As Braun develops into the main event talent he will be pushed to be, he has a tall task awaiting him, because for all of the positives that Braun has to himself as a singles superstar, he is still green in a lot of areas, and I certainly have to question if he’s ready for a big match on the big stage. Perhaps more singles match experience can do him a lot of good, and perhaps he can also avoid the failure of a career that Ryback had, but of course, seeing as how he has the look that Vince McMahon drools over, I think it’s safe to say that he will be towards the top of the food chain for WWE for the immediate future.
1. Bray Wyatt
Simply put for Bray, it’s do or die time. 2016 was another forgettable, wasted year for the leader of the Wyatt Family. Of course, there were some brief moments of splendor for the Face of Fear. He won his first title, being the Smackdown Tag Team Championship, though it was a forgettable 3 week reign and he did score the winning pinfalls over Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns at Survivor Series, but that clearly didn’t propel him much. Bray suffered from a calf injury early last year, he was left off major shows such as WrestleMania and Summerslam and didn’t do anything else after. I thought that there was something that WWE was building too when WWE inserted Bray into the feud between Dean Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler directly after the brand split, but it was clear that was only a 3 week summer fling. Bray’s 2017, I think will be a clear sign of what his future will be in WWE.
The top of the Smackdown roster isn’t all that deep, with AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, John Cena and The Miz being the top dogs on the roster. Eventually, Randy Orton will join them once he finishes his feud with The Wyatt Family. It also hurts to say that Orton may end up defeating Bray Wyatt in a forgettable match at Wrestlmania and Bray is left wondering what new random superstar to feud with and what imaginary reason he can find to hate them. This is what makes things so mind boggling, because Bray himself is an elite superstar (though now we should probably say he’s just above average), so there should be more than enough time to get him main event shine, but the bottom line is his career has been like his promos. All talk and no substance. Bray’s a gifted speaker, a physical worker and a man who has a unique character, but his promos have become more and more mundane. His material is starting to sound recycled and unoriginal, and it appears that the writing may be on the wall for Bray. If he can’t realize his true potential and finally win the WWE Title on Smackdown, then when?
Well, those are my superstars I’m keeping tabs on. What about you? Are some of these concerns outlandish? Let me know what you think! Until next time. Deuces.