WWE: 11 Superstars on the Rise

A.D. Christian VitaleCorrespondent IIOctober 7, 2011

WWE: 11 Superstars on the Rise

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    Hello Bleacher Report!

    Today I want to take the time to talk about superstars in the WWE who are receiving a major push. These 11 superstars have made enough of an impact to change how we look at the WWE product as a whole. The slides will include specific and general facts on the current superstars and storylines.

    Just sit back, relax and enjoy!

Zack Ryder

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    The first man I want to add to this list is the "Internet Champion," Zack Ryder.

    When he first started his Internet show, it was because he was not given the time on WWE TV to prove himself to the fans. Fans and the WWE higher-ups immediately took notice once they realized how charismatic he is.

    WWE saw the opportunity and they took it.

    Zack Ryder is now featured on RAW and Smackdown. He has been in a mini-feud with the current United States Champion, Dolph Ziggler, and his online show is being plugged in by the announce table.

    It is only a matter of time before Ryder gets his first singles title. Count on it.

David Otunga

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    As part of the Original Nexus and New Nexus, he was merely a lackey who sometimes got noticed. He became a tag team champion, but it just didn't seem like he got the support from fans as being a credible title holder.

    For a short time after the ending of these groups, he even went on to job to the likes of Jerry Lawler. Then, a couple weeks ago, he appeared with a new lawyer gimmick.

    He was featured in a huge tag team match on the recent episode of RAW and is the mastermind behind the other superstars suing the WWE.

    I personally did not believe in Otunga, but I think that if they make David Otunga’s gimmick work, it could become some compelling television.

Dolph Ziggler

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    Dolph Ziggler is your current United States Champion.

    He currently has Vickie Guerrero as his manager and is going after the tag team titles with Jack Swagger. Oh, did I forget to mention he is also tied into the biggest storyline of the year?

    Dolph is improving every week and I believe it is only a matter of time before he is in the main events.

Cody Rhodes

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    Rhodes has definitely turned some heads since becoming the Intercontinental Champion.

    His current programs with the conspiracy angle and his feud with Randy Orton have been nothing short of excellent.

    At Hell in a Cell, he brought back the classic IC title and vowed to defend it.

    Cody, I tip my hat to you.


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    Christian might not seem to be on the rise if you consider he has now lost against Orton, Sheamus and Mark Henry, but look at the bigger picture.

    Christian is in the main event!

    His matches are exciting to watch and he is in all the top storylines. He is a two-time World Heavyweight Champion and I certainly don’t expect him to end his career with only two reigns.

Mark Henry

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    I think you can guess what I am going to say about Mark Henry. But, just in case you can’t, I’ll tell you.

    Mark Henry is in his prime right now. WWE has officially created a legitimate monster heel and have built him up to seem like a threat to the WWE locker room.

    Any person to go over Randy Orton twice on PPV (two times in a row!) is destined for a long reign.

Alberto Del Rio (ADR)

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    Alberto is one of those superstars that was immediately pushed to the main event.

    He won the Royal Rumble, he was the No. 1 Contender for the WHC and he won Money in the Bank. After all of that, he had a world title reign of two weeks.

    Needless to say, I was disappointed.

    Thankfully, WWE realized the mistake and allowed him to recapture the WWE Championship at Hell in a Cell.

    To the WWE: Alberto can be good—really good—but he can’t lose the title again anytime soon. If he does, I’m afraid he will lose all his credibility as a main event superstar.


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    When Sheamus became a face, I was a bit curious how popular he would become. I knew that he had to turn face, but I was unsure if fans would accept him.

    They did.

    He is the official number two babyface on Smackdown and is part of the Fantastic Four (Cena, Orton, Punk, Sheamus). His recent push, as well as the fact that he was not there for the vote against Triple H, proves he is considered above the mid-card faces like Kofi and John Morrison.

    Keep up the good work WWE.

Awesome Truth (The Miz and R Truth)

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    I put them on the same slide because I feel they are getting pushed the same way.

    They are the superstars who are creating chaos from outside the WWE. They are the underutilized stars who had a point to make and decided to do something about it.

    The havoc they have caused over the past month has shaken the foundation of the WWE and led an entire locker room to unite against COO Triple H.

    They will be in the main event soon. Trust me.

CM Punk

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    Last but not least, we have the man who launched us out of the PG Era: CM Punk.

    Because of Punk, I feel there is a new edge to the WWE. They finally realized we need some reality in our feuds. By that, I mean feuds that don’t always end in immediate victory for the babyface.

    In life, we don’t always succeed on the first try. CM Punk might not have won against Triple H, he might not have won the WWE Championship, but CM Punk will be the winner at the end of the day.

    When that time comes, he will solidify himself as an icon.


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