For most superstars, a rise in the ranks in the WWE takes many pieces to fall into place at one time.
There's talent and hard work, but there's also that much needed "it" factor, and sometimes even a little bit of luck.
Guys like John Cena and Randy Orton are in a position that other wrestlers can only dream of, and even the hardest working superstar may be always branded as a simple jobber if upper management doesn't think they have the tools to carry this company on his or her back.
Every once in a while though, the WWE will take a chance and try to create a new main event superstar. With all the young, exciting talent currently on the roster, that moment is coming very soon for tons of guys.
Here's a few guys that look like they're next in line for a big time push.
Big frame? Check.
Dominating victories? Check.
Recent promos all over Raw? Check.
It seems as if the WWE is setting up Brodus Clay for a chance at the big time, and hopefully he doesn't disappoint. At 6'8" and over 360 pounds, he's pretty hard to miss.
He's definitely big enough to stand toe-to-toe with anyone of the roster, and he proved that he can be a pretty powerful force when he was Alberto Del Rio's escort earlier in 2011.
Of course, video promos like that don't always guarantee that a superstar is a surefire, future main event regular.
John Morrisson had a promo much like Clay's a month or so ago, and if anything The Shaman of Sexy has actually been buried since it aired.
Zack Ryder also had a promo video not too long ago. Granted, he's been on television a little bit more, even being in one of the most entertaining segments of the year with Hugh Jackman.
Still, it looks like Long Island Iced-Z's push is already starting to fizzle a bit.
So what can we expect from Clay? Well, not much really, but at least it's clear that the WWE is willing to give this guy a chance to prove he can hang.
It's still going to take some work though, including good mic skills, some entertaining matches and excellent heat from the crowd.
Guess we'll just have to wait and see if Brodus Clay can turn this little opportunity into a major push.
Sure, he's been in a HUGE slump lately, and honestly I really don't understand exactly what the WWE is doing with him right now. But let's not forget that, as of right now, Bryan is still going to be headlining the biggest Wrestlemania of all time.
Bryan, a former United States Champion, has always been a huge fan favorite in the WWE, and I know I'm not the only one who thinks he's been heavily misused ever since winning the briefcase back in July.
For three months now, Bryan's been nothing but a major fail.
Maybe I'm crazy, but if this guy is going to fight for the World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania, shouldn't the WWE be trying to make him more of a household name? I mean, who's going to care about Daniel Bryan if nobody thinks he has a chance against anybody?
Bryan's push has to be coming soon though, right? Unless the WWE wants to make a huge mistake and take the briefcase off of him so they can give it to someone else.
I can't think of a single person who would be happy about that though, especially since Bryan has barely even been given a chance to prove he can shine on some big stages.
That's why Daniel Bryan comes in at No. 5 on this list. If the WWE was pushing him properly, he'd easily been in the top three.
As long as Bryan has the briefcase though, he must be recognized a legitimate future champion here in the WWE. Hopefully, once Wrestlemania rolls around, not only will Bryan get his push, he'll also get his much-deserved Wrestlemania moment.
A couple months ago, I would've been very quick to write off David Otunga as nothing more than a jobber for life. His gimmick was stupid, and he had absolutely no direction after the break up of Nexus. It was sad to watch, because I honestly thought he had some great untapped potential.
Now, with his new gimmick as a snobby Harvard graduate with a brain as big as his biceps, Otunga is definitely on his way up the ladder in the WWE. His recent alliance with guys like Dolph Ziggler and Cody Rhodes has proven that he can be a great addition to any angle they throw him into.
His backstage segments with bigwigs like John Laurinaitis also show that he's very close to making a pretty big impact in the WWE.
Otunga is a perfect example of what happens when the WWE actually gives someone a gimmick that he or she can work with. Otunga has fit flawlessly into his new role on Raw, and even with his Nexus days long behind him, it's clear the WWE hasn't given up on him.
We'll see if the WWE keeps pushing Otunga like they're doing now, or if he'll just end up being known as that guy in Nexus who won the tag titles like 45 times.
