WWE Extreme Rules 2014: Forgotten Stars Who Will Make Big Impact at PPV
A common theme in WWE is here today, gone tomorrow. Today's world champion is tomorrow's Intercontinental contender.
Today's rising star is tomorrow's Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal contestant. And today's Internet champion is tomorrow's enhancement talent for Andre Rusev (bro).
Luckily, through the art of repackaging and stables, several forgotten talents are afforded second, third and sometimes even more chances to make a first impression.
With the launch of the post-WrestleMania season, WWE is in reset mode, and Extreme Rules will afford several wrestlers the opportunity to return to the promotion's radar.
Possibilities range from Divas standout to main event real estate. Candidates will have had a losing (or nonexistent) role at WrestleMania and are now positioned to be featured more prominently on Extreme Rules.
5. Tamina Snuka
Fan-driven rumors, via WrestlingInc, called for AJ Lee to face Paige in a rematch of their quick Divas championship match from the April 7 edition of Raw.
With Lee taking an indefinite leave of absence, however, Lee's bodyguard, Tamina Snuka, won a Battle Royal on WWE Main Event. She will now be given an elusive spot as a Diva competing on pay-per-view.
Tamina was presented as one of the bigger threats to AJ Lee leading up to the Vickie Guerrero Diva's Championship Invitational; however, Lee was victorious.
Now, muscular Diva Tamina has a lot of potential as a Goliath to Paige's David. A gimmick added to the Divas match per Extreme Rules protocol will make this match stand out as unique among a plethora of gimmicks, as fans are used to Divas competing in straight-up singles matches.
Don't laugh, but a wrestling experiment pitting Hornswoggle against fellow person of small stature Torito debuted for television on SmackDown.
Hornswoggle hasn't really mattered since he was embroiled in a WrestleMania XXIV storyline opposite Vince McMahon. With Torito he can become an intriguing novelty all over again.
Meta fans, who take professional wrestling way too seriously, will roll their eyes, but this has potential. Hornswoggle and Torito can be a pair of crowd-pleasers who present something different for the budding youth audience.
If Hornswoggle and Torito have a match of some type at Extreme Rules, their size can open up wrestling's extreme playbook, and they'll be on their way. Just as long as they stay away from the tag team championships.
3. Randy Orton
Competing in the WrestleMania main event is what every WWE Superstar aspires to. But Randy Orton was perhaps the most damaged star of the main event picture that featured Daniel Bryan, Triple H and Batista.
Playing more of a lackey to Triple H, Orton was often described as a WWE world heavyweight champion still trying to live up to his potential.
Dropping the championship to Daniel Bryan was academic, and prior to joining Evolution, Orton was in no man's land.
An alliance with top heels Triple H and Batista will go a long way in rehabilitating Orton's career. Perhaps a babyface turn down the line at the expense of Triple H will lead to a strong feud. But for now, Orton is on the right track to once again becoming relevant, especially if Evolution-Shield lives up to its lofty expectations.
Batista is in the same boat as Randy Orton, but he still gets strong heel heat. His career rehabilitation won't be as drastic as Orton's since he is not expected to be around as long.
Orton and Batista have shown potential as a tag team in recent weeks on Raw. Hopefully, this will still be the case even though they are now aligned with Triple H.
The return of Evolution at Extreme Rules will allow Batista to remain in the main event. This time around, he'll be in a role that doesn't draw the wrong type of heat because of a perceived undeserved world championship match.
1. Damien Sandow
Damien Sandow received some rare microphone time before getting knocked out by The Big Show. The Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal served as Big Show's de facto WrestleMania match. Now, however, WWE clearly has nothing for him.
It's highly unlikely WWE puts Sandow over Big Show, but any match against Big Show at Extreme Rules will be a step up for Sandow, who has spent several months on his back.
It's not too late for Sandow, a once strong character, to get back to where he was. A series of competitive matches against Big Show, even a tainted victory, is the equivalent to a winning streak over several normal-sized talents.