We’re down to the nitty gritty here in part 3 of my Ranking of my 40 Favorite WWE talents.  Only thirteen superstars remain (well, technically, 13 male wrestlers remain - female talents and other personalities will be saved for another time), and for many of them, the distinction ‘twixt them is very minimal.

If you missed part 2 of this trilogy, check it out here


If you missed part 1, the link is in part 2.

They’re Growing On Me. . . Like a Fungus. . .

13.  Roman Reigns

Yes, friends, I’m ranking Roman Reigns higher than Brock Lesnar. . . Remember, I’m treating Lesnar as his own entity - Were I to combine him with Heyman, this would be a different matter entirely.

Why does Reigns get the nod, albeit a small one?  It all has to do, as the title of this tier says, with growth.  Roman Reigns is improving each and every time he comes out.  Brock. . . As good as he is. . . Is still just Brock.  We haven’t seen the ceiling for Roman Reigns yet, and that should make every wrestling fan very excited.

12. Neville

I sincerely hope I never have to go back in time and delete tweets or columns regarding grievous errors or false information, though if I was placed in such a situation, I might also “accidentally” cause all my negative Neville notions to disappear as well.  I really didn’t think he had a shot on this main roster, and I seem to be proven wrong on a regular basis.

Will Neville ever win a WWE world title?  I still have to say no, but I’m much less confident about my answer after his performance on Monday.  He still doesn’t have a character or story that screams main event, but if he keeps wrestling like this, he might not need one.

Super impressive, this man that gravity forgot.

11. Seth Rollins

Like many of the NAIborhood members I’ve been engaged with online, I too have grown very weary of the “weasely Authority champion” Seth Rollins.  It was hurting his main event credibility and, understandably so, causing a lot of people to lose interest in the overall product.

Which means that breaking Cena’s nose might be the best thing to ever happen to him.

The champion we saw on RAW Monday night was a completely different Rollins.  He seemed. . . legitimate.  He had an attitude, a swagger, that had been missing these last months, and in a single promo (and, as I mentioned earlier, an excellent match), he turned my entire opinion on him around.  Triple H had this happen to him as well in his initial World title runs, though it took a long program with Mick Foley to get there.

I’m really hoping that WWE continues this momentum for Rollins - A win over Cena at Summer Slam would be huge for The Architect.

And, since Hulk Hogan is being slowly and quietly reinserted into the history books, perhaps Vince won’t need to rely on Cena to get them through this crisis.

10.  Rusev

Of all WWE talents, Rusev might be the best social media user, especially when it comes to his character.  His Twitter feed is great - He can be both hilarious and touching, as he was for his Piper tribute, all while maintaining his gimmick.  I’m sure Vince & Co. appreciates his Kayfabe style.

Plus. . . And I know a lot of you thought this was dumb. . .But he gave Summer Rae a fish. . .I never knew Rusev had the propensity for comedy gold, and that vastly increases the future avenues his character can traverse.

I know he could be in danger of being comic relief in the near future, but he’s young enough and talented enough to avoid that particular pitfall.  Also, he could become one of the company’s most popular talents if he winds up pulling a Macho Man and coming to Lana’s rescue someday.

I’m high on Rusev. . . I don’t love him yet. . . But it’s close.

My ‘Must See TV’ Group

9. The Miz

One of my very first columns over there at Number Two Contenders was all about The Miz and how he is Awesome, and while I got a “lot” (or what constituted a lot back when I was lucky to get 20 views a day) of flak for that, it seems that many people are starting to see things my way.

He is The Miz. . . And he is Awesome!

He shined with Sandow, he was the MVP of the Cesaro and Owens segment from RAW, and in many ways (now I’m just looking to start trouble). . .

The Miz is the Roddy Piper of WWE right now.   He’s the guy fans love to hate.

