For every winner, there’s a loser. And for every WWE wrestler who had a great year, there is at least one who can’t wait for 2012 to end. From suspensions to injuries, many WWE wrestlers struggled in 2012. Take a look back at the top five WWE wrestlers who’d like to forget 2012.
5. Jack Swagger
Sometimes, you just have to shake your head at the decisions WWE Creative makes. In 2012, Jack Swagger went from being dumped by manager Vickie Guerrero to disappearing from television completely. Hopefully, the WWE comes up with a plan for Swagger to burst back onto the scene once 2012 ends.
4. Evan Bourne
Evan Bourne was one of the most exciting, promising young stars when he first joined the WWE. But Bourne started 2012 on suspension due to a second violation of the Wellness Program. Then he missed the rest of 2012 after suffering a devastating foot injury in a car accident.
I can’t help but wonder what was going through Christian’s mind when the WWE chose him to appear at TNA’s Slammiversary PPV. Other than inducting Edge into the WWE Hall of Fame, very little happened in 2012 that Christian would like to remember. Like Evan Bourne, Christian also spent much of 2012 nursing injuries.
2. John Cena
Admittedly, the royalties from his merchandise sales probably made up for many of John Cena’s difficulties this year. However, losing to The Rock at Wrestlemania and going through a nasty divorce made this a forgettable year for Cena. He also became the first WWE wrestler to unsuccessfully cash in his MITB briefcase.
1. Randy Orton
For John Cena and Randy Orton to top this list can’t be good for the WWE. Like Evan Bourne, Orton also had his second violation of the Wellness Program. This made it virtually impossible for Orton to get a push or participate in any major storylines in 2012. Randy Orton definitely had the worst year of any WWE wrestler in 2012.
Honorable mention WWE wrestlers who’d like to forget 2012
Alex Riley, JTG, Mason Ryan, Tensai, Yoshi Tatsu
Patrick Michael lives in New Orleans and has always been a big fan of pro wrestling. Patrick’s favorite wrestling promotion was Mid-South Wrestling back in the 1980s. Patrick’s favorite wrestling angle of all-time was the NWO and his favorite wrestler was Roddy Piper. Follow Patrick Michael on Twitter at patmichael84.
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