Prospect lists aren’t foreign to sports. Year after year, we pull apart mock drafts and rookie seasons, trying to dessiminate information, plow through the psyches of these young men and discover who exactly will be the next great superstar. Sometimes our prognostications are right on target, but for every LeBron james we have, there’s will be a Dontrelle Willis or a Peyton Hillis.
So why can’t we apply our insatiable appetite to unearth the next great one in professional wrestling? Much like basketball, football or hockey, there are tiers of performer, from the rookie scrub trying to earn his place in the hierarchy of the talent ladder, to the forgotten prospect who’s future still shines bright under the dimming lights of skepticism. Yes, wrestling isn’t the pure competitive athletic enterprise that MLB represents, but there is an element of competition within Vince McMahon’s glorified traveling circus, in which these men have to constantly improve their craft and sharpen their focus in order to be considered a luminary.
The Raw Librarian and I scanned through the WWE roster to do just that. We’ve highlighted a few grapplers that we think have the testicular fortitude to make a Hardy-esque jump up the ladder, crashing through the glass ceiling into the land where only giants – both literal and figurative – tend to leave their massive footprints. Each guy will have his own various set of skills, which he can either use for cult-like immortality, or to fade into the din of oblivion. Some of these fellows have temporarily crashed the top of the card, while others are being clearly groomed for it. However, the criteria here is simply that each guy isn’t considered by the WWE as perennial main event material.
Which of these guys could you imagine main eventing Wrestlemania? Let’s get after it.
Qualifications: 3x World Tag Team champion, 2x Intercontinental champion, 1x WWE Tag Team champion, #35 PWI top 500 wrestlers in 2011
Half brother of Goldust, son of Dusty Rhodes.
The Raw Librarian: Out of all the names on this list, I have the most confidence in Cody Rhodes being the future of World Wrestling Entertainment. I don’t think it will be this year at WM 29 in New Jersey, but I can definitely see Cody Rhodes involved in a WrestleMania main event in the very near future.. He has the look, talent, mic skills (he turned the “Big Show” into a verb) and he has wrestling in his blood. After all, it never hurts to have people in the higher ups with your best interest in mind; his father The “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes is currently a backstage booker for the WWE and he definitely has Vince McMahon’s ear. The Rhodes family name doesn’t carry the same weight as the name “Hart”, but Cody is going to get more opportunities than someone like Drew McIntyre or Heath Slater.
KOBEsh: Completely agree, good sir. Cody has everything that you’d want in a main eventer; he’s a great mat technician, is completely willing to bump around the ring for an opponent and has that unique ability to simply look like a guy you desperately want to hate. Body-wise, Rhodes has put on a massive amount of weight in the past few years, turning from a stringy son of a wrestler, into a adequately sized middleweight. Rhodes has enough size where he doesn’t necessarily look like he’s going to overpower an opponent, but isn’t small enough where the story will constantly be how he’s an underdog looking for a fluke victory, a la Re… Read more...