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WWE Talent Depth Is A Major Concern

Depth is once again a major concern for the WWE.  In my opinion, the biggest issue is that there are too many natural heels playing baby face.  Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns were chosen to take the lead as the next big faces of the company but they are out for some time and that’s created a huge void outside of John Cena at the top.  If there was ever a good time to hit the reset button, it’s now!

Here’s how I see things.  Big Show, Mark Henry, Dolph Ziggler, Sheamus, Dean Ambrose and depending on the day, Jack Swagger with Zeb Colter should all be heels with Seth Rollins and Cesaro playing the up-and-coming baby faces.  Rollins is the guy who should be getting the main event push.  It’s not the easiest thing to make happen but here’s my reasoning for the changes.

I am fully aware that Ziggler has the skill set of a face but his attitude is one of a heel and a really good one at that.  The fans cheer him the way they do because he is an excellent worker who isn’t getting the credit or the booking he deserves.  It would not take a lot to get the fans to turn on him.  He has all the goods to be an extremely successful heel.  Even his twitter handle is @HEELZiggler so clearly he agrees with me.

For the same reasons Ziggler should be a heel, Rollins should be a face.  From the beginning, I thought it was going to be Reigns and Rollins becoming faces with Ambrose being the heel when The Shield broke up.  The way they did it completely made sense because Rollins comes across as the most capable to construct The Shield but the one who built it up didn’t have to be the one to break it up.  It easily could have been Ambrose landing those shocking chair shots to his brothers of justice.  Regardless, this is where we are and I will get into it a bit more later, but I like Rollins as a face just a bit more.

Monsters should never be good guys.  I hate the idea of a beast coming to the ring with a smile on his face and acknowledging the fans in a fun and positive way.  Show and Henry need to be destructive on a nightly basis and nothing more.  They don’t need highly productive programs to build their characters; they just need to wreak havoc.  The Henry-Rusev program was pretty good but it was clear that Rusev’s undefeated streak was not going to end.  As long as it leads to him becoming a heel, all is good.

Here’s the problem with what I am saying.  If all those guys I just listed above were heels, there would be no heroes to feud with.  So what’s the solution?  I think there are a few ways to fix the problem.

Add more depth

With today’s landscape, it’s not easy for an organization to just add talent.  With what the WWE has built in NXT, the crop of superstars is very much available.  Adrian Neville and Sami Zayn are the top two performers in NXT and they would make a smooth transition into the main roster as baby faces.  Tyson Kidd is currently playing a heel in NXT but if he teamed up with Neville and Zayne, the three of them could form a really fun hero faction.  Maybe throw Mojo Rawley in there so they could have some size.

That’s one way to add depth; the other would be to take advantage of some recently signed super stars.  I have no idea how long new additions Kenta, aka Hideo Itami, Kevin Steen and Prince Devitt are going to spend in NXT but it might be a good idea to fast track them to the main roster.  They are all seasoned pros and should be able to adjust to the WWE way of life pretty easily.  If done correctly, introducing them to the WWE Universe shouldn’t be a problem.

Time for a turn

Like I mentioned earlier, if there was a good time to hit the reset button, now’s that time.  There are a few very simple and logical turns that should happen and would be epic, if done right.

We have not seen a successful double turn in a while.  I believe the last attempt was with Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio and I don’t think that made much of a splash.  One that would make a huge splash would involve Rollins and Ambrose.  There is no question the two of them can pull this off.  I worry about the audience being smart enough to notice what’s happening.  Because of where their storyline is, it might take a lot to get the fans on the side of Rollins.  At the same time, the two of them are so good; I believe they would be able to make it work.  Also, with Rollins affiliation with The Authority, it’s pretty simple to build a storyline where he starts to become the outcast.  I am a huge fan of long-term booking but I just get so excited at the possibilities of them performing a double turn with Ambrose and Rollins.

I can’t take credit for this next turn but it’s something that sounded very intriguing.  Recently on The Ross Report, Dave Meltzer mentioned the idea of turning Brock Lesnar face.  Initially, I couldn’t see that being a good idea.  But then he started explaining it and it actually made a lot of sense to me.  Brock is already kind of a tweeter because the fans love him so much and he really doesn’t pick a side.  Paul Heyman is amazing with Brock; they could be what ever they wanted.  Having Brock as a face goes against my “no monsters should be faces” theory but he’s Brock Lesnar, he’s the exception for every rule.  Rollins being the big up-and-coming heel hit Brock with a curb stomp, which could ultimately turn Brock against Triple H and the rest of the Authority.  Meltzer mentioned a scenario like that before watching the RAW after Night of Champions.  The WWE has a storyline right in front of their face and they probably don’t even see it.

Poach Talent

[ad1 ]This is an absolute long shot but it might be time to reach into the TNA talent pool and find a way to get some guys back into the WWE.  Of course this is all hypothetical because TNA’s future is still very much unclear.  Just take a moment and put your fantasy talent acquisition hat on and think about how great it would be to add Austin Aries, Bobby Roode, Bully Ray, James Storm, Jeff Hardy or Samoa Joe to the WWE roster?  I completely support TNA and I am a strong believe that competition is necessary for WWE but adding a handful of these guys would be amazing and would instantly add some much needed main event level talent.

So, as long as Bryan and Reigns are on the sidelines, changes need to be made or the product is going to continue to suffer.  This is a lot to digest or even accomplish but I fully believe these moves would greatly improve things and solve the huge issue with their depth.

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Steven Grossi is a digital video producer who likes to write a little. He’s a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, hardcore MMA fan and a total wrestling nerd. He usually has a strong opinion on anything combat sports related so give him a follow on twitter @SteveOGrossi.

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