WWE's 5 Most Wasted Talents in 2012

Justin LaBar@@JustinLaBar Featured ColumnistDecember 15, 2012

WWE's 5 Most Wasted Talents in 2012

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    As 2012 comes to a close, there were many talents in WWE that debuted and many who got used on a consistent basis within the weekly storylines.

    In every situation, not everybody is going to be happy, especially with the number of talents WWE has on its main roster, plus the upcoming developmental talent.

    I take a look at the top-five WWE performers who saw their talents wasted in 2012.

5. Natalya

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    She is one of, if not the most talented in-ring Diva. She doesn't have a typical build or look, but is still easy on the eyes.

    2012 saw her either hardly used or given a ridiculous gimmick, such as uncontrollable farting. Are you serious?

    WWE's use and profiling of its female performers is never steady and consistent. I feel WWE has too many female performers for the way it is structured. Some girls need to go, but some need to be kept and appreciated. Perhaps none more than Natalya.

4. Zack Ryder

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    He started off strong in 2012 and by WrestleMania he was back to being primarily irrelevant in WWE storylines.

    Whether or not you like the hype of Zack Ryder, the reality is that he has it. He has a following. Political feelings aside backstage, if you have a guy like Ryder who sells, take advantage of it. He should be featured weekly on television.

3. Tyler Reks

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    He gave his notice and left WWE several months ago.

    Here's a guy with a unique look and stellar size. I can't praise his in-ring work because I didn't see enough of it. I saw enough of it that I know I don't want to bash it. He wasn't terrible. He wasn't unsafe. He has a lot to work with. He had potential.

    Unfortunately, a mix of the way he was not used by WWE and personal life decisions resulted in him hanging up his boots from professional wrestling.

2. Michael McGillicutty

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    Where with Tyler Reks I didn't get to see as much as I wanted and knew I wanted to see more, with Michael McGillicutty I've seen enough and I know I want more.

    I don't care if he's McGillicutty or Hennig on WWE television, I just want to see him featured in regular storylines. I want to see his talent given a full chance, rather than just filling a segment on NXT.

    He has the look, family pedigree and timing (which is huge) in the ring. And if you give him a chance...he can cut a promo! This I know about him. WWE needs to admit him and use him to the fullest.

1. Tyson Kidd

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    Tyson Kidd comes in as the No. 1 WWE roster member whose talent has been wasted.

    He got a small chance. In the summer, we saw him get a few win over Tensai. We saw him on a pay-per-view appearance. He popped the crowd. He stood out.

    It was all a tease and this ultimately puts him at No. 1. WWE began to slowly test the water and give more Tyson Kidd to the WWE Universe. But it didn't capitalize on its own initiative, failing to use him for several weeks. It made those weeks a waste.

    It was a waste not to pursue the talents of the final graduate of the Hart Dungeon. He can work several styles. He is comfortable in the ring. He has a look and a back story.

    Kidd was the most wasted talent in WWE of 2012.