Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Five Count: Highway to the Danger Zone

This week on Kick-Out!! Radio, I brought back The Five Count, the weekly round-up of my top five moments in wrestling. Today's Five Count, the top five wrestlers who are in the "danger zone." What is the "danger zone?" It's wrestlers who are currently "on the bubble," their ship is sailing, and it's quite possible that they could never realize their full potential for whatever reason. Not all hope is lost for these Superstars, but they could become one of wrestling's famous missed opportunities if things don't change.

5. Ezekiel Jackson
Big Zeke was riding a huge wave of momentum on ECW, and as the last ECW Champion, he was sure to bring that momentum with him to Smackdown... where he only wrestled one match. Zeke got overshadowed by WrestleMania hype, which is typical for "newer" guys around that time, but then Jackson faced a personal tragedy, and then an injury right after his return. He was drafted to Raw in the Supplemental Draft last month, but by the time he comes back, all the momentum will be long gone. Big Zeke will have to start over, and quite possibly on the very crowded Raw brand, and that could prove tricky for the final ECW Champ. I don't doubt Zeke's abilities, he's a very underrated performer, but bad luck has put the brakes on many promising careers in wrestling, and I hope it's not the case here.

4. Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler had tons of momentum over the summer, but after his feud with Mysterio concluded, it's been all downhill from there. Two weeks ago, I would've put Ziggler at number one on this list and even boldly claim that his ship had sailed, but putting him in a feud with Christian and making him the new lust interest for Vickie Guerrero could be a renewed sign of interest in him from WWE. Now with that said, Eric Escobar was introduced to WWE audiences as the object of Vickie's affection, and look how that turned out.

3. Primo
Without Carlito, what is there for Primo? The guy certainly isn't bad in the ring, I'd argue that he's been even more entertaining than Carlito in the last two years, but he doesn't really have the elusive "it factor." He floundered when they split up the Colon Bros., but with one of them released? I don't think that bodes well for young Primo.

2. MVP
Moving MVP to Raw was nothing short of a disaster. The guy came in a house of fire, even looked like he was going to become a contender for the WWE Title, and just a couple months later, all that momentum was gone. I predicted earlier this year that MVP would be the 2010 version of Mr. Kennedy, but then they made the right call and moved him back to Smackdown... where he's done absolutely nothing. Smackdown's a lot more wide open than Raw, yet all MVP has done on Smackdown is wrestle members of the Straight Edge Society (including Friday's loss to Luke Gallows), and team up with JTG one time. Smackdown was supposed to be MVP's return to glory, but arguably, he's worse off than he was on Raw.

1. John Morrison
Now hear me out on this one, John Morrison is a surefire future World Champion, right? Well, judging by the last couple months, I'm not so sure. Remember when Miz got drafted to Raw last year and everyone thought he'd do nothing while Morrison would go on to become a main eventer? Remember when Miz was considered the weak link of the team? Now Miz is working with guys like Big Show, Chris Jericho, and even Bret freaking Hart, while John Morrison's done absolutely nothing since losing the Intercontinental Title. They argued last year about who was the "Marty Jannetty" of the team, and if things keep going like this, Morrison might want to call Leif Cassidy.

Now keep in mind, this is wrestling, none of these guys are lost causes. Just a few months ago, Jack Swagger was losing to Santino, now he's the World Champion and the star of Friday Night Smackdown. Anyone damage can be repaired, anyone can get a push at any time, and yesterday's loser could be tomorrow's World Heavyweight Champion, but if things don't change for these guys soon, will they ever?

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