WWE Rumors: Wade Barrett on the Rise on SmackDown, but to Where?

Justin WatrySenior WriterDecember 25, 2011

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  WWE Superstar Wade Barrett is introduced during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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WWE SmackDown was a great show last week.

It was not perfect, but it was a nice show to pass two hours. One thing that stood out to me was Wade Barrett mentioning Daniel Bryan by name. Of course, he surely wants a World Title match, but now?

Is the Barrett Barrage all done? Has Wade proven his point and is about to make a splash in the main event scene again? I am not sure about that, but I have liked his 2010 and 2011 campaigns.

We all know about his 2010. Wade won the first season of NXT and instantly made some noise with the Nexus on Raw. That was a brilliant story, and I even enjoyed the ending with John Cena at TLC.

His run with the Corre was entertaining, but it never did pack much of a "punch." It was a clear extension of the Nexus, only on a much smaller scale. Fans saw right through it. Barrett did his best, but it was not meant to be anything more than it was.

Next, I really liked his Intercontinental title interactions. He got a few feuds out of it while also adding some gold to his name. It was not the main event belt everyone thought he would have by now, but it was acceptable for a man one year into his WWE TV career.

I think that point is often forgotten. The man is not even two years deep into his run on TV, and many just can't help but throw the word "buried" around on the guy. He is very new to the WWE Universe, and being the IC champ was no joke.

Sadly, WWE wanted to give Ezekial Jackson some attention. What better way than to have him beat Wade Barrett for the IC gold? It seemed like a good idea, but it just did not pan out.

That left Wade Barrett without a story for awhile, but sometimes the simple ideas are the best ones.

Just let him beat people for a few weeks. Then move him onto better competition. After that, put him in a feud with an actual top WWE talent and allow him to win.

Wow! Sounds pretty easy to do.

That is exactly what WWE did. He beat up some local talents, then some lesser WWE talents, than moved to Randy Orton. All the while, his Barrett Barrage was going strong.

Now that his feud with Mr. RKO is winding down, where does that leave him? We all know it is almost WrestleMania time, so the intensity will be ratcheted up even more!

Back to SmackDown last week—he mentioned the World Champion. He is making his mind known. Wade is eyeing up Daniel Bryan for a World Title match. Will he get it at the Royal Rumble? Is he hinting at winning the 30-man Rumble to face Bryan at WrestleMania?

The two have plenty of history, so their futures may be closely connected very soon. All I know is that win or lose, Barrett has a great WWE career ahead of him, and I look forward to watching his Barrett Barrage dominate for years to come!

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