January 9, 2010

Crystal Ball of 2010

I was on wwe.com the other day, and I noticed the crystal ball headline. According to wwe.com, it was a list of ten superstars who they thought would become champion in 2010. So without further a do, let's get on with it.

Ezekiel Jackson
Standing 6-foot-4, the massive Ezekiel Jackson firmly established himself as a force to be reckoned with since coming to the WWE in 2008. Win or lose, the 300-pounder's opponents always gain a new level of respect for Jackson once they feel his power first-hand. In 2010, can Jackson put it all together and make an even bigger name of himself?

My thoughts:
Real interesting thought by wwe.com. Since he's out of the Roundtable shadow, he might actually gain some gold, or at least try to.

Success is a combination of skill, a little bit of luck, and sometimes emotion. Perhaps no Superstar is more fired up than R-Truth, who pumps up the WWE Universe with his signature entrance song before every match. Can he parlay this Raw emotion into more victories in 2010?

My thoughts:
Judging by the way he's being booked, I do sense a R-Truth push. Maybe a IC title reign in '10?

Yoshi Tatsu
One of the brightest, most ambitious youngsters to arrive in the Land of the Extreme via ECW's New Superstar Initiative is Yoshi Tatsu. ECW Champion Christian has called him the determined Japanese Superstar the most-deserving to fight for the Extreme Title, which he did in October. While the high-energy Tatsu didn't capture the ECW Title when pitted against his experienced mentor, Christian, could the ECW Championship be far from his reach?

My thoughts:
Tatsu may not seem to be a main-event competitor, but since what the WWE did to McIntyre and Sheamus, I don't think we'll be seeing the last of him in 2010.

Luke Gallows
No Superstar on this list brings more unknowns to the ring than Luke Gallows, formerly Festus. After adopting the "straightedge" lifestyle under CM Punk's tutelage, Gallows has shown he is both willing and able to dish out some harsh punishment in the ring. As he does Punk's bidding, will any of his efforts be translated into success for Gallows, himself?

My thoughts:
I say that Gallows will continue Punk's bidding for a while, until he turns on him and goes on for some singles gold. If he doesn't do that, only the unified tag team titles are sensible.

Zack Ryder
A former tag team champion, Zack Ryder has developed a penchant for admiring his own good looks...and this might not be a bad thing. As actor Billy Crystal's Fernando Lamas character used to say on Saturday Night Live, "It is better to look good than to feel good." The question for 2010 is - Can Ryder find a way to look mah-velous in the ring?

My thoughts: I think Ryder will start defeating jobbers, gradually going up the ladder until he is a top contender. After a couple of unsuccessful shots, Ryder will finally become champion, or will he? Maybe even a rivalry with Christian or Benjamin will kickstart his quest for gold.

Ted DiBiase
Another Superstar who is now on a quest for singles success is Raw's Ted DiBiase. Without Randy Orton and Cody Rhodes at his side, would this third-generation Superstar be looking to prove what he is capable of? Could this former tag team champion finally win one for himself?

My thoughts: This one's real ambigious. DiBiase can either fight off Orton and Rhodes, start a rivalry with another Superstar or look to get some gold(Not sure if it's either WWE or US). I say a rivalry with Kingston, Swagger or Miz will be likely.

The Hart Dynasty
With a wrestling lineage second to none, David Hart Smith and Tyson Kidd are more than prepared to capture greatness. After paying their dues in the legendary Hart Family dungeon, it's almost a matter of when, not if, they will realise their destiny.

My thoughts: Ah yes, Hart Dynasty, the proclaimed best tag team from the ACA-CT end of year awards. Let us only hope that they really live up to what wwe.com just said there. A rivalry with newcomers Croft and Baretta does make sense. If that doesn't work, maybe a rivalry with DX, which we'll see Hart Dynasty getting bulldozed by them.

Evan Bourne
Mass and power are good and all, but speed and agility are also keys to succeeding in the ring. The high-flying Evan Bourne posseses both in spades. This exciting young superstar appears to be on the precipice of really big things. Don't blink your eyes, or you may just miss his next move.

My thoughts: Evan Bourne will probably spend the rest of the year rivalling with the Miz or Swagger and teaming up with Kingston. Or maybe, he might try to get the US title.

Alicia Fox
Ever since moving on from being Edge's wedding planner, Alicia Fox has shown she is capable of so much more. This fiery Diva epitomises what it means to be smart, sexy and powerful. It's a safe bet that every Diva on the roster has taken notice.

My thoughts: Meh, I don't even remotely care for WWE's female wrestling joke. And by the way, isn't Alicia Fox a crossover name from an actor and a singer?

Dolph Ziggler
His name is Dolph Ziggler and he made sure everyone knew it in 2009. With competitive matches against Rey Mysterio and John Morisson, this young superstar is chomping the bit for his time in the spotlight. There is perhaps no one hungrier in WWE. If you still don't know his name, you will in 2010.

My thoughts: There's a huge difference between being hungry and satisfied. It won't make a difference if you give him a million title shots with no result. And seeing how they pushed McIntyre, I sense that the WWE has lost hope in Ziggler. Let's hope I am wrong...

Total evaluation: Not a bad review, although a few were missing, such as Croft and Baretta. But other than that, it was a suprisingly good list. Let's just hope it's true.

The list can be seen here.


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