WWE: Examining the Main Event Players of the Future

Hello Revolutionaries, I’m back with an interesting article I think every member of the IWC will appreciate. You see, we’ve been dissatisfied with WWE programming for awhile now. In spite of the WWE’s questionable booking and repetitive programming, I feel as if IWC’s main gripe with the WWE is its inability/unwillingness to push mid card talent to the main event.

Yes, the WWE has attempted to create new stars but have effectively dropped the ball on each prospect at some point. Some notable examples of this would be Dolph Ziggler, John Morrison, Wade Barrett, Kofi Kingston, Alex Riley, and Daniel Bryan.

And if this isn’t bad enough, the WWE consistently books the same guys in the main event.

Thing is, John Cena and Randy Orton won’t be around forever. The WWE needs to prepare these guys for the top level before they end up in a Brock Lesnar situation. If you don’t know what I’m referring to, from 2002 to early 2004, Brock Lesnar was the guy in the WWE.

At the height of his fame/career, he left the WWE. Being the top guy, Brock’s departure left a huge void in the WWE that would remain there until John Cena came into his own one year after Brock left.

To avoid such occurrences, I believe the WWE should have an abundance of top level talent.

Because of WWE’s ignorance of this and refusal to properly build mid carders over time, I’ve decided to examine a number of these talented individuals who could become big players in the WWE’s future. To assist readers in understanding where I’m getting at, I’m going to discuss the qualities that allowed me to accommodate them.

I’ll also discuss some things the WWE could orchestrate kayfabe wise and some aspects that each individual should alter about their character that’ll assist them in gaining a higher level of notoriety among the WWE Universe.

Dolph Ziggler: The HEEL has become arguably the most entertaining superstar on the RAW roster since the WWE obviously allowed him to write his own promos. Dolph is one of the best in ring workers in the WWE today and is overwhelmingly charismatic. Like him or not, Dolph stands out. With all of these attributes, Dolph still has one problem that can’t be overlooked. Vickie Guerrero is still his manager. I understand that Vickie Guerrero is probably the biggest heel in the WWE (shame) today. Thing is, the only reason she was paired with Ziggler was to help Mr. Perfection get over as a heel.

Dolph has improved to a point where they should drop Vickie as his manager. They teased it with this mini feud with Jack Swagger and a backstage segment with Steve Austin. At some point, Dolph is going to have to make it on his own and I believe he’s fully capable of doing so.

Storyline wise, the WWE should have Ziggler to drop the U.S. Title to Ryder or Morrison. This leaves the WWE with two options. One, have him face WWE Champion, CM Punk, at the Royal Rumble. Or two, have Ziggler win the Rumble if Jericho isn’t returning. This way, you have a guy that is ready to compete at the top level in the main event of WrestleMania 28 where he rightfully belongs.

Wade Barrett: The Bare Knuckle Brawler has had his ups and down in the WWE. From being the WWE’s biggest heel to barely appearing on WWE programming, Barrett is undoubtedly the most infamous case of the WWE dropping the ball on a young guy. Barrett has the mic skills and charisma to become a staple on the main event card but he seriously lacks inside the ring. I know most feel he’s a total package but flashes of a good match here and there aren’t displaying the consistent in ring storytelling.

If he corrects this, he’ll definitely be a total package. Storyline wise, I wouldn’t have Wade win the Rumble. I thrive on being realistic instead of optimistic and having Barrett win the Rumble after spending most of this year as Big Show/Ezekiel Jackson’s whipping boy isn’t realistic. I would gradually build him up but I would plan a big payoff at WrestleMania 28.

As I contemplate Barrett’s match at WM 28, I don’t think it would be irrational for him to face the man he was supposed to face at WrestleMania 27.

The Undertaker

Sure, Barrett isn’t a huge name but Undertaker has beaten everyone there is to beat except Cena. He’s busy with Rock so why not have Undertaker give Barrett the rub at Mania. Obviously, he wouldn’t win but a match with the Deadman at Mania is beneficial even if it results in a loss.

And let’s be honest, Undertaker’s last match should be against a rising star instead of a guy that is already established.

What good would it do either?

Cody Rhodes: The Undashing One is a complete package. Rhodes possesses every tool to make him a main event star but I don’t feel he’s there yet. Unlike Dolph, Cody hasn’t had that long run in the mid card with a credible championship reign. The WWE is doing their best to pass Cody off as the savior of the Intercontinental Championship. However, Cody rarely defends the title. Besides a win over Morrison, Cody hasn’t defended the IC Strap since reintroducing the classic design of it.

This is definitely a problem.

To be honest, the WWE should’ve kept Dibiase and Rhodes together until Mania. Rhodes should’ve continued to verbally abuse Ted until Dibiase stands up to Cody shortly after the Elimination Chamber pay per view. Since they apparently took another route, Rhodes should continue his title reign but place him in a number of meaningful feuds along the way.

