Why is it that so many times there are wrestlers who seem to
be so on their game that they are virtually on the cusp of becoming main event players only to have them suddenly plummet from our view and fall into near obscurity?
It cant be that everyone suddenly hates them so the company decides to drop the ball on them and de-push them. So why is it when we love these guys and gals with our very core do they suddenly disappear never to be heard from again?
WWE often stop giving the positive nod to up and comers not due to the talent of the performer, because as in many cases such as Dolph Ziggler, ADR and Ryback these men were very over and on their way to major pushes. Dolph cashing in was one of the more memorable moments in the last couple of years. ADR won the largest Royal Rumble ever (even though it was crappy) and Ryback was on route to being the next big thing. So why suddenly don’t we see them anymore or very little?
I would imagine that with any regular job if you work hard and excel at your job eventually someone will notice and begin your promotion (push). However and this is my theory alone, is that if you suddenly start beeping your own horn about how great you are and believing your own hype that no employer would continue to promote you.
This is where I think that many of these superstars have had their push pulled from them. Yes I believe everything goes in cycles however you cant always be the main event , unless of course you are John Cena or Hulk Hogan. These two men are the exception that breaks the rule, but I believe there is more behind the scenes in those two scenarios.
When you watch men like Daniel Bryan, John Cena ,CM Punk and Undertaker, you can understand why they receive pushes because they are hard workers. Guys like Brock , The Shield and the Wyatts are more shock value for their pushes. But so many guys get pushes based on other factors and I don’t neccesarily believe they deserve them and in the end this is why they fade. I think that when Zack Ryder began pushing himself on the internet he was an in the moment sensation. Once they began looking at his character the machine realized he had limited potential.
Dolph Ziggler, while extremely talented was injury prone and had a very arrogant attitude behind the scenes. I hear that ADR is the same way. And when these men weren’t pushed how they wanted they sulked and were depushed. Ryback was so heavily hyped but when he showed sloppiness in the ring and people got hurt they went back to the drawing board.
So where do you draw the line? Yes you might be over, yes you might be talented, yes you might be great on the mic/ great charisma. BUT. You hurt people in the ring for real, you are a crybaby or believe your own hype, you are injury prone. These are not qualities that a company , any company would put up with. So when we don’t see the Zack Ryders or the Dolph Zigglers ask yourself why are they not around anymore? Are their pushes past their peak or maybe the company just doesn’t believe in them anymore due to self sabotage.
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