As a pro-wrestling fan, I'm always wondering about the future of this wonderful business. You take a glance at the roster now and you wonder who will really still be around as a top guy in 5 years following in the footsteps of Taker, Cena, Punk, HHH, Jericho, HBK, Rock, Austin, etc. The problem in wrestling a lot of times is when guys aren't pushed correctly or when the creative team lets the fans end the angle before they get a chance to do it the right way. It's never good to be forced to end an angle because it blows. You need to be intentional about booking. And trust me, I don't envy the creative staff at all....as much as we think we know this business, that doesn't mean that we could successfully keep storylines flowing on a weekly basis. We would be driven nuts having to keep up and also it's just the nature of the business to change week to week with different shit occuring throwing off original plans.
Here's my take on it: I look up and down the 70-80 man roster, and I'm only impressed by 5-10 of them. That's what I'd call the cream. Problem is, the majority of them only have at a maximum 5 years left. The guys I'm thinking of are Henry, Bryan, Show, Jericho, Punk, HHH, Taker, Cena.
Yes, you have the likes of Barrett, Miz, Ziggler, Rio, Kidd, Cesaro, Rhodes, Sandow, PTP, Shield who are some of that cream. Thankfully. We have known for a while now that the roster is thin. I see the Miz only getting better. But, he's a guy who has to keep that same drive that his idol Jericho did after many years. Barrett has all the tools; he just needs to be used better. IMO, we haven't even seen his best shit. Because of all the top guys returning, Barrett is always thrown in the middle of the card and he just tries to make the best of it. He can be a big deal in a couple of years. Ziggler goes without saying. What a talent! He just needs to drop AJ and fly solo. Doesn't need to be held back. Rio is miles better as a babyface, but the problem I see with him is he is only good when facing solid talent. He's not the kind of guy that can carry somebody who is green. That's something Jericho and Punk can do. That's something Flair and HBK did consistently. Kidd is a great mid-card guy that needs to be thrown out there more often. One of the best wrestlers on the entire roster. Cesaro, Rhodes, Sandow, PTP, and the Shield are all fascinating and are all coming into their own. Cesaro has the " it " factor. Rhodes/Sandow work so well together. PTP are all kinds of great. I smirk ear to ear when I see them do their thing on the stick, at commentary, and in the ring. Last, but certainly not least, the Shield are the best thing in Pro-Wrestling right now, not named CM Punk and John Cena.
Sadly, if they don't continue building towards the next Cena/Punk, we could see Pro-Wrestling, specifically the WWE, in a bad spot within the next 20 years. So who's rising to the top? Is the future of pro-wrestling in good hands? Why or why not? Could the business we all know and love go extinct, even if it's in 50 more years?