WWE Opinion: Are Returning Legends Helping or Hurting the Company?

Michael BroughtonAnalyst IOctober 16, 2016

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson attends a press conference to announce that MetLife Stadium will host WWE Wrestlemania 29 in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
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Over the past few years, we've seen the likes of The Rock, Triple H and even Bret Hart come back and wrestle; however, outside of Bret Hart, it hasn't been just one final match.

While the legends have certainly given us some absolutely fantastic memories, they are a thing of the past.

Sure, the Attitude Era was arguably the best time in all of wrestling, but in order to enter a new era, WWE and its fans have to let go of the past.

With a load of talent heading up trough WWE's developmental system, the fans are in store for a treat. In order to enjoy the product to its full extent, we need to let go of the past, which is hard to do when former wrestlers continue to pop up. 

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for one final hurrah or two before kicking it.

With The Rock going after the WWE Championship, however, it really doesn't seem like a final hurrah to me. WWE may think this is the right choice, but while it may be helping short term, the long-term consequences may be drastic.

As we've seen over the past couple of years, pay-per-view buys and ratings will always raise when legends stop by for a bit, as the past fans love to take a ride right down memory lane.

If the future keeps taking a backseat to the past, though, WWE will take a major drop. If WWE doesn't begin to push the younger guys over the legends, they won't be believable contenders when the past wrestlers have no choice but to hang up the towel.

Like I've said before, WWE can always bring back legends here and there.

Raw 1000 was honestly one of my all-time favorite episodes, and barely any wrestling actually went on. The memories were great, but one night was all I needed.

Looking toward the future should be the top priority. While it may not seem like it, WWE's future is extremely bright, but it can be hard to notice when we've concentrated so deeply on the past.

Each and every legend has contributed to WWE in some way. Like every other fan, I'm thankful for that; however, I may be in the minority when I say their time is finished.

It's always hard to throw in the towel, but there comes a time when everybody has to realize what's done is done.

Part-time oldies are good for one last WrestleMania moment, but a WWE Championship reign just isn't the way to go in my opinion.