Here are ten wrestlers set to take WWE by storm in the coming year.
2012 in the WWE saw the end of an era, a once in a lifetime match and a straight-edge superstar become the guy. With the new year finally here, it’s time to set our sights on what wrestlers will burst out and make their presence felt. Some of them might be new to the ring, while others have been at it for years but haven’t reached their full potential just yet.
10) Zack Ryder
Zack Ryder would probably like to forget about 2012. After unintentionally costing Team Teddy the win at Wrestlemania due to his infatuation for Eve, Zack hasn’t seen that much screen time except for being Smackdown GM for a day (pretty sure most of you forgot that even happened). In fact, the leader of the Zack Pack has been openly airing his grievances via Twitter. That can all change in 2013 with a fresh new direction. Perhaps an association with the hottest new stable of ruthless grapplers. Speaking of “hottest new stable”…
The Shield had the IWC (that’s Internet Wrestling Community) going completely berserk when they made their debut appearance at Survivor Series to take out Ryback. Since that night, they’ve made their presence felt by attacking former World Champions John Cena, Randy Orton, Kane and Daniel Bryan. It’s hard to lump these three men as one single part of this countdown as they each have the ability to take over the WWE as singles competitors. The Shield’s debut match at the TLC PPV was easily a late contender for M.O.T.Y and will go down as one of the best matches that the WWE Universe has seen in a long time. Without a doubt, the stable of Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns will make a stronger impact in the new year. Championship gold is definitely a must for these three men and their stance against injustice in the WWE. There’s no telling who these men will strike next. Maybe someone in power like Booker T or even Mr. McMahon?
From the outrageous handwalk at the Royal Rumble to winning championship gold in both singles and tag team competition, Kofi Kingston has had a stellar 2012. With the IC title off his waist now, it’s probably time that Kofi thinks bigger in 2013. Obviously, the “Boom Squad General” needs to set his sights on bigger opponents. His past feuds with Chris Jericho and Randy Orton helped push Kofi to become one of the WWE’s most promising wrestlers. A possible feud with former tag team partner CM Punk could elevate him to the main event status.
Damien Sandow is one of the most entertaining wrestlers that have set foot in the WWE in quite some time. The “Intellectual Savior of the Masses” manages to verbally humiliate the WWE Universe week after week but does it in a way in which you have no choice but to love the guy. Damien Sandow will see championship gold in 2013. He has the right tools (4-time Tag Team champion Cody Rhodes) to finally capture the Tag Team Championship or he could sink his teeth into the United States or Intercontinental Championship. Will his personal scribe Ignatius ever make an appearance?
Antonio Cesaro is currently wrestling with broken fingers and a dislocated finger. The severity of those injuries might put a stop to Cesaro’s rising popularity but “The Swiss Superman” will probably talk about how his endurance is far more superior than the average American. Since winning the United States Championship at Summerslam, Cesaro has been uppercutting his way through numerous opponents week after week. In 2013, expect Cesaro to continue silencing his haters.
Nobody expected a petite “Geek Goddess” from Union City, New Jersey to become a major part of Raw in 2012. AJ managed to cause total chaos within the WWE Championship scene while skipping around her various love interests. None of us have seen a WWE Diva garner such attention from the WWE Universe since Lita & Trish Stratus were kicking each other’s ass. Sure, she’s hanging around Dolph Ziggler right now, but it’s best that she leaves the men alone in 2013 and goes after something much bigger: the Divas Championship. While AJ hasn’t had much success in her home state of New Jersey (losing her GM position, losing to arch-nemesis Vickie Guerrero), that will possibly change at this year’s Wrestlemania. Maybe a Divas Championship match against her former best friend Kaitlyn?
It’s hard to ignore how fast Ryback has risen since last April. Nobody honestly took the guy seriously when he started to crush no-name jobbers left and right (Hands up, who remembers Camacho?). It wasn’t until his feud with CM Punk when something clicked with the WWE Universe. Suddenly, everyone and their mother started chanting “Feed me more” which was probably REALLY annoying at Thanksgiving. Having Ryback work with guys like CM Punk and John Cena certainly aided in his rising stardom (and those three Slammy Awards). Ryback’s popularity certainly wont diminish in 2013 as it will only get bigger with every Shell Shocked. A possible Money In The Bank win could certainly put fear in everyone in the WWE Championship scene.
Dolph Ziggler has become a major part of the World Heavyweight Championship scene since his Money In The Bank win over the summer. Feuds with Chris Jericho and John Cena have elevated his performance & turned skeptical fans into believers. Expect “The Show-Off” to cash in his M.I.T.B. contract and have a legit run with the World Heavyweight Championship this time around (one that obviously lasts more than 12 minutes). What everybody really wants to know is when Ziggler will cash in the briefcase. The upcoming Royal Rumble PPV would be an excellent place to strike but if Ziggler really wants to make a big impact, he’d wait until the grandest stage of them all.