In the wonderful world of the WWE today, in an effort to get noticed is to not only have great wrestling skills but you also need to connect with the WWE Universe as well. That is why guys like John Cena, Randy Orton, CM Punk, Triple H, Undertaker, Rey Mysterio, Alberto Del Rio, Big Show, Daniel Bryan, Kane, and Sheamus are the most featured Superstars on the WWE roster due to being very over with the crowd.
However, there are several Superstars and Divas on the WWE roster whom by no means are being used sparingly on both RAW and SmackDown. Instead, these particular Superstars are featured more often on WWE Superstars, WWE NXT, or the new kids series WWE Saturday Morning Slam where big names aren't featured as much, if at all.
Maybe it's their lack of ability to get over, backstage heat, or the lame excuse that WWE Creative has nothing for these Superstars but whatever it may be, these Superstars while very talented are being misused in the WWE as of late, as this list of the ten most underutilized Superstars in the WWE indicates. Note: this list is in alphabetical order, not by ranking.
A year ago at this time, Alex Riley helped The Miz to become one of the top heels in the WWE and was well on his way to become one of the top upper mid-card babyfaces after he parted ways with Mr. Awesome. And so, what caused Riley to fall down on the WWE food chain? As it turned out Riley wound up in the WWE Doghouse after getting into an argument with John Cena. Sure doesn't pay when you taunt "The Face of the WWE" backstage, doesn't it?
After being on the shelf for several months, Captain Charisma returned at the Over the Limit PPV when he won the battle royal for either a United States Championship match or an Intercontinental Championship match at Over the Limit. Initially, he chose to face then-US champion Santino Marella but after he overheard Cody Rhodes badmouth Eve Torres backstage, he changed his mind and instead later defeated Rhodes to become new IC champion, turning babyface in the process. But ever since he dropped the IC title to The Miz on RAW's 1000th episode, Christian has falling into a slump recently. The reason for Christian's demise is the fact that Christian will be inducting Sting in the TNA Hall of Fame ceremony, and that WWE has a heated feud with TNA thanks to that recent lawsuit.
A year ago at this time, Cody Rhodes won the Intercontinental Championship, thus beginning one of the longest reigning IC champions in WWE history and was poised to become one of the top main event heels in WWE history. But this year hasn't been so kind to the son of WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes as he lost most of his matches while watching the likes of Bryan and Dolph Ziggler leap frog into the WWE spotlight. As for why Rhodes is being buried, he has backstage heat for denying that he has tested positive for drugs. As a result, Rhodes is feuding with Sin Cara en route to a possible mask versus hair match at Night of Champions.
The Sinister Scotsman was on top of the heap when he won the Intercontinental Championship at the TLC PPV back in 2009. But McIntyre finds himself in the lower-card ranks thanks to an incident with his then-wife Tiffany during the 2010 SummerSlam in Los Angeles which led to her release.
Big Zeke debuted in 2008 as Brian Kendrick's bodyguard. Since that time, Jackson blossomed to a top Superstar during his stints with William Regal and the Wade Barrett-led stable, The Corre and was on his way to become a top babyface in the WWE. And so what brought Big Zeke into lower-card status? Turns out, Jackson is in the doghouse for bragging about an upcoming push which resulted in him getting demoted.
2012 has not been a very good year for the All-American American. First, he lost the United States Championship to Santino Marella of all people and then, was abandoned by Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero. As for why Swagger has been jobbing to the likes of Brodus Clay and Ryback as of late, he has recently tested positive for marijuana. Ouch!
The high-flying South African has appeared sporadically on TV since being featured in the stables The Nexus and The Corre and while he is very talented, having lackluster mic skills have hurt his push. Right now, he is in a tag team with Tyson Kidd.
Another Superstar who is rarely featured on TV, the son of the late Curt "Mr. Perfect" Hennig has also started out strong only to end up lost in the shuffle. But Triple H is said to be very high on McGillicutty and so we shall wait and see.
The lone Diva on the list, Natalya, while one of the WWE's more talented Divas, has been jobbing to the likes of Layla and Kelly Kelly, among others as well as being stuck with the flatulence storyline. It seems that when it comes to pushing Divas, looks and not talent, seems to be the way to go.
Another very talented high-flier, the Japanese import has also seemed to be put on the back burner as of late. Recently, it was reported that Tatsu was not happy regarding his spot in the WWE as of late. Will it result into a departure for Tatsu? We shall see.
Curt Hawkins: Where does the former Edgehead go now that Tyler Reks has parted ways?
Johnny Curtis: Former WWE NXT winner who rarely appears on TV.
JTG: Cryme Tyme shouldn't have disbanded in the first place.
Mason Ryan: The Welsh Superstar has been AWOL in recent weeks.
Tamina Snuka: The daughter of Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka has also made sporadic appearances as of late.
Trent Baretta: We haven't seen him since last spring.
Tyson Kidd: Has fallen to the wayside since a promishing push a couple of months ago.