Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Stars of 2012

Three stars on the rise...
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger on Twitter

Since it's the last day of 2011, I guess it's safe to post my pics for rising stars of 2012.  Last year when I did this, (actually I posted it on January 3) I picked three superstars who I thought would rise to the top.  Drew McIntyre, John Morrison, and Daniel Bryan.  You can read the detailed blog here, but clearly I was off on my picks.  I couldn't tell you the last time I saw Drew on TV.  Morrison is now "gone" from the WWE after months of jobbing and rehabbing from an injury.  Bryan is now the World heavyweight champion, but people are already speculating when he's going to loss the title.  So let's look ahead to 2012.

Dolph Ziggler vs. Rey Mysterio (from WWE)
Dolph Ziggler is my pick for 2012, hands down.  The guy has the look, he's got the talent, and he's got the drive.  To steal from Lex Luger, Ziggler is truly the total package.  At least he is in my view.  Now I don't think he'll walk out of Monday night Raw on 1/2/12 with the WWE championship, but I think this opportunity is going to take him to new heights in 2012.  He had a successful 2011 as U.S. Champion.  Some people argue he should dump Vickie Guerrero as his manager, but I think the opposite.  I like this pairing.  My hope was that Dolph would win the Royal Rumble and face CM Punk at Wrestlemania, but it appears that is not going to be happening, especially since the two are meeting on Raw in two days.  So I think Dolph will win Money in the Bank later this summer, and perhaps cash in before the end of the year. He has come a long way from the Kerwin White's caddy, and a member of the ever peppy Spirit Squad.  #Heel

Cody Rhodes (from WWE)
Cody Rhodes is already a star in my view in the WWE.  However, I think in 2012, he is going to rise to the next level.  He's currently the Intercontinental champion, but I really believe this year, Cody will take it a step further.  He's come a long way since his debut in the WWE back in 2007, where I figured he'd probably spend most of his time with the company on the midcard.  But in 2011 something clicked, and Cody came out of his shell.  I figured of the three mainstays in Legacy, he would be the least likely to succeed.  I thought Ted DiBiase would be in Cody's position now.  I've enjoyed the maturation and the development of his character.  While he's still not as charismatic as his famous father, he's definitely got talent and a lot of potential.  I'm hoping if we don't get a world title run from him in 2012, we at least see him hanging more with the main eventers.

Heat Hatton vs. the Convoy (from Adam Testa, AAPW)
Heath Hatton is a name many of you are not familiar with, but I think by the time 2012 closes out, more of you will know who he is.  Heath is an up and coming superstar with All American Pro Wrestling.  He spent most of 2011 as a co holder of the AAPW tag team titles and wrestling in other independent groups around southern Illinois.  Now Heath is taking his talents to the next level.  In addition to the indy dates he has in Illinois, Heath is working with the folks at Ohio Valley Wrestling.  For those of you who don't know OVW was the developmental territory for the WWE and is now being used by Impact Wrestling.

Hatton vs. Shane Rich (from AT)
I've watched Heath develop over the past 12 months and become a better wrestler and a better person too. He's dedicated improving in the ring, training all the time and it's paying off for him.  He's defended the AAPW tag titles by himself on more than one occasion in 2011.  He's also wrestled more than once on the same card.  Heath is also there to help set up the ring.  Bottom line, he's paid his dues in 2011, and in 2012 I think he's going to get the recognition for it.  He'll continue to shine in AAPW, but I think he's going to take it to the next level and by this time next year, more of you will know exactly who Heath Hatton is.  Check him out on AAPW Collision.

Just for time sake, I'm going to keep this at three guys.  However there are plenty of talented individuals in the indies, on Impact Wrestling, and the WWE.  I think Kharma could have a really good year, as well as Primo & Epico, and James Storm.

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