The WWE possesses some of the finest talent in the wrestling industry in the likes of Daniel Bryan as well as bringing up some of the younger stars like Bray Wyatt and Roman Reigns.
As fantastic as some of these superstars are, there is always a negative as fans and that is we have to sit back and watch a handful of excellent wrestlers suffer in one way or another, through no fault of their own.
The five wrestlers I have selected as the most underrated have some wonderful individual traits and attributes but remain overlooked even though whenever they get the opportunity, they perform at a very high standard.
Things do change drastically in the WWE. 20-years-ago stars such as Stone Cold Steve Austin were underrated and now look at what he has become, possibly the greatest superstar the business has ever seen. And of course, things can change for the superstars I am about to mention too, but for now they do remain five of the most underrated.
5. SETH ROLLINS
It may seem odd to include Seth Rollins as he is part of one of the greatest teams the business has seen in a very long time. However, if you were to take a closer look at The Shield you can clearly tell which members are in a better position than the rest.
We have Dean Ambrose as United States Champion and Roman Reigns as the future face of the WWE; which leaves Rollins in the middle. This has been recreated inside the ring too as Rollins is playing the role of a peacemaker within the group with Ambrose and Reigns in a higher spot than him, which is unfair. It is no secret that Rollins is by far the greatest wrestler in the group, but his talent is criminally overlooked.
Rollins is one of the best wrestlers on the roster right now and it is a shame to see that he is given the minor role within The Shield and he was once seen as the one who will make the biggest impact once the inevitable break up eventually occurs. He has the athletic and technical ability, he can talk to a decent standard on the microphone and he does need to have his situation sorted within the group to make him seem more valuable which he rightfully deserves.
4. DAMIEN SANDOW
Perhaps bias slightly comes into play here but I think the majority of WWE fans will tell you that the WWE dropped the ball with Damien Sandow when he was full of so much potential. The WWE made a terrible mistake by having Sandow become the second superstar ever to fail in cashing in the Money in the Bank briefcase to John Cena.
The WWE made the hasty decision just when Sandow was doing some of his best work. He is a fantastic wrestler and grappler and was becoming one of the top brawlers within the company with a ruthless side which was not seen in him, but it did make him a better competitor.
Sandow was and probably still is one of the best talkers on the microphone, he can draw heat from nowhere and any situation and that truly is not appreciated today. If Sandow was able to win the World Heavyweight Championship then that would have been a learning experience in itself, that run would have helped him turn into a main event star but unfortunately that probably won’t be happening. Plus, he helps us better ourselves, how can we dislike that?
3. DOLPH ZIGGLER
Whenever an ‘underrated’ list pops up on the internet then Ziggler is the first name you expect to see nowadays and you cannot argue that he is not underrated. Sure Ziggler has had his opportunity and has probably failed to fully solidify himself as a big main-eventer but he has been unlucky with injuries and has failed to fully capitalise after returning from multiple concussions.
There is no denying that Ziggler can work and probably sells a move better than anyone else on the entire roster, and he makes other superstars look really good which is a big plus in the business. He can talk and gets a brilliant really good reaction from the crowd whether he is a face or a heel. Just look back at the post WrestleMania 29 Raw when he cashed in his briefcase. Yes, the crowd is always pumped around WrestleMania but Ziggler did manage to provoke a better reaction than somebody else in his position could have done.
He is being poorly booked and deserves to be a main eventer but the WWE have dropped the ball with him and failed to capitalise on his brilliant work from when he was with AJ Lee and Big E, to becoming World Heavyweight Champion; after that it went downhill and it really should not be that way.
2. TYSON KIDD
Tyson Kidd is one of the best yet underutilised wrestlers the WWE has and it is a shame to see that someone of his ability is unable to do anything relevant in the WWE. Currently, we see him on the WWE’s reality TV series ‘Total Divas’ but that is not where he belongs. He needs to be inside the ring and entertaining fans with his brilliant move set.
He will always be known as the final graduate of the legendary Hart Dungeon and that is something the WWE should really look into, because his current gimmick is not working and he deserves something of importance, and being the final graduate of the Hart Dungeon could be a winner if creative can pull it off.
Perhaps he is not so good on the microphone, but what he lacks in microphone skills he makes up for in wrestling ability. He has brilliant innovative moves and is a joy to watch, the only downside is we rarely get to see him compete in the ring.
1. DREW MCINTYRE
I feel the most misused and criminally underrated superstars in the WWE roster today is 3MB’s Drew McIntyre. The one time ‘Chosen One’ by Mr. McMahon himself failed to continue his rise to the top and instead was put with Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal to form a rock band trio; I am all good for a joke here and there but sacrificing somebody of McIntyre’s talent is ridiculous.
He is a fantastic wrestler and very good on the microphone and even in the WWE as a singles competitor he drew very good heat from the fans. He has been able to produce some classic matches and was rewarded with the Intercontinental Championship and that is where the WWE made a big mistake by not continuing his push.
At one point McIntyre was set to receive a big push towards the World Heavyweight Championship scene but that obviously did not happen and he was put into 3MB. Along with the other UK superstars in Sheamus and Wade Barrett, McIntyre does have a certain edge over the other two in terms of quickness and certainly at one stage had the most potential, but it looks as if he will probably not receive the push he rightfully deserves.
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