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The Splash: Who Will Be WWE's Next Big Thing

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Welcome back Splashers. This past week John Cena had removal of bone fragments or spurs in his right arm this past weekend. While it was a mild operation, Cena is expected to appear at Hell in the Cell. I read the interview with a former member of the WWE creative team: Court Bauer posted by Ryan Clark. It had raised a disturbing question: How much more can Cena take? John Cena, who is only 36, is one of the most gifted athletes the WWE has ever seen, might start to be getting a little worse for wear.

Now before anyone gets the wrong idea, I’m NOT suggesting Cena needs to retire. Far from it! He has at least another 5, even 10 years in him, if he paces himself smartly. However Cena’s injuries are starting to build up, and as the older he gets..The more injury prone he will become. Grandfather time is slowly catching up with Super Cena…That his is Kryptonite, along with every other wrestler in the business.

Before John Cena started to carry the WWE on his broad shoulders, there were several other legends who came before him as front-runners of the business. People like Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, and Steve Austin. These men have all been the leaders of the WWE. Everyone else includes Triple H, The Undertaker, Randy Orton, and others. Those big names are the foundation of the WWE, but they were never defined as the leader of the company. Ultimate Warrior came very close to becoming one of those names. However that was not meant to be.

So now we come down to the question to, when Cena steps down as “The Leader” of the WWE or even retires, who could step in and take that spot? First it would greatly depend on timing, let’s say, just for example 5 years from now, Cena (who will be 41) wants to slow things down and only wants to wrestle part time. Needless to say he would have to drop his role as leader of the WWE, and someone else would have the opportunity. So who would that next person be?

Randy Orton: No. I am a huge fan of The Viper, and I think he has both the ring skills as well as the mic skills to have all the fans follow him. However he has several strikes against him with management. That plus his legit anger problems will always keep him from being the number one guy.

Sheamus
: I’m not sure if Sheamus could be the #1 guy for the company. He definitely has the “It Factor” to be in the top 3, most certainly top 5 in the company. But I see something missing in Sheamus for him to lead the company, maybe in a few years he could prove me wrong.

Dolph Ziggler
: Maybe! Anyone who has read my past Splashes know I am way over on Dolph Ziggler! He has taken some incredible bumps this past year, his work ethics are undeniable, and both his ring as well as his mic skills are getting better as the weeks go by. However Ziggler loves being the heel and that could be the deal breaker.

CM Punk: Absolutely! Despite Punk has been a heel in the past, he has always gotten over big with the fans as a face. Right now he is the #2 guy in the WWE, so it makes sense for Punk to be the next man in line, unless he drops the ball somewhere in the future.

Who do you think could fill Cena's Shoes? post your thoughts
in the comments below

Final thoughts:

When you get right down to it, no one can see the future, even the WWE. Consider this: Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels didn’t get their first pushes, until Hulk Hogan took a leave of absence in 1992, due to steroid allegations. Bret Hart won his first WWF Title in 1993. Shawn Michaels didn’t win his first WWF Title until several years later. If Hogan never had steroid charges, and stayed with the company, Hart and Michaels might not have had the opportunities that they had throughout their WWF careers. Some may not want to hear that, but back then Hulk Hogan was the #1 guy, and it wasn’t until he left when the WWF started looking for the next big thing.


That's it for this one, Until next time…See you when I see you –Rick Starr

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Updated 10-01-2012 at 03:03 PM by Rick Starr

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  1. Rick Starr's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by DK Wrestling Savior

    So can they lead the new WWE? Of course. Do any of them have any chance at ever reaching a Stone Cold, Bret Hart, or John Cena level. It should be quite obvious that answer is no.
    Well Savior, I will agree with you that wrestling (especially WWE) is not what it used to be. I will also say that Linda McMahon's running for the Senate is also putting a hamper on entertaining us. But at the end of the day, John Cena is a puppet for Vince...a very talented puppet at that, but a puppet all the same. So was Bret Hart, and So was Stone Cold! If you think that the WWE can not build another puppet, you have not got the foggiest idea on how the business works.
  2. Heavy's Avatar
    Punk can't do it because he is the top heel in WWE and it's a great role for him, he's like 35 anyway. And besides Vince is high on Ryback and he wants to build somebody new and in their twenties.
  3. Rick Starr's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Heavy
    Punk can't do it because he is the top heel in WWE and it's a great role for him, he's like 35 anyway. And besides Vince is high on Ryback and he wants to build somebody new and in their twenties.
    First off Punk's 33, and there is 3 problems with that right there: 1. Ryback's mic skills are nil, the guy says about 5 words. 2. despite him being over with the fans, he's a 1 trick pony. he only has a few wrestling moves. 3. Ryback is not in is twenties, he's 30. Furthermore I dont think Cena is ready to step down as the #1 guy just yet. So if McMahon truly wants someone in their twenties, that will leave Ryback out in the cold. Could Ryback get a WWE/World title somewhere in the future? Absolutely, but I dont see him leading the pack. There's a difference between being high on someone, and having them be the #1 guy.
    Updated 09-28-2012 at 02:54 PM by Rick Starr
  4. grave's Avatar
    the guys you mentioned are all to old, punk and orton are about the same age as cena, when cena gets to old, they will be to old to. sheamus isnt much younger.

