Elimination Chamber 2012: Does Wade Barrett Have a Legitimate Chance of Winning?

Colin StoneContributor IIIFebruary 13, 2012

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  WWE Superstar Wade Barrett is introduced during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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The Barrett Barrage has been one of the most powerful movements in WWE in recent months.

Wade Barrett, former leader of the Nexus, Intercontinental Champion and member of the Corre, has been on this roll for some time, which has included a high-profile feud with Randy Orton in which the Englishman pushed Orton down a set of stairs and subsequently put him out of action for several weeks.

However, the former bare knuckle fighter has lost a little momentum recently, having been booked very poorly in recent weeks in losing to Randy Orton, Sheamus and appearing for less than five minutes at the Royal Rumble.

Having said all that, the upcoming Elimination Chamber PPV could be Barrett's chance to finally steal the limelight.

First of all, it's hard not to argue that he is a better heel than the current World Heavyweight Champion, Daniel Bryan. The hardy British accent, combined with Barrett's size, his sinister smile and conniving heel tactics, make him a formidable opponent.

Daniel Bryan, meanwhile, comes across as a nerdy, cowardly vegan who doesn't exactly look like someone who could smash your face in (and enjoy doing it).

Sure, that is simply the way he's being booked right now, but could Bryan pull off a tough guy gimmick? Probably not.

Barrett arguably draws more heat than Bryan, too.

Due to SmackDown's "piped in" heat, it's hard to tell how the audience really feel about the current champion. However, during his sporadic appearances on RAW, it seems that the crowd are split—half giving him a little heat and the other half still cheering the American Dragon on.

Substitute in Wade Barrett and an overwhelming majority of the crowd boo the Englishman due to his irresistible and undeniable heel characteristics.

So just because he's probably the better heel, does that mean he should become the World Heavyweight Champion at the Elimination Chamber?

No, probably not.

But the Barrett Barrage has been building for months with no end result and something's got to give soon.

If the Barrage continues and no gold is won, what has he achieved?

Very, very little.

Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus at WrestleMania 28 does sound good, but having seen a glimpse of the two wrestlers' potential and compatibility, you could argue that Wade Barrett vs. Sheamus sounds even better.

Barrett's sterling work should've won him the WWE Championship during the Nexus' initial run in 2010. He didn't do it then, but here is the WWE's chance to rectify that.