into one of the most hated men in wrestling.
AJ Styles is the most decorated wrestler in TNA history.
He has held every title on multiple occasions and is the current holder of the new TNA Legends title.
He is the innovator that allowed the X Division to become the most exciting thing in wrestling.
Styles' arsenal of moves in the ring is second to none. He is athletic and creative which leads to some of the most jaw dropping moments in wrestling.
He is one of the faces of TNA's Frontline.
He will no doubt hold the World Title again at some point, and hopefully he will be given room to put on the great quality matches as the champion that he has done in the past.
Simply put, Samoa Joe is professional wrestling.
Joe has held the World Title in Ring of Honor and every major belt in TNA.
When he debuted in TNA, he went undefeated for over a year-and-a-half.
Joe is as innovative as AJ Styles and is able to fly around the ring with as much ease as well.
Joe is currently unleashing his "Nation of Violence" upon TNA, and it is quite likely that Taz will serve as his mentor in the near future.
Joe doesn't need this or any gimmick to be a success in the ring.
His work speaks for itself.
He has everything needed to be the focal point of TNA.
Joe will win the TNA title again at some point.
He needs to.
After he gets through every member of the Main Event Mafia, Joe needs to carry TNA into the next phase of their history—a history that will leave all of us in awe of the Samoan Submission Machine.