One can argue that the WWE is on the cusp of the biggest wrestling revolution since the Attitude Era with the rise of NXT and numerous signings of some of the greatest independent wrestlers all over the globe. Dozens of wrestlers are honing their craft in the Performance Center for a chance to get on a NXT house show, then NXT television, then a Takeover special, and finally that coveted promotion to the main roster.
This article takes a look at current WWE Superstars in both NXT and WWE that are 30 and under, but are under the gun in terms of making it in the future. With such a stacked roster and even more of the greatest independent talents coming in, these 10 performers need to start clicking or risk being let go.
The bright side of these wrestlers being 30 and under is the fact that there is still time for them to find their way and avoid being future endeavored. Though there is also a downside. Some of these wrestlers who are 30 and under have been in the WWE for some time now, so their clock could be ticking.
This article does not insinuate that these wrestlers are not talented, as they all are great assets within the company, but there comes a point where the company has to assess their roster.
10 Mojo Rawley - Age 29
Mojo Rawley has been with the WWE since August of 2012 as a high energy guy that is always hyped. He is real-life friends with Rob Gronkowski so it makes a lot of sense that this character is probably a magnified reflection of himself. In the early part of his career, the character was annoying and very one dimensional, but when he came back from an injury and was paired with Zack Ryder to form the Hype Bros., his character was more refined and tolerable.
9 Aiden English - Age 28
Much like Mojo Rawley in the previous entry, Aiden English is in the same boat. English has been with the company since early 2012, and is currently in a very entertaining tag team in the Vaudevillians. Just like the Hype Bros., the jury is out on if this tag team can thrive on the main roster, or if they would be treated like a joke under the watch of Vince.
8 Cody Rhodes / Stardust - Age 30
As himself, Cody Rhodes has had a great deal success in the WWE at a young age. When he was with Damien Sandow as part of the Rhodes Scholars, both men were pegged as future world title contenders down the road. Unfortunately when the WWE broke up the team, the feud was less than spectacular, and both wrestlers ended up buried in the midcard.
7 Bull Dempsey - Age 28
For Bull Dempsey, every time it seems like he's going to get a push in NXT, it disappears. He signed with the WWE in June of 2013 and is a great wrestler with an old school Kevin Sullivan-type look.
He had a decent feud with Baron Corbin that lasted a decent amount of time, but the payoff was a no disqualification match that had nothing in it that would have disqualified either guy, and shortly after, Bull was back to just being used here and there.
6 Alicia Fox - Age 29
It's hard to believe that Alicia Fox is under 30 and has been in the WWE system since 2006, but it is true. She's currently the third wheel in Team Bella, but has had more time in the ring with the injury to Nikki Bella lately. Even though she's been with the company for almost 10 years now, she has only had one Diva's Championship reign.
5 Hornswoggle - Age 29
Another guy that has been in the WWE for nearly 10 years is the short in stature comedy relief guy in Hornswoggle. He started off as a guy that never talked, just grunted, and was at the side of Finlay. Since then he has been involved with many different wrestlers and factions.
4 Lana - Age 30
A year ago, it would be completely shocking to have put the extremely beautiful Lana on a list like this, but now you have to wonder. Before Rusev was derailed by John Cena, he was unstoppable, and fuel to his fire was the brash and evil Lana. Since then we've had ridiculous love triangle story lines, and Rusev has lost that badass persona that he had when he debuted.
3 Bo Dallas - Age 25
When it comes to the differences between NXT and the WWE, Bo Dallas stands out as having night and day success between the two brands. Dallas held the record for the longest NXT Championship reign at 280 days before Neville (who succeeded him as champion) had a 287-day reign. When it comes to Dallas' time in the WWE, it has basically been a joke at best.
2 Cameron - Age 28
There are so many things that have gone against Cameron when it comes to her time in the WWE. She was on Tough Enough and left Steve Austin speechless with an answer of her favorite match of all-time. Then there is the picture associated with this entry when she was yelling at the referee to count Naomi out for the pin, but the problem was that Naomi was on her stomach.
1 Zack Ryder - Age 30
If there was a Slammy award for Most Frustrating WWE Superstar To Root For, Zack Ryder would have won or have been nominated for the past five years. He rose to fame with his YouTube show and massive following on social media. It even led to a high profile feud that involved John Cena and Kane and also a reign with the United States Championship.
After that fire was put out in 2012, Ryder has been trying to find a footing in the WWE, and has not been involved in anything meaningful for a very long time even though he's still over with the WWE Universe. His saving grace could be his current tag team with Mojo Rawley in the Hype Bros, but if it fails to succeed after their run in NXT, Ryder will be back to what he's been doing for the past few years.
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