The Undertaker, Triple H, Brock Lesnar, and the Rock. Apart from WrestleMania 30, one of these four wrestling stars have been part of every main event at WrestleMania since 2012. If John Cena is added to the equation, then the last WrestleMania event that didn’t feature any of these wrestling stars was two decades ago. We could technically end the debate here as these stats alone prove our point, but let’s elaborate.
WWE’s World Cup Tournament
Let’s take a moment and look at the WWE World Cup Tournament. This is a tournament that is supposed to determine who is the best wrestler in the world. However, none of the current competitors are champions as of yet. Currently, the names for the WWE World Cup tournament include John Cena, Randy Orton, Kurt Angle, and Jeff Hardy. We also just witnessed Ray Mysterio pinning down the US champ. When you look at these names, you’d believe that it’s 2005. Once again, this clearly proves our point. WWE is relying on the previous stars’ way too much as their names carry huge value in big events.
Super Show-Down and End of an Era
In the most recent Super Show-Down, the Undertaker and Triple H, who have a combined age of more than 100, were battling it out in Australia which was quite a disturbing sight, to say the least. It was plodding and slow as they attempted to show that they still have what it takes to perform in the ring. This was essentially meant to be the Last Time Ever, but these two wrestlers already had a cage match six years ago at the End of the Era event. There’s no point hosting an End of the Era event when the two wrestlers are brought back into the ring six years later.
Don’t get us wrong, the WWE is more than welcome to bring back previous stars to add a layer of nostalgia to the overall experience. For instance, Goldust made a return in 2013 to fight against Randy Orton which was absolutely fantastic. The Rock returned five years ago to claim the WWE title against CM Punk, providing a true blast from the past experience as well. However, it’s a completely different story when you continuously have the same wrestlers taking prominence as oppose to placing the spotlight on the current stars.
The WrestleMania 31 main event was Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns. The same thing is taking place three years later which is certainly a sign of stagnancy. In all honesty, there’s currently no one that can carry WWE into the future. The present is essentially the past which means the future hasn’t come yet. WWE has an extremely diverse selection of usable bodies and talent in both Smackdown and RAW, and we not even considering NXT. Obviously, not everyone can be a main event contender, but it wouldn’t hurt to at least showcase the current talent as opposed to the guys that are clearly too old for the sport.