DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08: WWE Superstar Wade Barrett is introduced during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
If I was Wade Barrett, I'd be wicked peeved at The Big Show.
The Wrestling Observer is reporting WWE is due for a "Barrett Barrage" round about August, just in time for the Briton to make a return at SummerSlam. The former Nexus and Corre leader has been sidelined with a bum arm after a Big Show-thrown Dolph Ziggler landed on top of him during a 10-man battle royal on Raw. It was quickly diagnosed as a dislocated elbow which was expected to keep Barrett out for about two months.
But the prognosis came back worse than originally feared and the NXT season 1 winner had to go under the knife which turned his 6-8 week turnaround time to nearly 6-8 months.
A devastasting blow in the short-term to a rising star that has been made all the worse with a new revelation.
Around the same time, it was being reported the Money in the Bank pay-per-view (PPV) event was scrapped and the match would return to its WrestleMania roots. WWE seemingly about-faced a month before the big show and pulled the specialty ladder match from the Miami event and re-booked the original PPV for July 2012.
So what does one have to do with the other?
The recent scuttlebutt is Barrett was set to win the Money in the Bank (MITB) match at WrestleMania 28 and when he went down with his injury, Vince McMahon and company were forced to re-shuffle the deck and play a different hand. It's sort of bittersweet for Barrett and his fans, no?
WWE is high enough on him to not only give him the go-ahead to follow in CM Punk's, Alberto Del Rio's, Daniel Bryan's and other past main eventers' footsteps by winning MITB but to also delay the match so Barrett could win it once he got healthy. The bitter portion being, of course, not being able to capitalize on WWE's good faith due to Big Show's clumsiness.
Taking into account the success rate -- 100% -- of every MITB winner who has cashed in the briefcase, if the promotion does pull the trigger on Barrett's win, he has a better than decent chance of actually fulfilling his promise to be WWE's first British world champion.
Does that tickle your fancy, Cagesiders?