The WWE has a roster stacked with big names and quality competitors. But many of the best talent that the WWE have under their umbrella aren’t being used to their full potential. In this list, we will look at ten “Superstars” under the WWE banner that we should be looking out for in 2019. (This list will be in no particular order.)
Balor Club (Finn Balor, Luke Gallows, and Karl Anderson)
Yes, we are starting with something that should have already happened. But 2019 is a better late than never scenario. Finn Balor, Luke Gallows, and Karl Anderson have been criminally misused and mishandled by WWE creative. And it is because of that, that in 2019 the WWE will realize the error of its ways and begin setting up the long-awaited Balor Club. And no I don’t mean Michael Cole shouting the city that RAW is in is Balor Club. The Balor Club will become what it was always hoped that it would be and that would be WWE’s version of the Bullet Club. And Balor, Gallows, and Anderson would run rough shot over the entire WWE, not just RAW or Smackdown Live. But they will come and go as they please, not concerned with the consequences because no one will be able to stop the “Balor Club.”
Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega
When Andrade made his NXT debut, he had an incredible start. And that impact would be felt more and more every time he would compete on NXT. However, since his “main roster” call-up, he has barely been seen on Smackdown Live. But the scuttlebutt is that Vince McMahon sees “something” in Almas, and therefore a prominent push should be forthcoming in 2019. Almas is a talented worker and with Zelina Vega in his corner to hype up or downplay every opponent, Almas should have a big year.
It’s hard to say that the man that is currently the WWE Cruiserweight Champion could breakout more than he did in 2018. But 2019 looks to be even brighter than 2018. Murphy won the WWE Cruiserweight Championship at Super Showdown and ever since has done nothing but deliver excellent match after excellent match with just about everyone. And there’s no doubt in my mind that at the “Showcase of the Immortals” Wrestlemania, Buddy Murphy will undoubtedly do something to separate the Cruiserweight Championship match from the rest of the card.
Every week the branding and marketing statement shouted out by Michael Cole at the behest of Vince McMahon does NO ONE any favors. Least of all for Sasha Banks. Once one of the top performers in the WWE Women’s division, Sasha has been relegated to almost comedic fodder. Sasha has the type of talent that should be helping drive the Women’s division to another level. When we look back at the stories told by Sasha and Bayley in NXT, we saw the best of “The Boss,” and that is something WWE needs to return to in 2019. Giving Sasha back the edge that she once had will revitalize the character and the performer for a big push in 2019.
Now I’ll say this when Velveteen first debut in NXT I believed in the charisma, but I questioned how the character would be presented. The WWE has struggled in the past to book characters with this high degree of psychology. A character in which the nuances and eccentricities are just as if not more important than the actual in-ring ability. And Velveteen has proven that they have the potential to present this incredibly. Well at least to this point with Triple H at the helm of NXT. How the main roster transition and subsequent push will be handled by Vince will just have to wait and be seen. But regardless the Velveteen Dream combines the best of many legends before him, and that should serve The Dream well in 2019.
Shayna Baszler has quickly taken to the world of “Sports Entertainment” and has made an impact during her time in NXT. And it is that unbridled heel like nature that will translate when she is eventually brought onto RAW or Smackdown Live programming. Shayna’s heel tactics will garner a level of hatred that only the best can obtain. And her legitimate fighting background makes her seem even more dangerous in the midst of any program she is a part of in NXT. Look for that intense and dangerous heel to make her presence known even more in 2019.
Speaking of making their heel presence known, Tommaso Ciampa is arguably the best heel going under the WWE banner. His downright loathsome tactics that turned fan favorite and “good-guy” Johnny Gargano into a raging lunatic was brilliant work. It has been a pleasure watching Ciampa on NXT every week. Everything the man does screams heel, even something simple like the way he holds “Goldy” (the NXT Championship).
For anyone not watching NXT, please do yourself a favor and just go back and watch last weeks episode of NXT. An episode in which Ciampa manipulated Gargano and Aleister Black into fighting each other. And in a steel cage match no less. All while he and Goldy can sit back and watch his two of his potential next opponents tear each other to pieces. However, like much of the NXT talent, he must be protected and booked correctly. To succeed on the “main roster.” But 2019 will undoubtedly be a fantastic year for Blackhearted NXT Champion.
Now admittedly I have a soft spot for Sonya Deville as I know one of her previous Judo instructors, Miguel (part of the Father/Daughter duo at ToyQuest 101). However, regardless of that, Sonya has made incredible strides in the WWE. Since her debut alongside Paige and Mandy Rose in Absolution, Sonya has always had a special connection with the fans. And more recently if the booking is any indication, WWE management is finally beginning to notice as well. Recently, Sonya picked up a clean pinfall victory in a tag match over one, Charlotte Flair. Sonya was also the last woman eliminated during the battle royal to determine the third participant in the “First Ever Women’s TLC match.” Deville is poised and prepared to “put her hair up and square up” with anyone that gets in her way in 2019.
Becky “The MAN” Lynch
There is not much I can say now that everyone else in the world of professional wrestling commentary hasn’t already said about “The Man” herself, Becky Lynch. From her twitter game to her in-ring style. To the swagger that she is walking through the world with. Becky Lynch has captivated the pro-wrestling world like few stars before her. This run for Becky has drawn many a comparison to that of the rise of Stone Cold Steve Austin. And it is long overdue in my and many others fan’s opinions as well. Becky has been an outstanding performer, yet always seemingly passed over for no reason. After the WWE tried to garner support for Charlotte Flair via a (failed) heel turn, Becky has been “white” hot, and everything she touches is straight Irish fire. And 2019 will be the “Year of Lynch.”
Arguably the best faction in the WWE since DX or the Shield, the Undisputed Era function like a well-oiled machine. They function as one unit, no matter who happens to be involved in the matchups or the opponents they’re facing. Undisputed Era is a sight to behold, and that was never more evident than during NXT Takeover: War Games II. When the Undisputed Era makes their debut on the main roster, they must explode out of the gate. Undisputed Era must cause chaos, panic, and confusion. This will allow the entire roster and anyone who isn’t familiar with these men of just who they are. The Undisputed Era should take hold and capture all the gold in the WWE. Thus signifying they are “undisputedly” the best.