I’ll spark a feud with a mid carder from RAW but you’ll just have to continue reading to see who I’m referring to.

Kofi Kingston: In my humble opinion, Kofi Kingston is also a superstar that possesses the tools to become a top dog in the years to come. Kingston has proven if given an opportunity, he can excel. His 2008 feud with Randy Orton is a kind notion to my claim. Currently, Kofi is apparently going to be punished for the sins of Evan Bourne. Kofi marks see this as unfair or irrational and while I agree to some extent, I also feel it’s an opportunity to turn this real life misfortune into something to elevate Kofi. From the looks of things, the WWE will effectively ignore Bourne’s suspension and allow the thirty days to pass. Over the course of those thirty days, the WWE should continue to bury Kingston in any match he partakes in.

Have Bourne return to a seemingly ecstatic Kofi and book them for the first title defense. Towards the end of the matchup, have Kofi abandon Bourne as he reaches for a tag. This should ultimately lead to Air Boom losing the tag team titles.

Kofi would attack Bourne (Ziggler or Orton style) after the match, effectively turning him heel. The obvious motivation for this would be Kofi struggles in Bourne’s absence and the fact that Bourne let him down because of his wellness violation.

This would more of an opportunity the WWE shouldn’t pass up. A Kofi heel turn to split this team up was inevitable but now he has substantial reason to do so.

John Morrison: The Shaman of Sexy was on a three month losing streak while becoming the most discussed superstar on the Internet through rumors of an impending departure. Morrison’s booking since his return suggested he was leaving but Morrison turned things around with a win over the U.S. Champion Monday. Morrison is very charismatic, a great worker, and apparently took classes to improve his promos.

I won’t give JoMo a pass or criticism because he hasn’t been given an opportunity to display any possible improvement.

Anyway, the WWE has to alter this guy’s character in some way shape or form. For one, the parkour stuff isn’t a gimmick and it makes him come off as a spot monkey when he doesn’t have to. I think Morrison should either be a heel or become an edgier face. He needs to display some arrogance or attitude because they fit this Jim Morrison rock star persona.

I’ve seen a little of it through a WWE.com interview where Morrison discussed his first win in three months while proclaiming that he is “the best guy in the WWE right now”.

Maybe an opportunity at a heel turn will arise during that Ryder vs. Ziggler vs. Morrison match we know is going to happen at Survivor Series. Remember, Ryder is a New York native and I’m pretty sure he’ll win the U.S. Championship. The WWE could really start a Morrison heel turn off on a high note with him attacking Ryder and getting that heel heat from Ryder’s home state audience.

However, JoMo could win the U.S. Title with a cheap tactic and build towards a heel turn and subsequent feud with Ryder.

The Shortlist

Drew McIntyre: McIntyre should turn face. I’ve always been one of those guys that never saw anything in McIntyre besides the fact that he’s an okay worker. Basically, he’s Randy Orton Jr. without the selfishness and backstage pull. Anyway, if the WWE does decide to resurrect Drew, they should gradually build towards or a face turn. Have McIntyre win a few matches here and there and put him in an IC Title feud with Rhodes for WrestleMania. On the other hand, the WWE could bring him up as a part of Vickie’s clientele and pursue the tag team championships with Swagger

Alex Riley: Before the WWE does anything with Riley, the guy seriously has to work on his wrestling. He has screwed up too much for the WWE to ignore. Other than that, I feel Riley has the “it” factor to become a top level competitor. Just like McIntyre, the WWE should slowly rebuild him with a number of wins. I would place him in the U.S. Title picture for WrestleMania.

Jack Swagger: I’ve spent days’ trying to figure out what to do with Swagger but something isn’t clicking. His in ring work ethic has undoubtedly deteriorated since his ECW days. He doesn’t stand out too much on the mic and I blame the WWE for completely ignoring the feud he had going with Ziggler before placing the two together. Like I stated above, I believe him and McIntyre could be a formidable team with a slow build. As far as top level goes, Swagger will need a drastic gimmick change because the ripped off Kurt Angle gimmick isn’t working.

Justin Gabriel: Gabriel is a great in ring worker but he needs a gimmick. He needs a character for me to take him seriously.

Brodus Clay: I’ve watched a number of Brodus matches on superstars but he doesn’t appeal to me. I personally think he’s Big Daddy V 2.0 but the IWC generally likes him. I can’t take their opinion as my own as some guys overhype or exaggerate when it comes to new talent.

Evan Bourne: I don’t know if Bourne will ever reach the top level. It would surprise me.

Mason Ryan: The only appealing aspect Mason possesses is his build. He has the bodybuilder like physique Vince McMahon admires so much. Besides that, there’s nothing too special about him. However, he will become a major player simply because Vince obviously loves him.

Ted Dibiase: Great in ring worker but he needs a character.

Daniel Bryan: The best in ring worker in the WWE today is carrying the MITB briefcase. It seems as if the WWE is trying to get the wheels rolling on his WrestleMania push but they booked him poorly for some time now. I do think he will become World Champion at WrestleMania but he should definitely be considered for a character alteration or heel turn in the future.

