Two superstars that need to be given a push by the WWE

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During WWE's recent European tour, fans from several countries came out in huge numbers to see their favourite superstars in action, closer to home. Given that this extremely popular tour only occurs twice a year, tickets understandably were soon sold for most of the scheduled shows and daily appearances made by the WWE wrestlers.

The two biggest nights of the tour took place in Manchester, England where both of WWE's weekly programmes; Monday Night Raw and SmackDown, were recorded for the week.

With none other than the legendary Undertaker confirmed for the SmackDown taping on Tuesday night, few members of the WWE Universe predicted a surprise appearance by The Dead Man alongside his brother, Kane, to close the show on Monday Night Raw.


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As the hype had already been built up regarding the Undertaker going into to Tuesday night's recording, there was little else the fans in attendance had on their minds.

This was, of course, before current NXT Champion and fan-favourite Finn Balor had an incredible impact on the crowd when he appeared for a dark match against Viktor of The Ascension prior to Tuesday night's taping.

Although Balor had a large amount of merchandise on sale and had been confirmed as in Manchester during Tuesday, he still received a memorable reception in front of the UK fans.

Something which became even more apparent during the two nights WWE had scheduled in Manchester earlier this week was the reception certain wrestlers received which does not always come across on television.

There were particular WWE superstars who doubtlessly had the crowd on their side to an extent which all but proved the way WWE is missing out on promoting them during its weekly programming.

Hometown hero 

One of these superstars was Wade Barrett and, despite the most obvious reason for his welcomed reception being that he was so close to his hometown of Preston, he proved his worth not just in the ring but on the microphone, too.

Barrett was obviously being used as one of the main figureheads for the WWE European tour, with his exchange with England footballer Wayne Rooney going down as one of the most memorable moments of the tour.

In addition, Barrett also exceeded expectations during his World Heavyweight Title Tournament Match against Neville, despite eventually falling victim to the Red Arrow.

Add to this Barrett's humorous segment with the Undertaker, during which the Englishman actually asked whether Taker was alright and if he was lost following his timely entrance, and it is easy to see Barrett's underutilized ability.

Fan favourite 

Another WWE superstar who the company simply has not given enough of a much-deserved push to is Dolph Ziggler.

When his music hit, Ziggler was welcomed by an incredible reception from the crowd inside the Manchester Arena, with the support clearly continuing throughout his tournament match with The Miz right up until he planted a Superkick to gain the victory.

Following his win, Ziggler grabbed the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Title and held it up above his head which unsurprisingly gained a huge cheer from the fans.

Ultimately, if these two examples of massive fan popularity in the UK alone are not big enough for WWE to see why they should mix up who is at the top of the roster, it is unlikely the company will continue to keep its fans happy for the foreseeable future. 

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