Views From The Turnbuckle: Why The Part-Time WWE Stars Need To Go
Don't get me wrong, I love the appearances by these legends as much as the next guy, and I always look forward to the their upcoming matches with great anticipation, but in the long run, the time invested in these veterans could all be better served if they went to other talents, ones who have a much more substantial future then the veterans.
One of the biggest problems the WWE faces is that they really lack new stars, guys that can be thrown into the main event at any time. It hurts that in the last 3-5 years, they have lost a huge chunk of main event wrestlers, some retired, some hung on as part-time wrestlers. Batista, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Edge, Jeff Hardy and The Undertaker are all gone for the most part. That left the depth chart pretty weak, so it makes sense to utilize the older stars as best as they could, even with a part-time schedule.
The problem is though that these veterans are getting so much air time and so much of the top billing, that many of the younger stars are being pushed to the wayside. Wrestlemania 29 had three really big matches and out of those matches, 4 out of the 6 competitors were part-time talents. The year before that, the ratio was the exact same, 4 out of 6.
The two guys who worked full time and were in those matches, CM Punk and John Cena are really the only true main-eventers in the WWE who work a full schedule. Certain guys like Big Show, Sheamus and Randy Orton work some main event feuds here and there, but they work just as many lower card matches. Anything less then top-billing for Cena or Punk feels out of the ordinary, and it shows in their match placements.
A lot of people feel that the reason the WWE has not established a lot of new big stars is simply because they just haven't found the right guys. While it is true that not every wrestler is destined for greatness, it is also true that the WWE has been extremely reluctant to push fresh faces to the top. Two guys who come to mind are Daniel Bryan and Wade Barrett. Both wrestlers have shown some flashes of really great work and potential, however it seems that they are really being held back at times, and the WWE seems hesitant to give them the ball and run with it.
Instead of guys like Barrett or Bryan feuding with the top dogs in the company, Cena and Punk, they are pushed down lower into the mid-card while Punk and Cena take on the part-timers. While matches such as Cena vs Lesnar and Punk vs The Undertaker are certainly entertaining, they really supply no long-term reward for the WWE down the road. Since one of those competitors is not going to be around for a very long time, little can be built off of those feuds. After the dust has settled and the feud has commenced, the feud can only help two people, Cena and Punk. If Punk or Cena faced off against Bryan at a large ppv (and I believe it could easily be done well if the WWE gives Bryan the chance) then the feud and the match would benefit two parties, instead of just one.
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