5 WWE Superstars Who Have Been AWOL and the Ways to Use Them

The Doctor Chris MuellerFeatured ColumnistNovember 11, 2013

5 WWE Superstars Who Have Been AWOL and the Ways to Use Them

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    WWE has many different levels of Superstars. There are the top guys who get featured every single week. There are the mid-level guys who are used on a nearly weekly basis. There are the guys who show up one or twice a month to job to another Superstar. And then there are the guy who you just don't see.

    Some of the Superstars on this list were put on the shelf by an injury but are ready to return and have not been used, and some of the Superstars on this list are just never used period.

    WWE pays these people not to work, and while that kind of gig would appeal to a lot of people, that is not what a WWE Superstar wants.

    They became wrestlers so they could wrestle, not so they could sit on the bench at a wrestling show.

    This slideshow will look at five WWE Superstars who haven't been heard from in awhile and a few possible ways to use them in today's WWE.

Curt Hawkins

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    Curt Hawkins has been a Superstar in WWE for seven years, and most of that time has been spent as a low-card jobber.

    If WWE wants to see any kind of return on their investment they need to at least try to get him over.

    Pairing him back up with his former tag team partner, Zack Ryder, could really help both men see some more screen time.

    The tag team division has been taking off lately, and putting Hawkins and Ryder back together could be a successful move. Ryder is still popular with fans, and he could help Hawkins get over, too.

     

Mason Ryan

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    Mason Ryan was brought into WWE as CM Punk's hand-picked enforcer for Nexus, but we haven't heard a peep from him since.

    Ryan is a bodybuilder-type who might be valuable in some capacity. He could be used as a bodyguard for someone smaller, he could be used as one of Triple H's enforcers or he could be put into a tag team with another struggling Superstar.

    Ryan was pretty green when he first showed up, but a lot of time has passed and he may have improved. The only way we will know is if WWE gives him a shot.

    Mason Ryan has a very marketable look. That alone should get his foot in the door with younger fans.

David Otunga

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    David Otunga recently made an appearance to address Big Show's lawsuit against WWE, but that is the only thing he has done on WWE television in several months.

    Otunga was once a regular fixture on WWE television, and he improved a lot during his time with John Laurinaitis.

    He never stood out in the ring, but his character had a lot of good heel qualities. There are still plenty of ways for WWE to use a character with his lawyer background.

    The Authority could use him to make announcements on shows like Main Event and SmackDown, or he could even be used in a managerial role.

    The coffee cups and bowties gave him a unique look, and his snarky attitude made fans love to hate him. How could WWE not have use for a guy like that?

Wade Barrett

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    Wade Barrett has been pushed and de-pushed as much as any Superstar I can think of. He has been in WWE and world title matches, and he has jobbed to several mid-card Superstars.

    There is no telling if Barrett will ever reach main event status, but WWE should not have this much trouble finding a way to use someone who is as talented as Barrett.

    His mic skills are good enough and his wrestling ability is above average, but for one reason or another he has never really broken through.

    I hate to sound like a broken record, but maybe the best decision would be to pair him up with someone for a new tag team.

    Mason Ryan and Barrett could make a great heel team who use their European upbringings to garner heat by claiming to be superior to Americans. There are plenty of ways to use Barrett, so hopefully something happens for him before he gets "Future Endeavored."

Ezekiel Jackson

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    Ezekiel Jackson was once known as the guy who regularly slammed and suplexed Big Show. These days he is not known at all.

    Jackson took a significant amount of time off for an injury, and WWE should have no trouble finding a use for the gigantic Superstar.

    A bodyguard role was how Big Zeke first came to WWE, and using him in that capacity again could be the  best way to use him.

    Plenty of heels could benefit from having a guy like Jackson outside the ring for their matches, and Zeke could benefit from the time on screen to get his name back into the minds of WWE fans.

    Plenty of WWE Superstars are just sitting on the sidelines. Which ones do you think deserve to be pushed, and how could WWE reasonably use them?

     

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