it seems like that this is the case but they would really prove they have their heads up their asses by bringing in Steamboat before Ohno and Wyatt.
No; it would prove that they're not going to bring someone up unless they have a concrete plan for him. That's a good thing, by the way.
Stanford said exactly what I would have said.
When I first saw Steamboat with Santino I just expected a throwaway segment about the Cobra and the Dragon, until Steamboat decided to come to ringside and that's when I began thinking about debuting his son in this way.
It's an absolutely solid way to debut somebody.
I don't want to see Steamboat wrestle, though. In fact, I could watch Steamboat wrestle all day but after his heart problems I'm happy with him abstaining from serious in ring competition.
Last weeks Raw, I would have had the segment involving Santino, Steamboat and Barret but without steamboat coming to the ring. Use it just to set the seeds.
Next weeks anniversary Raw, Steamboat can be involved with some sort of promo with the Legends which can lead to another confrontation between Barret and Steamboat.
The Raw before the Royal Rumble Santino can win a 10 man Battle Royal with the likes of Slater, Mahal, Epico, Primo, McIntyre, Tensai, Kidd etc to challenge Barret for the IC title at the Rumble, and he says "This time, I will have the Dragon in the Cobras corner!"
Come to the Rumble and Barret defeats Santino easily and teases hitting Steamboat but doesn't. Then, later in the night, Steamboat can be found unconcious backstage with his son and WWE officials around him.
The next night on Raw amp up what's happened and have Barret come out and explain his actions later in the broadcast. Show backstage footage of the veteran Ricky with a blackeye and bruise cheek still looking a bit dazed. Have Barret come to the ring, then before he goes to cut his promo with the "I never touched him," have young Richie come out and attack Barret like Owen Hart did to Shawn michaels at the end of In Your House D-Generation X. Have the camera trained on Barrett and Richie come out of nowhere.
This could lead to The Shield being involved in taking Richie out, or it was Barrett, or whatever, I just think this would be pretty cool way to develop a new character and instantly put him in a feud with the champion. It would be an Intercontinental Championship feud where it doesn't completely revolve around the belt.