Wow. . . That might be the most #HeelDC sentence I’ve ever written, but it’s true.  In fact, it’s either him or John Cena. . . Allow me to explain, before you light the torches and find your pitchforks, my dear NAIborhood.

Roddy Piper was the ultimate heel, yet he was also wildly entertaining.  Yes, he smashed an actual coconut over Snuka’s head. . . Yes, he did a multitude of other equally heinous acts, but he did so with a sense of humor and a lot of charisma.  You boo’d him, but you also loved every minute of it.

Mike Mizanin isn’t doing anything nearly as heinous as Piper did, but like Roddy, he’s hilarious and hard to take your eyes off of.  Go back and watch MizTV again - Look at his face as he’s watching Owens and Cesaro almost come to blows.  He’s the best part of that segment, and he makes every minute of WWE better just for being a part of it.

8. Kevin Owens

Up until the point where he got totally and completely buried (Now I’m in full #HeelDC mode, I can’t help it), Owens was higher on my list,  and since we’re in the Top 10 now, all of these guys are ones I adore.

My only hesitation with Owens is that it’s hard to take a guy like him seriously as a “cowardly heel”, and that’s exactly what is happening.  Sure, he’s pulling the “trick you into turning your back and then attacking”, but guys like Owens aren’t supposed to back down from a fight, even if it is cleverly done.  I don’t love this side of Owens, though I’m sure once he and Cesaro tear the house down at Summer Slam, I’ll be back on the KO bandwagon.

7.  Bray Wyatt

If you know me at all, you know I’m a huge Bray Wyatt fan, so we really are just at the point where I’m just listing all of my ‘favorite’ talents.  The last time I loved somebody’s ring work so completely, like I do with Bray, was with William Regal.  In fact, if this NAI E-fed gets off the ground, or if I cave and buy a PS4 and WWE 2K16, you better believe that the DC Matthews character will be a hybrid of Bray and Regal’s ring style.

I still don’t think Bray ever gets to be a main event player in WWE, but truthfully, I’m OK with that, so long as he remains on the periphery of it, and as long as he continues to have logical reasons for his feuds, rather than just cryptic nonsense.  Plus, someday we’re going to get Bray Wyatt vs. Kevin Owens, and my head might explode.

I’ve got love, love, love, love. . . Crazy love.

6.  Bo Dallas

I love Bo Dallas more than his older brother because his character is so ridiculously corny.  I’ve long accepted the fact that I’m drawn much more to the mid-card than the main event, and Dallas is a prime example.  I mark out each time his music hits and I fight the urge to jump around the room each time he begins running around, pointing his thumbs in for some inexplicable reason.

It’s not a logical love, but then again, when is love logical?

5.  Luke Harper

Harper getting the chance to talk alongside Bray might be my favorite development of the last few months in WWE - He’s holding his own with Wyatt, and that’s amazing in and of itself.

Luke Harper should be the new prototype for big men in professional wrestling - quick and agile, rough and powerful. If he was ten (or even five) years younger, he’d be somebody WWE would be building around, instead of just a really good role player.  Regardless, I’m going to be excited for every Luke Harper singles match for as long as they keep letting him have them.

4.  Cesaro

Like Harper, if Cesaro was 10 years younger and even a molecule less Swiss, he’d already have held a couple World Titles in WWE.  Regardless, he’s getting a significant singles “push” right now, and no matter how it ends up, that’s a great thing for a wrestling fan.

Here’s my fantasy booking idea for Summer Slam - Make the Owens and Cesaro match 2 out of 3 falls.   You have four hours, give them 12.5 percent of that (that’s half an hour, for those who haven’t had to use fractions since 6th grade) and watch them put all other MOTY candidates to shame.

3. . . 2, 1. . . .3. . . 2, 1. . . .

New Day

Full disclosure: Somewhere along the line, I miscounted the number of talents I had on my list (it’s summer, I’m not required to remember how to do math for another 2 weeks or so), and so rather than group them together, the top 3 spots in my list go to Kofi, Big E and Xavier, but they have to share them as a unit.

