In 2019, there were plenty of WWE Superstars who had a fantastic year. “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt, Kofi Kingston, Johnny Gargano, Undisputed Era, Becky Lynch, and Daniel Bryan were just some to make waves within the company, but there’s still a lot of talent on the roster that should be headlining PPVs and making their presence known. With that being said, we take a look at some of the superstars that deserve a push in 2020.
Not only is Rusev incredible in the squared circle, he exudes personality and charisma. His Twitter feed is hilarious, and he’s hugely popular amongst fans. His recent involvement in the Bobby Lashley storyline has being poor to say the least, and the business with Aiden English and Lana was equally as terrible. Rusev entered WWE as a real threat, but in recent years he’s not been used to his full potential. He’s fantastic on the microphone, has superb athleticism, and is capable of wrestling anyone due to his flexible wrestling style. Please WWE, make every day Rusev Day.
Since losing the NXT UK Championship to WALTER, Pete Dunne hasn’t really had a decent storyline, although he was in some superb matches last year. His recent pairing with Matt Riddle as the ‘Broserweights’ for the Dusty Classic has been entertaining, there’s been little of interest coming from the Bruiserweight’s camp. With the Royal Rumble coming up, it would be amazing to see him not only enter again, but stay on the main roster. Imagine seeing Dunne face Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania. It’s destiny!
Bianca Belair is both aggressive and smart in a WWE ring. She’s proved her worth against the best NXT has to offer, including lo Shirai and Shayna Baszler. Her personality is on fire, and she oozes confidence and flair, never afraid to step up to the challenge. She’s just earned a shot at Rhea RIpley’s NXT Women’s Championship title at NXT TakeOver: Portland after defeating the likes of Candice LeRae and Mia Yim. There’s a big possibility that Belair will defeat RIpley, but either way it’ll make for a fantastic match up.
There have been seldom big men in the history of WWE that are as versatile as Keith Lee. He can move fast, fly high, and hit hard, yet he still hasn’t got his hands on Championship gold. This could likely change if he’s successful against Roderick Strong next week on NXT, but even if he doesn’t due to his ‘injury’, Lee will definitely be a breakout star in 2020. He ended the year strong, garnering praise from HHH himself, and it’s clear to see why. Watching him in the ring is a treat, and his mic work keeps getting better and better. Watch your back, Adam Cole.
WWE hasn’t used Drew McIntyre particularly well since he returned, even if he’s shown just how good he is in the ring. Being a lackey for Dolph Ziggler and Shane McMahon didn’t do him any favours, but if anyone deserves to have a push on RAW this year, it’s Drew. He’s a powerful competitor, who’s heel status muddies the lines of being an anti-hero because he’s so fascinating to watch. He recently defeated two of the best wrestlers on RAW right now in the form of AJ Styles and Randy Orton, earning plenty of momentum going into Wrestlemania season.
It’s criminal how little WWE has pushed Aleister Black since his call-up last year. He’s performed excellently in every match he’s had, especially in his recent feud with Buddy Murphy. With Murphy now aligning himself with ‘The Monday Night Messiah,’ Black has the perfect opportunity to breakout. Whether he’s involved with Seth Rollins’ feud with Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe remains to be seen, but if he doesn’t earn his first championship we’ll be hugely surprised.
We’ve seen a lot of superstars join WWE and make an impact within their first year, and Shotzi Blackheart could well be one of them. She’s got a fire in her unlike many women in NXT, and can take on a wide range of talent, both male and female. Before joining NXT, she became SHINE Champion, and also fought in the Knockouts division in IMPACT, as well as Rise. So far, she’s only had one televised match against Bianca Belair, but there’s something special about Shotzi Blackheart that can’t be ignored.