It’s been a long time since the WWE has pushed a young guy to main event status. I have a feeling mid-carders will feel even more irrelevant in 2014.
One big difference now is that there is only one World Champion in the company. There were two World Championships to fight over before, which made it easier for other wrestlers to get the gold. Now that someone like Randy Orton is the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, it might be hard for guys like Dolph Ziggler to become one.
If it weren’t for the two belts in the company, people like Mark Henry, Christian and lots of others would have never been World Champions.
Another huge factor in 2014 is the return of Batista. WWE already has huge plans for him, and it’s speculated that he might win the Royal Rumble to face Orton at WrestleMania XXX. Batista is a huge name, and it’s likely that he’ll be put in the spotlight immediately upon his return. This might be a burden for mid-card talent looking for more TV time.
Apart from Batista, a host of other talent usually comes back in time for WrestleMania season. Undertaker and Brock Lesnar are expected to be back in time for the big show. It’s possible wrestlers like Rob Van Dam and Chris Jericho might be back too.
You got to feel bad for guys like Ziggler, Kofi Kingston, Wade Barrett and countless others that work hard all year but hardly get pushed. 2014 seems like it will be another year where old wrestlers will shine once again.