The year 2014 was a great one for certain WWE superstars and divas, personal achievements and the standards of matches and events played a huge role in the success but although certain stars excelled in 2014, there are stars who endured a tough year.
Vince McMahon lost a lot of money, the WWE came under scrutiny for the supposed recklessness from the doctors towards the talent, and CM Punk walked out on the WWE whilst former WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio was fired.
So all in all it was an up-and-down year in the WWE, we witnessed both the good and the bad – such as Sting debuting in the WWE.
For a handful of WWE superstars the year wasn’t filled a lot of success, and if they did taste a bit of joy they failed to capitalise on it and fell down the ladder even more; here are the five superstars I believed endured a tough 2014.
Adam Rose debuted on the main roster earlier this year with a number of vignettes hyping up his debut. At first it was fun, everyone seemed to be enjoying his party gimmick but eventually – as expected – it grew stale. He can work in the ring as we saw previously in FCW and NXT when he competed as Leo Kruger and the question still comes up as to why the WWE felt the need to change his dark gimmick which was working so well for him.
Nevertheless Adam Rose probably won’t achieve a lot more in the WWE if his first year in the limelight failed to live up to expectations, especially when The Bunny seems to be getting more attention than he is.
2014 has been an underwhelming year for Kane who has spent most of the year as Corporate Kane, hiding behind The Authority. Some would argue that he’s playing the role of the Director of Operations very well, which is true, but Kane amounts to so much more than that as a monster and this year felt like the first year where the WWE would actually miss Kane when he eventually retires.
He is a huge asset to the WWE and even though he is slightly easing out of a full-time competing role he should have had more of an impact than simply being in the background with The Authority and doing their dirty work, and it looks as if 2015 won’t be too great for The Devil’s Favourite Demon either.
This name was always going to pop up as Mark Henry has been on a decline ever since the WWE failed to capitalise on his shock retirement swerve. Since then we’ve had to endure the same Mark Henry who one week is a face and the next week he’s competing as a heel, at times it’s very tough to keep up with what the actual storyline plans are for Mark Henry.
Most recently his huge heel turn came to an underwhelming halt when he was eliminated instantly in the traditional Survivor Series elimination tag team match and it will be interesting to see how creative brings Henry back into the equation but he won’t need to do a lot to top the year he has had.
Rey Mysterio hasn’t really been seen on WWE television this year, he was booed by the audience when he was revealed as the #30 entrant in the Royal Rumble before being eliminated by Seth Rollins. Cesaro then eliminated him in the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal at WrestleMania XXX and then lost to Bad News Barrett the following night before taking time off to heal an injury.
He hasn’t been seen since but he has remained in the limelight for his rumoured dispute with the hierarchy as he looks to move on from the WWE and join Lucha Underground. That looks possible heading into 2015 but at the same time it wouldn’t be great to see Mysterio leave after a terrible 2014.
Just after WrestleMania XXX you’d never think that Cesaro would be classed as a superstar who endured a rough year in the WWE, but his fall from the top of the WWE has been well documented amongst the WWE Universe who have voiced their displeasure at creative. At one stage he was primed to challenge and defeat Brock Lesnar and become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion and now he’s lost in the middle of the pack – at least he’s competing alongside another criminally underrated star in Tyson Kidd.
At the Elimination Chamber event earlier this year he was a dark horse to become the new champion and put in a great effort before having his own WrestleMania moment where he threw The Big Show out of the ring to win the inaugural Andre the Giant memorial battle royal. The following night he officially became a Paul Heyman guy but that triggered his downfall, he has failed to achieve those heights again and even though he’s very capable of doing the same, it remains doubtful as to whether Cesaro can actually climb back to the top of the WWE in 2015.