The Cosmic Wasteland has arrived at WWE. Its intentions have yet to be revealed.
Stardust needed to rebound from his SummerSlam debacle. He picked a fight with actor Stephen Amell on Twitter, which led to a tag team match. Amell teamed with Neville to face Stardust and King Barrett, and Neville picked up the victory on Barrett with a Red Arrow.
The next night, Stardust turned on Barrett, giving him a Queen’s Crossbow. You’d think Stardust would have gone back to being a solo act. Despite that, he called for reinforcements.
The September 3 episode of SmackDown was supposed to see Neville face Stardust in a singles match. Neville never made it to the ring, and much to Stardust’s enjoyment, The Ascension ambushed Neville.
The Ascension brought Neville in the ring and set him up for the Fall of Man. Viktor hit the spinning back elbow, while Konnor went for the sweep. They successfully hit the Fall of Man, completing their destruction of Neville.
All three men stood tall over Neville. Stardust placed his knee on Neville’s head, naming his faction with an ominous tone: “Welcome to The Cosmic Wasteland!”
The supervillain now has his henchmen. As weird as it may seem in the long haul, this faction can really gain momentum.
Stardust’s Cosmic Wasteland stable has incredible potential.
Stardust and The Ascension floundered in the midcard and tag team divisions, respectively. Stardust remained relevant because of his character. His oddball performance is in high demand, especially since WWE Creative had the confidence to put him in the ring with an actor and then lead his own faction.
The group can work for the right reasons. Frankly, the lesson to learn for these three is coming full circle.
Stardust gained momentum before his newfound gimmick. The man formerly known as Cody Rhodes became an integral part of Randy Orton’s Legacy. He stood alongside Orton and Ted DiBiase, running amok on Raw for three years from 2007-2009.
Now it’s Stardust who takes center stage as captain of The Cosmic Wasteland.
It was also awfully clever bringing The Ascension along, as the group has renewed purpose.
The team of Konnor and Viktor was a dominant force as tag team champions on NXT. It's been in free fall ever since it lost the titles to The Lucha Dragons. Losing to the team of Hideo Itami and Finn Balor didn’t help matters, either.
The Ascension was called up to the main roster but didn’t make the impact it badly sought. It soon became tag team fodder, nearly becoming glorified jobbers to better tag teams such as The Lucha Dragons and The Dudley Boyz.
Joining Stardust puts the duo back on the road to relevance. Learning under Stardust’s tutelage can really put The Ascension back in the tag team hunt.
They also have one X-factor that can give this group legs: They’re different.
The Cosmic Wasteland doesn’t blend into the typical WWE mold. You can look at the stable as misfits, but that’s far from the case.
A crazed, unpredictable megalomaniac who keeps everyone guessing as to what he’ll do next runs The Cosmic Wasteland. This isn’t The New Day preaching the power of positivity. This is a group which will keep everyone on their toes, an element WWE sorely needs in a faction.
The Cosmic Wasteland has incredible potential to last for a long time. If given the opportunity, expect Stardust and The Ascension to become larger-than-life WWE Superstars.