Since the inception of the performance center and NXT as a weekly televised show the WWE has made an effort to sign popular talent from around the world. Apart from just signing world wide talent they’ve highlighted other talents in tournaments like the Cruiserweight Classic. In the “reality era” these talents shine. Their body of work is readily available at the touch of a button on the internet. This makes it easier for anyone to become a fan without waiting for growth on WWE programming. Naturally, long time fans of these wrestlers want these guys to become champion. Unfortunately when coming into the company they’re usually small fish in the largest of oceans. The independent scene really started to take off within the WWE with the popularity of Daniel Bryan and CM Punk. Now the main event scene in the WWE is riddled with former independent mega stars.
The WWE also isn’t short of making their own stars however. We’ve seen guys like Bray Wyatt, Braun Strowman, and Baron Corbin shine recently. When it comes to the actual wrestling it seems that the independent stars are keeping pace ahead of WWE guys. Character ability is an entirely different story however. Corbin and Strowman are both looking primed to become the next “monster” superstars in the company. Rusev is another name that, while not currently looking very good, is extremely capable of being a star that the WWE built on their own. There is a very good balance of talent in the WWE right now and it is by far the best roster of professional wrestlers they’ve ever had. It’s disappointing that the booking over the last decade was so atrocious that two part-timers are needed to sell tickets as the main event of Wrestlemania. Let’s stay on topic.
In the current landscape of the WWE standing out above everyone else is difficult. Here are five superstars/tag teams that I believe should be champion in 2017.