Top 5 WWE Superstars That Are Undeserving of Their Success

Bryan HaasFeatured ColumnistMay 15, 2013

Top 5 WWE Superstars That Are Undeserving of Their Success

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    Mention the name John Cena and you are likely to get one of two reactions.

    First, you'll hear that Cena is the current WWE Champion, and he is the greatest thing since sliced bread.

    Or you might hear the second opinion, that Cena is the current WWE Champion, and he is perhaps the worst competitor to ever set foot in a wrestling ring.

    Judging by the boos that fans seem to be showering upon him on a weekly basis, Cena could perhaps be one of the most unpopular superstars in recent memory.

    However, those boos are normally buffered by an equal amount of cheers, which Cena seems to feed off of much more than the negative reactions.

    And love him or hate him, Cena seems to do more promotional work and more public appearance than any other superstar on the WWE roster.

    Add to that his being the new spokesperson for Fruity Pebbles cereal, his great relationship with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and his burgeoning movie career, and you have all the makings of a superstar that actually might not receive a fraction of the credit that he rightfully deserves.

5. Sin Cara

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    True, the Mexican superstar has not been seen much in recent months, due in large part to recovering from multiple injuries.

    There was a great deal of hype behind his debut, but he has done little to live up to expectations. His aerial style is fun to watch, but at the same time, the margin for error is so high that at times, it almost seems as if the WWE Universe is simply watching him to witness his next injury.

    In addition, during his short tenure with the company, he already has one Wellness Policy Violation, resulting in a 30-day suspension in July 2011.

    In a business where risk oftentimes equals reward, Sin Cara has thus far been the former, with none of the latter to show for it.

4. Kaitlyn

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    The company touts Kaitlyn as "The Hybrid Diva of the WWE," owing to her combination of beauty and power. And big things have been expected of her form the start, which she lived up to by winning the Divas championship from Eve in January.

    However, since then, the already struggling division has become nearly nonexistent, with any female competitors rarely being mentioned on Raw or SmackDown, WWE's flagship shows until relatively recently.

    In recent weeks, the company has teased that Kaitlyn has a secret admirer, but immediately spoiled the suspense for the audience by revealing the Bella Twins to be playing a joke on her.

    Kaitlyn is not exactly Lou Thesz in the ring. But she does have some viable skills, one of which being her power. Her mic skills are somewhat shaky, but that can always be fixed.

    But for the time being, it seems as if the company is wasting time and energy promoting her as a champion when there are far more deserving competitors like Natalya or even No. 1 contender AJ Lee that could be in possession of the title.

3. Brock Lesnar

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    Lesnar is a great talent, there is no arguing that.

    He has size, speed, and agility that is almost superhuman for a man of his size.

    He is a talented mat wrestler with an amateur pedigree to back it up (NCAA champion in 2000, NCAA runner-up in 1999, as well as junior college National Champion in 1998).

    The knock on Lesnar is that he is one of the dreaded "part-timers" that so often now dominate the WWE. With Triple H, the Undertaker, and the Rock occasionally making appearances, it stands to reason that Lesnar would not even be needed.

    But his feud with Triple H has intensified over the years, leading to their upcoming showdown at Extreme Rules.

    No one is saying that he is not exciting to watch, but could the time that the company is spending promoting his limited appearances be used to begin building the career of a younger superstar that will be able to devote all of his/her time to the wrestling business, as opposed to the small amount of dates that Lesnar will?

2. Jack Swagger

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    Let's lay it all on the line here.

    Swagger is tough, mean and has a mountain of potential.

    And that's also exactly what could have been said about him back in 2008 when he made his debut in ECW.

    Since then he has had various reigns with various titles, but he has struggled mightily since losing the World Heavyweight title to Rey Mysterio in June 2010.

    In that time, he has had several low level feuds with other competitors before making a impact in recent months with his Real American gimmick.

    However, that character has gotten over in large part to the presence of Zeb Colter, who now serves as Swagger's mouthpiece, something he sorely needed, as his charisma has never been a strong part of his arsenal.

    All Swagger needed to do was shut up and wrestle and he might have had a legitimate shot at regaining the World Heavyweight title. However, an arrest for driving under the influence, marijuana possession and speeding in February might have derailed that dream for the long haul.

    Add to that the kick that knocked current WHC Dolph Ziggler out of action for the time being with a concussion, and Swagger seems to be doing all he can to prove that he is not deserving of his current role.

1. Ryback

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    Ryback is the ultimate version of a superstar that is living well beyond his ability.

    His in-ring skills are often times reckless and sloppy, something that is somehwat inexcusable for a professional wrestler with his years of experience. In addition, his microphone skills, while steadily improving, continually sound like they are being read off of a teleprompter.

    The up-and-coming superstar has been carried in his feuds, both inside the ring and outside of it, by far more charismatic superstars, specifically CM Punk and WWE Champion John Cena.

    He has been pushed from the start, mainly because it is no secret that Vince McMahon loves wrestlers with impressive and hulking physiques. But at what point does that stop being enough?

    It stands to reason that Ryback is not going anywhere. But if he continues to be dead weight, who will want to work with him?