WWE: Why Wade Barrett Is the Next Great Heel

Bill PivetzCorrespondent IIIJanuary 8, 2013

Wade Barrett is the current Intercontinental champion. Photo by: WWE
Wade Barrett is the current Intercontinental champion. Photo by: WWE

After his run with the Intercontinental Championship, Wade Barrett must transition to the main event picture in order to be the next big heel for WWE.

Since Barrett returned from injury, he’s been feuding with Kofi Kingston. The feud has been good, even great in some instances, but Barrett needs something more to reach his full potential as a Superstar and a run with the World Heavyweight title will definitely help.

WWE has a ton of mid-card talent. Antonio Cesaro, Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow and many others would flourish with the absence of Barrett in the division.

However, the main event picture is a little thin, especially on the heel side. CM Punk, Big Show and Dolph Ziggler are the main heels while John Cena, Ryback, Sheamus and Randy Orton are the faces. Recently turned Alberto Del Rio and The Miz  add to the list as well.

It still remains to be seen what side Christian and Mark Henry will be on if and when they return. Until then, Barrett is much needed in the main event scene.

Barrett has everything he needs to be a successful heel in the WWE. The look. In-ring ability. Mic skills. His finisher, which is just an elbow smash. Even his theme song works with his character.

What’s even better is that he is not being booked as the typical “I’m better than you because I’m not from America” heel. He is a tough Superstar who can fight for himself and win without the help of outside interference.

Barrett’s reign of terror began when he won the first season of NXT and led the new stable of rookies known as The Nexus. He received his first WWE Championship match at Night of Champions in a six pack challenge, but came up short. He then won a battle royal to receive another shot at Bragging Rights. He won by disqualification, but Randy Orton retained the title. He lost to Orton again at Hell in a Cell with John Cena as the special referee.

Barrett moved on and defeated Kingston to win his first Intercontinental Championship on March 25. He eventually lost the title to Ezekiel Jackson at Capitol Punishment.

After another feud with Orton and unsuccessful attempts at capturing the World Heavyweight title, Barrett injured his elbow in late February during a 10-man battle royal.

He returned in early September and went on a short undefeated streak. He lost to Sheamus in a Lumberjack match. He then won his second Intercontinental title on the Dec. 31 edition of Raw from Kingston.

Now, as the current Intercontinental champion, Barrett is in the process of being rebuilt as a legitimate heel. He was pushed in the main event picture earlier in his career, but it seemed like the WWE Universe wasn’t responsive to Barrett’s character.

I predict Barrett will lose the title to Kingston either at Royal Rumble or WrestleMania and then Barrett's career will officially take off.

2013 will be the year of Wade Barrett, which will include a World Heavyweight title reign by SummerSlam. Now, if he can just drop the “Barrett Barrage,” then all will be set.