Five WWE superstars in desperate need of a change in direction

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Recently on Raw and SmackDown, we've seen several NXT stars make the step up.

The likes of Enzo & Cass, Apollo Crews and Baron Corbin have all impressed on the main roster, but there are some superstars who've been around for a while who seem to be heading nowhere. 

Here are five WWE superstars in desperate need of a change.


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Jack Swagger

Swagger is a University of Oklahoma All-American and a former WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Technically sound and decent on the microphone, it's fair to say the powers that be in the WWE are not making the most of his talents.

In 2013, Swagger was paired with Zeb Colter in a new found "real American" gimmick, although he did get a lot of heat (mainly down to Colter's handy mic skills), he never really threatened to become a top heel in the company. 

He would later turn face, spending most of his time losing to Rusev, and after that rivalry finally petered out it was back to mid-card mediocrity for Swagger. 

With several popular ex-NXT stars like Sami Zayn currently drawing attention on the main roster, it's difficult to envisage Swagger ever becoming relevant again. One thing is for sure, Swagger is a brilliant wrestler who has shown he can mix it with the best, so hopefully we see more of him on our TV screens, as he still has plenty to offer.

Dolph Ziggler

It seems the "show off" will forever be a nearly man in WWE.

He's loved by the fans, has an exciting move-set and can hold his own on the mic, but whenever it appears that Ziggler will legitimately become one of the top guys in the promotion, he often flatters to deceive.

Evidence of this can be found at Survivor Series in 2014, during the traditional five-on-five tag team match, Ziggler almost single-handedly brought home the win for Team Cena against Team Authority. 

Many believed this would be the catalyst to push Ziggler on, but a year later he found himself feuding with main roster newbie Tyler Breeze.

It's doubtful that Ziggler will ever become a main event player in the WWE, but it'd be interesting to see how he fairs at the top of the card on a regular basis, his promo (and subsequent match) on Raw against Triple H was extremely encouraging.

Bray Wyatt

If rumours are to be believed, Bray Wyatt is set for a huge push in the near future.

Many will be hoping this is indeed the case, as Wyatt has been nothing short of sensational since debuting as the leader of the Wyatt family in 2012.

A powerful wrestler with surprising flexibility, which is accompanied with his ability on the mic, makes Wyatt one of the best packages in the WWE today. Wyatt has cut some of the best promos during the PG Era, and in doing so, has endeared himself to fans all over the world.

At WrestleMania earlier this year, Wyatt once again proved he could go toe-to-toe with anyone on the mic after a captivating segment with The Rock. In this particular segment The Rock claimed that Wyatt "has it all" and has impressed him since day one.

Surely this is a sign that Wyatt should be primed for stardom? It's up to those in the creative team to book him adequately so he can finally realise his potential. 


The "Big Guy" divides opinion amongst WWE fans. Some see him a some sort of Goldberg 2.0, whereas others can see the passion he has for the business.

Whatever you think about Ryback, one thing for certain is his dedication to improvement. If you compare his move-set now to when he first debuted in the company, the progression is clear to see. 

Constant heel and face turns haven't helped his case, you get the sense Ryback is still struggling to adapt to one particular gimmick. 

After losing out in his recent feud against The Lucha Dragons' Kalisto, it's unclear where Ryback goes from here. He certainly has the look of a monstrous heel, but a little more needs to be done to fully get Ryback over with the WWE universe. 


After the death of his father, the legendary hall of famer Dusty Rhodes, it was thought that Stardust would revert back to the alias Cody Rhodes (Pictured above).

However, he made it clear he was committed to his Stardust character and would continue to wrestle under that ring-name. Losing a family member synonymous with WWE doesn't necessarily guarantee a push (which Chavo Guerrero will certainly testify to), but that doesn't change the fact that even before Dusty's death, Stardust had slipped well down the pecking order.

Stardust is a solid performer who fully established himself in 2008 as part of "The Legacy", a stable consisting of himself, Ted DiBiase Jr. and Randy Orton. Back then it seemed he had the world at his feet, but he'd probably be the first to admit his career hasn't exactly gone the way he would've wanted it to.

Admittedly, his backstage vignettes featuring Titus O'Neil were hilarious, but the fact remains that Stardust is another superstar who seems to be drifting aimlessly. Stardust is definitely a man in need of a change. 

Are there any other Superstars that we've missed out in need of a change? Let us know YOUR thoughts in the comment section below!

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