Friday, March 30, 2012

The new breed must step up after Wrestlemania 28

Yesterday I explained that the "End of an Era" match between Triple H and Undertaker meant that it would be a passing of the torch from one generation to another.
After Wrestlemania this Sunday, every WWE superstar under the age of 30 must step up to the plate and attempt to be a main event level talent.
It is no secret that ratings for WWE programming have declined over the past 10 years.
Some attribute the decline to lack of creativity in storylines and/or connection to the wrestler's personalities.
Wrestling has always been popular in pop culture due to the characters that have captured the audience's imagination.
From Hulk Hogan telling the fans 'Whatcha gonna do, brother?' to Stone Cold Steve Austin saying "Give me a hell yea' to the Rock telling adversaries 'Know your role and shut your mouth.'
All three wrestling icons have defined a generation of wrestling pop culture.
Sadly, other than John Cena and maybe Randy Orton, there are no wresters today who have the character grasp that wrestlers of yesteryear had to connect with the audience.
Vince McMahon has been hesitant to give younger wrestler's main event pushes over the years due to most not being ready for the pressure of being in a top position and also, from fear that they could leave for greener pastures like the Rock or just bolt the company due to burnout like Brock Lesnar did in 2004.
There will come a time when Cena and Orton will leave WWE. There will be a time when McMahon can not rely on the Rock, Austin, Triple H, Shawn Michaels and the Undertaker to boost ratings and pay-per-view buyrates.
It's time for the Cody Rhodes', Dolph Ziggler's, Kofi Kingston's and the rest of the young WWE talent to seize the opportunities and run with them.
Now is the time for the new generation to etch their mark in WWE lore.

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