Wade Barrett was on a massive hot streak back in the beginning of this year. He defeated Randy Orton in several key one-on-one matches and was rumored to have been booked to be the winner of the 2012 Money In The Bank ladder match at WrestleMania 28.
Barrett had all of the momentum on his side until he suffered a dislocated elbow on RAW back in February. The injury would cost Barrett four months of action, a chance to compete at WrestleMania and his push towards the World Heavyweight Championship.
Now the WWE has plenty of guys who proclaim to be the best in the business and are really all about themselves with their cocky gimmicks. Guys in the list include Dolph Ziggler aka "The Showoff," Chris Jericho and CM Punk.
Barrett was one of those guys that would go out each and every week and tell the fans why he was so much better than everyone else and was used as the cocky heel. The only problem with Barrett doing that was that he was just becoming another cocky heel and not standing out, but the WWE seemed to have fixed this problem in a huge way this past Monday with his return promo that got fans very excited for Barrett's return.
Barrett used to be a bare-knuckle fighter in his home country of the United Kingdom, but the WWE hadn't put very much interest into that attribute of Barrett. The promo this Monday, however, changed everything as they showed how Barrett had to go back and see what made him the man he is by fighting again and gave him more of a tougher look with the facial hair.
Now I think changing Wade Barrett into a bad-ass heel that cares more about kicking ass than bragging is exactly what the WWE needs right now. Brock Lesnar has been very successful in the WWE since returning as the "Ass kicking machine," so to have a young guy with a similar background use the same type of gimmick is a smart move.
Vince McMahon loves bigger guys and Barrett is the perfect size to be successful in the WWE, as he is 6'7" and weighs in at 270 pounds. Barrett has all of the physical attributes to pull off the ass-kicking gimmick very well and he is one of a few bigger men that can actually wrestle very well.
Barrett does not need any back-up in order to get over in the WWE. Sure his days in Nexus and The Corre gave him a great launching point, but he is now at a point in his career that he needs to prove to fans and management that he can be a draw all by himself. This change in gimmick is exactly what the doctor ordered for Barrett.
There are many fans who have put in their opinions about Barrett, but the one opinion that has really made a lot of sense came from the group dubbed as the "Wrestling Gurus" on YouTube. Now a comment that they made was, "Have Barrett return and destroy Santino for the United States title, that way you can bring creditability to the title and yet have a starting point for Barrett's push towards the WWE/World title."
I believe that Barrett is not in a position where he has to start off as a mid-card talent in his return, instead I believe that now would be the time to put him in a main event feud for the World Heavyweight Championship.
Barrett's feud with Orton last year caught the eye of many wrestling experts and fans alike as Barrett showed how good he is inside of the ring and on the microphone, so don't waste Barrett as just another United States champion. If I was going to push Barrett, I would place him against a guy who does not have anything creative going on, that would be Randy Orton.
When Wade Barrett returns from his injury, who should he feud with first?
I know that Orton and Barrett feuded for several months at the end of last year, but I think that one more feud between these two would be successful, especially if the winner of a SummerSlam match would become the new number one contender for the world title. This would be a great way to elevate Barrett's status as a top heel and thus begin his push towards the gold.
The WWE has been known for cocky heels for the past six to seven years, but it's refreshing to see the company try to use an ass-kicking gimmick with a superstar who can fit the bill without a Japanese flavor. If the WWE uses Barrett as the bare-knuckle fighter who will stomp a mud-hole in his opponents, then they may be on the verge of a potential breakout superstar.
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