Back in the 90’s, when the n.W.o. gimmick started to fade with the overkill of adding older wrestlers who flat out refused to put over the younger talent, I was a huge advocate of passing the torch to the next generation of young stars whop would bare the burden of carrying the success of the industry on their backs. After all, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Bret Hart and Randy Savage only had so much left in them. They were in their twilight of their career and new stars had to be handed the responsibility of keeping the business alive.
Luckily, the young stars that were promoted were names like Chris Jericho, The Rock, Eddie Guerrero, and even a guy like Triple H. Watching this past Wrestlemania, it truly was the end of an era.
So who are the new stars of today? John Cena is a no-brainer. CM Punk has finally found his mojo and will become of the next big stars for the business. But then what…? Who else is there? Jericho’s career near it’s end. He wants to go out on top, spend time with the family and pursue other projects. How much more can Cena carry on his back? Orton can help with the load and switch back and forth. Who’s the next big star? Who will get “the call”? Sheamus? Maybe. I think he’s a great worker, but the gimmick is limited. Who else?…I’ll wait.
Dolph Ziggler is ready and willing – but I don;t think the office is 100% sold on him right now. They see a work horse looking to steal the show and they figure, “Let’s not feed him. The more he starves, the harder he’ll work for food.” I urge you fans to stick with Ziggler, because there will be a day when he is the hottest thing on the wrestling market.
The one that bothers me the most is Wade Barrett. The WWE invested so much into him with the ill-fated Nexus angle, and then they tried to get him over on his own. Now, he’s just a guy who can get the right shoe to fit. He’s uncomfortable in the ring, he’s uncomfortable to watch, and he’s as wooden as Pinnochio’s penis.
Barrett has the tools to be a hard nosed competitor and respected in the same breath as William Regal, Fit Finlay and even JBL. He has the same rugged style and approach blended with a a technical twist. So why isn’t he getting over? Even when he’s out with an injury, it has no effect what so ever with the progress of the show. he was filler material right off the cookie-cutter clone line. Only difference was that he had a little size on him, other than that, same shit as everyone else.
It’s almost cliche to hear an old school traditional wrestler refer to themselves as, “The Last of a Dying Breed”. But maybe it’s true. Remember the dinosaurs? Funny how we refer to Hogan and Flair as one of them, what happened when the dinosaurs no longer roamed the earth? What will happen when the Hogans, Flair, Stings and Undertakers wrestle in the ring? Will it be the end of the wrestling world much like the dawn of time?
Just let them wrestle already. Let the championship be the prize for being the best. Then you wonder why the new kids on the block are so green? Because they are too busy working on their acting skills rather then their wrestling skills. They are more focused on memorizing the script rather than the spots in their match. I look at the business the same way an adult looks at today’s youth – “THAT is what is going to lead the world and take care of me in the future?”… I guess it is really coming to an end, isn’t it?