WWE SummerSlam 2013: Unlikely Stars Who Will Shine on Massive Stage
SummerSlam is just around the corner, and although the event seems to be marketed heavily around only four main wrestlers, there are still others who will have a good showing on the pay-per-view.
Since the card has not been fully announced, it's difficult to predict just exactly who will be placed in the spotlight and who will have to sit out.
However, if WWE gives the following people the opportunity to succeed, they will find a way to come out of the event with brighter careers than they did going in.
Big E Langston
Dolph Ziggler's loss is Big E Langston's gain when it comes to SummerSlam.
"The Showoff" has been pushed aside by WWE for some reason and has gone from holding a world title to holding together a mixed tag match that is about as much filler for this event as you can possibly get.
Where Langston comes into play is his role in stepping up to lend a hand to Ziggler.
No matter how often we all state that the former World Heavyweight champion could have a good match with an empty chair, it is still up to Langston to hold up his side of things.
This will also be a test of credibility, as Langston is being booked as a threat to someone whose entire gimmick is being better than everyone else.
In terms of size, he would be the favorite, but in terms of his career, Langston is going into this match as the underdog.
If he succeeds in having a good match and coming out on top, Langston will be in a much better position on the wrestling hierarchy than before.
Luke Harper and Erick Rowan
For the Ring of Fire match, the two focal points outside of the gimmick itself are Kane and Bray Wyatt, though that doesn't mean the rest of the Wyatt Family will serve no purpose.
Luke Harper and Erick Rowan have consistently been laying out superstars left and right, and the powerhouses should continue their oppressive ways here as well.
According to F4WOnline, (h/t Marc Middleton of WrestlingInc.com), Kane is rumored to be taking time off after this match to film See No Evil 2, and this gimmick was chosen in part to write him out of the roster for the time being.
It's easy to assume that, because of this, the Wyatt Family will stand tall when all things are said and done.
Henchmen almost never fully take the spotlight away from the main stars, but seeing as though they are heels and far too many possibilities exist for them to interfere or attack Kane after the match on behalf of Wyatt, Harper and Rowan will find a way to make their presence known.
Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow
This should have been a huge investment for SummerSlam, but with the completely dead reaction these two received for their segment on this past episode of Raw, it's easy to jump to the conclusion that Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow will be a flop at the event.
On the contrary, I am expecting to see quite the opposite.
Such an underwhelming response could light the fire underneath the two young stars, convincing them to pull out all the stops and try to wow the fans.
What better motivator is there than to prove someone wrong when they doubt you, be it the audience that was bored or the management that had to have been disappointed in the segment?
Rhodes and Sandow were two stars of Money in the Bank, and although their stock hasn't risen as exponentially as some had assumed would happen, this will be their chance to put things back on track.
Daniel Bryan and John Cena will take care of things from an in-ring perspective, but there are several people who are not wrestling in this match who are not to be ignored.
They may be sitting off on the sidelines, but Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, Triple H, and, to a lesser extent, Brad Maddox have been just as important to this storyline as the wrestlers themselves.
With Randy Orton's Money in the Bank looming over this match and a laundry list of ways to incorporate this power struggle into the action (via referee bump, instant replay, a screwjob, etc), it's safe to bet that we won't just see Bryan and Cena make this segment a duet.
Some way, somehow, the McMahon family will be thrown into the mix.
Last—but not least—is a man who, like several others mentioned on this list, is not actually wrestling, but will still be heavily involved—Paul Heyman.
The jury is currently out on whether one of his guys, Curtis Axel, will wrestle, but we know for sure that Brock Lesnar is one of those four primary people the event is being built around.
In a normal situation, Heyman would just be expected to accompany Lesnar to the ring and plant himself around the ring, possibly only being a momentary distraction or interfering in a small way, but this is a different scenario.
This feud has been less about Lesnar and CM Punk and more about Punk getting his hands on Heyman.
On this upcoming episode of Raw, Punk will supposedly have his shot at Heyman in a match, but even the most casual wrestling fans know that things will go awry. That will certainly not be the finale of this feud.
Heyman could be just as big of a factor in this match as Lesnar himself as far as Punk's adversaries go.
Ignoring the obvious people, who else do you think will find a way to put some of the spotlight on themselves?
Tell us your ideas in the comments below.