WWE Black Friday: 10 Deals on Superstars to Buy Now
Today is Black Friday, a day referred to as the first true shopping day for the holidays. Stores all across the country open their doors early in the day to mobs of people who are looking for obscene discounts on popular items. The best deals of the year come around on Black Friday, but don't wait for too long. If you want a good deal, you can't afford (sometimes literally) to miss out on Black Friday prices.
In the spirit of the capitalistic holiday, here are 10 Black Friday-like deals on current WWE superstars. Not too many people are sold on these guys, but the bandwagons are open to the public for little cost and won't stay that way very long.
Hop upon or miss out, people. Here are the door-busting deals.
A lot of people originally bought in on Alex Riley but have since lost interest in the youngster. A year ago, Riley got into trouble with a DUI in Tampa and seemed to have a guardian angel on his side for not being fired from that act alone.
Riley has broken away from The Miz and become a face, but he has been lost in the shuffle after being given a decent push.
Riley is still rather green, which had a lot of his supporters drop him. This guy reminds me of Rocky Maivia when he debuted 15 years ago. Riley is a blue chipper who, while he doesn't have the gene pool of Maivia, has traces of the charisma that the Great One possessed.
In fact, one could easily argue that Riley is one of the few NXT rookies in the history of the show that actually had any charisma. It was that fact that made him stick out from the pack, but his voice seemed to get muffled when he joined the main roster.
Riley isn't on the cusp of any pushes anytime soon, but he doesn't turn 31 until late April of next year, so he still has time left to develop and become something special. Buy now, and don't regret later.
This won't be a sale that will take too much time to convince you. For weeks, we have heard about Brodus Clay's return. Murmurers keep whispering that Clay will debut soon and the payoff for buying into him now may prove beneficial sooner rather than later.
Signs seem to point to him coming back as a monster heel and attacking John Morrison, effectively writing his character off since it seems to be heading that way.
Clay spent most of his 2011 filming a movie with WWE Films. That's right. This guy has barely been on the main roster but already has a film. That sounds promising by itself, but it means he will join a list of guys like Mr. Kennedy and Ted DiBiase, who both got movies before becoming stars inside the ring, too.
Clay's sheer size and the hype surrounding his return make this a badly kept secret, but a bandwagon that has gotten lighter from people losing patience in waiting for him. The wait is all but over.
Never heard of Dean Ambrose? You are missing out. Ambrose is a superstar in FCW, WWE's developmental territory. Known the world over as Jon Moxley, Ambrose only signed with WWE in early April and didn't debut in FCW until May.
I was fortunate enough to see Ambrose in one of his last bouts as Moxley, and rest assured that this guy has a lot of talent. If you don't believe me, ask CM Punk. It was Punk who went to an FCW house show just to wrestle Ambrose.
Even the people at PWI know how good this guy is, ranking him just outside the top-100 wrestlers in the world in their annual PWI 500. Ambrose turns just 26 years old in a few weeks, so there is still a lot of wrestling ahead for this guy.
If you need a poster boy for fallen stocks in WWE right now, look no further than Drew McIntyre. It isn't too often that Vince McMahon calls you the Chosen One, you become Intercontinental Champion months later and then you suffer in silence among other obscure wrestlers.
McIntyre seems to be suffering the sins of others, which shows that this 26-year-old is a company guy.
He also has a great in-ring style, something that many of us remember about him. The tides seem to be changing in the distance, and Drew McIntyre will survive it. Join him if you please.
Often referred to by fans as "that dude that wasn't Sin Cara," Hunico has gone through a whole bunch of changes in the last few months. Hunico went from unknown masked wrestler in FCW to Sin Cara's understudy, eventually becoming Sin Cara's evil half, and then being unmasked.
During that span, Hunico got on two pay-per-views. Not bad for a 34-year old who seemed to be in a dead-end position.
Hunico actually impressed people in Madison Square Garden at Survivor Series. Now that Sin Cara is injured until midway through 2012, WWE needs to find a reason to keep Hunico out there. They have made such drastic changes to his career in the past few months that they now need to legitimize his spot on the roster.
He has the talent to stick around for a while. Quit arguing on how to pronounce the beginning of his name, and buy some stock in Hunico.
The original NXT rookie group showed a lot of promise. Members included Daniel Bryan and Wade Barrett, who have both become singles champions.
Among the other six, one was released, one has been injured for a long time, one went back to NXT, one became a lawyer in storyline and one was named Heath Slater. The guy I'm forgetting here is Justin Gabriel, but I'm not alone in forgetting about him.
Gabriel is an agile superstar with capabilities to be very impressive when necessary. His matches with high-profile opponents while he was in Nexus and The Corre have made Gabriel a person of interest for some. Many thought that he would move up the ranks in both factions, but Gabriel has seemingly stood still. That likely will change, and Gabriel will be waiting.
When your father is such a remembered and respected pro wrestling legend, it is very hard to follow in the footsteps, but step out of your father's path. Michael McGillicutty is the son of the late Mr. Perfect, but that wouldn't be known unless somebody told you.
McGillicutty works hard and can wrestle better than most of the guys who have graduated from NXT. The sky is the limit with this kid.
Now without David Otunga, McGillicutty is free to try and stack up some singles victories and attempt to move towards a mid-card championship.
He was Tyler Black back in Ring of Honor, but Seth Rollins has a stranglehold on FCW right now. Rollins seems to be rolling along and will be getting sick of not being called up. Rollins has been chomping at the bit for a chance on the main roster.
The year 2012 will likely be a year where Seth Rollins will come out and introduce himself to much of the WWE Universe. Whether or not we will get a sneak peek in the last weeks of 2011 is anyone's guess. I can't wait for Rollins to come to the main roster.
Once again, it is tough to be the son of a Hall of Fame guy. Ted DiBiase was once a proud member of Legacy. However, Cody Rhodes and Randy Orton, the other two members of the group, have had much more success since breaking up.
DiBiase still is without a singles title. He couldn't even hold on to his unsanctioned Million Dollar Championship during his feud with Goldust.
Fans have been hot and cold with DiBiase. He was supposed to get his own faction, called the Fortunate Sons, but that fell through after injuries to his brother, Brett. Brett could never get himself fully on track, and the company moved on without it.
Now DiBiase has to watch as Orton and Rhodes are both big parts of SmackDown. This is one of those buy-low types of stocks. We know what DiBiase is capable of, but can he make it to the next level? That's up to you.
Tyson Kidd is one of those guys that you forgot was still on the roster. He is an impressive little guy, but he's a little guy, and that normally doesn't work unless you are wearing a lucha libre mask.
Kidd, if given the opportunity, could get higher on the card than people would believe. WWE has tried a few times, but seemed to give up on them before they really started. Kidd got Jackson Andrews as an enforcer and lost him a few weeks later. There was also the storyline on Superstars with Kidd getting a new manager each week, but even that ended.
With a sustained opportunity, Kidd could thrive. He has that desire and ability to make something of it. Kidd just has something special about him and, while I can't put my finger on what it is exactly, I do know that he needs a real chance before I can send Tyson Kidd packing back to FCW or out of WWE entirely.