For the first time since 2008, at Elimination Chamber, the WWE Championship match does not included John Cena, Randy Orton, or Triple H. This was a step forward, and a step away from monotonous main events in WWE (though it must be remembered that one of the men competing for the title was 62 years old).
WWE has taken great steps to create future stars to eventually replace their current ones, and is undoubtedly in something of a transitional period. With that in mind, this post will suggest five main event feuds between WWE's future stars who have not yet reached the main event.
This means that anyone who has held a World Title is ineligible. Also, I'm not including Alberto Del Rio, who is already a main-eventer, despite not having won a World title.
The idea of Legacy was not only to help build an Orton-HHH feud for Wrestlemania XXV, but to help build future opponents for Randy Orton.
As of now, neither Rhodes nor DiBiase have reached that height, but I think they're both more than capable. Now that Cody Rhodes is feuding with Rey Mysterio, it seems it wont be long before he hits the main event consistently, but the story is different for DiBiase. Rumored to be out of favor with management, DiBiase has been lost in the shuffle since leaving Legacy.
This story would undoubtedly be a good one, and their background in Legacy writes a storyline for itself. I think a prolonged program between these two would be very good in terms of the wrestling, and could be quite compelling. Add to that a face-turn for DiBiase to challenge his cocky former partner, and there is the makings of a rejuvenation for the son of the Million Dollar Man.
This one is much simpler. There is little history here. Nonetheless, comparing Bourne and Gabriel, they are very similar athletes with very similar styles. Add to the fact that their spectacular finishing moves are mirror images of each other, and these two could have a real war of attrition.
These two would collide in a series of excellent matches if given the chance.
This whole idea is for the benefit of Yoshi Tatsu as well as the fans.
Yoshi Tatsu has lots of potential, but is obviously held back by not being able to communicate with the fans. He isn't helped, however, by his current gimmick. Coming out to J-Pop doesn't make him seem like an athlete that can be taken seriously.
He wrestles in the strong style, and is actually quite vicious, so why not show that? The best person to do that again for Tatsu would arguably be Daniel Bryan. Bryan wrestles in the strong style too, so he and Tatsu could have excellent, brutal, technical matches. Not only that, Bryan has gained notoriety in the WWE, being a long-running United States champion.
This, however, doesn't have to be about titles. Make Tatsu less childish, and set him and Bryan off in a feud simply about hard-fought competition and respect. It would make for excellent, compelling matches.
Though there is obviously something to be said for a Sin Cara-Rey Mysterio feud, I feel that it's too obvious to rush into. Rey Mysterio can't just be the default opponent for a new Mexican superstar, like he seemed to be for Alberto Del Rio.
Instead, I'd like to see him on RAW and bring some diversity to that show. John Morrison is no lucha d'or, but he is a very explosive wrestler, and his parkour style could set off Sin Cara's lucha offense nicely.
Instead of matching styles like some of the other suggestions, this is a case of off-setting similar but different styles. I imagine an iron-man match between these two being one for the ages, and good for both; especially Morrison, who could gain some notoriety among Latin-American fans with whom Sin Cara is something of a legend.
In the last two years or so, wrestlers from the UK have flooded into the WWE and right up the food chain towards the main event.
This is not a single feud, but a series of combinations.
Drew McIntyre vs Wade Barrett: I myself am a Scotsman (born not far from McIntyre's hometown of Ayr) and it would interest me a lot to see Barrett take on McIntyre. Many see England vs Scotland as one of the oldest rivalries in history. A McIntyre and Barrett feud could personify this rivalry, and maybe as the two grow as performers, their rivalry could center around who will be the first to be a World Champion.
Obviously, Mason Ryan could be added to a combination of these British wrestlers feuding as Wales has a lot of history with England and Scotland.
Although I said Sheamus could not be included, it's worth adding that WWE has hinted at a future alliance between Drew McIntyre and Sheamus informally called 'The Celtic Connection'. This would be a tag team that I'd really like to see, perhaps taking on Barrett and Ryan (England and Wales being, in some ways, quite close historically). Obviously Sheamus is Irish, but there are strong connections between Ireland and Britain, especially Scotland.