WWE is in the thick of a youth movement where new and young stars who debuted a few years ago, are now working their way to the top of the card. The recent releases of of established middle-card stars in MVP and Matt Hardy, the demotion of former champions like Christian and the fresh world title wins by Jack Swagger and the Miz, it all shows a shift in focus to the ‘youth’ of WWE.
The stars who were hot stuff five years ago and were buzzed about as future main eventers are now on their way out of the company or they are actually gone already. And several recent newly recruited WWE stars are excelling and climbing their way up the ladder. Don’t worry Randy Orton and John Cena fans, mega-stars like that have garenteed themselves a place in the main event picture for a long time. The division here is the younger stars moving up and the older stars moving down.
- Here are some of the strongest parts of WWE’s “Youth Movement”
The Miz: The most emotional reaction to a WWE Championship title win in years cam a couple weeks ago on RAW. It was not a beloved heroe like John Cena or HHH having another big title win. No it was that ‘stupid jerk from MTV’s Real World’. You can watch Miz cash in and win the WWE Championship at this link
Yes, The Miz was a guy that most fans wrote off as a flash in the pan when he signed with WWE in 2004. Since then he has climbed the ranks capturing the WWE Tag Team titles and the United States Championship along the way. But fans care about a guy they hate right now winning the title for the first time, instead of a guy they love having his 8th or 9th title run. Getting fans to care about your doing in the ring, is what always matter. With his unrivaled promos and massive charisma, the Miz has earned his WWE Championship. Whether you like it or not.
Jack Swagger: Obivously in the past few months Swagger is on the decline, but his 2010 was a big year. He shocked a lot of people when he came out of the blue to win the Money in the Bank match at Wrestlemania 26. This Examiner was lucky enough to watch the Mania show with pro wrestlers who expressed genuine bewilderment when the All American American won the prescious breifcase. Swagger quickly cashed in and became the World Heavyweight Champion. His title run was lackluster, but Swags has since been able to deliver strong performances in the ring in recent weeks on Smackdown. He should be a top contender for the Money in the Bank at Wrestlemania once again.
Daniel Bryan: The story of Daneil Bryan (a.k.a Bryan Danielson) in WWE in 2010, could be a novel unto itself. He went from be a huge prospect who was highlighted early on the new show, NXT only to be buried with a losing streak. Only to rise with feud with the antogonizing Michael Cole which produced an intense TV segment few have forgotten. Bryan’s controversial release from the company garned heavy criticsm from his devoted fanbase that followed him since his days as pure wrestling star in Ring of Honor. His surrprise return at the main event of Summerslam, his show-stealing performances on pay per view, and his United States Championship win all contributed to his WWE redemption. Former Ring of Honor booker and current Dragon Gate USA headcheif Gabe Sapolsky who worked with Bryan in the past, has pegged him as a future Wrestlemania main eventer. This is a goal that Bryan himself has publicly set his eyes on that prescious spot in the biggest match at the biggest show of the year. If the American Dragon can keep it up, we could see him in ‘the showcase of the immortals’.
Sheamus: When this Irish juggernaut debuted on ECW, did anyone think he would capture the WWE Championship twice before the end of his first year on RAW? Sure we all thought this unique looking giant bruiser would excel but did anyone peg the Celic Warrior to be so successful so soon? His critics may say he lacks the flash and charisma of stars like John Cena or Rey Mysterio, but Sheamus does not need you to love him. He needs you to hate him. And the new King of the Ring has done just that by Brogue Kicking his way to the top. VIDEO: Sheamus calls out the Undertaker for Wrestlemania 27
Wade Barrett & The Nexus: Say what you will about their current condition on the receiving end of a vengeful John Cena’s attacks, but Barrett and the Nexus has rocketed from near obscrurity to be one of the most talked about wrestling groups since the N.W.O. The Nexus’s debut in June where they laid out then WWE Champion John Cena and destroyed the ring area, was one of the most shocking segments to air on RAW in years. The Nexus has been a vehicle for young stars from WWE’s lackluster NXT series, giving them viability and importance right away. Would you care about these guys if they were not the black ‘n yellow gang they became? No, they are a goode example of creating new stars in a quick and innovative way.
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