One year ago at Survivor Series, Wade Barrett fought Randy Orton for the WWE Championship. This year, he has not even been considered for a match at the PPV so far.
The last time we saw Wade Barrett competing for a title, he was fighting for the Intercontinental Title that he had just lost to Ezekiel Jackson, who has disappeared off the face of the company as of late.
However, Wade Barrett promises that will all change.
He has called it his uprising.
He has even touted it as his second coming, which would cause a bit of a backlash from Chris Jericho:
@IAmJericho: Et Tu Barrett?? RT @SICKERATION Wade Barretts hashtagged SecondComing for himself. I guess everyone really is biting your gimmicks.
However, regardless of whether Wade Barrett is Julius Caesar, as he said in his first SmackDown promo, or he is Marcus Brutus, he is still a star hopefully on the rise.
But where is he headed?
Here are five possible directions the Wade Barrett Uprising could go.
Worst-case scenario, the Wade Barrett Uprising goes nowhere.
He simply loses his momentum when he tries to hit the big time.
It is one thing to beat Trent Barreta. It is another to win against guys like Sheamus or Randy Orton.
If Barrett cannot get big wins against the big stars, this angle could easily fall through, and he will soon be feuding with Ezekiel Jackson again.
I really hope it doesn't happen, but WWE doesn't have a great track record for pushing stars lately.
I have talked about this a few times lately.
This match almost happened last year.
Now, Barrett is not nearly at the level he was before.
He will need some serious momentum to fight Undertaker at WrestleMania this year in what could be the final match of Taker's career.
Could the Uprising lead to the biggest match of Barrett's career?
I see it as a possibility.
Many people have thought about this scenario.
Some thought he would win the briefcase at the PPV.
There is some talk about him taking it from Bryan after his win at SummerSlam.
Instead, that would be Barrett's last PPV match for several months.
Now, Barrett has the chance to rectify that by stealing the briefcase from the man he has beaten twice.
Personally, I want Bryan to make it to WrestleMania, but Bryan could just be a stepping stone for Barrett.
There was a rumor that WWE wanted a SmackDown star to win the Royal Rumble.
Most people assumed it was Randy Orton, which has now become a more-likely possibility according to early reports.
I have a more interesting suggestion.
How about giving Wade Barrett the Royal Rumble win?
He could use the huge push to get his first real WrestleMania match (his first match being a ridiculous one-and-a-half-minute squash).
If it happens, though, who would he face for the title?
Well, I see him cashing in his shot at Elimination Chamber against only one man.
That man is...
Regardless of if Barrett wins the Royal Rumble or not, this is a feud that could be gold.
With Sheamus becoming the No. 2 face on SmackDown, he is a big obstacle for every heel.
Sure, Wade Barrett can beat down on low- to mid-card talent all he wants, but there only two guys a star needs to beat on SmackDown to succeed: Randy Orton and Sheamus.
This feud could be headed two ways:
Either a feud ending at WrestleMania, or a match at Elimination Chamber with Wade Barrett stealing away a title that Sheamus would gain from Mark Henry.
All I know is that this feud would be great given the chance to build.
Wade Barrett is finally starting to look like a singles star after his long fall from the Nexus and Corre.
Barrett has everything it takes to succeed, and he may finally have the story he needs to find success.
Will it mean world championships and honors like Royal Rumble wins?
Or will it mean just another chance for WWE to drop the ball?
I just hope it leads to something entertaining and worthy of Barrett's talent.
Thanks for reading!