COMMENTARY | The current landscape of the WWE isn't at a high or a low point. They're trolling along in the middle, with new acts like the Wyatt Family and The Shield. Unfortunately, they're also littered with a lot of underused and underwhelming talent. Let's take a look at the five most underwhelming wrestlers from the current roster.
I don't know what Ryback did to upset the creative team, but being saddled with Curtis Axel as a partner is a de-push if I've ever seen one. When Ryback was in his initial push he was something fun to watch (although definitely a Goldberg clone). He even had a few decent promos during his feud with John Cena, which led to...him changing his gimmick for the worse. Ryback rules? I guess rule No. 1 is "make sure you become as bland as possible and never actually improve."
BAD NEWS BARRETT
Barrett is in some sort of a career tailspin right now, although some would argue that having a unique gimmick that gets airtime is many times better than it could be. For my money, Barrett was at his best as a bare-knuckle champion who wanted nothing more than to beat the (censored) out of everyone. He's a solid promo, can work a good match and seems legitimately tough. After he partially dislocated his elbow, the "Barrett Barrage" was put on hold. After some forgettable feuds, Barrett had work visa issues and now, is quite boring.
You know when WWE pulls out the whole, "if I don't win, I'll quit" storyline, they're grasping at straws in hopes of resurrecting some kind of reaction for the selected performer. Such is life for Sandow right now, as he's languishing in no-man's land. Did anyone react (or care) about Sandow's threat that he might quit? Damian was never all that exciting, but he was a solid mid-card heel with an appropriate gimmick. Now, he's curtain-jerking fodder and can't get a reaction.
REY MYSTERIO JR.
It wasn't that long ago that Mysterio was one of the hottest acts in WWE...wait, it was a good eight years ago. Yet, nothing about him has changed. When was the last time that Mysterio was in a meaningful storyline? A high-profile feud? His seemingly always-on feud with Alberto Del Rio was decent, but he's really done very little over the past few years and it's baffling that WWE hasn't done anything to change him. He's a conduit to the kids and can be portrayed as a Latin hero, but instead, they forget about him.
Unfortunately, Cesaro is what you get when you've got a good look, above-average skills and very little effectiveness on the mic. He was originally portrayed as the stereotypical 1980's villain (he is foreign, you know) and while it worked, it wasn't quite enough to get him into the main event scene. He needed a manager to help hype him up. They gave him Zeb Coulter and a dead-end gimmick for all of his hard work. Now he's an afterthought. Too bad.
Michael Dunlap covers Arizona sports (Suns, Diamondbacks, Coyotes, Cardinals) at Big4Sports.com. He is an NBA credentialed writer who is also the Founder and Editor-in-Chief for the Sports Illustrated/Fansided NBA site HoopsHabit.com. He also covers high school sports for The Arizona Republic. Follow me on Twitter @DunlapNBA.
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