When I started watching WWE I was very young, and we were just coming to the end of the Attitude Era and the Monday Night Wars.
As I grew older, I continued to watch the WWE and watched some of my favorite wrestlers grow into superstars and some of my favorite superstars start to fade out and retire.
When I was growing up I was watching the likes of; The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, John Cena, Randy Orton, Batista, Edge, Christian, Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy and so many more. All of these superstars were extremely talented and exciting to watch.
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I was watching the end of Austin's career, The Rock left for Hollywood shortly after I started to watch and young stars like Cena and Orton rose to the forefront. Risk takers like Edge, Christian, Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy started to revolutionize the industry.
Growing up during that era was something any wrestling fan would love. Having a great mix of the old and the new, which created some amazing content to watch. However, I fear for this generation and the next generation. Who do they really have?
You look at the developmental system of the WWE, it has grown leaps and bounds since the likes of Randy Orton and John Cena came through, however it doesn't seem to be able to produce the stars capable of taking over the mantle from them.
I will admit that this is a controversial opinion, but that is exactly what it is, my opinion. Now don't get me wrong I'm not saying that there aren't any good wrestlers down in NXT.
Quite the opposite, there are some amazingly talented competitors down there who have the potential to reach the very top of the industry.
Still, as WWE constantly remind us, this is 'sports entertainment' not wrestling.
What was so amazing about the superstars that I grew up watching was that not only were they sensational wrestlers, but they could sell a story and hype up a crowd.
You look at people like The Rock, John Cena, Randy Orton, Stone Cold, CM Punk and you see some of the most gifted promo cutters you will ever see.
You look at the current crop and you have Dean Ambrose who is able to hype up the crowd. Daniel Bryan and his 'Yes Movement' is finally dying out. Seth Rollins is also able to make a crowd hate him no matter where he goes.
This is all the current generation has in terms of new talent. Roman Reigns is good to watch, as for his skills on the mic they leave a lot to be desired. Ryback, Erick Rowan and Luke Harper may as well just never talk.
As for 'the new face of fear'? Well I think I'll dedicate an entire article to my opinion on that.
Kevin Owens is fantastic and had he been five years younger he could have been one of the best superstars of his generation. His matches against Cena have been genuinely some of the best I have ever watched.
Yet, he is 31 years old, meaning he will only have a few years left at this level before he inevitably starts to decline. This is the problem with superstars coming out of NXT, they are too old.
Overall I fear that over the next few years the quality of WWE programming will decrease and I feel part of this is because they have no competition.
The Monday Night Wars created some of the best talent we have ever seen, and after that we had Smackdown vs. Raw, which kept and element of competition.
They eventually ran out of talent for both shows and had to combine them all into one roster.
I hope this isn't the case, nevertheless I feel that the quality is going to slip further than it already has over the last few years. This is an incredible shame for the next crop of wrestling fans.
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