Hello! Today, we are going to look at 10 WWE Superstars who’re struggling to find a significant place within the present Thunderdome panorama. And this comes after being kept on the books after the releases in April. Will they find a spot? Or are they doubtless to move on to new horizons by 2021? Let’s take a look.
#1. Bo Dallas (SmackDown)
If you’re a BO-liever, you’ve been praying onerous for over a year now. His absence remains a thriller, as he has solely competed in (at the least) 23 matches since late 2018; all of which occurred in 2019. When his B-Team buddy Curtis Axel was released in April, Dallas didn’t be part of him. Dave Meltzer speculated the one purpose he didn’t get reduce was because he “didn’t complain” about his position within the firm. He hasn’t made a tweet since July, when he requested fans to vote on his sister’s well being and health competitors. However, Bo retweeted Liv Morgan in August, after she requested WWE why they hadn’t marketed her newest shirt.
The last time he talked about his WWE character was nearly a year in the past, when he made this tweet:
— Bo Dallas (@TheBoDallas) December 20, 2019
Many fans have speculated that Bo Dallas would ultimately be part of his real-life brother Bray Wyatt within the Firefly Fun House, but with Alexa Bliss’ recent pairing with him it appears unlikely.
He is going by a comparable part to what Zack Ryder and JTG skilled before. When you see and listen to completely nothing of a celebrity for a long time, then they’re well and really buried. It makes little sense although, as he has the ring & mic abilities to be a stable mid-card heel for years. What occurs to him next is anybody’s guess. We simply have to keep BO-lieving?
#2. Mickie James (Raw)
What went wrong? Just as it looked like Mickie James was back within the highlight the place she belongs, the referee stops the match and that’s it? She did a poor job of explaining what actually occurred within the media, and WWE selected not to remark on the state of affairs. It’s a little unusual, but since dropping to Zelina Vega last month, it hasn’t stopped her from being tremendous lively elsewhere.
How does a six-time WWE Women’s Champion wrestle so much to get airtime? It’s been over ten years since her last title reign, but is as well-liked as ever. Management’s makes an attempt to keep her down has not deterred the WWE Universe from getting behind her. If she decides not to renew her contract when it’s time, I’m sure AEW & Impact shall be keenly concerned with her expertise. But one thing tells me WWE will want to keep her on as a coach and producer, which is why they have seldom used her since returning in 2016.
#3. Drew Gulak (Raw)
Gah! Just as it looked like Drew Gulak was getting someplace. They partnered him with Daniel Bryan on SmackDown; it looked like Chad Gable might be part of them to form a promising three-man steady. But no… WWE moved him on to Raw and what’s the first factor they do? Slot him back in to the 24/7 title scene with R-Truth.
What’s the point?! We’ve seen how nice of a worker he is. Why not have him produce traditional matches? He’s already carried out the comedy factor, and it appears like a waste. Many fans could not have noticed, but he was one of the largest losers within the newest draft. He & Daniel Bryan had chemistry, and it’s a disgrace we won’t get anymore of that. Gulak is better than the 24/7 Championship.
#4. Aleister Black (SmackDown)
The character of Aleister Black is lost. When he moved up to NXT he didn’t lose much of his presentation. And the problem was WWE didn’t reintroduce the character like how he arrived in NXT. This made it tough for individuals who hadn’t seen his NXT work to connect to this quietly intense particular person. Instead, they had him in a darkish room doing promos comparable to the old Bray Wyatt; asking superstars to “knock on his door”.
They not often led wherever, which made Aleister Black’s phrases hole. Paul Heyman began him down this route, but when he was ousted from inventive, Black’s path went with it. He was left in a boat with out a paddle, drifting down a river hoping he might land on a seashore someday soon. So when he returned as a heel a couple of months in the past it appeared promising. Yet, after one of the longest profitable streaks in recent historical past, he started a dropping streak towards Kevin Owens.
Also Read: Aleister Black Reportedly Denied Request To Be Moved Back To NXT
This month, he was denied a return to NXT. Add Zelina Vega’s firing to the combination. If anybody’s doubtless to stroll out the door he keeps asking everybody to knock on… it might be him. With his psychological well being issues, it is not going to assist issues. He needs her to be his rock, so I suppose he’s fortunate WWE can’t tour on the moment. But when touring can occur once more, if he hasn’t left already… I’m sure he shall be critically contemplating it.
#5. Billie Kay (SmackDown)
What was wrong with The IIconics? In a unusual flip of events, WWE determined they didn’t want this group anymore and cut up them up to push Peyton Royce. And though the breaking up of the group occurred by way of stipulation, Billie continued to assist her buddy for a quick while as a supervisor. That was til Peyton buried her, and the pair had been later separated solely within the 2020 draft.
Since then, we have not often seen Peyton with Lacey Evans (who’s one other having a unusual year), while Billie has had just one match on SmackDown since being picked up as a free agent. It appears her inventory has dropped so dramatically this year, she could also be even decrease on the totem pole than Tamina Snuka! That’s the alternative of IIconic. Does she belong there although? Let me know within the feedback.
#6. Shinsuke Nakamura (SmackDown)
Ok, so I wouldn’t say he is “struggling”, but many fans would agree he’s being “underutilized”. As a massive draw in Japan, many followers of NJPW had been of the impression that WWE would deal with him as the celebrity that he is. And for a while they adopted by by making him NXT Champion, after which had him face AJ Styles for the WWE Championship in a Wrestle Kingdom rematch at WrestleMania.
