Welcome Sescoops readers to the latest contribution to The 3 Count, in this edition I’ll be looking at 3 current WWE talents who I believe have the ability to breakout as the next big stars in the company, judging by charisma, technical ability or a combination of the two. Here’s the 3 Count:
1. Joe Hennig –
There’s a reason I have called Mr Hennig by his real name as opposed to his WWE ‘stage name.’ I really feel that Joe was unlucky in his rise to the WWE, he came in under the banner of the 2nd class of NXT and I was impressed by his natural ability, which isn’t always as hereditary as you would hope. I say that he was unlucky due to the fact that prior to his arrival the company was hot on pushing 2nd and 3rd generation stars, with Legacy/Priceless being the prime example of this. We all know now that the group wasn’t as successful as planned, however a faction like this could’ve benefitted from having a name like Hennig in it’s ranks. The sons of Dusty, Dibiase and Mr Perfect could have been a lethal trifecta and maybe wouldn’t have needed Orton as their leader. Getting dumped with Otunga obviously didn’t help matters, as I remember once the WWE site calling them possibly the most boring tag team of all time, but I think a bit of rehabilitation on his character, like calling him Joe Hennig and giving him a solid run at a mid-card title, i.e. the Intercontinental strap would A, be a fantastic story in itself, having the son of the great Curt Hennig rising to his father’s greatest achievement and B, he could have some solid matches with mid-tier stars and start to establish himself, maybe even rise higher than his father before him.
2. Big E Langston –
5, 5, 5, 5, 5. Having only watched a handful of the NXT shows from Full Sail University there’s only a couple of talents I’m excited about, Paige (used to help her and her mother take the ring down back in England, that’s changed a bit) and Big E Langston, mister 5 count. I have always wondered why it was only Bundy that had that gimmick, it could’ve worked for so many stars, but thankfully they’ve saved it for this man. Big E has all of the traits that the WWE ‘traditionally’ wants in their talent; he’s a big, strong athlete with a bit of speed to boot. Given the correct push Langston could get over in a big way, the ‘King of the Jungle’ tagline would sit right in a marquee next to names like Ryback and John Cena. The route I can see the company taking with the inevitable babyface push of Big E is a turn on Dolph and AJ, much in the manner of Batista and Virgil, Big E will get sick of being pushed around and push back against the World Champion, this is a formula that has been abused over the years, but would work perfectly to get Big E over as a legitimate star in the company, a rivalry between Langston and Ryback to determine who is the dominant force in the company could work if handled well, and could push a babyface Langston to Championship level.
3. Dolph Ziggler –
You know, that guy from the spirit squad. Mr Ziggler has come a long way since those days, and terrible name and all he has established himself as a top workhorse for the WWE, and when the time comes for him to transition into the ‘good guy’ I feel that he can really get the fanbase behind him, he way that he sells is great as a heel, but imagine the sympathy he can garner for his character when wrestling as the protagonist, he has the ability to be the Shawn Michaels of this generation, but in his own way, as he has the style of a main event talent. An element of Dolph’s overall persona that is refreshing is the way that he carries himself, he has a certain ‘Flair’ if you will to his character, both in the ring and out, his confidence is great in that he knows how good he is, but is prepared to grind away in whatever feud/match he is given and elevate himself as well as his opponent. In a way Ziggler’s ascension in the company has a fairly ‘traditional’ feel to it, as odd as that sounds how many times have we seen a talent given a below par gimmick, (Ringmaster or Rocky Maivia anyone?) and yet overcome that through sheer technical ability and charisma to the point where their character is formed through an exaggeration of their real personality. The difficulty that the WWE has right now, they caused it themselves however, is that Dolph Ziggler has lost far too many matches, although as an entertainment product wins and loses in wrestling do not truly matter in terms of history, right now Dolph is booked like somewhat of a loser, and he is the World Heavyweight Champion, this needs to be addressed, unless the goal is for him to become an underdog babyface hero I do not see that the current trend of Ziggler booking practices will create the aura around this great talent that he absolutely deserves. What is a little disturbing is the length of time it has taken to get Ziggler to his current level, not an issue on his part, but looking at the last breakthrough star, that being CM Punk, it took a wrestler who was at the point of quitting the company to get given a microphone and the time to push himself into the spotlight, through nearly reaching breaking point, I just hope that Mr Ziggles doesn’t get pushed to that, cause who knows, he might crumble.
Honourable mentions in this column, starting off I didn’t want to include CM Punk, he is already main event and is a made man for the rest of his career. The Shield could have covered all 3 of the spots in the count but I really want to see where the creative team takes them, who will be the breakout babyface in the group? For my money it is Reigns, with Rollins and Ambrose continuing on as a dominant tag team.
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I’m Jake Jeremy, and that was my 3 Count.