WrestleMania 30: Fringe Stars Who Will Make Big Statements
As the WWE Universe gears up for the biggest event on its 2014 calendar, Superstars on every level of the talent roster will be waiting impatiently to see if their ticket gets punched for an appearance at WrestleMania 30.
With the event less than a month away, and many of the major feuds taking shape, there is always room for some intangibles on the card. Many of these bouts could involve some less heralded Superstars that are currently looking to make an indelible mark on the face of professional wrestling.
Some have had past successes, while others are just beginning their journey.
But no matter the level of fame, every individual has the the same ravenous hunger in their belly.
One that can only be satisfied by glory on the largest stage.
Bad News Barrett
The only bad news for wrestling fans is that this former Intercontinental champion has not competed on the main WWE television programs in quite some time.
And with his ability to gain cheap heat, one would think that Barrett would be the perfect heel for the company to throw its support behind?
Instead, we get weekly promos of him balanced in a cherry-picker, taunting the fans with clever and scathing words. And yet the crowd gets no real satisfaction, because this loudmouth never gets his comeuppance.
Wouldn't it seem wise to place him back in the thick of things shortly, before the character gets stale? And what major event comes next in the WWE calendar?
Right, WrestleMania 30.
Look for Barrett to make a splash at or very near to the time of the event, no matter how big or small.
And the news after that could easily be that this former champion may soon be in the running for gold once again.
Sandow has been seen very little in revenge months on the major company shows.
But he has every intangible that can make a major impact on a Superstar's career. He is a great talker, has a fantastic character and his in ring work is exemplary.
The company is hurting badly for a mid- to high-level heel at the moment, so much so that it quickly turned Batista, who was initially thought to be a hero, into a heel when the WWE Universe revolted against him upon his return.
Sandow is perfectly suited for that role, as he is tough, cocky and, most importantly, itching to receive this opportunity.
The Show Off has done very little of that lately.
Yes, he has some victories over the past few months, but nothing to suggest the work of a former World Heavyweight champion.
Ziggler remains one of the most popular WWE Superstars, and it should only be a matter of time before the company possibly begins to listen to the loud ovations he receives every time he performs.
And what better platform for a guy that craves the spotlight than on the grandest professional wrestling stage of the year?
Unless you religiously watch NXT, few know exactly who Alexander Rusev is and what he is capable of.
Flat out, he is a no-frills powerhouse that does things that few other men his size can do.
And make no bones about it, Rusev can hurt you with his array of power moves or even his dreaded Accolade finisher. However, it is his agility that makes Rusev a major wild card at any time, and this could be especially true at WrestleMania 30.
In fact, it is not uncommon to see him launch into the air for a flying martial arts kick, as he did on the inaugural edition of NXT Arrival.
And yes, the vignettes hyping his return hearken back to a time when Rocky Balboa squared off against Ivan Drago in 1985's Rocky IV.
But that doesnt mean that Rusev's end will come as quickly as that of the fictional Soviet boxer.
And with his ambassador Lana by his side, there is no telling the level of impact that Rusev could have on WWE, both in the short and long term.
Calling Cesaro a fringe player at this juncture is somewhat risky, but seeing as he's not yet consistently main-eventing matches, it is still fairly accurate.
His look is spot-on, and somehow, he has gained one of the most loyal followings of any WWE Superstar. In addition, with just one move, his Cesaro Swing, he is able to captivate audiences around the world.
It seems as if there has been a major groundswell of support for the Swiss Superstar in recent weeks, and it looks as if his once stable partnership with Jack Swagger is now doomed.
However, that might be the best possible thing for Cesaro, as Swagger and his lack of charisma have a tendency to drag down those around him.
And with his unbelievable skills and growing popularity, Cesaro can ill afford any blow to his current status.