Individually, all three are great -  Big E’s got the facial expressions, Kofi has the skipping, and Xavier might just be the best talker in the company not named Paul Heyman.  You have to have them all together, though, for it to be perfection personified.

Apparently, according to Xavier Woods, Vince really thought New Day would get over as a babyface stable.  Rather than use that as an example of how out of touch Mr. McMahon is, though, I’ll use my own power of positivity to show how that proves how well WWE can make the best out of any situation.  However it happened, these three have taken the ball they were given and have skipped away with it, and the tag division, and the wrestling world in general, are better for it.

Right now, in this moment, in this time, New Day is my favorite part of WWE, and if you needed to know why. . .



There it is, folks, my list of favorite talents.  I'd love to see yours.  Comment below or, since tomorrow is Friday, make your own article.  Either way, Be Heard!

In the little over a year I’ve been doing this whole wrestling writing thing, one thing I’ve learned is that the best ideas are the ones that just randomly pop into my head.  The big ideas I plot and plan out for days ahead of time always seem to wind up falling flat - in fact, many of them never even make it to publication.  But the silly ones, like this ranking of WWE talents. .  These are the ones that seem to catch fire.

Welcome to part 2, which may or may not be the end of our list.  I fully intended this to be a one shot deal, but after realizing how much I was writing, I knew it had to be a multi-part epic.  If you missed part 1, may I kindly direct you here to catch up.


Gimmick Change Desperately Needed

28. Healthy Uso

I still couldn’t tell you which Uso is injured and which isn’t, nor could I tell you which one is married to Naomi.  I care very little for the Usos, as currently constituted, so much so that in hindsight, they definitely should have appeared in the first part of this list.

Having said all of that, I do think there’s a spot for them in WWE once Injured Uso makes his return, and yes, this is just a cheap excuse for me to break out another favorite stable idea.

Roman Reigns, at some point, is going to turn heel. It likely won’t be in 2015, though, since he’s got way too much legitimate popularity for that.  Still, when he does, he’s going to need to run a faction, and with the way he’s dressed, the perfect one would be a revision of the Samoan Swat Team.  Give the Usos matching black ring gear and let them be Reigns’ accomplices.  Despite the fact that she’s Tongan, most people won’t notice that, so you could add Tamina in as well.

Whether or not that happens, and it likely won’t, the Usos will need some sort of adjustment when they make their return, just like our next tandem on the list.

27. Los Matadors

What in the world is this, WWE?  You’re not selling any El Torito merch, so why keep up this stable?  Is it just laziness - not wanting to think of something better?  Does someone owe Carlos Colon money or something?  Take the masks off these poor boys and let them make something of themselves!

Yes, I still like the idea of bringing back older brother / cousin Carlito and letting them be a stable. I also mentioned, in the previous piece, having Sin Cara lose the mask and be their manager. Really, at this point, isn’t anything better than what they’re doing.

Hmm, on second thought. . .

26. Fandango

I don’t remember who said it, whether it was on NAIpod or if Doc Manson said it, but somebody was talking about the absolute insanity of having a guy whose gimmick is SOLELY based on their ring entrance, and when he wrestles on RAW, you don’t show said entrance.  Boggles the mind.

I don’t have a great booking idea for Johnny Curtis, but he’s talented enough to get some sort of shot with WWE, even if he is already 34 years old.  This guy needs the Tyson Kidd NXT treatment, pronto.

25. Adam Rose

Here’s my conspiracy theory of the week.  Ray Lappan, the man known as Adam Rose, knew his character wasn’t going anywhere, so he took to Twitter to post some cryptic Leo Kruger tweets and try to get fan support to force WWE to change his gimmick.  WWE saw this, didn’t appreciate it, and gave him this really dumb “Beef Mode” gimmick as a punishment.  “You want different, now you’re different.  Deal with it.”

