The past few months of WWE TV following the end of CM Punk’s historic WWE Title reign has been controlled by part timers and John Cena. The only real star made in 2012 was CM Punk, the argument can be made for Ryback, but I don’t think he is quite there, and with his pay per view record the WWE doesn’t think so either. The rest of the time and money was spent on bringing back The Rock and Brock Lesnar to spark the rest of 2012. I had many questions to which direction the WWE would take after WrestleMania had come and gone; how is the next several months going to go with no part timers. New stars need to be made, new reasons to want us to watch, new faces to be looked at. This week on Raw I think we got a preview of what is to come, at least until WrestleMania 30 starts creeping up. Dolph Ziggler’s time has finally arrived, becoming the new World Heavyweight Champion, Fandango is over as anyone could have asked for this early into career, as this character. The Shield remains undefeated while circling around The Undertaker and Team Hell No. The WWE continues to stir this ship that is The Shield perfectly since the three soon to be stars made their debut. In the past few years the months that lie ahead have been the time where new stars begin to shine bright. Will the WWE has a new class of guys they not only believe in but can rely on to bring in the big numbers and the big bucks.
Dolph Ziggler leads this class simply because he and all of his fans really had to wait for the right moment. Next to CM Punk, Ziggler was the next ‘it’ guy. He now has the World Title to go along with AJ and Big E Langston. Ziggler proved he can not only wrestle with anyone on the roster but make them look great, take the biggest and best bumps, not to mention his ability to cut a promo that suits his character perfectly every single night. Like Punk, Ziggler is over with a majority of the WWE Universe and just about every smart fan you talk to. Now he gets to show why, and become a major player just like CM Punk. Now that he is the World Champion he will be headlining a SmackDown brand that already features a lot of former champions. It’s Dolph’s time let us all rejoice and soak it all in.
The Shield is the next big thing; all three men are stars to be. They haven’t lost as a group, in fact they have beaten some of the biggest names in the business today. The WWE followed up their win with an altercation with the Undertaker as he tried to give his victory/tribute to Paul Bearer speech; not CM Punk, The Shield, talk about positioning. Even if we don’t get The Shield against Undertaker and Team Hell No just having these three rub elbows with top WWE Superstars is enough to keep their push going strong. There is no doubt in my mind at least one of these guys will be carrying championship gold by summer, if not all three along with being featured in the top storylines on either Raw or SmackDown. In my opinion every member of The Shield is ready for singles and or tag team action to stack up more wins, but all in all watch out for The Shield; something tells me they might be having a WrestleMania moment come this time next year.
Fandango isn’t Brodus Clay, he isn’t Kofi Kingston, he isn’t (insert any name of the current roster not getting any TV time) his gimmick has gotten over very quickly, he owns a WrestleMania win over Chris Jericho, and most importantly he is over, for now, it’s up to him and the WWE to keep him there. I might be jumping the gun but my gut tells me the WWE is more invested in Fandango than they are say a Damien Sandow or Prime Time Players. Like Sandow and PTP Fandango is riding a gimmick to get over, but he has the luxury to adjust his character, and even drop the dance routine all the while keeping his charisma and ruthless in the ring.
My Wild Card pick is Antonio Cesaro. I am fully invested in his character and United States Title reign. Cesaro has the look of an AWA/NWA star, his in ring work and strength is almost second to none, he is a great talker; not to mention his latest addition the yodel, which may play a factor in a face turn. Cesaro and his fans may have to play the waiting game like we had to with CM Punk, Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler. It is solely up to the WWE to get this guy over by having him feud with someone when it means something. Feuds are all about emotion, the fans attach to the emotion involved in feuds. When you have a champion feuding with several different guys with no reason in particular no one will latch on. There are a plethora of Superstars in the back, good ones too, for god’s sake someone in creative come up with something for this guy.
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