5 Midcard Stars Who Deserve Main Event Spotlight
WWE has a roster full of talented midcard performers. A number of these individuals are ready for main event spotlight.
These superstars have entertained the WWE Universe with a combination of sport and entertainment that is needed for success. If the recent Money in the Bank pay-per-view is any indication, WWE is on the verge of pushing some midcard talent to the main event.
Damien Sandow and Daniel Bryan are two examples of WWE Superstars who are being trusted by the company with higher positions on the card, but they aren't the only ones who deserve it.
The following five superstars should be in the main event spotlight as well.
5. Titus O'Neil
Titus O’Neil's size and his ability on the mic are two important attributes that are crucial to being successful in WWE.
His size and strength are definite assets in the ring. According to WWE.com, Titus O’Neil is 6’6” and 270 pounds. His unquestionable athleticism is proven by his time spent as a football player for the University of Florida.
In the ring, O’Neil moves around like someone much lighter. His impressive Clash of the Titans finishing maneuver is much more than a normal spinebuster slam. Throwing his opponent high into the air, O’Neil puts an exclamation point on the move when he slams them down.
The other attribute that Titus O’Neil possesses is the ability to be an entertaining speaker. When Jerry “The King” Lawler used the term “washrag” to describe a washcloth, O’Neil was all over the comment for being old-fashioned.
Being able to verbally spar on the microphone with others is needed in a live setting. Scripted or no, this ability shows how comfortable some are on the microphone.
Last March, O’Neil debuted his alter ego, Rufus “Pancake” Patterson. This character confused many, but with a proper debut, Patterson could be utilized to help O’Neil get to the main event. Stranger things have happened before in WWE.
Titus O’Neil has not yet had his moment in the spotlight. Perhaps he is held down as a member of the Prime Time Players, who perhaps have not had their time to shine yet.
Whatever the reason is, Titus O’Neil should be in the main-event spotlight. His potential would be wasted without at least a chance at it.
4. Wade Barrett
Some might believe that Wade Barrett has had more than enough chances to prove that he is main event-worthy. He even had a taste of what main event status was like when he took on John Cena in a Chairs match at TLC 2010.
Wade Barrett has been on the cusp of the main event for quite some time now. He is well known by the WWE Universe and has been featured on the wide variety of programming WWE offers.
The one aspect of Wade Barrett’s WWE tenure that has held him back is the lack of a recent compelling feud.
In 2013, Barrett has feuded on and off with Bo Dallas, Kofi Kingston, The Miz and Curtis Axel. Even with the WWE Intercontinental Championship on the line in many of these encounters, none of these feuds resulted in Barrett’s career being enhanced.
Wade Barrett needs a memorable moment that can separate him from others on the WWE roster. Hopefully, Barrett will have a longer feud with a popular WWE Superstar. A feud that extends more than a few weeks could give Barrett the direction he needs to success.
3. Kofi Kingston
Like Wade Barrett, some might believe that Kofi Kingston’s chance at main event status has passed already.
Kofi Kingston has held numerous secondary championships in WWE. He has had memorable matches where his high-flying skills were shown off. Unfortunately, WWE has not taken these moments of momentum and pushed Kingston to the main event.
When Kofi Kingston returns to active competition, a feud with Ryback is ready for him, as it was Ryback who injured Kingston. If Ryback can be built as a dominant monster again, Kingston could benefit from defeating him. A feud between Kingston and Ryback could help both superstars and propel Kingston to the main event.
Kofi Kingston is an extremely likable WWE personality, and an extended feud with Ryback could be his ticket to the top of the card. With Kingston as the beaten down underdog and Ryback as the bully, Kingston’s stock could very well rise in WWE.
A feud where Kofi Kingston's personality is able to grow is needed for him. The affable Kingston is worthy of main event status, but he needs a foil to bring out a new layer of personality.
2. Antonio Cesaro
Antonio Cesaro can be a huge superstar in WWE as evidenced by some crowd reactions he has been garnering lately.
On the July 3, 2013 edition of NXT, Antonio Cesaro took on NXT champion Bo Dallas. During the match, a massive “We the people” chant started. Acting as the villain, Cesaro tried to downplay the chant, but with every move, Cesaro was cheered more and more by the partisan crowd.
With a massive amount of experience before coming to WWE, Antonio Cesaro could play any role handed to him. In the ring and on the microphone, Cesaro’s confidence as a WWE Superstar is apparent.
Antonio Cesaro has had many fantastic matches with the company. On WWE Main Event, he has been able to show his strong physical style in the ring on numerous occasions.
Needing a breakout match of 20 or more minutes in length on pay-per-view against a top superstar is really all that Antonio Cesaro needs in order to propel him to the main event. If he is able to show his varied move set and skills against top opponents, Cesaro will definitely be in the main event scene.
1. Cody Rhodes
Cody Rhodes is on the verge of attaining main event status. With his incredible performance at Money in the Bank 2013, Rhodes is not only in a feud with former tag partner Damien Sandow but is also on his way to increased popularity.
In WWE, it can literally be one defining moment that makes a top star.
At Money in the Bank, Cody Rhodes won the fans over by dominating his opponents and nearly securing the briefcase with the world heavyweight championship contract inside.
Cody Rhodes has so much momentum right now. It would be terrible if it were not utilized and capitalized on.
A feud between Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow is going to be entertaining to watch and should lead to greater achievements for both in WWE. Hopefully, their inability to win the tag team championship will be part of this feud and bring them both top singles success.
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