I’m sure that’s not at all what happened, but it entertains me, so I’ll stick with it.  Looks like we won’t get our #DarkRose member of the Wyatt Family, but at least this might mean he’ll be on RAW more frequently. . . Which is something.

In truth, I’m really surprised they put Brad Maddox in this tag team, and not Fandango.

24. Stardust

Remember, as I told you in yesterday’s column, most of these guys are talents I really like.  I’m a big Cody Rhodes fan, though I just happen to like 24 other guys better.

I even like the Stardust gimmick, especially now that he’s more Joker than crazy cosmonaut.  Still, once this whole Stephen Amell thing goes away, isn’t that when Cody Rhodes needs to come back?  I mean, it has to happen sometime, right?

23. Damien Sandow

If it weren’t for the sad state of Sandow’s current career curve, he’d be ranked much higher.  Had I done this list right after his black t-shirt promo, he’d likely have been in my top ten.  The number of times WWE seems to have dropped the ball on Damien is a little ridiculous.

I don’t know if this beat poet character is just a rumor or if it’s just a web thing, but Sandow has proved that when you give him a shot. . .Really, any shot that doesn’t involve Curtis Axel. . . he can make it work.  Just put him back on WWE television, guys.  Please?

22. Kane

Kane gets the top spot in this tier solely because there’s obviously going to be a resurgence of the Devil’s Favorite Demon, and considering that’ll likely be the last run of Glenn Jacob’s career, I’m looking forward to it.

This is the thing with WWE, and more specifically, with fans.  We forget that sometimes the bad versions of a character (bad as in not popular, not bad is in heelish) exist so that when they bring back the good (ie, beloved) version, the crowd will pop all the harder.

Trust me, if Kane comes out in the red and the mask, people are going to go crazy, both in the arena and on Twitter.

They are Fine Enough, I guess

These are the talents I like, though I’m not over the moon for any one of them.

21. Darren Young

I’ve never known what to make of Darren Young, besides the fact that he looks a whole lot like John Cena.  I’m happy enough with him as part of the Prime Time Players, but if and when they break up (and since you’ve hopefully read my work from Monday, you know when and why I think they should), I’m not sure where DY goes from there.

WWE doesn’t have the depth, creatively and booking-wise, to create a homosexual character that isn’t just a caricature.  Beef Mode, which I mentioned earlier, is the only way to know how to do it.  They don’t seem to understand that being gay, or being black, doesn’t have to be the entirety of a gimmick.  Bret Hart wasn’t just Canadian (except at the end) and Goldberg wasn’t just Jewish.  It was part of a bigger picture.

And this is coming from the guy who just pushed a Samoan and Puerto Rican stable.

20. Randy Orton

Like with Sandow, had this ranking been done around Wrestlemania time, Randy would have been higher.  Orton was on fire feuding with Rollins - passionate, dedicated, making every moment must-see.  Now, he’s feuding with Sheamus, and all of that passion seems to have dwindled rather quickly.

This, my friends, is Randy Orton.  When he’s in or around the main event, he gives 110%.  When he’s in the midcard, and he knows it, his performance level drops to match.  I can’t necessarily blame him for that, to be honest, but I also can’t sing his praises too highly, either.

19. Kalisto

Is Kalisto going to be the next Rey Mysterio?  Absolutely not.  Kalisto will never come anywhere close to the World title picture - At best, he’ll have a moment like Neville had on RAW, wrestling the world champion and maybe having a near fall or two.

That doesn’t mean Kalisto isn’t exciting and couldn’t be a WWE force for years to come, because he absolutely can.  He’s just being held down now as part of a tag team.  He really needs to go out on his own so he can show us all what he can truly do.

I like them. They’re the ones that I like.

18. Sheamus

I still see no reason why he should be holding the Money in the Bank briefcase, but I’m a fan of Sheamus, especially (in fact, exclusively) as currently packaged.  The Irish Viking look works for me, and he’s doing possibly some of his best work ever, character wise, in 2015.

