WWE is filled with young stars. In fact, it is overflowing with talent that many cry are being underutilized.
Sure, there are many legitimate claims to this. Drew McIntyre was at the forefront of the youth movement for months until WWE suddenly derailed him at such a level that we rarely see him compete.
At the same time though, McIntyre seems to be finally getting his due on SmackDown for those who watched last week which caused a massive wave of people harping that McIntyre was back.
In fact, while I like McIntyre and am really happy for his new chance, I couldn't believe the outpouring of attention to the angle.
Other stars who have gained pushes that are constantly noticed include Mason Ryan (because he is the typical big man), Zack Ryder (because he is now the new Internet darling), and Daniel Bryan (because who doesn't love his story?).
In this sea of love for certain pushes, many people completely disregard other pushes that are happening around them. In fact, some people have completely shot down angles that push these stars as pointless.
It is amazing to see this strange short-sightedness. If the barely held push of Ryan is so big, why do those same people ignore real pushes happening all around them?
The following are five rising superstars that barely anyone is talking about as they continue becoming more prevalent.
Hunico is a star in the making from what I've seen up to this point.
His new bodyguard (who has been working with for weeks now on Superstars) is a great idea. It makes the smaller Hunico a more credible threat and could quickly bring Hunico to the mid-card title scene.
Hunico can fly. He can talk (and is getting better at it). He can gain heat easily as he goes on.
Hunico just feels like a good competitor to me.
Yet nobody gives him much of any thought.
Part of this is the fact that Hunico has been working on Superstars rather than SmackDown, but it is obvious, at least to me, that Hunico is headed far and was benefited by this new set up for his gimmick.
While Primo and Epico play almost just a transitional challenger role to the tag team champions, Hunico has been racking up wins. Look out for this star.
He might not be a young prospect, but he is poised to make it as a high flier for years to come.
Sure, it is not a huge step up, and it is certainly a step down from where he used to be.
However, Jack Swagger is on the rise. With Ziggler moving up, I only see better things coming for Swagger with Vickie at his side.
While Swagger is a former World Heavyweight Champion, he has never won a mid-card singles title. Seems crazy, but it is true.
Zack Ryder is going to need a good opponent to get his title reign headed in the right direction, and Swagger is that perfect jumping off point. At the same time, this could finally give Swagger the credibility he has been losing previously.
The push is only just beginning, and it is a bit more subtle than other pushes. However, it should not be discounted.
Swagger makes a great foil in the mid card for rising face stars, and he in turn can gain credibility off them.
It is a slow burn of a push that should work much better than Swagger's previous runs.
I know, he can't really wrestle.
Sure, his charisma has always been overstated.
However, David Otunga is in an ideal spot right now, and no one seems to even notice his presence.
Otunga is slowly improving each week, and he is really blending into his role as a lawyer figure.
He fits into each WWE card scene as a supposed authority figure who the faces can beat up on for added heat.
He rarely wins, but his constant exposure as a wrestler and talker is gaining him some heat and some interesting credibility in a sense.
In time, this gimmick could lead to big things for Otunga, and many people will, for some reason, be surprised, even though the signs are all there in his push at this point.
Ted DiBiase could be the most underrated face in the company right now.
He is a great wrestler and has some underlying charisma that he could definitely tap into given more time to talk as much as compete.
It is a shame to see how far he has fallen from his time in Legacy with Cody Rhodes, but it is a difficult company filled with trials that can bring anyone down at any time.
DiBiase has slowly been working his way back up. He is winning big against lower-card talent, and he just needs a real feud to set him off. I thought earlier he had that with Jinder Mahal, but he might have that brewing with Hunico now.
With all of his positive attributes, I have always been a fan of DiBiase Jr., but not many people seem to be.
I can't understand why so many completely disregard the rise of DiBiase that is finally starting to come to fruition.
I would argue that he has as many positives if not more, than McIntyre and can outwrestle many guys higher on the card than him.
So, the first day of the new year, I finally got to sit down and watch the Dec. 30 edition of SmackDown. During that night, a match between Ted DiBiase and Jinder Mahal occurred.
Mahal won the match in convincing fashion with his new finisher, the Punjabi Clutch.
Yet, I went on Bleacher Report later that day and read an article about how Mahal was irrelevant and hadn't won a match in months. I was a bit confused to say the least, wondering if I had imagined Mahal's win. Nonetheless, I rewatched the match, and Mahal won again.
Now, six days later, Mahal again won a match with that submission hold over Ezekiel Jackson over on Superstars. Still all I hear is how much of an irrelevant jobber Mahal is.
Yes, he is still green, but he has a personality and gimmick which is much more than I can say for most. For those who haven't noticed, Mahal has added taunts to his repertoire both in ring and in his entrance along with a new look including a head-dress. This has made him a unique heel for the mid-card roster.
He also is looking to have a decent rivalry going with Sheamus after SmackDown this week where he know has some heat going his way in the feud.
Mahal is now officially on track for the first time in his career, yet no one seems to even notice. What else can Mahal do to get your attention? He is now a real character on the show, so pay attention. He won't be taking on Sheamus convincingly any time soon, but he is becoming an intriguing mid-card star to watch.
Thanks for reading!