Who's Next in Line to Win "The Big One"? Smackdown Edition

David TaplinContributor IOctober 12, 2008

Smackdown, the home to the likes of Edge, Triple H and The Undertaker. We love to see these superstars engage in epic battles to be in the top spot. All of these stars are established and are all huge superstars. On Smackdown we have the likes of Jeff Hardy, MVP, Shelton Benjamin, and Carlito just to name a few. I want to take a look at the rest of the roster and look at who could be to steal a moniker “The Next Big Thing.”


Jeff Hardy always seems to be on the brink of winning the WWE championship. He can never seem to grab that brass ring though. Jeff Hardy is his own worst enemy. Before Wrestlemania 24 he was the obvious winner for Money in the Bank. Jeff Hardy should be WWE Champion right now. But everytime he gets close his personal life gets in the way of his professional. I would love to see Jeff as champion. But can he defeat his demons for good and finally take his spot atop the main event ladder like we all know he can? 


Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP) is the longest reigning United States Champion in Smackdown history. His Wrestlemania 23 match against Chris Benoit showed MVP has the skills to take on anyone in the WWE and have a great match with them. MVP hasn’t been able to break from Top Mid-Card status. MVP has the mic skills and in ring ability to be a top guy. When MVP gets his chance will take advantage of the situation or will he be doomed to live on the Mid-Card forever?


Shelton Benjamin is one of the best pure athletes in the WWE to steal a line from Jim Ross. Be has in-ring skills the likes of which very few have ever been able to match. Yet he can never seem to break out of mid-card purgatory.


His mic skills obviously need work. His match with Shawn Michaels during a tournament for the Number one contendership a few years back was a match of the year candidate and it was Shawn carrying the match. But since then we haven’t seen a high caliber match out of “The Golden Standard” since. I want to see Benjamin on the top of the WWE Universe and become what he is capable of, The WWE Champion.


R-Truth. We all know his story. Was k-Kwik in his early WWE run. Then went to TNA as Ron “The Truth” Killings. Became a NWA Champion so who’s to say he can’t be  WWE Champion. I do see at least a main event spot like Jeff Hardy but if his popularity continues could we be seeing a future WWE Champion on the rise? He’s got the in-ring skills and mic skills to be a major player. I foresee a WWE world title in the future of the former NWA Champion.


The Brian Kendrick was part of a very impressive tag team and is a former tag team champion. His singles career has gotten to a great start with wins over Jeff Hardy and his impressive outing in the Championship Scramble. I don’t see him toppling the likes of Triple H, The Undertaker or The Big Show. The Brian Kendrick will be a U.S. Champion but i don’t see him being a WWE world title contender.


Mr. Kennedy is the only Money In The Bank winner to never be able to cash in. Kennedy was on the path to main event after the Money In The Bank Ladder match at Wrestlemania 23. Since the injury that cost him his briefcase Mr. Kennedy seems stuck on the mid-card. Mr. Kennedy is a great star. Great on the mic and great in the ring. Will we ever see him with a title or briefcase again. I think if he can stay without injury for a prolonged period of time and maybe hold another U.S. Championship he can jump to where he belongs, the main event.


Umaga, “The Samoan Bulldozer” has faced John Cena twice for the WWE Championship and was undefeated up until the first confrontation. A super heavyweight that is incredibly agile and just as physically dominating. A former Intercontinental champion and wins over two of the biggest superstars in history Shawn Micheals and Triple H. I dont know if i ever see Umaga as a world champion. He’s incredible in the ring and has had some incredible matches, But i still can’t even imagine him as world champion.


Smackdown has a great roster with great main eventers, but i would think it would be incredible to see a new first time WWE champion. I look back at the WWE Championship since Early 2004 and the list of first time WWE Champions have been outstanding Eddie Guerrero, John “Bradshaw” Layfield, John Cena, Edge, and RVD. But since June 2006 no one has held the WWE Championship as their first world title. I think its time to see what the WWE Championship used to do, catapult a new generation of world champions to superstardom.