Potential WWE Feuds: 2010 Edition
Heading into the Breaking Point PPV in a week or so, I've decided on a couple of things. One: Randy Orton vs. John Cena will somehow headline every PPV event from here till Armaggedon ( unfortunately it's inevitable) Two: CM Punk will beat out Chris Jericho for best Heel for 2009 (he had some pretty harsh things to say about Jeff Hardy that bordered on personal attacks). Finally, 2009 will be remembered for one match and one feud above all others; Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels. Which brings me to my point about 2009.
The die-hard fan is in agony now. I'm not talking about the 12-year- old girl who goes to cheer for John Cena because according to her he's "cool" or something along that line. What the WWE has carelessly done for the better part of two years iis recycle old feuds and the same top stars because to be honest the competition against WWE has been stale and really not there. However, with 2010 coming quickly and most of the fans rallying for something new, I have decided to come up with five potential fresh/moneymaking feuds that would generate interest ( in my opinion) to the casual WWE fan and hopefully begin to bring back the turned away, bored WWE fans of the past.
Randy Orton vs MVP
Here we go, the classic complaint that everyone has now. Who should Randy Orton feud with in 2010? I'll be honest if I see another HHH vs Orton Wrestlemania, I will boycott the entire weekend! I will!
Okay, not really, but I would like to see a fresh face feud with Randy. One wrestler that comes to mind is a mid-carder who needs to be thrown in the deep end of the pool and see if he can swim: MVP. MVP has been a constant mid-carder for the better part of four years now and while his charisma and work ethic has propelled great matches in the past MITB 2008 and 2009) he needs a main-eventer to elevate himself even higher.
While this probably wouldn't be a moneymaking feud like Cena vs Taker, it would give the WWE a chance to promote younger talent higher. Believe it or not, Orton is approaching statesman status now as a wrestler who would be expected to help put over younger guys on RAW and Smackdown alike. MVP has paid his dues, give him a shot at the title either before or after Wrestlemania. Heck WWE, if you wanted to start this feud early in time for the Rumble, you'd get no argument here.
Evan Bourne vs Rey Mysterio
Going back to his days in WCW, I can't remember a time when Rey Mysterio was a heel. Maybe he doesn't have the charisma or attitude to be a heel, but there's something about Mysterio that just screams out a "character change" to me. He needs a fresh opponent, and while Kane and the Great Khali may always be there to set up a "little guy vs big guy" feud, I vote on giving Mysterio an opponent who's just as fast and fun to watch as Mysterio, Evan Bourne.
Move Bourne to Smackdown, challenge for the IC belt, and watch the best cruiserweight feud ever on Smackdown unfold that could last for well up to 4-6 months.
Just no more Chavo please.
Chris Jericho vs Edge
I don't know what it is but Chris Jericho looks bored. Bored and in his prime. Seems that Jericho has been around forever which means in layman's terms his career is starting to see the end of the road.
Which takes me to Edge, a man who has put his body on the line so many times for this company that his respect and work ethic has won over fans (despite his brash personality and on air character).
These two had a great segment over the WWE Tag Titles a few months ago that a feud setup for either after or before Wrestlemania would be great. An on air character turn for Edge would also be fresh and original.
Shawn Michaels vs Triple H
It's time to break these guys up. Seriously. I may be in the minority here but this is not 1997 and these guys are no longer edgy and cool. It's kind of sad to see two men in their 40s run around and tell middle school sex jokes while annoyingly plugging away their merchandise for a good portion of Raw every week. It's been over seven years since these two feuded, and really they are each other's only real competition, so let's make it happen.
The Setup: Survivor Series—Team DX vs Team Legacy. Have Shawn Michaels accidentally superkick HHH's head off, securing a PPV win for Legacy. Set it up like an accident and that everything is fine until the Royal Rumble, when HHH eliminates HBK and gets "payback" for SS.
Wrestlemania 26: HHH vs HBK—Retirement Match. Michaels, who has hinted about retirement several times in the past few years, goes out on top at the "grandest stage of all" a la Ric Flair from two years ago.
Undertaker vs John Cena
I'm a little hesitant on this feud for several reasons. My major concern for this feud stems back to 2007 when Taker and Cena wrestled regularly after RR heading into Wrestlemania. Taker was heavily supported by the fans while Cena was often booed by the die-hards and cheered by the kids.
Don't get me wrong: I like Cena's work ethic, but to be fully put over he needs a match or moment that wins the hearts of the fans (a la Austin vs Hart, Foley vs Rock 1999 RR, etc.) Taker is one of the few wrestlers left with the capabilities of having the name power and skill to put over any wrestler he wants.
Going with a Cena vs Taker feud for Wrestlemania could be risky but payoff well if a great match ensues. Having Cena go the distance with the Deadman, even have him reeling in moments and giving the fans the belief that Cena is going to beat Taker on his home court, would do two things. One: Keep Taker's record intact (which really deep down no fan wants to see broken) Two: Put John Cena in such a hellacious match that by the end the fans will have no choice but to stand up and applaud.
Who knows it could finally bring the die-hards and the Chain Gang together.