CAUTION — WHILE RICH JONES DID A GREAT JOB WITH THIS STORY, AS USUAL, IT DOES CONTAIN A SPOILER FOR THIS WEEK’S SMACKDOWN.
This week on WWE Smackdown, Wade Barrett secures his place in history by winning the Intercontinental title for the first time. In fact, Wade Barrett has never won any championship belt since joining the main roster and becoming the first NXT winner.
As the leader of the original Nexus, Wade Barrett came very close to winning the WWE title from Randy Orton. However, after heading to the blue brand, Barrett has seen very little success by himself. The Corre is not booked nearly as effectively as the original Nexus was, this has resulted in a group that makes very little difference on Friday nights. Last week on Raw, the action seemed to point toward an 8-man tag match at Wrestlemania with The Corre facing Santino, Kozlov, Big Show and Kane, but things may be headed in another direction. Barrett has been crowned the newest Internet continental champion and fans and holding out hope that he will defend on the biggest stage of them all.
What kind of champion will Wade Barrett be? Randy Savage, Greg Valentine, Ricky Steamboat, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Stone Cold, The Rock and Chris Jericho are some of the greatest wrestlers to ever step foot in the ring. All of these superstars made the Intercontinental belt meaningful despite a low position on the card. Many times, the Intercontinental matches were considered to be far better than those put on by the WWF/WWE champion. However, the history of this belt also includes people such as Jeff Jarrett, The Mountie, Marty Jannetty, Dean Douglas, Ahmed Johnson, Marc Mero, Val Venis, Road Dogg and a whole list of other superstars that failed to rise above the midcard. In fact, Kofi Kingston is the perfect example of a guy that has been unable to succeed despite all of the talent in the world. Kofi has been relegated to such a spot because of timing problems during his feud with Randy Orton. However, Kofi has learned a very important lesson, the right timing can make or break a superstar. Is the time right for Barrett? What type of champion will he be? All of these answers and more depend on strong booking from the writers at WWE.