It's no secret that Vince McMahon likes to rely on past superstars at this time of year because he knows their name alone sells WrestleMania tickets, but has he done it once too often?
The last three WrestleMania's have seen The Rock return to main event against John Cena before he opened WrestleMania 30 along with Stone Cold Steve Austin and Hulk Hogan, who was hosting the entire event.
Living in the past?
Now, nostalgia is one thing, but that's what the Royal Rumble is for. It was great to see the likes of Kevin Nash and Bubba Ray return for a huge pop and then leave, but WrestleMania is a different thing entirely.
The entire pull of WrestleMania is the reason many superstars become involved in wrestling, it is the biggest event in wrestling bar none and it's where every superstar hopes to lend their craft someday. But WWE only seem concerned with bringing past superstars in instead of allowing the future to show that they can hold their own.
This year is no different as Sting has been called in for one of the biggest matches (vs Triple H) at WrestleMania XXXI without ever actually having a WWE match. Is it deserved? Perhaps, can it be justified? No.
I think, given that every guy in the WWE locker room is working to main event WrestleMania, and superstars like CM Punk never got the chance to in their careers, it's a harsh thing to allow Sting to walk into WWE and main event the biggest event of the year.
WCW folded 14 years ago and given that John Cena hinted in a recent interview that WWE is aimed at 6-12 year old's, this suggests that most of the WWE Universe most likely don't know who Sting is.
Nostalgic reasons suggest that this probably was a good call from WWE, but how many more times are they going to rely on the past instead of the guys down in NXT just waiting for their shot?
Once again there is no NXT match announced for the Wrestlemania card and again it seems they have all been over looked.
NXT the future
Guys like Adrian Neville, Finn Balor, Sami Zayn and Hideo Itami are all set to be called up to the main roster and have already made a name for themselves, some of them have wrestled all over the world and you could justify involving them in the biggest event of the year, if only on the kick off show.
NXT is becoming a monster of it's own with it's following increasing on a daily basis. If WWE want the talent to do well on the main roster then they need to inject some of it into their product otherwise fans that don't follow NXT wont fully understand.
It has already been announced that NXT will be in California the weekend of Wrestlemania so it would be easy to make a match on the card, even this late in proceedings. It would make a change for WWE to believe in the future of the company rather than being reliant on what the past can still do.