Wade Barrett Needed a Stable on WWE Smackdown To Succeed

Jack WindhamAnalyst IJanuary 15, 2011

Justin Gabriel, Ezekiel Jackson, Wade Barrett and Heath Slater
Justin Gabriel, Ezekiel Jackson, Wade Barrett and Heath Slater

Some people are against Wade Barrett getting another stable on Smackdown, but it's the right decision by the WWE.

A week after he made his shocking jump to Smackdown, Barrett unveiled the next step in his plan for dominance. Joining him in the assault on the Big Show this week were former Nexus stablemates Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater. The familiar trio was joined by big man Ezekiel Jackson.

When you look at the big picture, it makes sense.

Barrett is being groomed for a big-money match against Undertaker at Wrestlemania 27. In order for him to appear credible, the creative department needed to give him an edge. Barrett needed some backup.

WWE is essentially following the same game plan that they utilized to help build up Barrett on the Raw brand. They're using the "strength in numbers" concept that helped enable Barrett to be placed in programs against big names like Randy Orton and John Cena.

There are not too many fans that are going to believe that Barrett is going to be able to beat the Undertaker in a "one on one" match. It's a little bit more believable if there's that looming fear that Gabriel, Slater and Jackson are going to be there to help Barrett score the upset victory.

Alone, Barrett is a midcard wrestler on Smackdown. With an intimidating unit behind him, he's a main event performer.


Jack Windham is the lead writer at WrestlingRevealed.com.