The WWE has a number of former stars that appear on special events and they are collectively known as “Legends.” These former superstars appear on WWE television for big events and are often involved in comedy routines.
Unfortunately, some of these stars have become overexposed and no longer carry the aura that they once did. I go as far as saying that they have become stale.
Before we begin, I want to clarify that I am a fan of all of these people; but unfortunately, they have been poorly used by the WWE. This has caused their characters to become overexposed. Now they fail to carry the clout that once belonged to them.
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Mick Foley used to be the lovable teddy bear that all WWE fans loved. However, as time has passed, Foley has become the prototype of what an overexposed legend is.
Foley no longer gets the big pops from the crowd. He just does not have the crowd support that he once enjoyed.
His hiatus from WWE did nothing to help his brand, and his appearances on WWE TV this year have been less than exciting. Unfortunately, the name “Mick Foley” does not have the meaning that it once had.
Sgt. Slaughter was never seen as “the” top guy in WWE. Though he is a former WWE champion, many see that reign as a fluke that never would have happened if the United States were not involved in the Persian Gulf War at the time.
Nevertheless, in 1997 when he became “Commissioner” of the WWE, his name had clout.
With that being said, Slaughter has settled into the role of a former wrestler who makes an appearance on the WWE program nearest to July 4th to squash the jobber of the week and get a patriotic pop from the crowd.
Mae Young has become nothing more than a one-trick joke. Mae Young appears on WWE TV to make everyone groan at the thought of a really old woman making out with the jobber of the week at WWE.
I do find it truly amazing that considering her age she is still so active and willing to contribute. She is truly one of a kind!
Kevin Nash came into the WWE with the impression that he could be the cool, inside referencing character that he was in WCW. Simply put, the WWE audience did not buy it.
What Nash delivered were boring, stumbling, uninspiring promos that no one was into. He did not connect with the modern audience.
We have not seen Nash for months, but he was stale the second he entered the curtain and will be stale if we ever see him on WWE TV ever again.
Snuka is always rolled out whenever there is a special moment in WWE. However, to today’s audience there is nothing special about him.
The last notable appearance by Snuka was at the 2008 Royal Rumble when he squared off with Roddy Piper in the Royal Rumble match. Every other appearance (including the handicapped match vs. Chris Jericho at WrestleMania) has not mattered one bit.
2010 was the year of redemption for Bret Hart. He made a triumphant return to the WWE, made peace with Shawn Michaels, fought Vince McMahon at WrestleMania 26 and served as GM of Raw.
However, every other appearance after that has been flat. Bret Hart doesn’t have a flare of excitement anymore. Now he is just another legend who appears when WWE is in Canada.