WWE is currently in the process of pushing young and deserving talent, something that World Wrestling Entertainment has not done in previous years. They have realized that their established and veteran stars are getting older, and these veteran stars that have entertained viewing audiences for the past decade are getting ready to retire. Some of these stars have already retired (Shawn Michaels), while other stars such as Triple H, Kane, Undertaker, Edge, Chris Jericho, Christian, and others, are either in their early 40’s or late 30’s and are only a few years away from their retirement. For this reason, WWE has started pushing their younger and mostly unknown stars, to try to make them into the next big thing. These rising superstars will be the future of the WWE for years to come and I decided to write articles about who these rising superstars are and what to expect from them in the future:
Rising Superstar: Kaval
Biography About This Rising Superstar: Brandon Silvestry, better known as Kaval in the WWE, was born on September 6, 1979 in Brooklyn, New York. Kaval was born to be a wrestler, and started wrestling professionally in his teenage years. Like Daniel Bryan, Kaval got his major start in Ring of Honor and was one of the pioneers of the company. Kaval became the first ROH Champion in the company’s history by defeating three other wrestlers in a sixty minute Iron Man match. Kaval also wrestled in Total Nonstop Action for a number of years, before signing a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment. Kaval made his wrestling debut on WWE television on the second season of NXT, and later making his SmackDown debut in September. Kaval has been competing on the SmackDown brand for the last few months.
Accomplishments in the WWE: While Kaval has not been in the WWE long enough to have championship accomplishments, he has wrestled in many of the smaller independent promotions, and won the world titles in those organizations. Kaval has been on the indy scene for ten years, and wrestled all over the world. Some of his major championships in those companies include the ROH Championship and winning the TNA X-Division Championship twice. In Florida Championship Wrestling, which is WWE’s development territory, Kaval was a former tag team champion, along with Michael McGuillicutty. Kaval’s most recent accomplishment was beating seven other rookies and winning the second season of the NXT competition, which guaranteed him a title match in the WWE and a spot on the SmackDown roster.
Current Position in the WWE: Kaval is being utilized as a face on the SmackDown brand, and is finally getting momentum as he goes after the Intercontinental Championship and his first championship gold in the WWE. Kaval initially was awarded a spot on Team SmackDown on the Bragging Rights pay-per-view, before losing his spot to Tyler Reks in a match. Kaval officially won his first match on the brand on the November 19th edition of SmackDown. The opponent that Kaval defeated wasn’t just anyone, it was the current Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler. After his huge first win, Kaval cashed in his title opportunity that he got by winning the second season of NXT at the Survivor Series pay-per-view but came up unsuccessful after a great effort.
Why Kaval is a Rising Superstar: One of the main reasons why Kaval is a rising superstar is because of his aerial offense and his kicks that can go in any direction. His finisher called “Warrior’s Way” is a double diving foot stomp from the top rope to the fallen opponent, and it is amazing to see how high Kaval gets while in mid-air. This move has won Kaval a lot of matches in the past, and will undoubtedly win him more matches in the future. Kaval is much like Daniel Bryan, but with less submission techniques. Another advantage that Kaval has is his experience in the wrestling business. While Kaval has only been with WWE for only a few months, his experience in the other organizations will prove to be a great asset to have as he becomes one of WWE’s rising superstars.
What to Expect in the Future from Kaval: You can expect Kaval to keep going after the Intercontinental Championship over on SmackDown. Kaval recently picked up his first victory as a WWE wrestler over the reigning Intercontinental champ Dolph Ziggler on an episode of SmackDown, leading to a match at a pay-per-view, where Kaval lost in a great match. The next step for Kaval’s career in the WWE is to win his first championship in the WWE, and that championship could be the Intercontinental at the Tables, Ladders and Chairs pay-per-view over Dolph Ziggler. It is too early to tell how big of a career Kaval will have in the WWE and if he will ever become a main eventer but he is off to a good start and his wrestling ability will lead him a long way.