Here’s a guy who could be bringing some prestige back to the IC title, especially if he held it for 6-8 months and helped elevate some talent as he did so.  I don’t want the Sheamus Open Challenge or anything, but feuds with guys like Kalisto, Cody Rhodes, Sandow and the like would be great for everyone involved.

17. Dean Ambrose

I’m not as high on Ambrose as just about everyone else in the world, and I’m OK with that. He’s had moments of brilliance, but he hasn’t had a string of impressive showings, both in ring or on camera, since he was hiding in trunks and taking taxi cabs to the ring.

Maybe that’s because WWE is a PG company, or maybe it’s because this character truly would be better as a heel.  You can’t be a Lunatic Fringe (whatever that is) and be a good guy at the same time.

This is why I remain steadfast with my prediction that Dean turns on Roman at Summer Slam, forming an unholy alliance with Bray Wyatt.  If I keep talking about it, maybe it’ll happen.  Let me dream, dang it!

16. Titus O’Neil

I’ve sung his praises for the last few days, and I mean every word of it, but that still doesn’t mean I’m hanging his picture up on my wall or anything.  Titus truly could be World Champion one day, but there’s still quite a bit of work that needs to happen before then.

Regardless, considering I didn’t even want O’Neil wasting NXT time a few months ago, I’d consider this a pretty healthy ranking for him.  If they keep giving him chances to talk and if he keeps being a bona fide superhero, who knows what his future holds?

15. John Cena

If 2015 was good to Titus O’Neil, in terms of my ranking, it was borderline miraculous for John Cena.  I don’t think any of us expected him to make the changes he did, and while he will be returning to the main event picture at Summer Slam (and, as I’ve written, will likely win the title), that still doesn’t change how much more respect fans have for him now than they did 6 months ago.

I won’t go buy any Cena merch, but when I do chant that “John Cena Sucks”, I’m definitely doing it ironically.

14. Brock Lesnar

Were I able to rank Lesnar and Heyman as a symbiotic pairing, they’d be much higher, as Paul Heyman continues to raise the bar on promos on an almost weekly basis.

On his own, though, while I like Brock a lot, I don’t love him.  Honestly, I just can’t get behind an unstoppable monster unless he, at some point in time, takes some punishment of his own.  This is, and I’m sorry Mr. Moltov, why I couldn’t get behind Goldberg, and why I’m so anti-Baron Corbin.  Lesnar might not be participating in squash matches, but its not that far off, either.  After you see one or two, you kinda get the idea of what he’s doing.

Hopefully, at Summer Slam, Taker will be able to keep him down for a while. I’m really hoping for an actual wrestling match, not a one-sided fight.


Hmm, finding issue with Brock Lesnar and hoping for him to get beaten down a bit by Undertaker.  I better stop this column here and give you time to send your hate mail and rotten produce my way.

Part 3 (the final part, I swear), will be up tomorrow.

Be sure to share your thoughts so far.  Be Heard.

My favorite part of RAW was not, as many of you might suspect, Seth Rollins vs. Neville.  It was not the 6 man tag ‘main event’, nor was it even that awesome tag team skipping their way into our hearts.

No, my favorite part of RAW was just a single moment, seeing Cesaro, Miz and Kevin Owens in the ring together.  Just the sight of those three in directors’ chairs made me ridiculously happy - Those are some of my absolute favorite talents in WWE right now.

Which, of course, got me thinking.

Who is / are my favorite WWE wrestlers at this very moment?

What followed was about 30 minutes of conversing, debating and arguing. . . All taking place within my own head, and it resulted in this list you see before you.  In a very Bill Simmons type of way, I’ve also created tiers for my list.

Note: I mainly included active talents, although some guys with minor injuries made my list.  I also didn’t include female talents or non-wrestlers, both of which could be a part of a future column.

