Call it poor timing.
Wade Barrett, winner of the first season of NXT, has long been considered a promising up-and-comer in the WWE system.
He's got the look, the size, the physique, the talent and the mic-skills to become a main-event superstar in the not so distant future. A future that Barrett was rapidly moving toward. A future that would probably be the present now.
During an over-the-top-rope Battle Royal on a February episode of Raw, Barrett suffered a serious elbow injury when Dolph Ziggler was thrown on top of him. Just as a lane to the top was starting to open, the big man from England was sidelined for four months.
This past Monday, a vignette aired, teasing Barrett's return. The clip depicted Barrett in a different light than before, emphasizing his boxing background in an underground, bare-knuckle scene reminiscent of the film Fight Club. "My barrage has just begun," he said, promising to shake up the WWE upon returning.
With a new look, new focus, and high expectations, how should Barrett be re-integrated back into the mix? How can the most be made out of his return?
Here are five superstars that we would love to see in a feud with Wade Barrett in the near future.