It’s difficult to stand out on WWE’s crowded roster. The likes of AJ Styles and Cesaro do so through prodigious in-ring talent. For Shinsuke Nakamura and The Miz, it’s their electric charisma. Braun Strowman has his ‘holy s***’ factor, Samoa Joe is genuinely ferocious in the sanitised PG era, and Brock Lesnar’s special aura remains intact thanks, in part, to his relaxed working schedule.
Such performers catch the eye for the right reasons, but others? Not so much.
With WWE’s working standards higher than ever before, subpar performers have never been so noticeable, and 2017 has been full of duds. Granted, many have suffered from bad booking, but their mere presence on WWE shows has become tedious at best, and unbearable at worst, so lowly is their form.
Note that wrestlers are ranked on performances, not their position in the hierarchy. Curt Hawkins, The Miztourage, Aiden English: they’re jobbers, but great in their roles. Jason Jordan was omitted on the strength of his recent ring work. Enzo Amore, the worst pure worker in the company, was saved by his dynamic personality. James Ellsworth barely wrestled.
With those (dis)honourable mentions out of the way, let’s examine the worst of the worst…