The reason why some WWE superstars are more successful than others in the business comes down to the fact they play their characters a lot better; and they manage to stay in character outside of the ring also.
It is very easy for a superstar or a diva to play a gimmick whilst they compete in matches or go on tours with the WWE; but only a handful of superstars can carry that gimmick outside of the ring and practically live and breathe that character until either their gimmick changes, or they leave.
This is the reason why we forget many superstars, or even because they don't stay in character; they see themselves fall down the rankings and off TV for months.
Of course, there are exceptions with the likes of Zack Ryder for example; somebody who stayed in his gimmick until the fans practically got over him and moved on to the next big thing.
But more often that not, the success all comes down to the characters and gimmick the superstars and divas portray. The better they play their role, the longer their WWE careers will be.
So, which superstars are the best at staying in character inside and outside of the ring? Continue reading to take a look and see whether you agree or who you think should make the list.
5 - John Cena: Love him or hate him, John Cena has done a lot for the WWE and is still a key figure as the number one superstar carrying the company and probably will do the same until the day he retires as an in-ring superstar. It's a brilliant thing that his rapper gimmick failed and has stood for 'Hustle, Loyalty and Respect' since the day his gimmick switched.
But it's not much of a gimmick, but just a character he portrays because he is really just being himself. Everything we see in the ring is what we see and hear outside of the ring, he is hardly ever in the news for anything else and even on his social media accounts he stays in the character he has been playing for a decade or so.
It may not be the best or most interesting of gimmicks or characters to play, but even though Cena gets such a negative reaction from the older audience in arenas and on the internet, he never breaks character.
4 - CM Punk: Right now CM Punk is still under contract with the WWE, so he does qualify for the list even though he hasn't competed since the Royal Rumble pay-per-view and subsequently walked out on the company the following night on Monday Night Raw. But ever since fans jumped on the CM Punk bandwagon the day he dropped the infamous pipe bomb, CM Punk made sure the fans never see him in a different light.
He may be a face for a while and then turn heel, but his character always remains the same. He emphasised his straight edge attitude in the ring and it's clear he still follows that same lifestyle outside of it and never fails to tell us about it. He is this generations Stone Cold Steve Austin as he plays the role of the anti-hero in his personal and professional life.
Those of you that follow CM Punk on Twitter, you'll know what kind of individual he is and it matches his in-ring persona. He is one of the best at staying in character, but just like Cena he is being himself but does it very well. The fact is, CM Punk does what he wants, when he wants; and doesn't care what people think or say about him because the fans still love him.
3 - Damien Sandow: Damien Sandow may not be having the best of times in the WWE right now, with a failed Money in the Bank cash-in attempt triggering a year of irrelevance for the talented superstar which is sad to see because at one point he was primed for success and had the potential. Thankfully, the WWE have not repackaged him because his gimmick is so good and he stays in the role 365 days a year.
He is above CM Punk and John Cena because although Punk and Cena stay in their characters every single day also, it is not as difficult for the two of them as that is how they have lived their lives and just incorporate their gimmicks into it, whereas Sandow has had to grow into this gimmick and play the role of the genius that educates the unwashed masses and does it brilliantly.
Again, social media plays a massive part in the WWE now and they heavily promote it in every single one of their shows and the same applies for Sandow, he never sends a Tweet as himself, but does it as Damien Sandow consistently and that is very unique to grow into a character like Sandow has as not a lot of superstars are capable of doing so.
2 - Paul Heyman: Paul Heyman may not be a superstar but he is the greatest manager of all time and stays in character better than 95% of the current WWE roster. He played a key role in the brilliant feud between CM Punk and The Undertaker last year and did the exact same with Brock Lesnar and The Deadman this year, but managed to take it a step further and actually end the streak.
Paul Heyman draws heat like no other superstar, in fact better than most heels on the roster and he doesn't even compete inside the ring; all he needs is a microphone. Paul Heyman has always been vocal and has spoken strongly about what he believes in and continues to emphasise that even today. His constant mentions about Lesnar ending the streak speaks volumes about how Heyman manages to stay in his character every single week.
He is brash, outspoken, recognises talent when he sees it and his attitude in general is something we saw when he started out as Paul E, and is something we see in the WWE and his time outside of the company also.
1 - Bray Wyatt: It's a good job Husky Harris, the army tank with a Ferrari engine, didn't work out. If it did or the WWE didn't repackage him then we wouldn't be treated to the entertainment Bray Wyatt provides every single week. It is something unique and this gimmick will take him right to the very top of the WWE and he is already well on his way.
Dark, twisted and even demented in some ways; Bray Wyatt knows how to get a reaction from the fans better than anyone right now and the brilliant thing about Wyatt is not just his work in the WWE today, but he can easily play down his character by acting normally in his personal life, but he doesn't.
He stays in the Bray Wyatt character everywhere, public appearances, social media etc. It's a great thing to do otherwise he wouldn't come across as twisted as he acts. We are still aware of what he is really like with his Husky Harris character, but he is doing such a good job as Bray Wyatt we will be forced to forget Husky Harris even existed.
Just missing out on the list is another manager in Zeb Colter. Previously known as Uncle Zebekiah during his time with JBL in his younger days and widely known as Dutch Mantel in his wrestling days and his time with The Blade Runners, Zeb currently plays a heel caricature of the Tea Party movement and he strongly advocates the anti-illegal immigrant beliefs. Obviously he isn't anything like his character, but his antics in the ring and outside of it would have you thinking otherwise.
WWE fans, which superstars do you think are the best at staying in character inside and outside of the ring? Have your say in the comments below or come discuss all things WWE with me on Twitter @RazK28.
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