The year 2015 is set to kick off with a bang as the Royal Rumble pay-per-view is just around the corner and we’re around 11 weeks away from WrestleMania XXXI, and these events could shape up what the rest of the year holds for a handful of superstars and divas.
2014 was a successful year for a number of superstars and divas but even though we saw a lot of success, there were still great superstars and divas who endured a tough 2014 even though they might not have deserved it because of their talent and what they bring to the WWE Universe on a weekly basis, but 2015 could be the year they turn it all around.
I feel that the superstars I’ve picked who deserve a strong 2015 are those that are very talented in the ring and on the microphone in some cases, they are over with the fans and they have the potential to succeed. As well as the fact that a successful 2014 should transition into the New Year to build on that success as the WWE continue to build strong main event talent.
TYSON KIDD AND CESARO
They are two of the most underrated superstars on the entire WWE roster and every wrestling fan knows just how much they have on offer. I feel that Kidd and Cesaro both deserve a successful 2015 whether it’s as singles superstars or as a team as The Masters of the WWE Universe; if they stick as a team then I feel they’re the ideal and deserving candidates to hold the WWE Tag Team Championships.
Tyson Kidd was never really able to break through on the main roster regardless of his superior talent, but his work on NXT brought out a great heel character which was worked perfectly for the fact-dropper and now it feels like he can flourish on the main roster as a heel and not just as Nattie’s husband. Cesaro actually had a successful first half of 2014, he was in the Elimination Chamber for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at the Elimination Chamber event, he won the inaugural Andre the Giant memorial battle royal and had his WrestleMania moment when he threw The Big Show over the top rope, and then he became a Paul Heyman Guy.
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It all went downhill from there and with so much potential and promise because of his incredible technical ability, it feels as if the WWE are hesitant to have him as a championship contender because of his lack of microphone charisma – it can be argued that a certain Mr. Roman Reigns also lacks that confidence and he’s primed to win the gold at WrestleMania. At 34 years old, Cesaro doesn’t have long left to finally break through to the top and if he is to do it, 2015 needs to be Cesaro’s year.
Paige took the main roster by storm when she debuted the night after WrestleMania XXX and snatched the Divas Championship from AJ Lee and leapfrogged almost every diva to solidify herself as one of the best. It’s no secret that she’s one of the finest WWE divas alongside the likes of AJ Lee and Natalya and the two-time Divas Champion hasn’t really capitalised on her successes as much as fans would’ve hoped even though the talent and fan-base is there.
But with age on her side she’s destined for greatness and with persistent rumours surrounding AJ Lee’s departure from the WWE, 2015 could be the year Paige takes over the WWE divas division, and rightfully so.
BAD NEWS BARRETT
Barrett’s popularity sky rocketed in 2014 with his gimmick even though he’s a heel and he was one of the favourites to get a main event push in 2014 until an injury set him back and he was out of the Money in the Bank ladder match. He’s stuck around the Intercontinental Championship picture for a while now and recently defeated Dolph Ziggler for the gold but he does deserve a lot more.
He’s got a great, heel look and we know he can talk as well as work well with whoever he is up against. He should’ve probably already captured a World Title by now but that slipped by him, if he can continue his great heel momentum and perhaps even become the second winner of the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal then maybe a World Championship won’t seem out of the question.
Dolph Ziggler didn’t have the greatest of 2014’s until the halfway mark where he was involved in the Intercontinental Championship picture before playing a big role in the fall of The Authority by being the sole survivor in the Survivor Series main event. Now that The Authority are back, Ziggler lost his job and obviously he’ll be back soon and there’s an outside chance the WWE could consider him a Royal Rumble favourite.
Even if he doesn’t win the Rumble, 2015 is the year Dolph Ziggler needs to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. He’s the hardest worker, he gets an immense reaction every single week thanks to his huge following and he can talk. Dolph Ziggler can’t afford to fall down the ladder after enjoying a successful second half of 2014 and there are a number of possibilities for Ziggler to become an even bigger success whether it’s by becoming a champion or even joining The Authority.
Adrian Neville enjoyed an incredibly successful 2014, capturing the NXT Championship from Bo Dallas back in February and eventually dropping it to Sami Zayn in December so he enjoyed almost a year of being the champion and the top dog on NXT. There were plans that he was to move to the main roster using a ‘Might Mouse’ gimmick but thankfully that has simply remained a rumour and he’s set to compete on NXT for a while longer.
Whatever the plans are for Neville, creative needs to ensure that he’s not someone who just gets lost in the pack, he has the talent and the charisma to be a huge success and if anything, 2015 needs to be even bigger for the man that gravity forgot.
Titus O’Neil is another underrated superstars who most fans overlook and think of as a comedy character, that’s the great thing about Titus, the fact that he can switch it up from being a comedy character to a face and to a great heel. He has a great monster-like, World Championship material look which the WWE should utilise plus the fact that he’s gold on the microphone.
He’s proven he can work with the best after great matches with Neville and Sami Zayn down in NXT and a singles championship push is needed to get the best out of the talented superstar.
Rusev has been one of the most dominant superstars of 2014 and is still yet to submit or be pinned on television. He’s set to have a big role in the Royal Rumble and potentially a big match at WrestleMania. I feel the biggest mistake the WWE could make is to feed him to any superstar such as Ryback or John Cena – even though it’s inevitable that he will lose – he needs to defeat his opponent at WrestleMania.
What will be left for Rusev when he finally loses? He and Lana will have nothing left to boast about apart from possibly rehashing old rivalries with the anti-American gimmick. However, a win would mean Rusev could potentially be sniffing around the main event or even World Championship picture.
What is there left to be said about Seth Rollins? The man has been the talking point of 2014 and will be the talking point of 2015 and the fact is, he deserves all the success he’s getting. Nobody expected him to be this huge star once The Shield imploded and he’s proven himself to be a true heel and will play the role perfectly for years to come, the fans need to enjoy it.
It’s a guarantee that Seth Rollins will become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, perhaps as early as the Royal Rumble. There are a number of great feuds Rollins could engage in this year, and throw in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship into the equation or even being the next Paul Heyman Guy, then Rollins is set for another blockbuster year, and deservedly so.