We're approaching that time of year when many undercard superstars begin to doubt their future with the hottest pro wrestling, sports entertainment, soap opera—whatever you want to call it, in the world.
I personally prefer the first two.
Nonetheless, this slideshow will hand pick six current WWE superstars who I struggle to see having a future in this company and eventually being added to the long forgotten list of "Future Endeavours".
I will explain why I have chosen each superstar, their chances of being released and what they lack to become a force in the WWE.
So let's take a look. First up we have...
David Hart Smith joined WWE in 2006 and appeared on television in 2007. He is best known thus far for his work in the Hart Dynasty tag team, alongside Tyson Kidd and Natalya. They debuted on ECW in 2009 as a heel faction, and along with Kidd and Natalya, Smith was soon drafted over to Smackdown.
They began to build further momentum on the blue brand and found themselves facing D-Generation X for the then-Unified Tag Team titles that same year. After remaining quiet for the next few months, the Dynasty effectively turned face at WrestleMania 26 by helping out Bret Hart in his match with Vince McMahon.
The pair then went on to win and in September lose the WWE Tag Team titles. Eventually Kidd turned on Smith, pointlessly splitting the only established tag team in WWE at the time.
Since a couple of one-on-one's with Kidd, Smith has barely appeared on television and has remained on the Raw roster following the 2011 Draft.
What has been holding Smith back, in my opinion, is his lack of charisma in the ring.
Sure he shows a bit of aggression, but nearly of all them do that. I can't remember the last time he spoke on the mic, but I never remember him being all too special there either.
His in-ring work is solid and can be built upon. The guy is only 25, so age is certainly on his side.
But I can't see where Smith can fit into the roster and where exactly he can stand out. His chances of survival in WWE are slim, slimmer than Tyson Kidd's for certain.
Survival Chance (beyond six months): 20 percent
Back in 2006, several vignettes aired on Raw with JTG and Shad stealing several things from people on the street; together they were known as "Cryme Tyme."
There's no doubt that in their first stint as a tag team, Cryme Tyme was over with the crowd, but their antics were soon diluted by the PG rating. Despite several attempts, the not-so-coveted tag team titles eluded them.
In 2010, Shad turned on JTG, as creative once again pointlessly split up a well-established tag team. At Extreme Rules in June, JTG won a forgettable Strap Match against Shad, who has since been released. JTG has been drafted back to Raw, with his appearances restricted to Superstars and NXT.
It's clear JTG has no long-term future in WWE, judging by how the 12 months as a singles competitor has gone for the man.
His in-ring work is pretty decent and no doubt exciting. Plus he's not awful on the mic. But there's just something that creative doesn't see in him, and the guy struggles to get much of a reaction from the crowd these days.
I see bleak days ahead for JTG, and although he doesn't do a lot wrong when asked of him, there's just no future here for him.
Survival Chances: Five percent
Before his TV match with Sin Cara on Raw a few weeks ago, you could have mistakenly thought Primo had already been released.
Joining WWE in 2008, Primo quickly found himself teaming up with his brother Carlito. It didn't take the pair long to become Unified Tag Team champions, winning the titles at WrestleMania 25 and holding the titles for a good 11 weeks.
But yet another tag team split came about, as it was Carlito who turned on Primo.
Have you noticed all three superstars I've featured so far have all been on the receiving end of a tag team breakup?
The Colons briefly reunited until Carlito left the company, and since, Primo has been used mainly as a jobber at live events and on Superstars.
Primo is merely average in the ring, and his mic skills aren't too impressive either. He shows a bit of character though, and he is an excellent jobber who can take a bump or two, but that's all that can be keeping him in the company right now.
He's cannon fodder for upcoming stars, and he's another guy who is on borrowed time, I'm afraid.
Survival Chances: 0.01 percent
One hell of an athlete with a breathtaking finisher, Evan Bourne is one of the most exciting athletes to watch in WWE.
After joining ECW in 2008 where he had the perfect show to break himself in, his popularity quickly grew, and he was elected by the fans to face Matt Hardy for the ECW Championship at Cyber Sunday 2008.
In June 2009, he moved to Raw where he became involved in a mini-feud with then-U.S. champion, The Miz. Mid-2010 saw his mega-push, as he began a brief feud with Chris Jericho that he came out on top of and was highly tipped to win the Money in the Bank Ladder Match in July.
Since failing that and following up with a long-term injury, Bourne has been cast aside. His TV time on Raw has been severely limited, even since returning from injury in February.
There's no doubt Bourne is a top-draw athlete who has excelled in the ring when given time. He's not the best on the mic, but he doesn't need to be fantastic. To simply survive in WWE, look at John Morrison and Shelton Benjamin—prime examples of successful mid-card wrestlers without any talent on the stick.
It's sad to see Bourne drop down the roster like he has, but it seems WWE isn't hot on him right now, and unless that turns, the pink slip could be heading his way.
Survival Chances: 50 percent
Otunga, the only member in the faction from the original Nexus, is perhaps (in my view) the weakest of both eras in the faction.
After being one of the Season one rookies, Otunga has always been the whipping boy—sometimes obeying and sometimes not—for Wade Barrett and now CM Punk. Otunga has had very few singles matches and has spent more time involved in group attacks, but his skills as a wrestler are very limited.
So he props it up with excellent mic skills, right?
Um, not really.
Plain and simple, he is not fit for a spot on television and needs some serious time in FCW again before progressing up the ranks. To be honest, he just doesn't bring a lot to the table.
As for McGillicutty, Mr. Perfect's son isn't all that bad a mover in the squared circle. I think he possesses great potential and is certainly less likely than Otunga to be released, in my opinion. However, with the New Nexus stalling at the moment and the CM Punk's future in the balance (perhaps the reason he isn't in the slideshow), the question becomes where does McGillicutty go next?
He needs more time in a faction to establish himself because he isn't yet a big enough force to handle singles competition. I think with a bit of patience and work—not to mention a name change—the guy could have a decent future in WWE.
Things aren't looking that way right now though.
Survival Chances (Otunga): 20 percent
Survival Chances McGillicutty): 40 percent
Obviously I don't know how many superstars will be released during that time period, but I just selected six to analyze and discuss why they could be released.
Who else should be included? Who shouldn't be?
Why have I chosen that person? Why not another person?
Please ask and comment below!