It seems as though every year in WWE there is always a top young superstar that is destined for a big push. Unfortunately more often than not these pushes are cut short due to injury. That would be the case this year with Wade Barrett, the former leader of the Nexus and the Corre.
If you ask me 2011 was a good year for Barrett. He captured the Intercontinental Championship on the March 25 edition of Smackdown from Kofi Kingston and walked into Wrestlemania 27 as a champion. Although his first Mania was a disappointment, you could tell there were big things in store for the former bareknuckle boxer.
After the Corre fell apart I was relieved because let’s face it; It was one of the more weaker stables in recent memory. But the main reason why I was so elated over the Corre’s demise was simply because Barrett could now finally march forward on his own. Which brings us to February 2012, when The Barrett Barrage would suddenly come to a screaming(literally) and excruciating halt.
Not only did Wade fail to win the World Heavyweight Championship at the Elimination Chamber PPV, but to make matters worse he was eliminated by Santino Marella of all people. So I guess you could probably say it seemed rather fitting that in no less than 24 hours the very next night on Raw, he suffered a partially dislocated elbow. Thus the reason he’s been out of action since earlier this year.
The date February 20 seems like a long time ago to some people, myself included. That was the last time any of us saw Barrett in action. So I ask you all this. With his return seemingly on the horizon, where does the former Intercontinental Champion go from here? What does the future have in store for him?
One could say that upon his return, the Barrett Barrage should resume and ultimately lead to a World Heavyweight Championship victory. Personally, I’m a huge fan of the guy and I think he’s one of the best heels WWE has right now. I dig his style, he’s solid in the ring for a big man, and his mic skills are superb. His overall game has improved immensely since he debuted back in the summer of 2010. With that being said, I do recall hearing that the reason the Money In The Bank Ladder match was removed from the WM card this year was because Barrett was scheduled to participate and win the whole thing. It didn’t come as a surprise to me when I learned he was picked to win, as I sensed a World Title shot was coming up for him regardless of the outcome.
I predict that Wade should be back very, very soon considering the current roster is extremely thin due to the amount of main-eventers being on the shelf. So once his return is complete I do in fact expect his push to continue. I think if Barrett were to return within the next few weeks before MITB, he should definitely be one of the entrants in the Smackdown MITB Ladder match. As a matter of fact, I think it’s only right for him to win it since he was originally scheduled to do so in the first place.
But hey if that’s not in the cards for Mr. Barrett then so be it. I do however believe that he should be placed in the World Title picture immediately. Think about it, a fresh new face in the main event scene not just for the rest of this year, but for years to come. A lot of different scenarios could play out if my wishes came true and Barrett did end up returning and winning the Smackdown MITB Ladder match. Once he has that briefcase in his possession, I am almost certain that it would eventually lead to him claiming the blue brand’s crown jewel. That is why I think a feud with Sheamus could be very intriguing. These two had a mini feud so to speak late last year and into the very beginning of 2012. So I think if Barrett had the briefcase, WWE could really build up their feud and in the end it should lead to him cashing it in and capturing heavyweight gold.
So when it’s all said and done folks, I believe Wade Barrett will have a successful return and move on to greener pastures. You know, the summer months have produced a lot of memorable moments in WWE history over the years. In June 2006 DX reunited, in June 2010 we had the debut of the Nexus, and last summer was the summer of Punk. Here’s to hoping that this summer will belong to Wade Barrett. Here’s to hoping that we will see the crowning of England’s first ever World Heavyweight Champion. And here’s to hoping that by year’s end, Wade Barrett will be at the top of the WWE world. All hail Caesar.