Feuds for Rey Mysterio, Kofi Kingston and Other WWE Stars When They Return
When Rey Mysterio, Kofi Kingston, and the growing number of WWE Superstars on the mend return, they are going to need rivals to face.
Real-life injuries and storyline hatred are two certainties in the world of WWE and the creative team needs to think ahead, penciling in foes for returning stars. Christian has apparently been healthy for months and has been waiting on WWE to come up with an angle (h/t WrestlingInc.com) for his return.
WWE seems to be over-thinking the Christian situation. Fans don't need every rivalry to be Chris Jericho and Shawn Michaels from 2008.
Superstars just have to be paired up against rivals who can work well with them in the ring. Chemistry on the microphone is a bonus. The rivals should complement and elevate each other. If a pairing doesn't pan out, simply squash it and move on.
The following are possible feuds for when folks like Mysterio, Kingston and Christian eventually make their return to the ring.
Jack Swagger vs. Sin Cara
Sin Cara vs. Jack Swagger
Once Jack Swagger's hand heals, any juice his rivalry with Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler had will have long dissipated.
Swagger needs a new target and preferably one where Zeb Colter can utilize his controversial rants. Foreign wrestlers, especially ones from Mexico, are the ideal targets as Colter can exercise his xenophobic muscles against them.
During Antonio Cesaro's recent match with Sin Cara on WWE Raw, Colter talked about how Sin Cara came to the U.S. illegally. A Swagger and Sin Cara feud offers plenty more opportunities for Colter's character to clash with what he hates most.
The matches would be intriguing as well. Swagger's power would contrast well with Sin Cara's speed, and this pairing would blend mat wrestling with high-flying.
The two have some brief, previous history that could be easily revisited.
— Jack Swagger (@RealJackSwagger) June 4, 2013
Tyson Kidd vs. Dean Ambrose
Tyson Kidd should be back during the summer when his knees are fully recovered from surgery.
Having him go after Dean Ambrose and his United States title right away kick-starts his momentum. Kidd could talk about how much he has to prove now that he's back and how he's tired of seeing Ambrose and The Shield run amok.
His exciting ring style would be a compelling fit with Ambrose's unorthodox approach to offense.
A hard-fought series of battles with Ambrose could serve as a way to show off Kidd's gutsiness and Ambrose's propensity for torturing his opponent.
5 months down, few more to go.The rebuild continues
— Tyson Kidd (@KiddWWE) June 6, 2013
Kofi Kingston vs. Ryback
A trio of powerbombs through tables is what sent Kofi Kingston to WWE's disabled list, at least in storyline.
Kingston seeking revenge on the man who injured him after their match is an easy story to write. Should Kingston do well in several matches with Ryback, then his star immediately rises.
Ryback hasn't been around as long as Kingston, but the powerhouse has already established himself as a world-title contender and an impressive force of destruction. Their rivalry would be a story of David vs. Goliath, of the unrelenting hero facing off against the intimidating monster.
Kingston surviving their battles gives him a boost going forward, even if Ryback eventually wins their feud in decisive fashion.
Christian vs. Antonio Cesaro
Christian vs. Antonio Cesaro on WWE SmackDown
The fact that Christian is sitting on WWE’s bench in spite of being medically cleared is baffling. A talent that great needs to be thrown into the mix even if there isn't an incredible story to do so.
Wrestling Observer (via WrestleZone.com) reports that "Christian's return to TV has now been made somewhat of a priority, so we should expect to see him back very soon."
Whenever very soon comes around, an ideal opponent for Captain Charisma is the former U.S Champ Antonio Cesaro.
This could be a career-defining feud for Cesaro, as he is taken to the limits by a former world champ.
Christian's speed will meld perfectly with Cesaro's power and mat skills. Their matches should become about escape and strategy, and be filled with constant attempts to outsmart and outmaneuver each other.
These clashes will serve as Cesaro's proving ground and a fun way to see Christian back in action.
Evan Bourne vs. WWE
Evan Bourne's recent cryptic tweet suggests that perhaps a character change is in the works for him.
The exciting high-flyer could return with a chip on his shoulder, angry at WWE establishment for holding him back. In an angle reminiscent of the Brian Pillman's "loose cannon" gimmick, Bourne could fight back against authority. He gets in altercations with referees, who he thinks are cheating him, and authority figures like Vickie Guerrero.
WWE could respond by sending him to NXT or pulling him out of matches as Bourne struggles to keep his temper in check.
A story of self-destruction and a man falling apart is one of the most compelling things an audience can watch. An internal struggle for Bourne is a way to have him make an immediate impact and force the crowds to take notice.
Soon, the caterpillar will emerge from his cocoon as a shark with a gun for a mouth #airbourneiscoming— airbourne(@findevan) June 6, 2013
Big Show vs. Big E. Langston
Wrestling Observer (via WrestleZone.com) reports that Big Show "is expected to be back on TV by mid-July." That's perfect timing for WWE to set up a SummerSlam match between Big Show and Big E. Langston.
WWE loves its power vs. power matches, evidenced by every Big Show and Mark Henry bout and Henry's WrestleMania battle with Ryback, among others.
Assuming Langston turns face by then or Big Show makes yet another switch from bad guy to good guy, there is plenty of intrigue to be had by seeing these two behemoths collide. Fury, aggression and survival would be the heart of their battle.
A win over Big Show would catapult Langston going forward and perhaps send Big Show into a rage-fueled rampage in the weeks and months following.
Mark Henry vs. John Cena
John Cena vs. Mark Henry from late 2011.
There are few men on the roster who can be as convincing of a threat to John Cena's title reign as Mark Henry.
Most challengers would just be fodder for Cena, while Henry's size, power and intensity make it a believable possibility that he overcomes Cena's resiliency.
Henry defeated the current No. 1 contender at WrestleMania, so he certainly has an argument that he deserves a shot at the WWE title. With Henry set to return on Monday's WWE Raw, the feud can start right away.
Perhaps their feud is a short one, but even so Cena needs to battle the biggest and the best for his title reign to be exciting. Henry makes for an ideal obstacle for the hero to overcome.
Having him return in the thrust of a title hunt is a wise way to keep him in the spotlight and elevate those around him.
The only reason I'm breaking my silence to the twitter world is to tell u I'm not retiring!!!! I have hate in my heart that's too dangerous.— TheMarkHenry (@TheMarkHenry) June 10, 2013
Rey Mysterio vs. Bray Wyatt
It's felt like forever since Rey Mysterio has been in a WWE ring.
Assuming he doesn't decide to retire before then, Wrestling Observer (via WrestleZone.com) reports that, "Mysterio's return to the ring has been pushed back to August following another surgery."
By then, Bray Wyatt will likely have debuted and had a few matches. He can then use Mysterio in order to generate heat. Wyatt doesn't necessarily have to win his matches, but should he follow their contests with merciless attacks, his villainous momentum would get a major boost.
Mysterio's size makes it easy for Wyatt to look dominant and for Mysterio to play the underdog as he has done so often. It would be interesting juxtaposition of creepy and heroic, power and speed.