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What DID Bother Me: Cesaro/Barrett
There were very few weaknesses in this event, so this will likely be my only negative thoughts of this column, but I'm still not too high on Cesaro or Barrett right now. I like both guys, but something still seems to be missing for both.
Antonio Cesaro is a very good performer, and I think he possesses plenty of potential as an all-around entertainer as well, but the gimmick doesn't work for me. It's boring, to be blunt. The anti-American shtick is a thing of the past and although foreign wrestlers can still get over today, it's hard when they all focus on the same things. "America sucks, my country's better," just doesn't cut it anymore when there's no more depth than that included.
Wade Barrett is another very good talent with a very promising future, but he's not been given much of a chance to succeed since returning a few months ago. He's nowhere close to world champion material right now, and it's unfortunate. His loss to Kofi last night is understandable - they want this to be a good midcard feud - but it just doesn't seem like Barrett fits there. One could argue it's better than what he was doing, but I'm not so sure anymore.
Recent reports suggest WWE might be bringing in some former stars to help elevate the midcard divisions. I love this idea...let's start tonight!