WWE: The Top 10 Can't-Miss Superstars in the Company Right Now
Recently, the WWE began airing vignettes advertising the long-awaited return of Wade Barrett.
Since an injury to his elbow in February which ended his planned push, the WWE Universe has awaited the return of the British bully, coincidentally a persona the company seems intent on hyping up.
Big things have been expected of Barrett from the start, so much so that he won the first season of NXT. From there he became the unquestioned leader of the Nexus for months, before being deposed by CM Punk, and later won the Intercontinental title on one occasion.
Upon his return, it is expected that Barrett will still be in line for a huge push, as the company believes that his size, athleticism and swagger will lead him to do great things.
This list takes a look at 10 other Superstars on the main roster or in the developmental system that could also become the fixtures of the WWE landscape for many years to come.
He’s already on the Smackdown roster. And with his talent, persona and drive, he promises to be for many years.
Originally pegged as one of Michelle McCool’s “Teacher’s Pets” in 2006, Sandow bumped around WWE developmental for years until the Sandow character finally gave him the edge that he so desperately was seeking.
He’s mean, aggressive and incredibly dangerous on the microphone. Nothing seems to be standing in his way any longer, not even recent foe Brodus Clay.
Rollins has paid his dues in FCW for a while now and many independent promotions before that, winning multiple championships in most of the promotions he competed, most recently winning the NXT title earlier this month.
His offense is innovative and exciting and at age 26, he is still very young for a competitor of his experience and skill level.
It is almost a foregone conclusion that he will be on one of the main rosters shortly, and big things can nearly be guaranteed from there.
He’s got the pedigree.
He’s got the talent.
Rumor has it that he even has Triple H’s seal of approval.
Now all he needs is a name that doesn’t evoke thoughts of a cheery leprechaun.
The Hennig name will always carry a ton of weight. Why not hype that up and send this kid skyrocketing into the WWE Universe?
This slide should not be a shock to anyone. McIntyre's name has been associated with being the future of the business for years.
Bad storylines and/or personal problems have derailed him in recent times, but let us not forget that he has both an Intercontinental and WWE Tag Team title (with Cody Rhodes) reign in his belt already.
Recent talk is that Triple H is incredibly high on both McIntyre and McGillicutty, and both are in for gimmick changes, so time will tell where they end up landing.
But for McIntyre, who has suffered through tough times recently, gutting it out is what may bring him salvation. It worked for Triple H after the Kliq debacle, and look where he is now.
Yes, he is the reigning United States Champion, but until very recently, there was much debate as to whether the company even saw Cesaro as a viable performer.
This title reign is likely meant to serve as a litmus test of sorts, gauging what the reaction to the Swiss superstar will be. Thus far it has been rather tepid, which is a shame considering the skill level of Cesaro, and his ability to seemingly create moves as he goes.
Time will tell on Cesaro, but the decision should come sooner rather than later, as he already has many years in the business, and the company may not be willing to bet on him for much longer if he doesn't begin to set the crowd on fire.
However, the safe bet would be on Cesaro succeeding. Given a slightly better situation, and perhaps a better sidekick than Aksana, he could be a force in the WWE for years to come.
Sara Del Rey
It’s hard to speculate about the potential of a wrestler that has yet to even debut in the developmental system, right?
Not when it’s Del Rey, who has been arguably the top female talent in wrestling for many years.
And that’s not just the independent scene, this is the entire wrestling world as a whole.
As word spreads of the WWE wanting to legitimize the Divas division with less T&A and more actual wrestling, Del Rey’s is the only signing, male or female, in recent memory that promises to deliver almost immediately.
She is the daughter of Eddie and Vickie Guerrero.
Does there need to be any other reason?
Well, if there does, one need only refer to any promo that she has cut throughout her short career. Diaz (real name Shaul Guerrero) is at times incendiary on the mic and has the skills to back up her big words.
She may not be on Del Rey's level when it comes to wrestling skill, but her larger-than-life personality makes fans think of another member of her family that tore up wrestling rings what seems like far too many years ago.
As the son of former WWF talent Mike “IRS” Rotunda, and grandson of Blackjack Mulligan, Husky Harris was referred to as the “the Army Tank with a Ferrari Engine.”
Though a member of the Nexus, he struggled with several gimmicks in FCW before hitting a home run with the Bray Wyatt character, a reworking of the Waylon Mercy character portrayed by Dan Spivey in 1995.
Big things were expected from Spivey, but injuries derailed any momentum he had built.
The company is giving the idea a second chance, and as a dedicated and talented worker, Wyatt is the perfect person to do it.
Currently on the shelf with an injury, Wyatt promises to be an unstoppable force upon his return.
It has long been rumored that Kofi was going to have a very bright future with the company.
And while his career has not been a disappointment in any sense (winning every championship available to him on RAW and Smackdown except for the World or WWE titles), he has never been able to take the last step into the big time.
The issue with Kofi is that every time he builds momentum with a singles push, he gets involved in another storyline, and ends up teaming with whomever he is trying to aid.
It kills any fanfare he has managed to generate, and has hampered his ability to climb the ladder that is the WWE talent roster.
Once he sheds current partner R-Truth, Kofi might be able to finally take that step.
That is a big "might," but Kofi has the charisma, agility and fan support to be able to do it.
No, this one is not a shocker.
But Dolph has an absolute monster career ahead of him, likely starting in the very near future with a probable Money In the Bank cash-in, which he will likely win.
And at age 32, it is not a moment too soon for this "Show-off."
The Difference Between Stardom and Obscurity
What exactly makes comprises the "it" factor that we refer to when talking about the true greats of the professional wrestling industry?
What separates Ric Flair from Aldo Montoya? Or Jake "the Snake" Roberts from Mantaur? Why are we not referring to Phantasio (look that one up) in the same sentence as Bret Hart?
Some would say that to be a true great, you need to win a World title.
But it takes more than that to be a bona fide star.
David Arquette was once WCW World Heavyweight Champion. Let us never forget that.
Each of these superstars brings something unique to the table. Some have tremendous technical skills, others get by with charismatic personalities. A select few may make it to the top of the mountain, and stake their claim to being called one of the true greats of the business.
It may take time, and it will not be easy. But for most of these performers, it already has not been easy, and yet here they are, poised to perhaps revolutionize the business as a whole.