Debut Column: “The Door Is Opening For Everyone!”

Justin LaBar


Hello everyone! This is my first column on the Wrestlezone, which I am happy to contribute too. A door opened and I am very thankful to have this opportunity. I feel its only appropriate to relate that with what is currently going on in the WWE.


Did you ever think in 1995 when you heard that damn royal and regal music, that the guy who had too much alliteration in his name who stuck his nose up in the air would end up banging the boss’s daughter? As a result, he gets incredible power over his and others careers? I know you didn’t see it coming, nobody did. That is what makes professional wrestling so beautiful, is that its so ridiculous.


I’m not saying Dolph Ziggler is going to be sleeping with a McMahon in 10 years, but he could still be a top star. 


The recent injuries to top stars such as Edge and Batista, along with the absences of Shawn Michaels and Undertaker, serves as the master key to open any door for many of the young guys on the roster.


All of the sudden, the guy who was once demoted to walking around with the sleeveless Tony Atlas, Mark Henry, and a former male cheerleader in Dolph Ziggler, are now getting featured every week on television with positive momentum on their characters. I personally don’t think Mark Henry is the answer, being he has had health issues and is 38, but nonetheless he is a guy who is benefiting from the doors opening in WWE.


If you add Bourne, DiBiase, Miz, Morrison, and MVP to the list, plus Carlito (who I feel is one of the best underused talents in the business) being a singles competitor again, they all may be collectively pushing start on the countdown clock of time left in the active careers of certain talents. 


Guys such as Batista, HBK, Undertaker, Big Show, and Edge are all 35 or older in age. Triple H gets exempt from that list cause lets face it, the law of physics and rules don’t apply to him in the wrestling world.


Now more than ever, WWE could launch a campaign similar to what they did in 1994. It was in that year that we heard the promotion of  “The New Generation.” It was a campaign designed to say out with the old (Hogan’s and Savage’s who were in WCW at the time) and in with the new superstars they were building like Bret Hart, Diesel, Undertaker and Shawn Michaels. 


Not much regarding the inner workings of the business has changed. Everything goes in cycles and history often repeats itself. That means that we should pay some close attention to what we are watching each week on television with the WWE. Even as painful as that may be in certain segments, its still fun to think about who we could be seeing in the ring, and in what form we see them now could be a polar opposite of what we see down the road.


Just stop and think about it, save this article, and see where some of these guys are at in the future. I wouldn’t be surprised if for several of the names I mentioned, the big push to the top started during this summer where some major injuries and releases to top talent has happen, at a time where the younger guys are ready to shine.


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