WWE TLC 2012: PPV Will Be Remembered as Catalyst to 2013 Renaissance

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistDecember 18, 2012

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan flys off the ropes during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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The 2012 edition of WWE’s TLC pay-per-view will not only be remembered as one of the best events of the year, but as the beginning of a renaissance of fresh faces leading into 2013 and beyond.

WWE is back on the right track.

While there have been widespread accusations that the company’s programming has grown stale over the last few years—a justifiable charge with plenty of credibility—the WWE has been slowly rebuilding itself from the inside out.

The transition to younger and fresher faces will not only help the older stars work less, but also allow WWE to build for the future, a big key for any successful wrestling company.

Stars like John Cena and Rey Mysterio may be selling now, but the WWE has to be laying the groundwork for the superstars of tomorrow.

That’s exactly what they proved they were doing at the TLC PPV.

It was blatantly clear with the emergence of The Shield that the company is pushing younger talent, but the strength and depth of the roster became very obvious Sunday with the absence of WWE Champion CM Punk from the card.

The company didn't miss a beat.

With other stars like Ryback, Daniel Bryan, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Antonio Cesaro, Kofi Kingston, Wade Barrett and Dolph Ziggler all earning their stripes and proving they’re worthy of the big stage, the future is very bright for the WWE.

Add in The Shield and their amazing invasion-style angle, and the youth movement is in full effect. After revamping the farm system WWE uses—FCW and now NXT—it is clear that the company is moving in a better direction for its future.

With a concerted effort to get new talent involved in the product, the WWE is not only freshening up the programming, the company is also building a foundation for what could be the superstars of tomorrow.

Stars like Cena and Punk were midcarders once, too.

With most of the fresh faces slated to stay around the main-event scene over the next year, it's time to sit back and watch the revolution unfold.


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