Almost instantly after, he turned simply one other expertise wallowing in mid-card hell. Since then, he has turn into a two-time United States Champion, one-time Intercontinental Champion, and a SmackDown Tag Team Champion with Cesaro. What I’m considering is, Vince McMahon needs one thing extra out of Shinsuke. Vince needs to know that if he pushes him as the next WWE or Universal Champion, that the fans will get behind him like they’re doing with Asuka. The problem although, is that Nakamura is 40-years-old and is unlikely to carry the corporate for years over a Roman Reigns or Drew McIntyre.
So the query is whether or not Shinsuke is content material in doing what he can for WWE in its mid-card, or if he could decide to return to Japan, and even make an AEW debut before his time is up? Either means, I believe Nakamura is best served as a singles wrestler much like his accomplice Cesaro. But WWE is more concerning the leisure issue, and Vince isn’t seeing massive cash in Nakamura like different corporations would. Which means he & Cesaro will proceed complementing one another as they wrestle to usurp the comical teams of the Street Profits & The New Day.
#7. Tucker (Raw)
When you’re being labelled the “Marty Jannetty” of the group as far back as 2017, you already know it’s not going to last. And lastly, WWE broke up Heavy Machinery after it was clear Tucker had been buried ceaselessly, while Otis loved taking part in round with Mandy Rose and Money within the Bank contracts. Seriously although, the distinction between Otis & Tucker was staggering back of their NXT days, nevermind on the primary roster when Otis’ antics had been taken to the next stage.
When Tucker tried to clarify his actions (betraying Otis), The Miz & John Morrison stood there crapping throughout it; I nearly felt sorry for the man. Here’s a dude who can see the writing on the wall. He has carried out every thing in his energy to keep his job, and is aware of that he’s unlikely to reduce it on his own. I don’t know what to say about him, aside from he’s a implausible worker… but doesn’t have the star energy on this aggressive atmosphere. Dearly wish he can show me wrong although, because he looks as if a good man who has punched above his weight as much as Otis did Mandy Rose. If he can’t? I’m sure he won’t have much hassle discovering work elsewhere.
#8. Jaxson Ryker (SmackDown)
I’m not getting in to US politics because I’m English and had no say in any respect within the election. So do with this as you’ll, but since Jaxson Ryker shared his support for Donald Trump, he & The Forgotten Sons have well… been forgotten. Why although? No one ought to have their standing determined over the best way they side politically. Vince McMahon and Donald Trump are good buddies, so there have to be one thing else going on? Yes, in reality there’s.
Ryker also made some some anti-Black Lives Matters & masks feedback shortly after the steady was known as up to the primary roster. As you may think about, this wouldn’t have sat well with some of his co-workers and management. What’s more annoying about this example is that Steve Cutler and Wesley Blake have been punished for one thing they weren’t involved in. So it’s not simply Ryker struggling together with his place in WWE, as he’s also introduced his stablemates down with him.
#9. Mojo Rawley (SmackDown)
Ok, so Mojo Rawley has been buried, and the rationale appears pretty apparent; though it doesn’t make sense. Remember when it was reported that WWE didn’t want skills tweeting about their COVID-19 well being standing? Well, it appears Mojo confirmed us how unobtrusive it’s to get a take a look at carried out on June sixteenth with this tweet:
Precautionary #COVID19 testing! Gotta make sure we’re wholesome and secure to entertain the globe each week!
I’m telling you, this take a look at is admittedly not unhealthy in any respect! No ache, simply a bizarre feeling! So don’t hesitate in case you need to take your take a look at! #StaySafe #StayHYPED pic.twitter.com/sx3ib3f5yB
— Dean Muhtadi (@MojoRawleyWWE) June 16, 2020
This was posted precisely sooner or later after a match with Shorty G on SmackDown. And why does that matter? Because it was his last known recorded match. Since then he has not been booked, and hasn’t been shy in tweeting. While trying round, I come throughout this post about a surprising “$1 Check”.
Just received a test for $1. Do I even trouble cashing it?!?
— Dean Muhtadi (@MojoRawleyWWE) August 12, 2020
At least WWE are paying him, right? Seriously although, Mojo Rawley might go the identical means as his old tag group accomplice. Let’s get hyped!
#10. Robert Roode (SmackDown)
Sigh. I’m a massive Robert Roode fan since his TNA days, but he appears caught within the Rusev mildew. What I imply by that’s WWE will generally e-book him towards greater name guys, but he’s by no means going to be something more than a glorified mid-carder. Some will say he signed with WWE too late in his career, and he most likely moved up from NXT too soon. But to look at him, you wouldn’t consider he’s 43-years-old. I’m sure some would like it if he left to reunite with James Storm in Impact Wrestling, seeing as the Motor City Machine Guns are back and we might see much more from Robert Roode.
Either means, his abilities are so severely underutilized it’s felony; much like his former Team Canada buddy Eric Young. WWE doesn’t know what they have with this expertise, and it’s unhappy for me to know that there are fans within the WWE Universe who have solely seen this model of him… the man who stands quietly next to Dolph Ziggler or King Corbin doing completely nothing else but follow their lead. With that said, are there anymore WWE Superstars who you suppose is struggling or being underutilized? Please let me know within the feedback, and thanks for studying!