Last week countless Edge articles were written. An assortment of tributes, finest moments, and analysis of his departure highlighted this site's landscape. This article will be about the void Edge leaves behind on Smackdown.
Edge's void on the blue brand cannot be easily replaced. There are not a whole lot of full-time top faces on Smackdown.
It is no secret Edge was the face of Smackdown as soon as he moved over from Raw in October 2010. His ill-advised heel turn on Raw evolved into a face turn on Smackdown as he targeted the "stupid" in Jack Swagger's eagle (ironically Chavo Guerrero), Michael Cole, and the anonymous Raw General Manager.
But you already know that.
WWE desperately needs to find a guy to replace Edge as the top face of Smackdown. But who can carry that mantle?
It would not be practical to move John Cena to the "B" show or force Undertaker or Triple H to work a full-time schedule. These top ten guys must either be a face or have a good, logical reason to turn face.
That means you won't see guys such as Wade Barrett or Alberto Del Rio on here. You also won't see guys currently not employed with WWE. This means no Chris Jericho, A.J. Styles, or even Kurt Angle.
Furthermore, they will be thrust into the main event scene almost immediately. They must be ready to handle the pressure Edge faced weekly. My list will feature guys with experience, youth, or even both.
Note I will not take into account the brand separation because superstars already switch brands all the time or appear outside of their show.
First, I will list wrestlers on the honorable mention list.