Out With the Old… No Seriously…
Due to the nature of the WWE, our favorite superstars have the ability to perform for long periods of time. The Undertaker has been in the business for 25 years and his ominous entrance music still gets the crowd going. This long-lasting ability is great for the superstars as they get to showcase their passion for as long as their bodies permit. Unfortunately this has opened the door for the washed up to delay the inevitable. In doing so they continue their success at the expense of the next generation of young superstars.
A main example of this is the recent push for Chris Jericho. In his prime Y2J was a fan favorite and could end a match when success seemed futile. With his signature Walls of Jericho submission no belt was out of reach. Since his return, he has done nothing but show that he is unable to adapt to the new ways of the WWE. While feuding with AJ Styles his insult of choice was “Stupid Idiot” further proving the WWE has gone completely soft on us. With his win over AJ Styles at Wrestlemania, a collective groan was heard all throughout the wrestling community. Although Styles is no rookie, he did not deserve to spend his first Wrestlemania in the loser’s circle. It is just so hard to believe someone as out of shape as Jericho winning a match against the most talented superstars in the business.
The greatest offender of this “not letting go” nonsense has to be Triple H. Don’t get me wrong, The Cerebral Assassin is still in fantastic shape, thanks to some sort of magical elephant steroids, but there is no reason why he should ever hold a belt again. In a typical heel fashion he finds ways to exploit his standing in the company to get title shots. I can only imagine how nauseating this must be to his peers who may be too afraid for their job security to speak up.
So what are we going to do with all of these aging giants. I propose a belt be designated to these once great stars. This would not necessarily be a new belt but maybe the United States Championship belt. No one has cared about that belt for at least 5 years and it has been held by mediocre performers in the past ( I’m looking at you Jack Swagger). That way we will never have to see The Big Show win another meaningful match again. We get it, he’s big, but that is all he is.
This may seem like I am hating on the very guys that helped build up the company but I prefer to see it as giving the best athletes a fair opportunity to thrive. Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper cannot further their careers if they are forced to lose to a Big Show/ Kane tag team. I would of course make an exception for this criticism if CM Punk decided to return but that is a scenario for a separate article entirely.