Since 2004 many superstars have come and gone. Most notably the Nature Boy, Ric Flair. With stars from the past such as Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, and Big Show starting to hang up their boots, and with present superstars such as Batista, Edge, and John Cena in the bulk of their careers, who will step up and lead a new era in sports entertainment?
There's been a lot of talk of guys such as Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes, and Ted Dibiase Jr., among others. Each has something they can offer.
Ted Dibiase Jr.
With a father who is one of the biggest names in wrestling history, Dibiase has, like the other two, wrestling talent literally in his genes. He's extremely talented, physically fit, and seemingly on the right track. He can build off his father's success, much like a younger Randy Orton once did.
Ted also has great charisma, which, of course, is a must have in the industry today, especially World Wrestling Entertainment. Teaming with Cody Rhodes, he has won the World Tag titles twice. WWE made the right move by teaming the two second generation prospects.
Much like Dibiase Jr., Rhodes can feed off the fact that his father was one of the industry's greats. Rhodes, himself, however might need a certain gimmick, make a name for himself, or a catchphrase. Unlike Dibiase, Rhodes never had a certain catchphrase and could develop his mic skills.
That doesn't take away from his talent in the ring, however. Cody will develop over time, and if injury or personal issues don't step in, he will mold nicely into a superstar.
Orton's prime is closer than that of Rhodes and Dibiase. Unlike the other two, Orton doesn't just have a father who was a wrestling legend, he also has a grandfather. Randy was used properly by the WWE and brought up his family's success frequently. At age 24, Randy Orton had the right to be called the youngest World Heavyweight Champion in history slapped on him. A good move by WWE, since it worked out that Orton got that right and transitioned the title to Triple H.
Years later, Orton was awarded his second WWE title, then lost and regained the title in that same night. Over his career, he's already suffered from personal and shoulder issues. As Jim Ross once said, "The thing is, Orton's prime is yet to come because he's so gosh darn young!" Orton already has three WWE titles, and if his health permits, we'll be seeing him in full circle in the near future.