WWE's New Hero: Filling the Void of Past Superstars

Micheal Robinson@nyyrobinsonSenior Analyst IIDecember 25, 2010

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson with group of young followers.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson with group of young followers.

Christmas is here once again.

I tend to get caught up in a lot of moments of thinking about my childhood during the holidays.

When I think back, wrestling and the WWE was a huge part of my life then.

Now, as an adult, with responsibilities, I've grown out of it somewhat.  I do still have moments where I get carried away when I go to an event or watch it live.  Sometimes, that feeling you get of being a WWE fan, never goes away.

When I put it all into perspective, It all seems to happen so fast.

It seems like yesterday I was watching Vince McMahon get stunned by Stone Cold, or The Rock singing "Leaving Sacramento".

It really saddens me as I get older, not only WWE is changing, but I am changing.  Part of me is fading away and it is really tough.

However, new faces in the WWE have emerged as top stars in the business, rather some of us like it or not.

Let me be very clear when I say that, my favorite wrestlers when I was growing up, will never be replaced.

With that being said though, there are wrestlers in the WWE today, that remind me of some of my favorites of yesterday.


Shawn Michaels to John Morrison
The good looks, the athletic ability, the long hair.  The similarities are there.  Guys want to be them, girls want to be with them.

Like Shawn Michaels early in his career, Morrison split from the tag team division and headed into singles competition.  While Michaels did it on his own, The Miz sent Morrison packing after a WWE Draft ended their run together.

However, the similarities don't stop there, Morrison, is also an underdog at this moment.

No one ever suspected Michaels to reach the status he is at today.  I mean, I kind of saw it coming, but, never to the stature he actually reached.

One thing Morrison lacks that Michaels was amazing at, is the charisma behind the microphone and in the ring.  Michaels made you hate him, and did a good job at it.

Walking to the ring, pointing in the air, and smacking his gum, you just wanted to slap your television set a few times.

Morrison instead, heads to the ring with a big fur coat, "shaga-delic" music, and slow motion cameras.

Morrison has a long way to go in his career, but, the chances are there for him to become the next big thing.

Rolling up the red carpet that he used to walk on with Joey Mercury was the first step to success for him.


Steve Austin to Randy Orton
While Randy Orton is no beer drinking S.O.B. from Texas, he is still a bad, bad man. 

The Rattlesnake struck his opponents with the Stone Cold Stunner.

The Viper strikes his opponents with the RKO.

Now, I gotta admit, I was a big fan of the Stunner, but the RKO has surpassed every finishing move I've ever known as my favorite of all-time.

While Randy Orton and Steve Austin are two different people behind a microphone, inside the ring, they are one in the same.

Orton, like Austin, with no mercy at all, stomps his opponents to a pulp, until they are just another victim.

Behind those ropes, winning is the only option for these two men.

While their personalities might not be alike, I am willing to bet that many Austin fans are now fans of Orton.

I started to think about the comparisons when Orton had a feud with Triple H and knocked around Stephanie, Shane, and Vince McMahon in the process, something that Austin would do on a weekly basis.

With a few championships already put around his waist at such a young age, The Viper could one day, end up living in the same nest as The Rattlesnake in the WWE history books.


The Rock to John Cena
Hold the comments.  Save the drama.

There will NEVER, and I mean NEVER, be another Rock in the WWE.  The is one of a kind, and can not, and will not ever be replaced.

The Rock also holds a place in my mind, spirit, and soul, that no other wrestler will ever achieve.  He was, and is special to me, and John Cena will never get close to that status.

With that out of the way, let me get on with the article.

Love him or hate him, when you look at the popularity of Cena over the past three or four years and how many fans he has in the Cenation.

The Rock in the ring, Cena can't touch.  The Rock on the mic, don't get me started.

However, Cena tries.  I'll admit, I have laughed a few times during Cena's recent mic work.  But, I don't see myself looking up Cena on YouTube six years from now, laughing at something he said, like I do with Rock.

I can't look past how many fans Cena has, and how much I respect him.  My feelings for him have subsided and changed over the past year, and I have grown to understand that, if I was a young one again, I'd love the guy.

When you look at accomplishments, Cena has tied The Rock in major championships won with nine.  Both men have held the WWE Championship seven times, and the World Heavyweight Championship two times to be exact.  That, in itself, is crazy.

They were nearly the same age when they won their first WWE Championship.  The Rock was 26 in 1998, when he defeated Mankind at Survivor Series.  John Cena was 27, when he defeated JBL at WrestleMania 21.

It's also crazy to think that Cena wins the WWE Championship at WrestleMania, the year after The Rock's final WrestleMania appearance to date.

It doesn't stop there.

The Rock left the WWE full-time in 2004 at age 32 to pursue his acting career head on, without wrestling getting in the way of it.

Cena, who is acting on the side, is 33.

There is no telling how many years of WWE John Cena has left, but a full-time acting career is never out of the question.  Cena responded to The Rock leaving the WWE in his DVD "The John Cena Experience", replying that "he loves what he does too much to ever leave."

While there are many people that want to see Cena vs. Rock before it is all said in done, the chances of that are diminishing with every passing day.

The Rock, along with Michaels and Austin are irreplaceable.  Lord only knows how much I miss seeing them.  The voids left by them will never be filled.  However, it does make it a little easier when current wrestlers, step up, and are given the chance to shine.

It doesn't go without saying right now, that some little kid out there thinks the world of John Cena.  To that kid, and others, Cena is to them, what The Rock was to me, for so many years.


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