Warning: This article does contain a small spoiler from the WWE's developmental circuit.
After two consecutive nights of whuppin' John Cena, Big E Langston's WWE career has officially commenced.
As AJ's personal Cena destroyer, Langston is in a prime position already in the WWE. He gets to rub elbows with some of the biggest stars in the company and is now part of one of the most intense feuds and storylines going into 2013.
Not a bad starting point for the 26-year-old former National Powerlifting Champion, and it's clear that big things may be in store for Langston if he keeps moving in this direction.
And oh yeah, he's also the current (and second) NXT Champion, defeating future star Seth Rollins for that honor. It may be just a simple piece of tin, but putting that belt around his waist proves that Big E Langston is one of the biggest developmental names in the company, right up there with The Shield trio and Brad Maddox.
With all these young and incredibly promising wrestlers starting to position themselves for long-term success, Langston needs to find his niche—and quickly.
There is one problem though, Big E is a big guy, a VERY big guy, and the WWE has plenty of those to go around already. So how does Langston separate himself from the other monsters?
Better yet, can he?
As a wrestler that relies on sheer power to beat his opponents, it takes a mix of different attributes if the wrestler wants to be a worthwhile competitor in this company.
There's few things that separate the Brodus Clays from the Rybacks, but they make a huge difference in helping a wrestler ultimately achieve long-term success. A little bit of luck never hurt anybody either.
Squash matches have their moments, but it's a purgatory that no wrestler wants to be stuck in after a while. Clay's character development continues to move at a snail's pace. Even when he's winning, the Funkasaurus continues to be nothing more than filler.
On the other hand, even though I don't know the guy personally, I'm sure Ryback is much happier losing main event matches then he ever was when manhandling jobbers twice a week and/or three at a time.
You either have it, or you don't. Just ask Ezekiel Jackson, Tensai, or even Tyler Reks about that. Trying to make a name for yourself off of sheer power is nothing more than a career crapshoot.
So what is a guy like Langston supposed to do? Sure, he's going to have a mini-feud with Cena until the big lights of Wrestlemania come calling in about a month. The little tiff between the two guys won't be long, though, and it won't be earth shattering.
Even if Langston can pull out a victory, that won't guarantee much of anything. Remember Tensai's upset win against Cena earlier this year? Yeah neither do I, and I'm sure neither does the rest of the WWE Universe. Beating Cena just ain't what it used to be.
Eventually, SuperCena will emerge from the ashes, and Langston is going to end up on the wrong side of an Attitude Adjustment. But after the smoke clears, at least he can say that he tangoed with the face of the WWE—and held his own in the process.
After that, though, with very little room to move up over the next few months, Langston really has no other option but to keep on squashing. Unfortunately, people are going to get tired of the same old thing. We've seen it too much, especially lately, with mixed results.
Even now, Langston can't even claim to be the most promising big guy in this recent rookie surge. Roman Reigns holds that title. Ryback already has the main event sewed up, and Mark Henry will be back and deserves to pick up where he left off on the blue brand.
Langston may just be destined to get lost in the shuffle, with his only highlight five years from now being that he was once AJ's bodyguard and stood over Cena's corpse a few times.
We haven't heard him speak yet, and maybe he's more then just a two-move guy. Maybe Vince and Co. will throw a curveball at us that nobody will expect. Maybe he'll join forces with The Shield. Maybe he'll turn out to be a midcard monster immediately. Maybe he's destined for Smackdown. In hindsight, the possibilities are endless right now for Langston's fledgling career.
Obviously, it's way too early to cement Langston's place in the WWE just yet. Looking at the above video, he definitely knows how to dominate an opponent. But history is repeatable, and Langston looks like something we've already seen within the last few months.
All I'm saying is that Big E may have simply showed up late to the party. You can't blame him; it's not like he had much say in it. There's just no room right now for another big-time big man in the WWE—and that won't be changing anytime soon.
But what do you think? Let me know what you hope the future holds for Big E Langston, and I hope none of you mention the Nation of Domination.