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Top five: Underutilised talents in the WWE

Justin Gabriel deserves more recognition in the WWE (©GettyImages)
Justin Gabriel deserves more recognition in the WWE (©GettyImages).

When you mention the WWE to even an average wrestling fan; you are guaranteed to hear the names John Cena, The Undertaker, Triple H and so on being continually discussed as they have all dominated in their respective eras; and some are still doing so. 

But what happens when you mention some of the lower card names? Will they recognise who they are? Most likely not. Although they are great wrestlers, they are not gaining enough exposure to become household names.

The more avid WWE fans will know who is being mentioned; as it is clear to every legitimate fan that there are many talents who are not being used to their full potential, and as fans that can get very frustrating especially when you know that a particular superstar or diva has the potential to be something big.

Yet the WWE continue to further push the guys who are being fed down our throats forcefully on a weekly basis. Sure, the lower card superstars may not be the full package yet; meaning they may not be that great on the microphone or remain as confident, but the majority of the lower card superstars are some of the best wrestlers the WWE currently possesses.

I have picked out five superstars who have the potential to be great and are not being used to hit or aim for that potential, they are not being used right and their talents are being wasted; the WWE has the habit of pushing aside these superstars, relegating some of them to the likes of NXT for example; which is not what they deserve at all, they deserve to be elevated.

With the right push and a fitting opponent to feud with; these five superstars can evolve into something big, something we fans want to see in the near future. So, who are these five underutilised talents in the WWE today? Let’s take a look:

The Usos

For many years the tag team division has not really been relevant, nobody has really cared for it and instead the WWE prefers to pair up to individuals like R-Truth and Kofi Kingston as their singles career is not going in the right direction, and hoping that they can rejuvenate the division; not the greatest idea in the world. You do have to give credit where it is due though, Team Rhodes Scholars, The SHIELD and obviously not forgetting Team Hell No; have all reignited the tag team division and made it relevant once more.

But why pair up individuals like R-Truth and Kofi Kingston who don’t really go well together, and leave out a set of twin brothers who are one of the very few legitimate tag teams in the WWE?

Jimmy and Jey Uso, sons of legendary superstar Rikishi have always taken their chances on television with both hands, every match they are in they look good because they understand each other and look good together, and are two of the most underutilised talents because they are easily one of the greatest teams the WWE possesses, but it is seriously about time they focus on the team as they are a solution to tag team wrestling as the demand for an increased focus on that division continues. 

Without these two, how many other legitimate teams are there in the WWE? Very few and most of them do not possess the talents that these to possess, they are definitely being underutilised.

Justin Gabriel

We used to see a lot of the South African high-flyer when he was an original member of The Nexus, along with the likes of Wade Barrett and David Otunga etc. But since then, he has not been used to his potential on Smackdown and we often see him take on superstars from the developmental roster at NXT; which is unfair considering the levels of talent Gabriel possesses.

His in-ring presence is great; he has an incredible signature manoeuvre in the 450 splash which is always perfectly executed as are all of his other moves, making them look so easy which reminds us all of Luchadors of the past. He also has three tag team championships to his name so he also has some success in the WWE; but why has he not been pushed onwards from there? 

He is never on Monday Night Raw or Friday Night Smackdown and to make matters worse, he has not even been on Superstars or Main Event recently either. Hands down, he is one of the most talented individuals but I will be the first to admit he is not the best on the microphone, but he can definitely work on that; but the fact that the WWE are not using his talents and not helping him reach his potential does become more frustrating as a fan; so it can only be more frustrating for Gabriel himself.

Titus O’Neil

One half of the Prime Time Players alongside Darren Young, and although they boast that their team is worth millions of dollars; it would make more sense if you said Titus would make millions of dollars; because he is on a different level to his tag team partner; despite having much less experience.

Although stories suggest that Vince McMahon is quite high on Titus and is planning on giving him a singles push in the future; at the moment Titus has to endure taking part in the tag team division without any success. He has the size, the strength and the general look to be something big in the WWE; and many officials admire how quickly he has managed to evolve into this confident superstar with a great ring presence. 

We all know he is fantastic on the microphone and even manages to make his partner who is far less skilled and charismatic, look good also; that is the effect Titus has on people who are involved with him either as a partner or in a feud. In due time Titus will be getting a push; but we need to hope that it happens relatively soon because he cannot continue to sit in a tag team division with no success.

Natalya

It is incredibly frustrating having to watch possibly the most talented Diva in all of the WWE; being a part of this supposedly funny team with The Great Khali and Hornswoggle; forget that she is part of such a historic family in The Hart family; as an individual it baffles me along with many other fans just how she is not holding the Divas Championship; when rightfully she probably deserves it more than anyone.

Without a doubt she is the most technically sound wrestler in the Divas division and easily the best in-ring competitor and maybe her best days was when she was part of The Hart Dynasty with Tyson Kidd and David Hart Smith; but now we hardly see her inside the ring but instead on the outside cheering on The Great Khali in a stupid gimmick with a worse storyline which involves Hornswoggle. 

However with the news that just like the tag team division the WWE are planning to revolutionise the Divas division; Natalya looks to be in a safe spot to be at the top of the rankings; she is definitely underutilised and has had to endure her fair share of stupid story-lines and it is about time she finally gets the respect she actually deserves as a wrestler.

Tyson Kidd

In my opinion, Tyson Kidd is one of the best wrestlers in the WWE and also the most underutilised performer; yes he is injured but before his injury the situation was the same; so much talent and potential yet the WWE are just letting him rot away which is not fair.

He is definitely one of the most fast-paced, technically sound and a very energetic and enthusiastic member of the WWE roster, so why would someone who is that good be forced to compete in tag team matches on Superstars and Main Event, making it difficult to understand the WWE’s logic. Although, his partnership with Justin Gabriel was shaping up to be an exciting team which would have easily gotten a push towards the titles, but obviously Kidd’s injury hindered that opportunity and it left Gabriel at the bottom of the pack and it will mean Kidd will also have to claw his way back up to the status he was previously at. 

Like many other underutilised performers; what Kidd needs is more TV time, more exposure on Raw or Smackdown so more fans can grow familiar with him, what he is about and obviously when the fans are won over; a great storyline and a timely push will definitely elevate Kidd’s legacy, something he fully deserves.

 

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