Posted by Van Hammer
The Showcase for the Immortals. WrestleMania is supposed to be the culmination of the feuds. The grandest stage where the best of the best are ultimately tested. This is also the biggest payday for the workers who have carried the company throughout the year. This year the WWE Champion is the Rock, Triple H is facing Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker is defending his streak. This means the three main events are starring part timers. While I am not opposed to this, in looking at a now 10 match card, one can’t help but wonder how the following names have nothing coming.
Prime Time Players
Despite jobbing to the flavor of the month, Titus O’Neal has shined for the 2012-13 season. On the mic he is getting better and better. In the ring he is solid and very physical. When the time comes he will fit nicely in the secondary title picture. Darren Young is a blue chipper. He has the tools and the personality to draw. Once given the opportunity, I guarantee he will find a niche in WWE. I am in no way advocating this team disband. I am in fact pointing out how much potential these men have after a great year. The tag team division should be built around teams like this, The Uso’s and Epico and Primo. All three teams have been used to prop the thrown together groups and now to be slighted after making teams like Tensai and Clay look credible is absurd.
Kofi Kingston and R Truth
If Shawn Michaels is Mr. WrestleMania, Kofi Kingston is Mr. Royal Rumble. While he has not seemed to win it, he consistently shows up in the marquee moment every year. Last year him and Truth captured tag team gold and provided entertainment as well as pure athleticism to Monday Nights. Kofi set the IWC on fire and made Main Event a viable show by capturing his fourth Intercontinental Title. Kingston kept that Title until late December. Kofi beat Miz for the title and in all of their subsequent encounters and finally lost to Barrett. Somehow he is not included in the title match and is not a factor despite being the thread that held this title together all year.
Truth has come back with intensity. The time with Kofi and his Little Jimmy gimmick could not stop the man who once main evented PPVs and proved he can go with the face of the company and look extremely credible. Truth is world champ caliber. As much as Dolph Ziggler fits the prototype, Truth has intensity, personality and a natural charisma as a heel and a face. With an in ring set that could be exploited, Ron Killings should be walking around with gold. He returned a few weeks back and destroyed Sandow. He beat Cody Rhodes the next week. Truth pinned Antonio Cesaro several times. Despite an impressive season capped with returning from his injury at TLC without losing a beat, the suntan Superman has not been inserted in the PPV or in an angle with the next person.
The gold standard. Cesaro debuted last April to the main roster and has clearly established himself as the break out star of Smackdown. Feuds with R Truth, Miz and others only established that this man who captured the United States title shortly after his debut from Santino Marella was a player. The title is increasingly gaining in prestige and is making the multilingual superstar look like the best pure wrestler in the locker room. Incredible strength and the look of a winner, Cesaro is everything Vince loves. I can imagine the pat on the back after he impressively lifted and dropped the Great Khali on his face. This is something typically reserved for a Mark Henry. Still heating up, Cesaro is currently engaged in causing havoc to the Ric Flair endorsed Mike Miz. As of this writing, there is still no position on WrestleMania for the Swiss United States Champion.
Tamina Snuka and Natalya
While much hype has been placed on the recent in ring work of AJ and Kaitlyn, who should be doing a divas title match at WrestleMania, I cannot help but notice we are overlooking two divas on the roster who can flat out go!!! Tamina and Natalya. The divas roster gets the worst reviews and this is the reason. Instead of tag teams like Jimmy and Jey getting a run in the tag division they are served up on a platter to Mark Henry. Their partner Tamina is nowhere to be found. Natalya is wearing ill-fitting dresses, too much make up and schlepping around a lumbering jobber in Khali. We all know they have skill. Why is there no fatal four way diva match, with a 15 minute ring time (unheard of scheduling) where these women can shut up the critics. I invite you all to read Chris Surrency piece, “Guys Do It All The Time”, and Mr. Mal Occhio’s, “Real Women’s Division Within WWE Reach – But Do They Want It?”. A viable WWE women’s division is still viable but it starts with putting these 4 women in a position to tear it down on the main show and the show case PPV.
Writers often immerse themselves in a distraction when the words do not seem to flow. My distraction is music. So for the IWC (I include myself) and anyone who has been at a loss for words when thinking about the state of the rest of the roster, I offer Journey’s – Dont Stop Believing.
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