WWE SummerSlam 2013: Major Superstars Lacking Direction Before the Major PPV
John Cena will take on Daniel Bryan at SummerSlam for the WWE Title. Brock Lesnar and CM Punk will battle it out in a vicious grudge match. The top matches for the pay-per-view appear to be wrapped up.
However, as WWE heads into the August event, there are still numerous stars on the roster without a match. Indeed, it appears the booking team has concentrated so much on building up the top two bouts they have neglected everyone else.
Let’s have a look a look at just who is lacking direction as we head into the event.
As we head into SummerSlam, Ryback’s future seems decidedly up-in-the-air. Following his loss to John Cena at May’s Payback pay-per-view, the wrestler has been firmly out of the WWE Championship picture. Ryback was once on the cusp of greatness, but that time has long since passed.
A rushed and rather mediocre program with Chris Jericho didn’t turn things around for him either, and the star is currently wandering aimlessly in the Raw midcard. What will he do at SummerSlam? Who knows? WWE may not even know right now.
WWE doesn’t seem to quite know what to do with former World Heavyweight champion Sheamus these days. And it’s not really a surprise: he’s not over hugely as a babyface like Daniel Bryan or Randy Orton. His current character also feels stale and lacking in direction.
Ideally, WWE will turn the star back heel, a role he has always seemed more comfortable in, which will help get his floundering career back on track.
4. Randy Orton
Randy Orton obviously has some sort of title run in his future. He won the Money in the Bank briefcase at last week’s pay-per-view, after all.
But, until his cash-in comes, the star continues to be stuck in an upper midcard role just below the main-eventers. The star has also been off television over the past week following a stinger he suffered at the SmackDown taping in a match against Alberto Del Rio.
Will he even have a match at SummerSlam?
3. Alberto Del Rio
Has there ever been a worse World champion than Alberto Del Rio? Under his watch, the once-prestigious World Heavyweight Championship has sunk to the level of a midcard belt.
Granted, it was never truly equal to the WWE Championship, but at least before they were somewhat comparable. Not anymore.
Del Rio, and his reign, has become a total afterthought. Unsurprisingly, who he’ll face at SummerSlam doesn’t appear to be a pressing issue for WWE. And, really, why should it be?
Since splitting with Daniel Bryan, Kane’s career has taken a tumble. The star, who is currently off of television selling a beating from the Wyatt family, appears to have become an afterthought and has no clear program or direction going forward.
He’s still a face, technically, but without the popular Bryan by his side, it remains to be seen if people will still be willing to cheer for him.
Will WWE follow-up on the Wyatt angle? And what about his unfinished business with his former tag team partner?
1. Rob Van Dam
Since his re-emergence at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view, Van Dam has had various matches in WWE, picking up victories against wrestlers like Chris Jericho, Wade Barrett and Darren Young.
While this is all perfectly fine booking, where exactly is it going? And why hasn’t Van Dam been given any meaningful interview time in order properly re-introduce himself to the fans?
TNA squandered Van Dam’s considerable potential in 2010 by failing to capitalize on his momentum, letting him fall to the midcard instead. Let’s hope WWE don’t make the same mistake.
Hey, why not give him a title shot against Del Rio at SummerSlam?