Wrestling is always be a business built around the Main Eventers, each year new stars are brought up some will make it however the majority will fall back down the pecking order.
When you think of money making stars in the WWE you think of Bruno Sammartino, Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock and currently John Cena. They are/were the biggest draws this business has ever seen, and it takes a special individual to make it.
Other big stars of the modern era have helped shaped the industry, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Randy Orton, Edge, Undertaker, Mick Foley, Bret Hart and Batista.
This brings me to today. Right now John Cena, whether you like him or not is and has been the man since 2005. No one puts more dedication and passion like John Cena. He deserves everything he has earned. The majority of the IWC firmly believe is very stale and strongly needs a change in character to keep him fresh, you only have to look at Hogan in the mid 90’s to see what benefit that would make, this article is not here to discuss him. John is 36, still in incredible shape and will continue to draw through to his 40’s, however the new generation ripped WCW in the late 90’s with their ancient wrestlers in their 40’s. He can’t stay on top for long.
Below Cena is Randy Orton and CM Punk. Like Cena, both are in the prime of their careers. CM Punk is contemplating retirement once his current contract with WWE ends in July, even if he does extend he will only have 3 more years left. Randy Orton started at the same time as John Cena and has also been at the top for nearly 10 years, however he is only 33 and still has another 5 years on top.
Daniel Bryan has received reactions that come close to Steve Austin and The Rock, the man is on fire and someone everyone can get behind. We all know he is incredible in the ring and 2013 he proved he could connect with the fans on an immense level and should be in a position to take the WWE forward as the man. Let’s hope he walks out Wrestlemania with 70,000 people chanting yes and the WWE title.
Other than Bryan, who else on the roster can be the man? Sure there are plenty of talented wrestlers, most deserve a lot more than what the WWE is giving them, Antonio Cesaro, Dolph Ziggler, Kofi Kingston, Damien Sandown, Wade Barrett, Drew Mcintyre and Jack Swagger. The issue with the above is that whilst all are solid workers, neither of them have been able to connect with the fans in the way that Austin, Hogan, Rock and Cena have been able to. You might argue some of the above never got the opportunity to, and some even robbed or pushed down by WWE.
Looking beyond the upper mid card, and into the youngsters of today. The Shield have been incredible since debuting. Dean Ambrose will become a main event villian, the one that Brian Pillman would have been. Seth Rollins is incredible, a naturally gifted athlete, however can he break into the Randy Orton and CM Punk realm? Then there is Roman Reigns, initially debuting very green has grown into a fine wrestler. Seeds have been sown, pinning CM Punk on old school raw a few weeks back. The company seem to have faith, time will tell if he can be the next man.
The one good thing with Triple H in charge is the massive focus and investment in the developmental process. NXT is where new stars are born, and currently have a massive amount of potential stars, Bo Dallas, Sami Zyan, Adrian Neville, Aiden English and Alexander Rusev. They all have the potential to make it.
Regardless of the situation there always will be someone on top. The fans will love or hate him. He will draw. It will just be nice for us fans to see something other than Randy Orton vs John Cena for the title.