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Evaluating The WWE’s Future Stars

The WWE is at the start of a new era in history with its current youth movement. Several stars appear destined for big things in the WWE, but how many will truly live up to the potential expected by the office and more importantly, the fans?

[adinserter block=”1″]It is truly an exciting time to be a WWE fan. For the first time in almost ten years, there is a new era of stars being ushered in, some on the verge of breaking out, others currently enjoying success at the next level. The theme of WrestleMania 31 appeared to be a changing of the guard but as we all know, rarely do these projects stay on course in the WWE.

Let’s take a look at some of these stars on the cusp of greatness and predict where they will be a year from now based on WWE booking history and of course their own talents.

Bray Wyatt – I was inspired by this blog after a Twitter exchange over Bray Wyatt. Bray is the darling of fans on social media with some ready to induct him into the Hall of Fame. I will repeat what I said on Twitter and I know I am in the minority here, but I just don’t see a sustainable character here. I think Bray’s character is great but it isn’t something I could see several years now as the top babyface star in the WWE. I like his work a lot but can you really see little kids holding Bray up as their hero in a few years? This isn’t a knock on Bray now as I really enjoy what he’s doing but more an analysis on his future. I don’t think it’s nearly as bright as most do.

Roman Reigns – Before Bray came along it was Roman that was picked to be the heir apparent to the top WWE spot. Unlike Wyatt I think Reigns is a sustainable character and I think he possesses a lot of the qualities expected from a top guy. He’s got a very marketable look and has already drastically improved in the ring over the last year. I can see this guy headlining WrestleMania 35-40 before anyone else on this list.

Cesaro – Cesaro has caught fire lately after winning fans over with fantastic television matches against John Cena and Randy Orton. Cesaro won the coveted Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal which is a referendum on his future. Unfortunately those referendums don’t always play out the way they were intended. See Dolph Ziggler and Damien Sandow. I like Cesaro a lot and I don’t know if there is anyone better than him and Daniel Bryan in the ring. Beyond that I’ll tell you what has really impressed me lately. His appearances on recent WWE Network documentaries reveal a whole different side to him. A side I thought never existed. He can talk and I think he can cut a good promo if given the opportunity. Will he headline a WrestleMania? I am on the fence with this one. He isn’t typically the kind of a guy that the WWE invest in over a long period of time but the talent is there and then some.

Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins – For space sake I thought I would lump these two guys in together. Remember when The Shield debuted and Ambrose was the hottest heel since Roddy Piper? He has simmered down quite a bit over the last few months while Rollins has turned into the spokesperson for the team. I think Rollins has more marketability over time than Ambrose so I tend to lean more Rollins having the better WWE career than Ambrose. That said, Ambrose can talk when given the chance and if they decide to give him the microphone again he could talk himself right into one of those top spots.

[adinserter block=”2″]Daniel Bryan – Is the Yes Movement a flash in the pan or is he here to stay? It’s a real tough question because I think the talent is there but I still question the WWE’s commitment to him. I still get the impression that the WWE aren’t as committed to him as most hoped they would be by now. I think Bryan will be one of those guys like Chris Jericho who finds himself all over the card throughout his WWE career which isn’t a bad career to have. I just don’t see him keeping this place on the cards for more than a few months and that will be by no fault of his own.

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  1. While Bray Wyatt and others newbies listed are “still learning”, please remember without experience, none will gain the “wisdom” to keep their WWE careers going…

    In time, guys like Bray Wyatt will surely be “talkers” rather than in ring specialists…their skills will be on the mike and putting over the newbies of the future..

    Bray Wyatt hasn’t learned many moves, but his mike skills are excellent, he’s a born heel, expect him to be a “manager” etc much like others did as their physical attributes wane…

  2. I too am in the minority when it comes to Bray Wyatt. His promo’s are top notch and his in ring work is also pretty good. However, I am not sure where he evolves to at this point and after feud with Cena where does he go, especially if he loses. His gimmick is unique but is he the next Taker or the next Kane. Kane is good but he is really only good as the Big Red Machine, which gives him a long career but his job is to lose high profile matches not wear championships. It could fizzle….

      • Even Taker needed a re-boot when he went biker. I am surprised more people have not compared Bray to Raven. Similar situation, Raven was amazing but he peaked with the flock and that was it. Great career but one dimensional.

  3. Again. My point was never about Bray being a top baby face or HOFer. Stop with the hyperbole please. This is just your assumptions when I said I or others see him as a sustainable character. What exactly is your argument anyway and what is the correlation? Why does sustainable have to mean top baby face, and this talk of being kids heroes and what not? I’m not sure anyone on the planet who makes the argument that he’s sustainable even thinks that anyway. I wouldn’t want him to be a top baby face. He can be as a heel or top villain. There are wrestlers make a career that route. Or as a gray character.

    If throw that all aside, knowing where I’m coming from, the character can continue to evolve within that framework Windham Rotunda has started, evolve it, keep it fresh with the direction. He’s already done it. There’s so many layers he’s developed with this character and influences he borrows from. He’ll adapt it. He’s doing it on another level who have tried this “type of ” gimmick. He’s differentiated itself already. But again, why does bright future also have to mean top baby face star? I’m not sure you even know what you’re arguing here or you’re not clear about what people are saying when they think he’s sustainable. He can continue to be great as a top heel villain and there is longevity, sustainability in that…

    • If it was to Reigns or Bray Wyatt I wouldn’t have a problem with it, as “the rub” would propel them into the stratosphere, one would think

    • You obviously don’t know much about wrestling. It is tradition that a wrestler loses his final match. Undertaker has made no secret that he is retiring. He’s broken down and he’s done and he knows it. He isn’t going to hang on like ric flair


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