Zack Ryder: Long Island Iced Z is perfectly fine and I expect big things for him in the future. However, he needs a solid mid card feud. Like I stated above, he could work a program with a heel Morrison and develop a serious aspect of his character we have yet to see. That or he’ll become the next Santino.

Don’t get me wrong, there are others that can climb the WWE ladder but some have yet to debut with the WWE and others haven’t/won’t been given any opportunity to excel. For now, I’ve discussed the guys I think can/will take that next step but it’s up to the WWE at this point.

Hope you enjoyed it.

8 Comments

  1. My man Rize, 2 words SPOT ON

    Although I’m a little bias towards Jomo so please forgive for being a Morrison mark. Dolf is starting to grow on me and I look forward to seeing what else is in store for him.

    Finally Jomo found his Mojo and for the 1st time since May or June, I reall enjoyed Raw ( only because Jomo won ). I don’t think Jomo needs to turn heel just add a thing I call FACE SWAG. It’s a face with swag, attitude. confidence without being snobbish. His music should be remixed but all in all I’m okay.

    This potential Ryder Morrison fued would make a good storyline. Think about it Both men fighting for Ryder’s dadattention. What do you think about that:?

    • Lmao. That would be absolutely awesome. Mr Ryder is awesome but anyway, I like the face swag idea. He has to show some personality and swagger about his character. I hear he cut his best promo tonight. Check it: http://m.wrestlezone.com/news/244865-wwe-house-show-results-1110-glasgow-scotland

      • Rize, I read the link and I absolutely love the dobber thing. I just hope they let Morrison cut more promos on Raw. I love when he said he was the best wrestler in WWE. after beating Mr. Ziggles.

        Can you say Face Swag.

      • God I loved that interview. so much personality and attitude. I hope it goes farther

  2. I agreed with mostly everything, and as a Kofi mark I do think he is being booked irrationally lol.

    Umm, Dolph and Cody are definetely going to be giant stars in the future. I would love to see a match between the two at WrestleMania, even if it’s heel versus heel.

    Then again, Dolph winning the Royal Rumble is appealing. Maybe Cody could face The Undertaker (like the tenth guy I’ve said that for, I know.)

    I’m kind of on and off for Wade Barrett. Sometimes I really love the guy and he interests me, but the next minute I find him boring. I just don’t know.

    I guess this Barrett Barrage can’t be a bad thing, only if he would tweek his gimmick to be a little more entertaining and improve a little in-ring.

    JoMo is great as a heel, but okay as a face. I do see him as a main event star if he is booked correctly and gets his mojo back.

    With the other guys, McIntyre can be a nice mid-card player in his career, but I kind of doubt him as a main eventer.

    Jack Swagger can use Vickie for his heat magnet or be in a tag team, but I wouldn’t mind him turning face and being a guy that constantly puts on great matches. Cause he is surely capable.

    Gabriel and Bourne are in the same situation to me, only JG may have a better shot because he is from South Africa.

    I like Clay, much more agile and better on the mic than Mason Ryan for sure.

    Ryder is in a good spot, and he’s still young. He should eventually climb up the card and adapt a more serious gimmick, but not right now.

    And Ted DiBiase needs some personality. Until then, I really could care less about the dude.

    Sorry for the long comment BTW, I just figured I’d make up for my lack of commenting in general.

    • Yeah McIntyre isn’t main event material and never will be tbh. Gabriel has the look that makes em look a little more unique. And Bourne sounds like a kid on the mic

      I know you agree on Kofi and I agree with you on JoMo. I know he has a flashy moveset but it can be toned down.

      Barrett does have to get better in the ring imo.

      Dolph vs Cody would be a great match and program tbh.

  3. Really like the article, especially Kofi Kingston turning heel. But what will it lead to?

    I do like Brodus Clay and I think he’s a man of self-discipline. He moves awfully quick for a man his size and his mic skills are above serviceable.

    As I said in mine, Rhodes should drop the belt to Daniel Bryan. I don’t think DiBiase can resurrect it at this point, but Bryan can for the few months he has it–before moving on to the World Title.

    I like the idea of having Barrett face Undertaker, but I have different plans for him in part two of my booking.

    I disagree with your statement of saying Undertaker should lose the streak to an up-and-coming star. It would definitely elevate the star, but Undertaker’s retirement would lack emotionalism that was 20 WrestleManias in the making of–if you know what I mean.

    • Thanks dude and I’m interested in reading part two now lol. Anyway, your Daniel Bryan IC Title idea isn’t bad at all tbh. Kofi turning heel would be a test. If Kofi can get the audience to hate him. Unlike Rio, I think Kingston can get over as a heel. Taker wants the Streak to end. I’m just saying if he wants it, I can’t fault em for his choice. If it does, they should give it to a young guy tbh.


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