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.

WWE Night of Champions Predictions

U.S. Championship: Dolph Ziggler vs. John Morrison vs. Alex Riley vs. Jack Swagger

This will be the match of the night. Unless Punk vs. Triple H somehow tops this, I expect these guys to steal the show in this fatal four way matchup. This match revolves around the Swagger/Ziggler/Guerrero angle they’ve been building for weeks now. John Morrison and Alex Riley were thrown in because WWE Creative obviously had no storyline plans for them. This is undoubtedly the hardest match to predict as each competitor has an overwhelming chance at winning the gold. Jack Swagger or Dolph Ziggler could win just because Creative wants to continue the angle. Alex Riley could win because Creative wants to give Riley a mid card title and allow him to improve before putting him in the main event. Finally, John Morrison could win if Creative is planning on having Morrison resurrect the championship and prepare him for the main event scene. In the end, I believe Swagger and Ziggler will be facing off with one knocking the other outside of the ring. John Morrison will pick up the straps and win the U.S. Championship. And to those who’re questioning my prediction and proclaiming it “illogical”, I’d like to point out that this is WWE Creative we’re dealing with. They haven’t done anything logical for quite some time now.

Winner: John Morrison

Divas Championship: Kelly Kelly vs. Beth Phoenix

WWE’s Barbie Doll, Kelly Kelly, has been on a role since winning the Divas Champion. If I’m not mistaken, Kelly Kelly is 19-1 since she won the Divas Championship from Brie Bella. On the other hand, Beth Phoenix is out for revenge after Kelly upset her in a pretty decent match (especially for the Divas) at SummerSlam.  I was one of the fans that felt the Glamazon would dominate Kelly at SummerSlam for the victory but I realized that Kelly had to retain so that another confrontation could occur down the line. It finally seems as if WWE Creative is attempting to add some emphasis on the Divas Division with the “controversial” article on WWE.com by Katie Raymond. While it was obviously a work, the article displayed the general opinion of the IWC. Beth has returned to contender status with her destruction of Eve Torres last week. The question is; can Phoenix finally dethrone the proverbial “model” she and Natalya Neidhart despise so much? This Sunday, the Glamazon returns to her rightful place at the top of the WWE Divas Division. Hopefully she’ll do it without spitting imitation blood in the face of the Champion.

Winner: Beth Phoenix

Intercontinental Championship: Cody Rhodes vs. Ted Dibiase

Before I begin, I’d like to be the first to say that this feud is the epitome of impatience. I don’t speak for everyone but I feel as if Creative should’ve allowed Ted to stay by Cody’s side while the physical and verbal abuse continues. In turn, allowing Cody to defend his title against the likes of Justin Gabriel, Daniel Bryan, or RAW Superstars. But what do I know? I’m just an incompetent wrestling fan. This match hasn’t been announced yet but I’m positive it will be announced after SmackDown tomorrow night. I expect a great match between the two as both have put on great matches with Randal in the past three weeks (Ted vs. Randal was better). In the end, Cody will defeat Dibiase thus furthering the program.

Winner: Cody Rhodes

Tag Team Championship: Air Boom vs. R-Truth and The Miz

This is something we haven’t gotten in a long time. An actual feud in the WWE tag team division. I’m normally against throwing random superstars together but I like the direction both teams are going. Air Boom has resurrected some of the tag team division’s relevance while attracting the admiration of the live audience. On the other hand, R-Truth and Miz have become one of the WWE’s most entertaining duos in quite some time now. This match will be great but Air Boom should win to further the storyline and turn into a fully fledged feud.

Winners: Air Boom

World Championship: Mark Henry vs. Randy Orton

This is the match that’s going to send shockwaves through the WWE Universe/IWC if the right guy wins. Mark Henry has been on a rampage since the 2011 WWE Draft and it seems as if he has Orton’s number. The World’s Strongest Man has destroyed Randal on two occasions and for the first time since his face turn; Randal’s back is against the wall. Or so it seems. You see, Creative is obsessed with making Randal the “John Cena” of SmackDown. Their plan is failing due to Orton’s inability to draw fans and lackluster merchandise sales. The WWE needs to face the fact that Orton isn’t a superstar to carry a brand. The consistent push of Mark Henry has proved to be successful and the best way to further it is by having Mark Henry win the World Championship this Sunday. But, knowing Creative, Orton is probably going to win by disqualification or count out.

Winner: Randy Orton

WWE Championship: John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio

John Cena in a WWE Championship match at a pay-per-view, I’m so surprised! I must say, the buildup to this match has been absolutely atrocious. First of all, the WWE Champion misses the first RAW Supershow because of Visa issues? The smart thing to do would’ve been to have Del Rio win the Championship once his issues were cleared. Why would the WWE place the Championship on a guy who was facing visa issues a few weeks later? Don’t answer that, it’s a rhetorical question. If this wasn’t bad enough, Super Cena has returned to his familiar ways. He’s burying two stars at a time now. If Swagger and Ziggler wasn’t enough, Del Rio attempts to attack Cena and gets an Attitude Adjustment. Really? Alberto Del Rio is the WWE Champion. He’s supposed to have some sort of momentum going into this matchup. If he’s getting thrown around by a guy who just got demolished by two guys, how am I suppose to believe he can beat Cena? Don’t get me wrong, I know he will but it’s a bad buildup all around. On the other hand, Cena has been proclaiming that he was going to win the Championship all week (even on twitter). Cena’s word is practically gospel nowadays but I’ll take the safe path and go Cena winning by disqualification.

