WWE Needs To Stay Away From Part-Time Veterans


[adinserter block=”1″]The WWE will try to recreate some of its past success on January 20 when Batista makes his long awaited and rumored return to the ring and the company.

The WWE may have Chris Jericho back in the fold around WrestleMania XXX, if rumors are correct about the part-time wrestler wanting to give it a go back in the ring.

And the possibility of Shawn Michaels getting back in the ring has stirred the WWE faithful once again with rumor and possible false hope.

Three great superstars, three great careers and none of them can really help the WWE develop the way it should. A wrestling program or promotion should be built on what lies in the future, not allowing history to build its current success. For years we have had issues with former greats (Ric Flair, Scott hall, Jake Roberts, Terry Funk and others) wrestle well into their sixties because they could not get rid of the itch, needed to wrestle for money, or knew nothing else in their lives.

Although it would appear these three greats don’t have those kinds of issues and for the most part, since Batista got into the business later than most and Jericho takes time off to tour with his band and is in good shape, there is no need to exorcise demons of the past. But I caution the WWE that all the company is doing is stunting the growth of stars stuck at the mid card or have become jobbers because the space is limited and the belts are thin.

Ultimately, in my opinion, Batista comes back to the WWE aligns himself with the Authority or even challenges it in some way (which makes more sense) or he battles John Cena again at some point. The idea of Batista, Randy Orton and Triple H aligned together again brings back memories of Evolution, which might be what the Authority will become in the new year.

Michaels return to the ring only happens if it is in a program with Daniel Bryan and Jericho will return to the squared circle because, frankly, it is his M.O. and something that always happens once he has been on the road, touring and has down time before getting back on the bus (or plane). Fozzy is immensely successful because of Jericho and his band and his ties to the WWE, which helps with promotion of something outside the realm of dropkicks and arm bars.

The WWE and the WWE Universe are so worried about creating the “Next ….,” meaning the next Chris Jericho, the next Shawn Michaels, the Next Ric Flair. If that was truly the case, then Dolph Ziggler would be a world champion right now/ Drew McIntyre would have been the next Scott Hall. Roman Reigns will be he his cousin, The Rock and CM Punk would have already been Stone Cold Steve Austin. For years we waited to see if Chris Jericho could be Roddy Piper and wanted someone to fill Randy Savage’s boots.

It can’t happen that way.

And the idea of John Cena being the next Hulk Hogan is about spot on – with his ability to sell his message, sell merchandise and keep true to his beliefs as a hero, not a villain.

[adinserter block=”2″]I preach like Mike Mooneyham and Mark Madden about wrestling’s pitfalls and wrong turns. These three wrestlers are all great in their own right but they stunt the growth of this already loaded talent roster. The need for some air is evident. I still want the company to kick around the idea of buying TNA, but that possibly has a WCW failure written all over it.

But trust me, dealing with the past to help the future will not be the reason the WWE succeeds in 2014.

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  1. I disagree use these marque acts in an areas where they provide greatest value in storylines. The continued correct use of Lesnar, Jericho can only be a plus. Brining in Baustista is an excellent step as well. I wish some of the veterans work a lighter schedule (ie: ziggler, miz, kofi just simply need a break because they are stale !!!! )

  2. And unlike when we were growing up, it was pretty difficult or very expensive to get your hands on any of the classics, so we were forced to move forward. However, with the Internet and the WWE library very accessible it becomes harder and harder to move away from the past. These wrestler hold wonderful memories of years gone by and reminds of all how much we emarshed ourselves completely into the spedical of it all. And as all of you have reported on this site, these story lines don’t quite do it for us.

  3. Great article, funny how you mentioned hanging on to the past. Have you been listening too CM Punk latest interviews done behind the curtain? They are 80’s scripted poke fun at the past. Of course I am sure that it’s all done in jest, but that’s just a small reminder. The past demands to be recognized because even though the new talent is what will sustain them it’s the old the old school fans that are telling there kids how wonderful wrestling use to be and that these kids can’t hold a candle too the wrestlers of years past.

  4. Can’t say I disagree with this. Good article. Lets start with doing away with anything that is a symbol of the Attitude Era. From superstars to the Titantron. They need to allow this young talent to thrive outside of the shadow of these old guys.

    Can we get some Hukster and Nacho Man vignettes?

    • Look WWE preyed upon someone else's,(other territory) main wrestler and
      made lots of money because of it. The thing that makes me mad about
      Vince is that the WCW did the same to him, somewhat, and he cries like a
      baby. Chis Jerrico came from ECW and WCW not WWE.


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