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Pete Dunne and 4 other WWE stars who could have a breakthrough 2018

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You could say that 2017 has been the year of Braun Strowman as the Monster Among Men has enjoyed a monstrous 12 months steamrolling through his opposition.

By the looks of things, that dominance shows no signs of stopping - but he isn't the only one who's enjoyed a great 2017. Asuka, AJ Styles, Charlotte Flair and The Usos are some of the other who enjoyed a great year.

BREAKTHROUGH

With 2017 coming to a close, it's time to look towards 2018 and seeing which up-and-coming stars could have a breakthrough year.

JASON JORDAN

Jason Jordan might not be the most liked star on the Monday Night RAW roster right now, but even the reaction to his storyline with Kurt Angle won't change WWE's direction.

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The fact is, Jordan has a great look and it looks as if he could be embracing the negative reaction he's now receiving. Not only that, but a heel turn has also been speculated where he could turn against Angle.

With 2018 sort of a clean slate, you can expect Jordan to continue with his subtle heel antics while his already-brilliant in-ring performances will only improve. He's shown he can mix it up against the best of them. He's got the look and the skills to back it up, so WWE shouldn't panic and stop whatever plans they have in store for him.

EMBER MOON

Ember Moon is arguably the best performer on NXT right now, and would be a massive loss should she get called up to the main roster anytime soon.

The loss of Asuka has left a massive gap to fill, and it will be up to Moon to step up and show that the NXT women's roster is in a healthy enough position with her spearheading the division.

With this opportunity in her hands, Ember Moon will have some excellent talent opposite her where she can cement herself as one of the finest NXT has seen - and hopefully, there are some great feuds that go along with that.

With her athleticism, the fans could be in store for some brilliant matches.

RUBY RIOTT

There's a reason why Ruby Riott was chosen to lead the new NXT faction on SmackDown LIVE, as she's probably the most comfortable to take control and thrive in the limelight compared to others.

Riott has a unique look, she's fantastic in the ring and will be a valuable asset to the SmackDown women's division, especially since most of the focus seems to fall on Charlotte Flair and most recently, Natalya.

The blue brand could do with some fresh faces to shake up the division. Riott can go in the ring, she's a better talker on the microphone than the other recent call-ups so if WWE takes their time and doesn't rush anything, they could have another valuable star on their hands.

PETE DUNNE

You could argue that Pete Dunne has already broken through, but he isn't yet exclusive to the WWE. However, the more he continues to impress outside of WWE, along with his matches inside WWE opposite Tyler Bate, the more of a chance he has of sticking with WWE.

There were rumours that he could end up joining a super stable led by Triple H, but that didn't come to fruition. We can sit here all night and discuss just how easy he finds it to become a dastardly villain to an extent where it's enjoyable to watch.

He's incredible in the ring, he has a unique look and he's still so young. With so many platforms available in WWE now, this can be the year for The Bruiserweight to solidify himself as a star that can be a future of the business.

VELVETEEN DREAM

When Patrick Clark signed up to Tough Enough and showed that he's made for this business, nobody would have ever guessed that the same Patrick Clark would end up as the Velveteen Dream on NXT.

He's crafted such a unique character that's so different to anyone else currently on the roster. He's charismatic and confident on the microphone, he's a fantastic in-ring performer and he knows how to tell a story in the ring.

His performance against Aleister Black is already drawing rave reviews and has been named as one of the best matches of 2017. Still only 22-years-old, Velveteen Dream has enjoyed a great end to the year and if that momentum continues, he could become an integral part of NXT and achieve a whole lot more.

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