A Look at the Future for the WWE

Ian HarrisonCorrespondent IMay 25, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 28:  Actress Sherri Shepherd smacks WWE wrestler dolph Ziggler during a match between Ziggler and M.V.P at WWE SmackDown at Madison Square Garden on April 28, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by George Napolitano/Getty Images)

The WWE is known for making stars, and that skill is the main factor in them still being in existence instead of WCW.  The WWE is in a tough spot right now, and they need to practice that skill soon.

The WWE has turned one guy into a main-eventer in the last year, in Jeff Hardy.  He may be a capable main-eventer, but no offence to Jeff Hardy, he is no "franchise player"

Randy Orton turned 29 last month, and he is the youngest of the "franchise players." Batista is 40, and is seriously considering retirement.  Triple H is 39, and seriously needs to consider retirement.

The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels are 44 and 43 respectively, and both will likely retire within the next two years.  Chris Jericho is 38, Edge is 35, and John Cena is 32.

John Cena's character doesn't translate to an older person, so even John Cena's future may be in trouble.

The Attitude Era is the most loved era in sports entertainment history, an era that seen the outbreak of several of the industries biggest stars.

Stone Cold was 34, Undertaker was 34, Triple H was 30, and The Rock was 28.  These are seriously low-numbers for an era so loved.  Should the WWE take their own advice and create a younger roster?

In an era with so many older guys dominating, we as wrestling fans cannot wait to see the younger, talented guys come up and create some fresh matches.  There are huge stars waiting to be created.

Arguably the most technically gifted of the future stars is Joseph (Joe) Hennig.  It's been rumored that Joe will join the "Raw" roster, and get a huge push by joining The Brian Kendrick in a tag-team that would surely compete in a rising group of talented teams reviving the WWE's tag-team division.

Joe Hennig will turn 31 in July, but he could still help the roster for a while.  Five years or so would still allow Joe to build his legend.

Joe is a former FCW World Heavyweight Champion, he forfeited the title in April for a "serious injury."  It even points to his call-up further.  Expect to see Joe Hennig very shortly.

Another very technically gifted wrestler, Dolph Ziggler. A.K.A. Nick Nemeth, or The Spirit Squad's Nicky, Dolph has seriously turned heads.  

Dolph is getting serious air-time on Smackdown, and could potentially become a mid-carder provided he gets a program with Rey Mysterio for the Intercontinental Championship.

Dolph Ziggler is 28.  Dolph could be made into a main-eventer in a little over a couple years.  Ziggler could potentially be main-eventing in 2011.

For many years, stables have been a way to give guys huge pushes, and right now that is being displayed more then ever.  The two biggest future stars are a part of stables right now.

Ted DiBiase Jr. is seriously talented, and is already wrestling main-events.  At 26, Ted could be a huge star in the business for over a decade.   Ted Jr. is a former FCW Southern Champion, and could capture gold again as soon as this year.

It's not too unexpected to see Ted Jr. turn and have a feud with Randy Orton, one reason would be to put Ted over, the real reason would be to make a lot of money.

Ted recently shot The Marine 2, and a huge push would give the movie a serious push as well.  I wouldn't be surprised if Ted Jr. beat Orton right before his movie came out.

The final future star I'm going to highlight, the 22 year old, half of a tag-team, part of a very talked about stable, the biggest star of the future.....David Hart Smith.

Did ANYONE believe I was talking about Cody Rhodes?  I sure hope not.  I can't even comprehend that David Hart Smith is only 22.  David Hart Smith has more potential in his arm then the entire city I live in.  Smith has so much upside, his size alone puts him at 6'5, 260.

We all know how much the WWE loves size, so it's pretty self-explanatory why Smith will get pushed, but if you've ever seen him wrestle, no one will be complaining about this large wrestler.  Look for David Hart Smith to be the new Hart of the company.

Here's a short list of more potential big-time stars:

1. Eric Escobar 29
2. Heath Slater 23
3. Drew McIntyre 23
4. Sheamus O'Shaunnessy ?
5. Cody Rhodes 22