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WWE WrestleMania: Is WrestleMania Fast Becoming a Legends Play Thing?

Cec Van GaliniAnalyst IIIAugust 29, 2012

The Undertaker may not return again until this time and Triple H may not wrestle again until that date either. The Rock may fight John Cena again in a return engagement, while a host of celebrities are already being lined up to appear.

It could only be WrestleMania XXIX.

For the past four years, WrestleMania has been dominated by the biggest players in wrestling: The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, The Rock, Ric Flair, Triple H. Throw, Bret Hart, Roddy Piper, Sunny, Torrie Wilson, Molly Holly, Jimmy Snuka, Ricky Steamboat, Mickey Rourke, Nicole Scherzinger, Kid Rock, Fantasia, Snoop Dogg, Pee Wee Herman, Gene Okerlund, Mae Young and Snooki.

And you see just how much the WWE likes to bring out the big names.

This has always been the case in wrestling however. Vince McMahon's Empire of the North has always relied upon the concept of Rock and Wrestling. The list of celebrities dating back to WrestleMania I is a who's who of the entertainment business.

The worrying aspect of recent years though has come in the shape of the Main Event. Due to his phenomenal following, the Undertaker has stolen the show four years in a row. The Streak has become WrestleMania. Even the presence of the Rock and John Cena together did little to challenge the Streak match.

This begs the question—is the lack of quality within the WWE's ranks causing the company to rely too heavily on its legendary superstars and celebrities?

If we assume that the big players of Triple H, Undertaker, Brock Lesnar, John Cena, and The Rock will all once again appear, where does the emerging talent fit in?

That iconic 'WrestleMania moment' that every great wrestler must posses just hasn't happened for many of the WWE's current full time superstars. It is arguable that not even Randy Orton has had his moment yet on the greatest stage of them all. And Daniel Bryan only lasted seconds last year.

Don't get me wrong though, the Undertaker and his streak is hugely important and I would not want it to end for anything. However, has the WWE, in the name of celebrity, sold its future for ratings and publicity by having legends and so called celebrities return?

From how things are already shaping up, WrestleMania XXIX will feature many of the big names once again. Is this because today's generation is simply not big enough to compete?

Is wrestling so engrossed by their golden generation that once they disappear, wrestling will falter? Will the very foundation of the WWE begin to shake when it can no longer rely upon its biggest names? Or is this the sound of a cynical wrestling fan who fears that there is nothing left beyond yesterday's legendary names?

WrestleMania XXIX will be a spectacle one way or the other but in the end will we see anything that represents a passing of the torch?

Who will have their WrestleMania moment in 2013?

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