The WWE has a history of having former superstars make surprise visits on their weekly television programs. I believe the WWE relied too much on past superstars in 2011 instead of pushing the ones they already have on the roster.
Kevin Nash came back to the WWE this year, and most fans were very excited by his surprise return at the Royal Rumble. By the time Nash faced Triple H at TLC, I do not think there were more than a handful of people that cared about Kevin Nash at all.
As fans, we love to feel that jolt of nostalgia when we hear a former star’s music play one more time on TV. The problem is we do not need to see guys like Kevin Nash or Mick Foley at this stage of their careers because we have clearly seen the best of them over a decade ago.
If I want to see Kevin Nash, Mick Foley or Bret Hart, then I will pop in a DVD. I find it insulting to see these guys come out and attempt to put on a match that they are incapable of doing. There is so much talent on the roster that could be pushed, and instead we are watching men who have not been relevant in over ten years.
The Rock's return is the most prominent of all the former superstars who returned this year. I am completely against his match with John Cena in April, because I do not see the ending to that match satisfying most fans.
A victory for either individual will not further their careers because both are so established. Super matches like Hogan vs. the Warrior or Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels were great because the opponents were popular at the same time, not eight years apart.
I enjoy seeing veterans come out and make guest appearances, but I do not need to see them come back on a part-time basis and perform inadequate matches. I would like to see the WWE steer away from some of their veterans and start pushing the younger guys into more prominent positions.
I know some fans want to relive the “attitude era” or the “federation years” but it is impossible to recreate those moments. What would have happened if guys like Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage and Sgt. Slaughter did not leave and make way for guys like Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels and Steve Austin?
I want to see the new era that we will all be talking about in 10 years from now and I want to see that start in 2012.