Winner: John Cena

CM Punk vs. Triple H

This pay-per-view revolves around one match and it’s CM Punk vs. Triple H. While I’m positive it’ll be a pretty good match, it’s obviously the scapegoat for Nash being physically unable to compete. I must say, I feel as if this match with Hunter is rushed and displays Creative current situation. They’re lost and they have absolutely no idea where this angle is going. I’m pretty sure they haven’t decided a winner of this match yet. Anyway, I see this match going two ways. One, Nash screws Punk or two, Nash screws Triple H. If I was a betting man, I’d choose Nash screwing Triple H.

Daniel Bryan should be on the show somewhere. He’s Mr. Money in the bank and his booking as of late is absolutely ridiculous. I understand the “underdog” angle the WWE is going for but it’s failing miserably. To be honest, I believe Bryan will lose the briefcase before WrestleMania.

Initially, I believed this pay-per-view could top both but it will ultimately fall in the hands of the wrestlers and overall match quality.

The fatal 4 way for the U.S. Championship will steal the show.

To be honest, I’ll probably read results afterwards and if the reviews are good, I’ll catch the replay sometime in the week that follows.

How I Would Book The Ziggler/Swagger/Guerrero Angle

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Hello Revolutionaries, I’m not one to flirt with fantasy booking but this feud has been on my radar for some time now. A few weeks back, Jack Swagger defeated Alex Riley in a matchup on RAW.

During Swagger’s match with Riley, Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero partook in verbal warfare that ended in Guerrero assisting Swagger in the win over Riley. As Vickie roamed backstage, Swagger approached her with a proposition.

Swagger insisted that Vickie take up multiple clients while mentioning legendary managers like Freddie Blassie and Jimmy Hart. Guerrero managed Swagger in a match against Alex Riley that ended when Ziggler distracted Swagger during an argument with Guerrero.

This allowed Riley to pick up the win. The events of the RAW that follows echoed this. Swagger was well on his way to a win over Sin Cara until Dolph Ziggler blatantly distracted Swagger after an argument with Guerrero.

At this point, I felt as if the WWE was booking this feud poorly.

I decided to analyze every aspect of this feud and came to the conclusion that it could benefit Swagger and Ziggler if the proper steps are taken.

For starters, allow Jack Swagger to win matches. If Vickie is considering swapping Ziggler for Swagger, she’d have to have a substantial reason for it. Simply put, Swagger has to booked as if he was a better superstar than Dolph Ziggler.

The WWE should have Swagger win numerous matches while Dolph loses a few. The ultimate payoff would be a match between Swagger and Ziggler at a pay per view.

The match should have at least ten minutes of in ring action. The conclusion should see Dolph moments away from a victory. Guerrero should assist Swagger by distracting the referee during Ziggler’s count.

While Dolph is distracted by Vickie, Swagger should use the U.S. Championship to knock Ziggler out cold. Swagger becomes the U.S. Champion while Guerrero drops Ziggler as a client while taking up Swagger.

The WWE is “beating the dead horse” by allowing Vickie to continue on as the Ziggler’s manager. This way, you establish Swagger as a heel while allowing Ziggler to undergo a face turn. Swagger picks up Vickie as the heat magnet he desperately needs while the evolution of Dolph Ziggler continues.

If the nostalgia has set in, you should remember a similar angle involving Brock Lesnar, Big Show, and Paul Heyman. Brock Lesnar was the WWE’s biggest heel and made the transition to biggest face through an angle very similar to this.

Dolph has been heel his entire WWE career and if the past has taught us anything it’s that fans love to get behind a heel turned face.

Just ask Randy Orton.

Besides, Dolph has always sounded uncomfortable on the mic as a heel. A few months back, Ziggler was cracking jokes on commentary in a facish light. Mr. Perfection was undoubtedly comfortable unlike his forced heel promos on RAW.

Dolph also possesses the in ring ability that will aid fans in adjusting to his face turn. Ziggler is one of the top four in ring workers in the WWE. The heel persona has gotten boring and the only way he’ll progress to the main event is having him turn face.

On the other side if the fence, you have Jack Swagger. Swagger hasn’t been relevant since he lost the World Championship. Vickie Guerrero did wonders for the careers of Edge and Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler doesn’t need Vickie anymore and placing her with Swagger could resurrect his career.

Aftermath

After Swagger wins the U.S. Title, allow Ziggler’s face turn to continue. I suggest a slow buildup to a rematch that should take place at the next pay per view. Ziggler should be placed in matches as a face. For example, have Ziggler team up with Air Boom to take on Swagger and the Awesome Truth.
The WWE should have Air Boom question Ziggler’s loyalty. Air Boom should feel uncomfortable teaming with Dolph until he aids them in winning the match.

At the ppv, Swagger should win by disqualification or allow Guerrero to aid Swagger in a win.
This way, Dolph can go onto to the main event. For example, a number on number one contenders matches or go for gold and have Dolph take on Del Rio.

On the other hand, Swagger could defend his U.S. title against mid carders like Riley and John Morrison. Swagger’s reign should be booked like Dolph’s intercontinental title reign from 2010.

In the process, the WWE has created two fresh Superstars ready to step into the main event picture at some point.

Problem solved!

One mistake could screw this up and that would be to have Swagger turn face.

NO, this shouldn’t happen.

Thanks for reading Revolutionaries!

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