The current roster must be weighing a half of the roster of the eighties. The main events seem to be welterweight championships, and Vince McMahon can do precious little about it. However, it would be wrong to say that the WWE creative has never pushed the smaller wrestlers. They have been doing it since the early nineties, and it is only now that the audience is giving a substantial and consistent pop.
#3 1-2-3 Kid
The 1-2-3 Kid was the first persona of Sean Waltman, who played a very important role in the Attitude Era. The 1-2-3 Kid was right up there in the roster with the other biggies of the nineties. He was given quite a push in the nineties, with one of his major victories being against Razor Ramon. He was then quite a bit famous, and even feuded with the Million Dollar Man, Razor Ramon and became a heel.
Hurricane was one of the campy characters in the nineties, and the one who really seem to enjoy his superhero persona back then. In fact, he gained some mainstream attention too, and also had a mainstream interested tag team with Kane.
Before Virgil was decimated by the WWE/WCW politics, he had a match that should have changed the very landscape of WWE, his match against Yokozuna. He actually won the match in a house show. This match is so obscure that we couldn’t even find it on YouTube, but we got some video off YouTube that showcases him in 2K15.