If WWE isn’t going to give Wade Barrett a world heavyweight championship opportunity, then maybe a shot at the Intercontinental Championship is in the cards. The one problem with this scenario is that both Barrett and current intercontinental champ Cody Rhodes are both heels, so one of them would have to turn rather quickly.
Of the two, Rhodes has the better potential to make the transition to a face. Over these past few months, Rhodes has gained respect and sympathy from WWE fans—especially after the vicious head shot he took courtesy of Randy Orton and the ring bell.
And the fans are starting to catch on to the fact that Rhodes is a bona fide superstar in the making. The pop he got from the Madison Square Garden crowd at Survivor Series indicates that. I think a Barrett-Rhodes rivalry would be one of the best Intercontinental title feuds in recent WWE history.
It's obvious both wrestlers are brimming with main-event potential at the moment. If WWE won't put either one in the main event, then an IC title match will be the next best thing.