A most interesting question was posted this morning on WWE’s Facebook page: “Who is the most underrated Superstar or Diva on the roster?”
Seeing this question made me wonder if they are planning to push some new faces into a more prominent position on the pecking order. With that being said, I’d like to take a look at some of the performers I feel are most underutilized in WWE today:
5. Naomi Knight
They say a picture is worth a thousand words so here goes…
Final verdict: With her being on the upcoming E! reality series Total Divas, maybe WWE will give her a chance to shine as a singles performer.
4. Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd
I chose to group them since they were once a tag team. Both have a high-risk style that conjures up memories of the WCW Cruiserweight division or Rey Mysterio when he first arrived in WWE. Simply put, they can do things with their bodies that most of the roster cannot. They never fail to impress me on the rare occasion they are given the time to have competitive matches on Raw and Smackdown. Gabriel is a regular on Main Event, where he is truly allowed to work his style. Kidd is currently nursing an injury, but it is my hope that WWE will find a meaningful way to utilize his vast talents upon his return.
Final verdict: They would make great tag team champions. Just imagine the level of matches they would have against the Colons and Team Rhodes Scholar. At the very least, each should be a featured part of the midcard.
3. Kofi Kingston
Kofi has been around having great matches for so long that some people take him for granted. He has been one of WWE’s most consistent workers since day one and was involved in the two best matches of last week (with Antonio Cesaro and Dolph Ziggler). More than that, he’s a great babyface that appears to have a genuine connection with the fans.
Final verdict: He should either win the Money in the Bank briefcase or world heavyweight championship by year’s end. He certainly deserves it.
2. Antonio Cesaro
Having been on the main roster for less than a full year, Cesaro has already made a name for himself as one of the very best workers in the company. His match with Kofi Kingston on last week’s Main Event was considered a classic. Cesaro is that rare breed of performer WWE doesn’t tend to get many of. He is a big, believable and athletic guy capable of working with anyone on the roster.
Final verdict: Similar to Kofi, he needs to have the Money in the Bank briefcase or world heavyweight championship in his hands sooner than later. I could even see him winning the Royal Rumble.
1. Daniel Bryan
I know what some of you may be thinking. After all, he is a former world heavyweight champion. However, his title reign served as little more than a placeholder for Sheamus, who beat him for the belt in a mere 18 seconds at last year’s WrestleMania.
Even though he is a prominently featured upper midcarder, with several televised main events to his credit (plus some excellent major PPV bouts from last year), he is still not booked as a true main eventer. He rarely has anything less than very good to great matches. His clash against Ryback from last week’s Smackdown was widely praised as Ryback’s best singles performance yet. Plus Bryan is massively over with the fans. Whatever city he is in, they cannot help but to enthusiastically chant yes whenever his music hits.
Final verdcit: He should be headlining right now.