WWE: The importance of legends

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The WWE 2k15 roster reveal included a panel of WWE superstars both past and present, and it is with good reason that the likes of Sting and Hulk Hogan made an appearance.

For many members of the WWE universe, the interest taken in it started at a young age. For me, it is the likes of big names such as Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock which make WWE what it is.

Though still unquestionably an extremely popular entertainment company, many have said the WWE of today is no comparison to that which existed throughout the nineties and early 2000's.

Attitude Era

Perhaps the most popular time in professional wrestling which occurred during the years mentioned above. The Attitude Era saw many emerging wrestlers rise to their now iconic stardom, including; Triple H, Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock. It also saw already-established stars such as Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker maintain their prominence from show to show.

This important time in professional wrestling also saw an increase in the focus on the McMahon family, whose presence is of course just as, if not more, noticeable to this day.

Modern-day appearances

Nowadays, any rumours or speculation surrounding an icon's return at an episode of Monday Night Raw or a pay-per-view event, is often one of the biggest moments of the night. 

Last week's episode of Raw proved just that, with several members of the WWE Universe and celebrities turning out to celebrate Hulk Hogan's 61st Birthday live from the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. 

The legends which made an appearance to celebrate with the Hulkster included "Nature Boy" Ric Flair, "Mr.Wonderful" Paul Orndorff and "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. During the occassion, Hulk ripped off his classic red and yellow attired to reveal an nWo shirt underneath, which was followed by a rendition of Happy Birthday lead by Kevin Nash.

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Though near enough the entire current WWE roster were watching on from the stage during this section of Raw, when Brock Lesnar's music hit, the stars did nothing to stop "The Beast" and his manager Paul Heyman from crashing the celebrations in the ring.

Soon after a few shoulder barges and intimidating looks from Lesnar, it was John Cena who ran in to confront Lesnar. Heyman's guy though did not rise to Cena's actions, soon stepping out of the ring.

Seeing a number of legends alongside many current big names in WWE in the ring together demonstrated the strength of professional wrestling in its entirety. The atmosphere created by the crowd at this point proved the size and devotion of the WWE Universe. 

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