SummerSlam 2012: Why Wade Barrett Must Make an Impact

Riley Kontek@@BigRIlesMMAFeatured ColumnistAugust 19, 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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Wade Barrett's return vignettes have been shown on Raw and SmackDown lately, and to be honest, they are doing a great job of pumping up fans for his return.

Barrett has been greatly missed since his injury on Raw a few months back. Barrett's dislocated elbow may have stopped a push that was coming his way, but that does not mean he cannot get it in his return.

Sunday night marks the biggest pay-per-view of the summer for WWE. SummerSlam is arguably the second or third biggest PPV event the WWE currently has. 

Barrett is healthy and ready to return to the WWE. The question is: When will he make his presence known?

For other returning stars like Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio, they have resurfaced on episodes of Raw. Mysterio's return was especially questionable, as it was the night after Money in the Bank.

The bigger question is: Will the WWE do the right thing and have Barrett return at SummerSlam or will they have him return on TV at Raw or SmackDown?

The best thing for them to do is have Barrett make his presence felt at SummerSlam. Barrett figures to be in the running for a major title. This means that he will have to do something major at the event. 

In my mind, a post-fight attack of Sheamus, who will likely win a title match at the event, would definitely get Barrett back on the board. He is a good heel that could get the crowd against him with a beatdown of the World Heavyweight Champion.

This would be a great opportunity for Dolph Ziggler to finally cash in on the title. After the beatdown by Barrett, Ziggler could cash in his briefcase and take the title from Sheamus. In costing him the title, Barrett could immediately begin feuding with Sheamus. With the title on Ziggler, both men could fight over the chance to be the No.1 contender.

Eventually, within the next few months with much buildup and strengthening, Barrett could take the title from whoever has the title at that point.

But, it all starts tonight. I really think the WWE would be wise to have Barrett return tonight and make his mark.