    ziggler is a option, but i cant see him carrying the wwe, mostly because of his heel persona.
    i think you should look to the young men on the roster.

    ryback: most likely, but i still think his gimmick sucks, he isnt that good inring, and on the mic he is just to stale, but who knows he can inprove in time

    drew mcintyre: my personal favorite, he has the inring skill, isnt bad on the mic, and his chosen one gimmick would fit, although he need to turn face somehow

    wade barett: he is great on the mic, inring more then ok, but i dont see how they are going to turn him face, this men has the word villian all over him, he might become the next top heel

    seth rollins: nxt champion, if that brand truly matters, this should be the next face of the wwe, extremely good inring, his gimmick is like when cm punk started in ecw, he looks like him back then to, he could be it

    bray wyatt: i know he will not become the next big thing in wwe because of his weight, but inring, gimmick and mic skills of bray are through the roof, i hope they are going to use him in the future

    tyson kidd: i truly like him, but he is simply to small

    cody rhodes: i dont know, i think he is to small to, but if he plays his cards right he could become a top player in the future,

    these are the men i can think off right now,
  5. DK Wrestling Savior's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Starr
    Well Savior, I will agree with you that wrestling (especially WWE) is not what it used to be. I will also say that Linda McMahon's running for the Senate is also putting a hamper on entertaining us. But at the end of the day, John Cena is a puppet for Vince...a very talented puppet at that, but a puppet all the same. So was Bret Hart, and So was Stone Cold! If you think that the WWE can not build another puppet, you have not got the foggiest idea on how the business works.
    I don't have any idea how the business works. I willingly admit that. Do you know how the business works? I'm willing to bet you know exactly as much as I do about the business.

    I'm not sure about them being puppets. It's a two-way street. They are employees. Employees in the entertainment business that follow instructions. However, it's not like they could have just shaved anyone's head, told him to go out there and say "ass" and "son of a bitch" and everyone would have jumped on board with it. It's not like they could have just taken any average built athlete with long hair, thrown pink tights and sunglasses on him, and made him a huge 90's star. They couldn't take any roided up guy, tell him to be a white rapper, and have everyone latch on. Not everyone has the ability to captivate an audience while exhibiting a larger than life presence.

    There will never be another Hogan, Hart, HBK, Austin, Rock or Cena. However, guys like Ziggler, Sheamus, and Punk can easily be replicated.
  6. Lucas Chapel's Avatar
    I think Dolph Ziggler, Cody Rhodes, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Bo Dallas, Wade Barrett, Bray Wyatt and Big E Langston will be the main event picture in 5 years time.
    Antonio Cesero and Kassius Ohno could dominate the tag team division and become the next Dudley Boyz or LOD.
    I can see Ryback and Sheamus filling the main event for a few years, but not long term due to their age.
    I can see Luke Harper as another one who will dominate, but not long term due to his age.

    I can see a bright future in the top level mid card for Alex Riley, Mason Ryan, Joe Hennig and Derrick Bateman.

    I'd love to see Tyson Kidd with a main event push, but I don't think it will happen due to his size. Hopefully WWE will look past this as he could be the next Bret Hart, HBK, Benoit, Angle etc...
  7. PhEonYx's Avatar
    *Austin was 35 in 1999.
    *The Rock was 29 in 2001.
    *Bret Hart was 39 in 1996.
    *HBK was 32 in 1997.
    *John Cena was 28 in 2005.


    I think it's is BEYOND safe to say that age, bares no factor on when a wrestler will be called up to be the next BIG thing. Mind you I will agree that in "today's" wwE, things are much different, and stars are molded at a younger age with hopes that they will one day blossom.

    You have a decent list. Can these men lead the E'? Of course they can. Will they have the same star quality, charisma, "it" factor as some of the Greats of the past? Who's to say....

    One thing is certain, the E' is trying their best to captivate our minds like they once did back in the A.E. HELL if they could bring back the talent they had back then, they probably would! Age is a factor since half of these men can barely keep up with today's roster.

    In general, after reading half of the above comments stating that the wrestlers you've listed are "too old", all I have left to say is; Sometimes there is no such thing as "too old", take a look at how long it took wrestlers such as; Benoit and Eddie to make it to the peek of their careers.
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