WWE SmackDown: Why Wade Barrett's Return Is Good for the Show

Ryan Dilbert@@ryandilbertWWE Lead WriterSeptember 27, 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 elevates SmackDown's quality. As one of the most complete WWE wrestlers, as a young rising star, Barrett has the power to help make WWE's secondary show as good as Raw.

Barrett's absence from SmackDown exposed the show's lack of quality heels.

Raw now has CM Punk to play the role of top heel, but who assumes that role on Fridays?

Mark Henry has been out with a groin injury for months, Damien Sandow will get there eventually, and Dolph Ziggler can't handle the bad guy duties alone.

Alberto Del Rio, as much as WWE wants us to believe it, is not a top-level heel, at least not now.

Fans have not taken to Del Rio the way they have to Barrett, starting with the Englishman's days as the leader of Nexus.

Of course the brand split is not real anymore. Raw Superstars repeatedly perform on SmackDown and vice versa.

But there are certain wrestlers who focus on one show, John Cena on Raw for example.

Wade Barrett won't be Cena, but he can be SmackDown's top draw. His character, in-ring skills and leadership ability can lead him down that path.


Character Depth

Barrett is one of the most compelling and malleable characters in the company.

A gimmick like Tensai's has no room to grow or to evolve. It's a two-dimensional cartoon character.

As for Barrett, he wasn’t pigeonholed with a limiting gimmick. His persona is a great many things.

He is a gentleman, a thug, an animalistic fighter, a tactician and a sadist.

WWE has tuned up Barrett's aggression upon his return. His journey back to his bare-knuckle days is reminiscent of the visceral nature of Fight Club.

Barrett's gimmick has been vague enough to be able to change and grow, but engaging enough to grab our attention. The Barrett Barrage can go in any number of directions.


Barrett Can Bring It

Once he is in the ring, Wade Barrett delivers.  He is a quality finisher away from being a top-level in-ring performer.

He has gone through a number of subpar finishers already. When he finds his RKO or his Sweet Chin Music, his matches will be enhanced.

As it stands, he is a fantastic performer in the ring, blending power and nimbleness, realism and showmanship.

The "it" factor is hard to define, but it's often easy to identify and Barrett has it.

In matches against Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton and John Cena, we've seen what brilliance he's capable of in the ring. Having only been a part of WWE for a short time, his best matches are likely yet to come.

Making him a featured performer on SmackDown guarantees more great matches for the show regardless of his opponent.


Leader of Men

As villainous as any wrestling angle can make a guy, one doesn't often reach the height of treachery alone.

The greatest villains, wrestling or otherwise, are often masterminds leading a cadre of thugs. 

The Joker, Ric Flair and Darth Vader have all been vile leaders. Barrett can follow their lead.

While The Corre was a bust of a storyline, Barrett from day one has clearly been a leader. His commanding presence makes it easy to believe that men would follow his lead.

Rehashing Nexus is only taking a step backward.

If WWE wants to make full use of Barrett's skills and to have SmackDown catch Raw in the ratings, they need to form a new stable and sit Barrett atop its hierarchy.

With Barrett now back, SmackDown has the opportunity to showcase one of wrestling's best talents.

Sheamus can now have a challenger people care about. The stagnant wrestlers on the roster can now stand at attention to a man who can lead them to glory.