The WWE is inarguably the top dog in the world of wrestling world. For the most part, Vince McMahon and company have their pick of the litter in wrestling’s talent pool, which means a spot on their roster is an incredibly coveted possession. That is why it is all the more shocking that there are some wrestlers who manage to stay employed with them for years, without having their abilities capitalized on.
By no means, do we wish any of the men and women who found their way onto our list lose their jobs, instead we just want them to actually be used in a meaningful way. In order to make our list, you have to be currently listed on the WWE.com main roster page. So you won’t find the legendarily, baffling long-term employment of former Cryme Tyme wrestler JTG mentioned anywhere.
10 Mark Henry
First appearing on WWE television way back in 1996, Mark Henry has been paid by WWE for his services for twenty years. In that time, he was a Nation of Domination member, had a short-term run in Smackdown main events against the likes of The Undertaker and Batista and then created the hall of pain. Of course, nobody could forget his time as Sexual Chocolate, which is pretty hilarious to look back on but was a truly atrocious gimmick. They disrespected an entire community when he threw up after unknowingly kissing a transsexual, gagged and whipped him on national television and had him sex up an old lady who gave birth to a plastic hand.
9 Alicia Fox
A beautiful woman, who signed her contract with the WWE in 2006, she briefly played a wedding planner who was romantically linked with Edge before becoming a manager and competitor. Paired with the likes of DJ Gabriel, Elijah Burke and JTG over the years, she always seemed to be trying hard but never caught any breaks.
8 Wade “King/Bad News” Barrett
This one is just a shame. After winning the first season of NXT, Wade seemed poised to be a huge star and when he led The Nexus, as they ran roughshod over the WWE main eventers, we thought we had a new main-eventer. Then he lost to Cena again and again, had his authority in the group usurped by CM Punk and created one of the worst factions in years, The Corre (the second r stands for redundant), before falling to the mid-card.
7 Zack Ryder
If Bad News Barrett feels bad that his efforts weren’t capitalized on, he can rest easy by reminding himself that at least he isn’t Zack Ryder. A lifelong wrestling fan who was called up to the main roster as part of a non-descript tag team, after a short run as a follower of Edge, he was left to wallow in the dredges of WWE’s undercard.
6 Tyson Kidd
An incredible cruiserweight wrestler, who grew up alongside the famed Hart wrestling family, Tyson debuted on WWE television as a part of The Hart Dynasty. Teaming with his long-time girlfriend and her cousin, to carry on the legendary name, they were never given strong characters and before too long, his partner was released.
5 Damien Sandow
Debuting on Smackdown as a part of the tag team, The Teacher’s Pets, Idol Stevens as he was known at the time seemed to only be there to give Michelle McCool someone to lead. Recreating himself, he re-debuted as Damien Sandow, the intellectual saviour of the masses and instantly showed more personality than almost anyone on WWE television.
4 Cody “Stardust” Rhodes
The son of Dusty Rhodes and brother of Goldust, Cody had gigantic shoes to fill and despite showing a ton of charisma and potential, he hasn’t been given the chance to rise to the occasion. His first noteworthy storyline was as a part of The Legacy, under the tutelage of Randy Orton, it did little for the groups lesser stars when it was disbanded.
A rapping and dancing wrestler who teamed with Road Dogg after his partner’s time in DX had run its course, K-Kwik was fired, after a very short time. After a far more impactful run in TNA, that including winning the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, he was brought back to the WWE and rechristened R-Truth.
2 Curtis Axel
The son of a WWE Hall of Famer, he had everything going for him when he came out as a new member of The Nexus. Unfortunately by the time he joined the group, it was definitely on a downturn and when it disbanded, his first impression was less than stellar. Next tapped to become a Paul Heyman guy, that association went nowhere fast and did nothing to make him the star his fans hoped he would become.
1 Rosa Mendes
A member of the roster for a decade, Rosa competed in the WWE Diva Search and was given a contract despite losing the competition. Since then, she acted as Beth Phoenix’s intern, managed Primo and Epico, served as Fandango’s dance partner for a few weeks and appeared on Total Divas. Even on the Divas show, she is barely ever seen, after a short time of prominence.
Last seen as a backstage correspondent on Smackdown, she is on maternity leave as this article was written. Wrestlers in much more prominent roles, with far more memorable achievements, have been told creative has nothing with them while Rosa remains gainfully employed. The craziest thing is that she seems like such a likable person who could have potentially added something to the show and hopefully when she returns to work she is finally given that opportunity. It is amazing that she has managed to stay employed this long while doing so little onscreen for the company.
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