When I was growing up, the midcard was always a place where you could find the next big thing in professional wrestling. Holding the Intercontinental or United States Championship almost always seemed to lead to greatness.
Nowadays, the midcard has lost a lot of its juice. And while Santino Marella holds the United States Championship...well that just proves my point even more. There are a lot of guys that are being underutilized in the WWE today, and here are five guys on the midcard that could be much, much more.
Sandow has everything that is takes to be a superb heel in the WWE—the superior attitude and the gimmick that he doesn't have the time for anybody else but himself. He appears to be a mix of "The Most Interesting Man in the World" from the Dos Equis commercials and Jesus.
He is going to need to win a title in order to really gain some credibility. So hopefully he either takes the United States Title from Santino Marella or someone else does before it loses all of its credibility. Marella is ruining its meaning more and more as time goes on.
Sandow will need to adjust his gimmick as he begins to feud with bigger stars, but he could definitely be a big name in the next year or so.
I have nothing against R-Truth and Kofi Kingston. I think they are both entertaining in the ring and are definitely fit to hold the tag team titles as of right now. But the Prime Time Players have everything going for them right now and are ready to get off the midcard.
The addition of A.W. as their manager makes them even more intriguing. Mix the size of these guys with their abilities in the ring and add in A.W.'s former affiliation with Primo and Epico, and there is more than enough fuel to make a large fire.
The tag team division has been sort of irrelevant lately, and with Summerslam approaching after Money in the Bank, the WWE creative team has more than enough time to figure out the best way to utilize the Prime Time Players.
I've mentioned him before, and I am going to continue to mention him until something happens with him because it is driving me nuts. The same thing over and over again. I bet the next thing is Ryback against three guys that they just pulled out of the stands to get demolished. It's boring.
Ryback has what it takes to be one of the most notarized superstars in the WWE. He is actually surprisingly solid on the microphone, and there isn't a guy in the locker room who you couldn't make an argument against to feud with him.
Ryback has been saying "Give me more!" Well I'm saying give you anybody.
Cody Rhodes has spent a lot of his career in the tag team division, as he has held both the World Tag Team Championship and the WWE Tag Team Championship at some point during his career.
He has the look and appeal to many fans that in my mind will make him ready for the big stages when his in-ring performance and some help from the WWE creative team give him that opportunity.
He has always been hovered around the midcard, and I believe now is the time to start that boost up the food chart.
Hate him or love him, Alberto Del Rio is a guy that needs to be pushed through the midcard. I personally am not a huge fan of his gimmick, but it seems to work for him, and if anyone can pull off the super-rich guy persona it's him.
He is very solid in the ring, and will more than likely be the guy to take away the United States Championship from Santino Marella. Hopefully it is just the beginning, and he starts to make a climb toward the top tier of the WWE, and away from the midcard.