An honourable mention goes out to Asuka, who has not been the same following her loss to Charlotte at WrestleMania 34.
5. Shelton Benjamin
When news spread of Shelton Benjamin returning to the WWE, we were all hyped.
But, an unfortunate shoulder injury right after his announced return kept Benjamin out for over a year, effectively killing his momentum from the start.
When he did finally make his return, he essentially returned as Jason Jordan 2.0 and that’s pretty much it.
Following the split of Benjamin and Gable, Benjamin moved on to singles competition but nothing major has surfaced from it.
They should at least do something with him, like bring back his momma because that sh*t was hilarious. OK, maybe that’s best left in the past…
In all seriousness, Benjamin is a three-time Intercontinental Champion, one-time United States Champion and a two-time Tag Team Champion, yet he’s currently sitting backstage doing nothing.
He has been vocal on Twitter about not being utilised and rightly so.
Benjamin may be past his prime, but he still has it and if given the opportunity to compete for championship gold, whatever one it may be, ain’t no-one is going to be stopping him.
Elias is perhaps one of the most underrated heels in the WWE today.
Not only does he treat us to wonderful musical performances each week… if he’s not interrupted every damn time, but he also finds new and hilarious ways to completely roast the cities he performs in.
He has got the tools to make it big in the WWE with solid mic work and in-ring ability. Even hardcore legend, Mick Foley sees a future champion in Elias and he sure has the support from Michael Cole.
Elias has got his own documentary and his own album but shockingly, he is yet to win a single championship.
Even seven-time Women’s Champion and WWE Hall of Famer, Trish Stratus thinks he’s a joke.
A lack of championship opportunities coupled with lacklustre feuds hasn’t given Elias a proper chance to shine.
So, it’s time the WWE book Elias properly so that they will finally realise why their product stands for “Walk With Elias”.
3. Bobby Lashley
Bobby Lashley returned to the WWE after a little more than a decade only to be involved in meaningless feuds with the likes of Elias, Sami Zayn and his sisters?
Lashley is billed as “The Dominator” and a force to be reckoned with, but the way he is being booked right now makes that hard to believe.
Impact Wrestling did a great job of booking Lashley as an unstoppable and arrogant heel, and he went on to become a four-time Impact World Heavyweight Champion, so WWE take notes.
It’s clear that the WWE have no real direction for Lashley, so here’s an idea… Bobby Lashley vs. Brock Lesnar. We’ve all been waiting for that match. The Dominator vs. The Beast. #LashleyvsLesnar make it happen!
Now, Lashley has found himself with “The Man of the Hour” or rather “The Manager of the Hour” Lio Rush.
The pairing may be a little odd, but Rush is the perfect mouthpiece for Lashley, so hopefully the partnership will do wonders for both men.
But, that’s providing Lashley doesn’t kill the guy first.
2. Bobby Roode
Since moving over to the red brand, things have been far from “Glorious” for Bobby Roode. He has eaten more pins than Brie Bella has made botches lately.
The cheesy babyface gimmick really isn’t working out for him and as Dolph Ziggler would say, he’s nothing more than a catchphrase, to put it bluntly.
Roode desperately needs to turn heel as that is when he excels, just look at his work in NXT. He became the NXT Champion in such a short period of time and his “Glorious” gimmick and theme music were used to accentuate that he was better than everyone else.
The WWE needs to restore Bobby Roode back to his “Glorious” state by turning him back to the pompous heel that he once was.
Surely, it’s only a matter of time, right?
1. Finn Bálor
Finn Bálor’s main roster debut was a night to remember. He won the right to compete for the new WWE Universal Championship by first winning a fatal-four-way match and then defeating Roman Reigns cleanly on the same night, which not a lot can say they have.
Less than a month after his main roster debut, Bálor went on to become the first-ever WWE Universal Champion after defeating Seth Rollins at SummerSlam 2016.
However, Bálor was forced to relinquish his newly won title the next day on RAW due to a shoulder injury he sustained during the match against Rollins.
Since then, Bálor has been in some rather forgettable feuds against the likes of Bray Wyatt, Elias and Baron Corbin. And if we see another Bálor vs. Corbin match, I’m going to go nuts.
Seeing a man of Bálor’s talent being wasted each week is painful to watch. After all, he was the first-ever Universal Champion and he’ll be sure to remind you of it.
According to The Chairman, Vince McMahon, Bálor isn’t “over” enough with the fans, despite him receiving strong crowd support as well as being one of the top merchandise sellers in the WWE shop.
Bálor deserves a lot more and more importantly, a chance to win back the title that he never lost.