A "New Breed" of Wrestlers?
It seems as if WWE is switching its focus to smaller, more athletic superstars.
Not only are they giving them time on WWE TV (Raw, Smackdown!, ECW, Superstars) but they are also becoming the featured contests.
They are no longer underestimated and can be built up to be unstoppable.
The WWE has focused on big, muscular and relatively unskilled wrestlers since the early 1980's.
Do not get me wrong, some of the performers from past eras are very skilled and deserve the respect they earned. However, the matches they put on are not in tune with today's fast paced, short attention span society.
I enjoy matches from earlier era's as much as any another guy. But when I have my friends over and we watch WWE Classics, they always want to watch fast paced, intense, all-round short, and spot-filled matches.
It seems like the WWE is focusing on smaller superstars such as Tyson Kidd, Evan Bourne, Cody Rhodes, CM Punk, etc.
If you compare the number of large muscular performers to the smaller, athletic performers, most of the muscular ones are from what I like to call "The Transition Era," between late 2002-2008.
I feel that during the period between the 1980's and 2000, the smaller guys had almost no chance of becoming either very successful or a main eventer (Other than in the early 1990s, when Vince and the WWE was in the midst of a Steroid case).
In today's world, things are always changing. People change also.
Many people now like MMA more than Boxing.
In both Boxing and MMA, the featured fights are middle and low weight fights. This shows that people these days want to see fast paced and well conditioned athletes.
I feel that smaller guys are becoming more of a fixture in WWE.
Take Jeff Hardy vs. CM Punk for example.
I feel that they had the most "steam" going into Night Of Champions.
Punk and Hardy both are smaller guys and have a lot of skill. (I know some people think Hardy is a bump-dummy but I believe he is an acceptable wrestler).
They had the Main Event slot on the card and I feel stole the show.
It also seems that the "farm system" of WWE is full of very skilled smaller performers.
My last point is that the WWE has found ways to make smaller guys seem unstoppable.
For example, Evan Bourne will keep you down with all his high flying moves.
Rhodes and DiBiase will "cheat" to win.
Kidd will hit you with a mix of technical submissions and high flying moves.
Kofi Kingston will take you out with his kicks and other high flying, athletic moves.
The WWE I feel will change with the times and move on from the more muscular wrestler to smaller superstars.
They have found a perfect balance of small and big performers now and have a VERY bright future.
This may be a bold statement, but I feel in 5-7 years, the WWE may have the most success it has EVER had.
P.S.: Sorry, if this article seems to jump around a bit.
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