I hope you will enjoy it, but as Victor Borge so eloquently stated, if you don’t, there’s absolutely nothing I can do about it.

Please . . . Just Go Away. . .

40. Ryback

I find very little to be redeeming about Ryback, and I feel badly about that.  He’s neither safe nor very talented in the ring, his character needs a whole lot of work, and the worst part about it is that he seems like a nice guy with a sense of humor.  Why isn’t Ryback more like Ryan Reeves?

I hate to be harsh, but right now I find him to be a waste of a roster spot and of a title that, right now, means almost as little as the NXT Tag belts.

(If you had to rank the titles in order of importance, wouldn’t it be WWE Title, US belt, NXT Women’s belt [thanks to Sasha et al], tag belts, NXT title, Divas title and then, somewhere at the bottom, Ryback and BAMF’s belts?)

39. The Ascension

Every so often, I go back and read my very early work, in which Konnor and Viktor sit atop my NXT top ten for quite a long period of time.  I want to go back in time, to show my younger (albeit by 8-9 months) self what has happened to these two - How completely useless they both are.

How many NXT tag teams would I rather have in The Ascension’s spot?  That would be all of them, including a tandem like Sawyer Fulton and Angelo Dawkins, who are really just enhancement talent at this point.

If I had to pick one tag member over the other, it’d be Viktor, just because he looks like Christopher Daniels.

Mental Note - Column on wrestler look-alikes

The Old Yeller Category - Those whose time has come and gone

38. Sin Cara

I was honestly shocked to learn that Sin Cara, aka Hunico, is 37 years old.  I give him a lot of credit for moving around the ring the way he does at that “advanced” age, yet it also explains why he screws things up so often.

I get it, we needed Sin Cara to be paired with Kalisto to make the transition to the main roster, but he’s here now.  The only thing Kalisto is doing being paired with Sin Cara is wasting time.  If WWE insists on keeping Sin Cara around, fine!  Make him Kalisto’s manager for a few months, as he starts his singles run.  Then he can turn heel on Kalisto, take the mask off, join up with two other masked guys who will appear later in the column, and have a story that actually matters.

(Did I mention that this early part of the column is sponsored by #HeelDC?  Well, it is.)

37. Heath Slater

I’ll get some brushback on this one, because a lot of people like Heath Slater and think there’s a role for him somewhere in WWE.  That may be true, but it’s certainly not as a wrestler.  Heath so infrequently appears on WWE television that it’s not even exciting when he does show up.  Again, he’s just there to fill the 3 hours of Monday Night television, and we don’t need that.

36. Mark Henry

The saddest part of Henry’s match with Rusev was that I really liked what they did with his entrance - letting Mark fill the camera with his size, focusing on the “WSM” of his singlet.  Maybe that’s something they’ve done for years, but it’s the first time I noticed it, and I was a big fan.

Henry is approaching his 20th year in WWE, and unless you’re either a part-time Phenom or a genetic wonder like Goldust, there’s no business still being a wrestler after that amount of time.

35. R-Truth

Despite his hilarious and creative renaissance in 2015, Ron Killings is another talent who has passed his ‘time’.  He’s 43 years old, and he could have done exactly the same things he’s been doing on the microphone while not taking part in the in-ring action, had he been a manager or other on-screen personality.

We’ve lost Santino, and I’m sad about that, but until he returns, why not R-Truth for GM of RAW?

34. Big Show

Of those in this category, Big Show is my favorite, and it’s not just because of his increased efforts in the ring, though those are, by me anyway, well documented.

No, Big Show gets such a “lofty” position because the post-wrestling place for him is so perfect, I’m surprised WWE hasn’t acted on it by now.

Make him an announcer.   Let him take Byron Saxton’s place, who currently isn’t doing much of anything for the betterment of WWE commentary.  Let Michael Cole call the match, which he’s proven he still remembers how to do, and let JBL and Big Show tell the stories around him.

