Broughton's Fav Five: 5 Future World Champions
Hello Bleacher Report, and welcome to another edition of Broughton's Fave Five. For this article, I will be taking a look at five guys who I think will one day hold a World Championship.
As of today, CM Punk and Sheamus are the major title holders.
Just by taking a look at those two men, it is pretty easy to see that it takes a lot to be World Champion material. Both stand out from the pack and for good reason.
In my opinion, the five guys on my list are some of the brightest wrestlers in all of professional wrestling. Now, it is up to WWE to push them to their full potential.
Let me give a quick shoutout to close friend Matthew Lewis for helping me create this article.
Now, without further ado, let's begin!
#5: Antonio Cesaro
Despite only debuting a few months ago, Antonio Cesaro has already made an impact in WWE.
Not only did he win the U.S. Championship, but he also finally put an end to the horrific reign of Santino Marella. This, however, is just the beginning for Cesaro.
Antonio really made a name for himself on the indy scene with Chris Hero (Now Kassius Ohno) and proved he has all the tools to succeed. With his run of dominance since hitting the main roster, it seems WWE realizes his potential and is putting him to use.
It's just a matter of time before we find Cesaro as a top heel in the WWE.
RyBack (Formerly Skip Sheffield) has flat-out dominated since redebuting in WWE.
The dominating beast is way over with the fans, but it didn't exactly start out that way. With a persona much like that of Goldberg, RyBack really struggled to come into his own.
However, the Goldberg chants have quieted, with Feed Me More taking it's place.
While RyBack isn't very good in the ring, his size and power is just what Vince McMahon loves to see. Not to mention, rumors have been flying around for months that Vinnie Mac is huge on RyBack and can see him as a big stud in the business.
While some may not agree with this, RyBack is in store for a big push, which could very well include a World Title reign.
#3: Damien Sandow
In a time where bright, young wrestlers seem to pop up each week, Damien Sandow is by far my favorite.
His eloquent manner combined with his vast vocabulary helps to create a fantastic heel.
In my opinion, Damien has the makings of a top heel, and I'm not the only one that feels this way. According to multiple reports, Triple H is high on the intellectual savior of the masses. The last wrestler Triple H liked? The World Heavyweight Champion, Sheamus.
It is pretty safe to say that Damien Sandow has a bright future—and for good reason.
Not only is he a master of the mic, his skills in the ring are solid as well. He has all the tools to succeed as a champion, and it is only a short matter of time before he gets to that point of his career.
#2: Cody Rhodes
Cody Rhodes' career has been an interesting one.
As part of the Legacy, Rhodes always seemed to play third wheel to Ted DiBiase and Randy Orton. Randy was the present, and it was assumed the Ted was the future. Cody just seemed to stick in the background.
After splitting up, the perception of Rhodes really didn't change for a while. He picked up a "Dashing" gimmick, but he really struggled to get noticed.
Things quickly changed for the better during his rivalry with Mysterio. After a botched 619, Cody went from "dashing" to "disfigured". He turned into a sick, twisted character, and I, for one, absolutely loved it. While his gimmick has been tweaked a bit since then, he still has what it takes to be a World Champ.
As of right now, Rhodes is stuck in a pretty tough situation.
After floating around without a real feud since losing the Intercontinental Title, Cody has been tossed into a rivalry with Sin Cara. It wasn't too long ago that WWE was contemplating putting Cody up against CM Punk for the WWE Championship.
While he's taking a pretty tough fall as of late, he still has all of the potential in the world, and I still think WWE believes in him. It may just take a bit longer than most expected.
#1: Wade Barrett
The fact that Wade Barrett has never won a World Title amazes me. He has feuded with the likes of Randy Orton and John Cena, but he has never gotten his hands on a major title.
If it wasn't for a tough injury a few months back, it is very likely that Barrett would already have a World Title, but some tough luck has cost him quite a bit of time.
Wade's career has been an up and down one.
After starting out fast as the leader of the Nexus, Wade really took a fall after being exiled from the group. He tried recreating the group as the Corre over on SmackDown, but it was a major flop, and he completely dropped into irrelevance.
However, things turned upwards swiftly as the Barrett Barrage began. Wade even managed to pick up a clean win over Randy Orton at Survivor Series and looked ready to take the reigns as the top heel on SmackDown.
But just as things were looking great, an injury sidelined Wade, as he's been out ever since. Vignettes have already begun to air, and in my opinion, he will be the man to take the title off of Sheamus. Wade's definitely viewed as a guy of World Title caliber, but he just hasn't seemed to get the opportunity.
Fortunately for him, he may not have to wait much longer.