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Inside The Wheelhouse: Who should the WWE push? (RAW edition)

Evan BourneThe WWE has been on an attempt of a “youth movement” for the past year or so and it’s been a pretty decent attempt to prepare the WWE for their next generation of wrestling. It has established a foundation of future stars with wrestlers such as Sheamus, The Miz and Wade Barrett. It has given the future of the WWE a great amount of potential for years to come.

But the real question is who should the WWE give the ball to for the future of the company like they have with guys like Sheamus, The Miz and Wade Barrett? What wrestlers on the RAW and Smackdown brands have the potential of being future mega stars in the company like the WWE has marked with those three young wrestlers? Who can be given the ball and run with it to take the WWE into their next chapter of wrestling eras?

We have seen these foundation building movements happen before in the WWE where the company started elevating younger, fresher wrestlers to be the future of the company. We saw it in 1993-1994 (Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Diesel, Razor Ramon), in 1997-1998 (Steve Austin, The Rock, Triple H, Mick Foley) and in 2004-2005 (John Cena, Batista, Randy Orton). It looks like 2010 they are doing it again as they head into 2011.

Looking at the RAW brand roster there is a decent amount of wrestlers that have future “WWE main eventer” written all over them. With the right push and right fued these wrestlers can join the likes of Sheamus, The Miz and Wade Barrett as wrestlers that are going to be future stars in this company. It’s time for the WWE to continue building the foundation of their “youth movement” for the good of their future.

John Morrison – The very first blog I wrote on Camel Clutch Blog was about how John Morrison is a “main event waiting to happen” so I won’t get to in-depth with him being a future star in the company. There have been times when the WWE pulls the plug on a Morrison push and then they push him again. He appears to being pushed again as a future singles star after two clean victories over former World Champion Chris Jericho. It will be interesting to see how productive he is from now till the Royal Rumble.

Daniel Bryan – Up until last year it was Daniel Bryan (aka Bryan Danielson) who would be the #1 guy on my list of independent wrestlers that needs to be signed by the WWE. Thankfully the WWE has signed Bryan and has placed him on the main roster. His time on the roster has been a very critical one with a horrible start on the first season of NXT till now where he is becoming more of a believable United States Champion.

He is one of the best pure wrestlers in the business and can make any match entertaining to any type of wrestling fan. If the WWE takes the governor off of Daniel Bryan’s potential then this guy can be a future World Champion and a future Wrestlemania main event. The WWE needs to capitalize on his ability as soon as they can and thankfully after much disappointment in the beginning, it appears that’s what the WWE is doing with him right now.

Evan Bourne – I wrote another blog on Camel Clutch Blog about how Evan Bourne’s push was cut way too short at the start of the summer. One minute people had Bourne penciled in as a potential future World Champion thanks to the Cena “rub” he was receiving in front of and behind the curtain, and now he’s working opening or even dark matches. That should not be happening to a guy with such a talent like Evan Bourne.

WWE knows they can make small wrestlers great superstars in their company. Look what they have done with most recently Rey Mysterio and in the past with Shawn Michaels & Bret Hart. Small wrestlers make money too Mr. McMahon.

The guy is talented in the ring and exciting to watch. Hopefully the WWE considers soon letting Evan Bourne do what he bests and make him into a star. He has the potential to be an upper mid-carder and if given the right chance he can definitely by a Main eventer.

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Ted DiBiase – I have been an avid supporter of an eventual Ted DiBiase push for quite sometime now. The guy has had the look of being a future star since he debuted for the company two years ago. They have finally given him a singles run, a gimmick, an amazingly beautiful valet and the Million Dollar Championship. But despite all of that it appears he continues to struggle with connecting with the audience.

DiBiase should be one of the best heels in the company but looks like he always gets lost in the shuffle over on the Raw side. Since departing from Legacy he has never really taken off like many people forcasted for him. Probably the worst thing that is holding him back is that he is on the Raw brand and not on Smackdown where he can be focused a little bit more. Despite all of the problems he has faced, he is still a future star in my eyes. This feud with Goldust is maybe just what the doctor ordered.

Tyson Kidd – Now this may come as a surprise by some as a name that could be a future singles star in the WWE. But if the WWE is going to go through with breaking up The Hart Dynasty then it will be good for fans of the former T.J. Wilson. He reminds me of a hybrid mix of a Chris Jericho & Rey Mysterio. He can be a great technical wrestler like Y2J and move like Rey Mysterio in the ring.

He is exciting to watch but may be better served on a brand like Smackdown! where wrestling is more focused then that of a RAW brand. His weaknesses include cutting a promo and in the world of the WWE sadly that is what matters the most. If he can head to Smackdown, showcase his in-ring ability and work on his promo skills. While I hate the potential end of The Hart Dynasty, I feel like Kidd is a future start for the WWE.

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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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