Sooner or later, everything in WWE will change.
Like it or not, John Cena won't be the "man" anymore, CM Punk won't be dropping pipebombs and Vince McMahon won't be in charge.
That begs the burning question: what does the future hold?
It's almost impossible to answer. After Bruno Sammartino retired, nobody knew the outcome. More recently, just like Edge was forced to retire, who was going to replace him as the top guy on SmackDown? Let's face it, Undertaker was not working full time and Edge was the Friday night main event.
Sammartino carried the company and then a man named Hogan came along. After Hogan and Ric Flair brought the magic in the '80s, Shawn Michaels superkicked his way to stardom.
Michaels and Hart transcended wrestling until Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Mick Foley and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin brought in the Attitude Era with the help from Undertaker, Kane and Triple H. That was the era that boosted World Wrestling Entertainment.
Mind you, this was all due to the genius of McMahon and his band of writers that made the era quite possibly the greatest of all time.
Rock and Austin moved on while HHH was still there in the early to mid-2000s in the Ruthless Aggression era. Many believe it to be boring, but the matches were what the era's title suggests: very aggressive.
Up until that point, there was still no social media and the threat of WCW subsided. Once 2006 came, it was John Cena and Edge's turn to take over the reigns of pro wrestling.
That leads us to where we are today. Edge has been retired for two years and Cena just turned 36, so that can only mean we are closer to a new face of the company.
It's the kind of mystery that makes wrestling fun to watch for true fans of the sport. Who would have been able to predict that a year prior to Punk's big explosion on the scene, he would become one of the best WWE Champions of all time?
Nobody knew who would be WWE's saving grace when Hulk Hogan left the company. To this day, it is still a mystery who will lead SmackDown to the promised land and save it from obscurity.
Today, I'm proud to bring in former B/R writer Chinmay as we both tackle a debate that brings up six main questions about WWE's future.
- The future face of WWE
- HHH as the new head of the company
- Social Media's Impact
- Any Potential Threats to WWE
- Info about the wrestler's union
- A new era means a new audience
I will write the first three slides while Chinmay writes the final three and the conclusion. Enjoy the ride...