Wade Barrett: His Possible Future as a WWE Headliner

Sebastian MaldonadoFeatured ColumnistJanuary 15, 2013

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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It’s inevitable that Wade Barrett will be a WWE headliner.

The reigning Intercontinental Champion was poised to main event in 2012 before his dislocated elbow sidelined him for most of the year. Barrett came back, repackaged and rejuvenated and ready to make an impact.

However, Barrett seems back on the midcard with no hope of escaping any time soon. Barrett is stuck in the role despite competing in quality matches since his return.

Barrett should be a main eventer by the end of 2013. He is everything the WWE looks for in a wrestler. He’s got the size, ability and charisma to become a main eventer.

What does the future hold for Wade Barrett?

Normally, a turn could do favors and refresh a wrestler’s persona. The WWE should keep Barrett as a heel, though. We’ve only seen Barrett scratch the surface of a top-tier heel in his feud with John Cena during the height of the Nexus.

He hasn’t really feuded with any of the top guys as much as with Cena. His feud with Randy Orton was too short thanks to Barrett’s injury. It could’ve done wonders for both.

They did wrestle twice for the WWE title, but Barrett’s feud was all about Cena and not Orton.

Barrett can start a new feud with Orton if the Viper stays in his face role. The better options would be Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio.

All three men bring a physical, stiff style to the table. Sheamus and Del Rio showed their styles during their summer-long feud. Adding Barrett to the table can bring those hard-hitting matches for the WWE universe to see. Barrett already grappled with Sheamus in quality matches. Just picture the two of them in a lengthy feud.

Another main event option could be Barrett against Daniel Bryan. The two wrestlers know each other quite well from their days at the inaugural NXT. Their 2011 SummerSlam encounter was a physical bout that Barrett won. They fought in more tough bouts on Smackdown for the remainder of the year. With a world title under Bryan’s belt, these two could feud for a world title.

As far as championships go, the sky’s the limit for Wade Barrett. Barrett has the tools to become a World/WWE Champion. The WWE can build a show around him with either of those two titles. Since Barrett hasn’t feuded with many of the top-tier guys, the potential for future feuds are endless.

Barrett showed he could become a main event player in his feud with Cena. He can put on powerful matches and keep the fans invested by getting the right reactions from them.

Barrett’s future as a WWE headliner is endless. If Barrett can keep up the momentum, he’ll be a main eventer sooner than later.