Let's not also forget that he's married to Jennifer Hudson, a very talented and famous performer. Whether or not you like Otunga, you have to appreciate the fact that he's an instant media attraction whenever he steps out with his wife.
Every red carpet appearance will do wonders for the WWE's image if Otunga is a big enough wrestler.
Hopefully, the WWE does the right thing and gives the guy a chance to put that law degree to good use.
The WWE has so much faith in Sin Cara, that they now have two of him.
In the next few years, this guy will be just as big as Rey Mysterio, if not bigger. I guarantee it.
There's just no way that the WWE will allow Sin Cara to fail, and that's why they brought another guy in for the roll after the first got suspended. Both of them are now going at it to decide who the true Sin Cara is.
Sin Cara is heir to Mysterio's throne as the most recognized Mexican wrestler in the world, and the WWE will keep shoving him down our throats until we get that. He's already a revenue machine, even though he really hasn't done much but flip around the ring and botch moves.
Still, Sin Cara is the future representative of the lucha libre culture in the WWE, and that's a pretty big deal when you look at how big the WWE is in Mexico.
Not convinced? Check this out.
Yup, that's Sin Cara on the Mexican WWE '12 cover. A man who's barely even scratched the surface of his potential is already on the cover of a video game. The WWE could have easily gone with Rey Mysterio, even though he's injured.
Even Randy Orton would have been fine since he's on the American version. But instead the guys over at THQ went with Sin Cara.
Yeah, I'd say his time to shine is definitely right around the corner. Wait until Mysterio and Cara actually do face off. It will easily be one of the biggest spectacles ever presented in a WWE ring.
In only a short time, Sin Cara has become an incredibly popular wrestler not just in Mexico, but throughout the world.
By this time next year, no matter what mask he's wearing, Sin Cara will be one of the biggest stars in the company, if he isn't one already.
Mason Ryan is on a ride straight to the top after returning a few weeks ago on Raw.
After a hugely popular face turn, the former Nexus member has thrown his past completely out the window and is starting fresh, much to the delight of the WWE Universe.
Ryan has already been a part of huge 12-man tag match with some of the biggest faces and heels in the entire company.
He's also pinned Dolph Ziggler twice now, which puts him in line for a shot at the United States Title.
Ryan definitely has all the tools to be a future champion in this company, and he's the perfect replacement for WWE legend Batista. He's muscular, intimidating, fun to watch, draws a reaction from the crowd and is already a very noticeable presence on the WWE roster.
Just look at the guy for God's sake, he has muscles that I didn't even know existed.
Did I mention he's only been back for a few weeks? If so I'll mention it again anyways, because it deserves to be repeated.
At this rate, Ryan's main event opportunity could be right around the corner, barring any setbacks.
But seriously...he's terrible.
Although he's already the Intercontinental champion, Cody Rhodes' future megapush is only beginning.
Rhodes is a future champion in the WWE, and his moment at the top of the mountain may be coming incredibly soon.
His IC title reign has been one of the best things to happen to that belt in years, and he has single-handedly rejuvenated the division with his respectable title run, and his idea to bring back the old-school strap.
He's defeated every opponent who stands in the ring with him, and he's defended the IC with nothing but sheer pride and determination.
Honestly, I hope Rhodes' reign comes to an end soon though, because that would mean his main event push is truly going to heat up very quickly.
Feuding with Randy Orton is only reserved for the biggest dogs in the yard nowadays, and not only is Rhodes hanging with The Viper, he's beaten him twice, and has helped create a very strong rivalry between the two former friends.
His current alliances with Ziggler, Christian and Swagger have also been a great success so far, and between that and Orton, Rhodes has become a mainstay on both Raw and Smackdown.
The future is the brightest it could possibly be for Rhodes right now.
After a a few more months of a very solid IC title reign, some high profile rivalries and continuous exposure on both brands, Crazy Cody will should be in an ideal position to become a main event superstar.
There's not a doubt in my mind that Rhodes with be hoisting up the World Heavyweight Championship in no time.
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