Damien Sandow has it all.
Sandow has a great look in the ring. His impressive stature makes him an intimidating heel. Couple that with his incredible charisma and mic skills, and the self-professed "Intellectual Savior of the Unwashed Masses" could be the WWE's next great heel.
Rajah.com reported on Aug. 28 that Triple H is a big supporter of Sandow. It seems that it's only a matter of time before Sandow receives a big push.
For Sandow to really move up the card, he will need a compelling feud. His current program with Brodus Clay is a nice first feud for Sandow. However, Clay is relatively limited in the ring, so there's only so much Sandow can get out of this program.
Let's take a look at five Superstars Sandow can feud with to help him reach the next level.
What has Alex Riley done in recent memory? Other than pinning Dolph Ziggler clean on Monday Night Raw a few weeks ago, Riley hasn't even been on television much.
A feud between Alex Riley and Damien Sandow would help both parties. Riley would benefit from just having some sort of feud.
As we saw during his feud with Miz, the crowd readily gets behind Riley. Since Sandow has so much heat on him, it wouldn't be surprising to see the crowd be very pro-Riley. Not only would Riley benefit from having the crowd on his side, but it would also help Sandow get even more over as a heel.
In my opinion, Riley would be a good intermediate feud for Sandow. Give Riley vs. Sandow a month or so, put Sandow over and then allow him to move on to bigger things.
Evan Bourne has been out of commission since January. Between his suspension and car accident, Bourne has missed the majority of 2012.
When he finally returns to action, it will be a big occasion. Bourne was once poised to rise as one a top singles competitor. It can be expected that Bourne will jump back into singles competition since his former tag team partner is now working with R-Truth.
Bourne is already a huge fan favorite. He will undoubtedly have a lot of momentum when he returns. It should be Damien Sandow's job to halt that momentum.
Sandow will get a lot of heat just for targeting Bourne. The matches the two can have will also help put Sandow over as a very dominant heel. Sandow's wrestling style and size will allow him to throw Bourne around, making him look very strong.
Zack Ryder embodies the things Sandow criticized about pop culture during his debut. Because of that, Ryder is a fantastic foil for Sandow.
We've already had a brief taste of how Sandow and Ryder work together. Sandow defeated Ryder to qualify for the World Heavyweight Championship contract Money in the Bank match.
During their match, Sandow used his hard-hitting offense to defeat Ryder. His style made him look unstoppable, even considering the amount of offense Ryder got in. In addition, Sandow's selling made Ryder look strong.
I believe Ryder and Sandow could both benefit greatly from this feud. Sandow criticizing Ryder's way of life would make him a sympathetic babyface. This is a feud where Ryder could still go over in the end and Sandow would still gain a lot.
Any up-and-coming star should feud with Christian.
Christian has everything needed to make a star out of Damien Sandow: the mic skills and the veteran wrestling talent.
"Captain Charisma" could play the smarmy and sarcastic babyface that he is famous for. On the mic, he would get the better of Sandow by outsmarting him.
However, when it comes time for them to meet in the ring, the bigger and stronger Sandow would ultimately defeat Christian. Their match would most certainly be competitive, but Sandow would come out victorious.
Sandow vs. Christian could be a multi-month feud. They could be the highlight of mid-card pay-per-view matches for at least three consecutive PPV events.
Sandow would need to build his way up to Sheamus, but I have no doubt that they could have a wonderful feud that could truly put Sandow on the map.
Sheamus, whether or not he is the World Heavyweight Champion, is one of the top babyfaces in the WWE. The "Great White" has been one of the most dominant Superstars throughout the year. Thus, a clean victory over Sheamus is a big deal for anyone.
Based on their match on the Aug. 31 edition of Smackdown, Sheamus and Sandow have good chemistry. Sandow is the heel that fans want to see Sheamus get his hands on. Whenever Sandow left the ring, he was met with a chorus of boos.
Sandow has the verbal advantage over Sheamus, while Sheamus has a definite size and strength advantage over Sandow.
If they were to feud, Sandow could continue to criticize the way Sheamus carries himself. Sandow has already called Sheamus a "hooligan." That alone is enough to build a feud.
Sheamus' status as a top star in the WWE is enough to make a star out of Sandow. If the two of them were to have a compelling feud, Sandow would be solidified as one of the top heels in the WWE.
Like I said, Sandow needs to build his way up to Sheamus. When the time comes, a clean victory over Sheamus is enough to put Sandow in the running for a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship.