The Changing Of The Guard: Now Is The Time For Future Stars To Shine

The PhantomCorrespondent IApril 2, 2010

It is hard to watch a shooting star fall. While you may admire the glory and brightness of its final days, you know that at the end of the day when it lights are all burned out that the star can never rise again.

Since Shawn Michaels retirement at Wrestlemania, I have been trying to think of ways to explain the magnitude of it and how his career will impact the WWE roster moving forward. Its not every day that a sure Hall of Famer retires at the biggest stage in wrestling. HBK was an all-time great and helped set the bar for excellence in wrestling.

Shawn Michaels has dazzled us and caused fans to stand up out of our chairs and applaud,perhaps more than any wrestler has in any promotion. He truly represents the saying "Heroes are remembered, but legends never die." HBK will be missed and never forgotten.

But out of that sadness of seeing an all-time great leave, comes the satisfaction of seeing a new star rise. The future is now for the next wave of big names in the WWE.

Let me make it clear that I am not saying that the WWE has the next Shawn Michaels waiting in the wings for their chance to shine; but rather the door of opportunity is wide open for some young stars to move in and make a name for themselves.

Guys like John Morrison, The Miz, Yoshi Tatsu, Drew Mcintrye, Kofi Kingston, Sheamus, Ezekiel Jackson, The Dude Busters, Hart Dynasty, and our newly crowned World Heavyweight Champion, Jack Swagger; can all be major players in middle card to upper level feuds if their potential is reach and they continue to work hard in the ring.

All are capable of putting on solid matches but they must remain consistent. That in the end will separate the stars from the comets.

The fact is a Undertaker or HHH cannot carry the company forever. Their wrestling careers will end one day and they will go on to future endeavors. This is when a company needs their future stars to come alive and take over.

Which brings me to the point of the most exciting thing about watching a wrestler career unfold: the journey. Watching Michaels rise and fall and overcome all of the problems on his journey, and achieve greatness is what made his career iconic.

While I feel we will never see a career as great as "The Heart Break Kid" Shawn Michaels, I for one will enjoy watching the journey unfold as young wrestlers take aim for the stars to cement their own legacy.

Because it truly is their time to shine in the wrestling skies.