COMMENTARY | Although WWE veterans such as John Cena and Randy Orton garner most of the attention of professional wrestling fans, a younger crop of talent could be poised to become breakout stars.
Young WWE wrestlers, such as Cody Rhodes, Ryback, and Dolph Ziggler, are one push away from becoming main event stars. Cody Rhodes is a WWE Tag Team Champion with his brother. Ryback has already been involved in two great feuds with CM Punk. And Dolph Ziggler's reputation as one of the WWE's best workers is growing among wrestling fans. However, another young WWE wrestler has the potential to be the promotion's best star of the future.
Big E Langston
On the November 4 edition of WWE Raw, the show focused on the feud between The Authority and Big Show, as well as Kane sporting a suit and going corporate. But storylines aside, the best wrestling match of the night had to be WWE Champion Randy Orton vs. Big E Langston. In a landslide vote, WWE App users chose Langston to wrestle Orton on Raw. Not surprisingly, Big E Langston worked an incredible match and he easily stole the show on Raw.
For some reason, the WWE stopped automatically pushing the biggest wrestlers on its roster at some point. Although I love smaller ring technicians such as CM Punk and Daniel Bryan, it just isn't believable when wrestlers such as Big Show, Mark Henry, and Ryback are losing to men half their size. Big E Langston could restore order to the universe as a WWE Champion who looks the part. And Langston moves much better than most of today's big wrestlers do.
A facet of Big E Langston's repertoire that most WWE fans have yet to see is his outstanding mic work. In NXT, Langston was hilarious and he has more personality than most current wrestlers do. Those of us who follow Langston on Twitter occasionally see his funny side. So far, the only time the WWE has really let Langston cut loose was when he pretended to be courting Kaitlyn. I also remember an amusing segment in NXT when he told off Vickie Guerrero.
Another sign that the WWE sees potential in Big E Langston is his recent face turn. Big wrestlers with no personality usually stay heel. It's easy to simply give these behemoths a manager to do their talking so they can just scowl and growl. But now that he's a good guy, Langston will have to develop his own character and I believe he's up for the challenge. As he fights for what is right in the upcoming weeks, WWE fans will rally around Langston even more.
Perhaps an even greater sign that Big E Langston is destined for greatness is that he's now a lone wolf. I've noticed that every babyface WWE star in recent history has never had an entourage. The WWE creative team loves to make it seem like its babyfaces are fighting insurmountable odds all alone so when they do come out on top, they look like superheroes. Now that Dolph Ziggler and AJ Lee have left his side, Big E Langston will start winning on his own.
This is not the first time I've sung the praises of Big E Langston, but his outstanding match against Randy Orton on Raw confirmed my belief. A WWE Championship reign is not likely to begin anytime soon as the creative time may wait to see if Langston can handle the spotlight. As long as he continues to be a good worker, a run as WWE Champion for Big E Langston is more a question of "when" rather than "if."
Patrick Michael lives in New Orleans and has always been a big fan of pro wrestling. Patrick's favorite wrestling promotion was Mid-South Wrestling back in the 1980s. Patrick's favorite wrestling angle of all-time was the NWO and his favorite wrestler is Roddy Piper. Follow Patrick Michael on Twitter at patmichael84.
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