10 Times WWE Turned Trash Into Treasure

From game shows to game-changers.


No, we didn't get that title the wrong way 'round, though here's a sneak peak of this article's subverted sequel:

Asuka was treasure in NXT: an undefeated warlord absolutely drenched in a gleefully sadistic, wholly unique brand of charisma. On the main roster, and this was so sadly inevitable you dared not predict it, she is just another defeated performer used as an odd couple punchline in her abysmal partnership with Naomi, from whom she absolutely delights at the prospect of learning English words ("Glow! Ah, glow!"). From wrestling arguably the best WWE singles match in 2017 to whacky "teriyaki" word play one year later, Asuka, somewhat fittingly, is a cooked stereotype.

The white meat Bayley became dead meat on RAW. A performer that genuinely likeable never stood a chance. Charlotte Flair, built as something beyond formidable in the wake of ending Asuka's streak, was booked to injure herself like an idiot in order to put over Carmella's heel act. There was so little "money" in it that she turned face just over four months later. And now, WWE finds itself in the position of promoting Evolution around the names the Revolution was built to move the division away from.

It's backwards, but on rare occasions, WWE was and is capable of forward-thinking...


Former Power Slam Magazine scribe and author of Development Hell: The NXT Story - available NOW on shop.whatculture.com!