Re: Big money cameos are shit
It truly annoys me to no end when people say WWE doesn't or can't create new stars. Let's take a look at a few factors.
1) The roster was loaded in the mid 00's. At the top of the card you had HHH, Cena, Batista, and Taker. Right below that are the guys that can main event or placed in high profile feuds in Jericho, Orton, HBK, Edge, and Booker. That's still not counting guys like Punk, Kennedy, Hardy, or MVP. Quite honestly, there's only so many guys you can have around the top of your card.
2) They HAVE created stars in the past 7yrs other than Cena.
Batista - He was Cena's equal and one could argue that if Batista didn't get hurt twice at the end of 2005/beginning of 2006, that HE may be the face of the company and not Cena. Even despite all his injuries, he was the guy that was carrying the SD! brand. Left for MMA.
Randy Orton - Did people forget about him? It's not WWE's fault that they cannot fully trust him due to his 2 strikes.
Jeff Hardy - Personal problems derailed his run. Had those demons been behind him, he could be a huge money-maker right now for them. Left for TNA.
Edge - He may not be as big a name as Cena or Batista, but he was someone that you can count on to deliver quality matches and fill in main event feuds. Retired.
Punk - Currently the clear-cut #2 guy in the company.
Here's 3 guys that they're currently trying to establish as legit top guys:
Sheamus - Given a solid run with WHC and is relatively over with the fans yet it seems like we still refuse to acknowledge that he's a true star because he isn't on the same level as Cena or even Punk.
Alberto Del Rio - Same as Sheamus but to a lesser degree.
Ryback - You know they're trying to make him the next big star.
That's just in the past 2yrs and they've already established CM Punk but yet they're still doing more. Sure, some fans would prefer to swap out Del Rio and Ryback for guys like Barrett or Ziggler but the point still stands.
3) The deaths of Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit. This is important because that's two big time talents that this current crop of young wrestlers in the company today could learn from. You can't replace that kind of knowledge.
4) When everyone either left for a different company or retired, it left a big gap between the main event and the midcard. It's hard filling that gap with a roster where everybody could beat everybody because how exactly do you separate them? You cannot just have one or two guys start beating everyone else all of a sudden when you had them losing to them just recently.
Seriously, it's an absolute joke to either say that they don't know how to make stars anymore or they refuse to make stars anymore.
The MAIN problem that the WWE has is that other than Cena, they don't have someone that could give an instant mega rub to a guy they're trying to legitimize. Lesnar was legitimized by Rock and Taker. Cena was legitimized by Angle, HHH, and HBK. Batista was legitimized by HHH as was Benoit. Punk was somewhat legitimized by Cena but Punk has yet to be established enough to where he could give that rub. Just look at Orton currently. He's not in a position to give a good rub to someone because his credibility is currently lacking compared to how he was.
THAT's why WWE needs guys like Brock and Rock right now. Rock helped give Punk a rub even in defeat and one could only hope for feuds like Brock-Sheamus, Brock/Rock-Orton, or Rock-Ziggler. Anything that helps cement the top guys or elevate people into those top positions.
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10 - Pay-Per-View - WrestleMania 2000, No Way Out '01, Judgment Day '01, SummerSlam '01, Vengeance '01, Royal Rumble '05, WrestleMania 21, WrestleMania XXVI, WrestleMania XXVIII, Royal Rumble '13, WrestleMania XXX, WrestleMania 31, WrestleMania 32...
11 - Monday Night Raw - 7/27/98, 9/13/99, 4/3/00, 10/09/00, 8/06/01, 9/23/02, 3/24/03, 7/21/03, 8/23/04, 4/4/05, 3/15/10, 4/7/14, 3/30/15...
5 - SmackDown - 11/30/99, 3/13/01, 8/07/01, 3/25/03, 6/03/03...
5 - House Show - 6/30/94, 7/29/94, 7/17/99, 7/08/00, 1/06/01...
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Bret Hart, Chris Jericho, Randy Savage, Jake Roberts, Kurt Angle, Steve Austin, CM Punk
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