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Climbing the Ladder: 10 WWE Superstars in Need of a Push

Mike WalpoleContributor IJanuary 20, 2017

Climbing the Ladder: 10 WWE Superstars in Need of a Push

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    WWE has become complacent with the same old main eventers show after show after show. Orton, Cena, Kane, Edge, Mysterio, Sheamus. Been there, seen that.

    They finally shook things up and gave The Miz the title and let someone else shine in the spotlight and I for one, could not be happier.

    With that said, lets take a look at 10 superstars who deserve a push in one way or another.

10) Chris Masters

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    Chris Masters was once a hot commodity in WWE. On his 23rd birthday, he was in the main event at the New Year's Revolution PPV, where he made it to the final three of the elimination chamber.

    The sky appeared to be the limit for Masters, but for one reason or another, he fizzled out.

    A main event push may be asking for a bit much, but he deserves something more than random Superstars matches.

9) Justin Gabriel

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    Justin Gabriel is the clear-cut worker of Wade Barrett's minions. While David Otunga may have the best mic skills, Gabriel has been the Nexus member carrying the group through matches. His 450 splash is already one of the most devastating finishers in the business.

    I don't expect any Nexus member to make any big strides until after the group disbands, but once they do, a US/IC Title run for Gabriel is in order.

8) Ezekiel Jackson

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    Creative appeared to have something in mind for Zeke after returning from injury. But a first-round exit from the King of the Ring tournament and two straight Raw no-shows has me second-guessing that notion.

    Zeke has the look McMahon loves and to be honest, what's there not to love? He has the most impressive physique in the company and is a credible gimmick/charisma away from a big-time push.

7) Cody Rhodes

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    I originally had "Dashing" Cody Rhodes a bit higher up on my list, but one thing changed my mind. I don't like the comedy of his gimmick.

    Don't get me wrong, I think its hilarious when he breaks down into a tantrum after someone hits his face, but its something I don't want to see in a main eventer.

    It's a double standard about his gimmick that has me confused. All this being said, I think Cody has what it takes to be an upper/mid-card guy.

6) The Usos

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    Its no secret that tag team wrestling in WWE is on life support. The current champs of Santino & Kozlov are a joke, literally.

    And recent champs like Cena & Otunga and Rhodes & McIntyre were teams just randomly thrown together.

    Insert a team like The Usos, with a credible background and a real "team" feel to them. They have what the WWE needs as Tag Team Champions.

5) Alex Riley

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    Alex Riley was the star of NXT Season 2, whether he won it or not. Whether it was his constant dissing of Striker or his hilarious showing during the trivia game, A-Ri brought the entertainment each and every time he was handed a mic.

    The guy is no slouch in the ring either, as he held the FCW Heavyweight Championship for four months earlier in the year. Don't expect anything until he separates from Miz, but once he does, he deserves a monumental push.

4) Christian

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    Of all the superstars on my list, Captain Charisma has been around the longest and accomplished the most in his WWE career. But the one feat he has yet to obtain is a heavyweight title.

    At 37 years old, the window is closing on a potential title run. I feel if WWE does not take a chance on Christian, it will be a missed opportunity.

    He has the mic skills, mat skills, and is over enough with the Universe for a solid face title run.

3) Zack Ryder

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    Before you immediately click next or discredit anything I ever say from here on out, let me explain. I am in no way saying Ryder is more deserving of a title than the previous seven superstars mentioned, but I do feel he deserves a push more than them.

    His gimmick is truly hilarious and he has a great look. Hell, if he was in TNA, he would have been an X Division Champion by now.

    Long (Island) story short, being relegated to Superstars and backstage comedy bits is not enough for a guy of Ryder's talents.

2) Jack Swagger

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    To say a superstar who held the World Heavyweight Championship just six months ago is in need of a push sounds crazy. But that's just how far Swagger has fallen since losing his title.

    As champion, he had countless great promos and it's no secret how talented his in-ring work was. Why they buried him after losing the title is beyond me.

    Swagger has all the makings of a bona fide star in this business and should be treated as such.

1) Dolph Ziggler

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    The current Intercontinental Champion is the future of World Wrestling Entertainment. Ziggler has everything you can ask for in a future champion.

    He has the look, the ring skills, and the mic skills to push his way to the top of the company. While his current push as a long-reigning IC Champ is all well and good, it should only be a matter of time before he is one of the faces of WWE.


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    Well there you have at. The 10 superstars who most deserve a push from their current ranks within the WWE. Tune in Sunday for WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders, & Chairs.


    -Mike Walpole

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