These Superstars are on the cusp of breaking through the proverbial glass ceiling and into the main event. They could win this year, but waiting until next year would benefit their careers in the long term.
Curtis Axel: As Paul Heyman’s newest client, Curtis Axel is getting a big push. However, winning a Money in the Bank briefcase two months after his debut would be too much, too soon. Having count-out victories over John Cena and Triple is one thing. Having a guaranteed WWE or World title shot is another. It looks like he will continue his program with Triple H, which isn’t a bad thing as long as Triple H puts the new star over. I think he’ll be a favorite in 2014, but he’s not ready right now.
Antonio Cesaro: Antonio Cesaro was the longest-reigning United States champion of the last four years. Yet you wouldn’t know that based on how he was booked. Last year, many thought Cesaro was a favorite to win Money in the Bank, but he won the United States title the next month. WWE could be booking him like other previous winners—lose a lot, then win the briefcase but keep losing. If WWE wants fans to take Cesaro seriously as a future champion, it needs to push him and let him win on television.
Damien Sandow: WWE seems confused with what it’s doing with Team Rhodes Scholars. One week they are a team, the next they are competing in singles action. Although I’m a fan of Team Rhodes Scholars, I would love to see WWE get behind Sandow as a singles competitor. He has a great gimmick as the cocky, intelligent know-it-all. He would make a great heel World champion. However, Sandow’s constant losing is hurting his chance at climbing out of the midcard. By this time next year, we should be talking about Sandow as a champion in the near future.