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What 3 WWE Superstars Would Cause Competitive Noise If They Jumped to GFW

Published by Bleacher Report on Thu, 09 Jul 2015

On episode 171 of Pancakes and Powerslams this past Tuesday, a great topic was talked about concerning what type of impact GFW would have to make to become a legitimate competitor for WWE. As of now, there is nothing that stands out about the promotion that would make some serious buzz. The affiliation with New Japan Pro Wrestling for Wrestle Kingdom 9 was an excellent way to start off, but NJPW is mostly doing business with ROH as far as the United States is concerned.Regarding TNA, Jeff Jarrett appearing on Impact Wrestling was a good surprise that received a mild level of buzz, but that is slowly fading away. Now, we are back to looking at results of GFW shows featuring B-level talent such as Shelton Benjamin and Chris Mordetsky. With this type of roster, the only thing we will see will be TNA with a different name. No thank you.In order for GFW to be a legitimate competitor for the WWE, the same concept must occur that happened 20 years ago: high-level WWE talent making the jump.During the first episode of WCW Nitro, we saw this happen when Lex Luger appeared in the aisle during the main event match between Hulk Hogan and Big Bubba Rogers. Even rewinding a year prior, the signing and debut of Hulk Hoganeven at 40 years oldwas enough to cause people to curiously change the channel to TBS on Saturday nights. GFW needs that same kind of game plan to be the most effective.While TNA saw notable jumps from WWE such as Kurt Angle, Christian and Rhyno, none of those names (with the exception of Angle, who was looking burned out during his ECW feud with Randy Orton) had enough pull to cause a mass exodus of viewers from WWE to the company. Moreover, their move from WWE to TNA did not include any suspenseful storyline, but simply an announcement or debut basically stating, "Hey! That guy is from WWE!" That's it, nothing more.Three major names that are currently on the WWE roster must defect to GFW for any kind of relevant competition to take place. Given the type of people who came to WCW back in 1995, here are three worthy candidates who could fit the mold.CesaroThere is no doubt that Cesaro is a gem in the ring. No matter who you put him up against, he is destined to garner a "This is awesome!" chant. However, WWE still has not given him an opportunity to shine as a main event star or even be a main feature on the program. It tried to make him notable with his alliance with Aksana. Failure. It tried to put him with Paul Heyman with no backstory. Failure. It tried to put him with Zeb Colter as a Swiss native but American sympathizer. Failure.Although his team with Tyson Kidd resulted in success, the career status of Kidd is unknown, at least for the next year, so he is back to being a singles competitor. From what we are seeing so far, he is guaranteed to deliver excellent matches, but a main event run in the WWE looks very bleak.Having him as one of the members of this group of former-WWE vigilantes would severely help further his career as a pro wrestler and give him the main event rub he deserves.Roman ReignsYou want your aggressive Roman Reigns, right' Well, here is your moment. Placing Reigns back into that enforcer/muscle role that succeeded as a member of the Shield would whet many wrestling appetites. What actually helps him is the momentum he is receiving with this organic babyface push, which has improved his career leaps and bounds compared to the force-feeding that led to a chorus of jeers.Coming to GFW would automatically place Reigns into a main event spot, as well as cause some intrigue with an invasion angle from a defected babyface main event star. This would give Reigns an extra layer on his gimmick, creating an opportunity to shine now as a main event heel.Randy OrtonRandy Orton would be the biggest jump of the three, not only because most of his career has been with the WWE, but also because the mere fact that he would be appearing with another company would cause tremendous buzz. One of the main reasons why Orton would be the best choice to be the leader of this three-man wrecking crew is because there is not much shelf life in his WWE career at this point.Although Orton is only 35 and has at least six to eight solid years left in his wrestling career, his 13 years in the WWE have left many with little else to desire from him. Moreover, with the way he has been booked this year, his days as a marquee name are dissipating, and a major spark is imperative.When Hulk Hogan defected to WCW in 1994, it was basically a rehash of his "Real American" gimmick. It did not take long for people to get bored with the gimmick, which is why his heel turn in 1996 was perfectly timed. Orton can experience this kind of career resurgence by jumping over to GFW, leading the company to another competitive war with WWE.Of course this isextremelywishful thinking, but a great topic to discuss. Here is your time to chime in: What three current WWE superstars, who would generate enough buzz for another wrestling war, would you choose to defect to GFW' Sound off below.Chris Featherstone is the host of the Pancakes and Powerslams Show, as well as a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report, We Are Wrestling and PWMania. Follow @cravewrestling on Twitter and the Crave Wrestling Facebook page.
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