A few weeks before the "Over The Limit" Pay-Per-View, I wrote an article stating how WWE tends be a bit lackluster after Wrestlemania from a storyline and ratings standpoint.
Although that fact still stands true, I am impressed with WWE's attempt to bring new stars to the top of their roster.
Unlike their "competition," WWE is giving the fans some new faces.
The NXT show has been a catalyst to start an effort to bring the next big star to the forefront of the company and has been somewhat of a success for a new show with a new format.
Regardless of who comes out the winner later tonight, WWE has exposed a plethora of new talent to the "WWE Universe."
Bryan Danielson, regardless of his elimination from the competition, has been a standout star from the NXT show. WWE knows what they have with Danielson and they are making sure you know it too.
He has been featured on NXT each and every week and gained a high profile victory on RAW this past week. We all know that his victory over The Miz will lead to a full-time RAW contract.
Hey Marks, believe it or not, Danielson is a contracted WWE wrestler and will be a part of the "Universe" for years to come.
It is obvious that Wade Barrett, David Otunga, and Justin Gabriel will all find their way onto one of the two rosters somehow. The same goes for most of the other rookies that were eliminated.
Stone Cold Steve Austin stated in an interview shortly after his retirement from the ring that entertainment is a machine. He said that he is a gear in the machine and when the old gear is used up, you take it out of the machine, throw it in a pile with other used gears, replace it with a new gear and the machine keeps running strong.
Austin understood how things work, unlike Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, and choice other performers. The WWE is in a position right now where a lot of new gears are needed for the machine to keep running.
With Shawn Michaels retiring, Triple H taking time off to heal, and Batista leaving the company, there are plenty of spots to be filled.
One spot has been filled by Sheamus. WWE has been hell bent on pushing Sheamus down our collective throats for a while now, fella. He has kind of grown on me since Wrestlemania where he proved that he can perform on the biggest stage against a Wrestlemania legend.
The Uso's seem to have created a bit of a buzz on RAW. The twin sons of Rikishi have attacked The Hart Dynasty two weeks in a row and battle lines have clearly been drawn.
It has been quite a while since the WWE has featured two true tag teams in a top level feud over the tag team titles.
Jack Swagger, although he has been in the WWE for quite a while, is still new blood at the top of the card. It is refreshing to see some new match-ups with a guy that has some true in-ring talent.
This all leads me to last night's sudden push of Evan Bourne.
When I saw Edge beating the pulp out of Bourne to start RAW, I just figured that this would further bury him.
I was definitely wrong.
The former Ring of Honor stand-out made a statement by performing to his best ability in the main event of RAW with John Cena as his tag team partner.
Although he didn't get the pinfall on Edge, he still came out looking like a shining star.
We will see what the future holds for Bourne, as he has seen shades of push in the past. Will this be the push he is looking for? Or is the WWE just creating a logically emergency replacement for Randy Orton if he is not ready for "Fatal 4 Way?"
Either way, the above mentioned talents have been doing what they can to make a name for themselves within the "WWE Universe."
By the way, how annoying is the phrase "WWE Universe?"