If that doesn’t work, and I can imagine Paul Wight might not want to do all this traveling just for an announcer gig, then put him in NXT!  He lives in Florida anyways, if I remember right, so move Corey Graves to the main roster (long overdue) and have Big Show join. . . . Whomever else NXT uses as commentary.  Heck, let Big Show call it himself?

How hilarious would it have been if Kevin Owens came out to join the announce team, tried starting stuff with Big Show, who just glared at him, then Owens starting picking on Saxton instead?

You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here - Guys who need a Fresh Start

33. Curtis Axel

I’m not sure if it was a one-time thing, an act of Photoshop hijinks, or a quick idea that got even more rapidly squashed that resulted in that picture floating around of Axel in jorts (jean-shorts, for those playing at home), but obviously WWE has nothing for young Mister Hennig right now.

That’s probably for the best, as would be releasing Axel, and every other name on this tier of the list.  Axel could find himself work right now - As I’ve written about before (though I’m glad Cesaro didn’t read it), it’s a REALLY good time to be a free agent wrestler.  Lucha Underground, Global Force, Japan, there’s definitely work to be had.

Axel is probably more like Ted Dibiase Jr (Is he even still wrestling? Note: No, he’s not, he’s involved in random businesses you’ve never heard of) than David Hart Smith (currently a tag team champion in Japan with the former Lance / Vance Archer / Hoyt), but whatever he finds, it’ll be better than what he’s doing in WWE.

32.  Zack Ryder

This is the one I could be wrong on.  Scary as it might be, Hype Bros might get a somewhat legitimate shot as a tag team, both in NXT and in WWE.  Plus, he’s not getting TOTALLY run over in his last few RAW appearances, so perhaps he might be salvageable.

Still, there’s no argument in my mind that Ryder could do far better for himself on the indie circuit, and I hope he finds his way there in some form or fashion soon.

31. Dolph Ziggler

We’re getting to the tricky parts now - Where I actually start to like the people on the list.  Actually, I like most of the talents on the WWE roster, but now we’re getting into the ones I am “fans” of.

I enjoy Ziggler’s ring work, although he’s far better as a heel, and am looking forward to his in-ring return, but let’s face it - Dolph is a main event talent in pretty much any other promotion he goes to, and he’s a mid-card stalwart if he stays in WWE.

Truthfully, I imagine he’s out of wrestling altogether in the next 2-3 years, hosting a podcast, doing standup, maybe even dating a Kardashian.


Alas, poor Barrett. . . We knew him, NAIborhood, a fellow of infinite potential, of most excellent physique.  At some point, we’re going to learn about the egregious act he committed against Clan McMahon that caused him to be booked as he has been these last years.

Until then, much like Ziggler, Wade could be battling Prince Puma or . . . who is going to be the ‘main event’ talent in GFW, anyway?. . . but instead will continue to be Ruler and King of the Jobbers.

Whoa, the fallen Corre.

29. Jack Swagger

Absence has made my heart grow fonder for Mr. Swagger - I know that if he was on my TV more often, he’d plummet down this list.  Just looking at him for an extended period of time makes me want to punch him right in his dopey face.

And that’s what bugs me the most - He is the personification of every 80’s college movie villain - How did WWE not take advantage of that?  Where was his Chris Nowinski style letter jacket?  The Real American schtick was good, it’s true, but you had a golden opportunity, WWE, and you BLEW IT!

Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger . . . Geez, take EVERY guy from this tier of my list, put them in a “Cocky Jock” stable (Hey, if Submission Sorority can get through Standards and Practices, so can my idea) and let them have some fun.  Spirit Squad meets Mean Street Posse meets Varsity Club.

Good God, that’s a fun idea.  I can’t even write any more, I’m too excited about that.  We’ll have to make this a 2 parter and cover the remaining talents tomorrow.

Until then, BE HEARD!

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