WWE: Which Former Independent Standout Will Make the Main Roster First?
In the WWE, the best things in life come with time. Whether it be moments, skill, or opportunities, those with patience find that things come more easily.
This can be related to every young star down in FCW. Many of them are great talents both on the mic and in the ring, but none of them have seen the big stage yet.
Why? Perhaps they aren't fitting into the WWE style. Perhaps they aren't ready to show the confidence on the big stage. Perhaps they don't feel credible enough. Maybe, at the end of the day, they just don't fit anywhere on the roster yet.
It doesn't really matter what the reason is because, in the end, everyone is still in the place. However, not everyone in FCW is at the same level. With the final goal of getting into the WWE, certain wrestlers are targeted by the company as being close to ready to move up.
They are allowed to compete in dark matches, given more opportunities to succeed in FCW, and even allowed to tour with WWE. They become the FCW main eventers more or less.
Once a star reaches this level, speculation begins. Rumors run rampant, and every time one of these stars does anything it becomes news.
At the same time, FCW stars are watched on a different scale. As several of them are signed due to their previous work, some FCW stars are watched by stars who know them for their work on the independent scene. Certain stars especially ones who were formerly part of Ring of Honor, are tagged as stars by fans.
This causes those fans to watch everything associated with the star even if that star is not pegged to be featured quickly. Right now, there are many stars pegged to be moving up quickly in the WWE and become WWE superstars.
At the same time, there are many stars in FCW that people are calling for to be moved up onto WWE's main roster. Not all of these stars match up with WWE's interests.
Right now, four names in FCW are being harped upon by IWC fans: Kassius Ohno (ROH's Chris Hero), Antonio Cesaro (ROH's Claudio Castagnoli), Dean Ambrose (Dragon Gate USA's Jon Moxley), and Seth Rollins (ROH's Tyler Black).
They are noted by most because of their extensive background as independent stars, but only the latter two are being considered by WWE for an immediate move forward into the main show.
While many would really like to see Ohno and Cesaro in the WWE especially as a tag team, it is unlikely that they will be there any movement by them any time soon.
Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins though have both been getting some major attention from the WWE. Ambrose has reportedly been backstage with WWE. Further, many are saying that Ambrose is just waiting for WWE to find a way for him to fit.
Seth Rollins, on the other hand, has been supposedly touring with the SmackDown brand even performing at house shows. Add to this the fact that Rollins is the current FCW Heavyweight Champion, and you can tell that WWE sees big things in store for him.
Who of these two will be going up to the main roster? Both men have been praised by current WWE superstars. CM Punk and Daniel Bryan have made comments praising Ambrose. Rollins has gotten some direct praise from the face of the WWE himself, John Cena.
Looking at them relatively, Rollins and Ambrose are both phenomenal in the ring with Rollins being slightly stronger overall. Ambrose, however, has the advantage in two areas: as a character and on the mic. Ambrose is one of the most unique stars in wrestling today.
If you haven't seen him compete or talk, I recommend checking him out. He can do anything on the mic and can play the insane character like no other. He can be humorous, intense, or just awesome.
Rollins lacks this "superstar" refinement as he is much more about what he does in the ring. That said, he can still work the mic well enough to get by until he gets the chance to really hone his craft and is amazing in the ring.
The most important factor though is time. Rollins has been in FCW for 18 months. During that time, he has managed to adopt the WWE style and gain the eye of many WWE promoters. On the other hand, Ambrose has only been in FCW for eight months.
Taking that into consideration makes things a little easier to put into perspective. While Ambrose seems like the more complete superstar, the chances of him reaching the main roster before Rollins are low because Rollins has just had more time and been more actively sought after by the WWE.
However, as we all know, WWE is lacking in big talent lately, and it is highly likely that both men will be brought up in the next few months following WrestleMania.
However, if you are looking for the answer to who will be the next big star to debut on the main roster in WWE, look no further than Seth Rollins.
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