It's a fact that for several years, Professional Wrestling has not exactly been the most beloved form of entertainment in the world.
Sure, there are still millions of wrestling fans in the world, but if you asked an American man whether or not they still watch pro wrestling regularly, chances are their answer will be no. And there are many reasons for this.
For one thing, there's the fact that for the past few years, WWE has been trying to cater to the kids. While this may have been smart for business, as younger fans are more likely to buy merchandise and get their parents to buy PPVs, it also turned off a large section of WWE fans.
But recently there has been one man who promised to make wrestling cool again. This man started the Reality Era of WWE with his amazing shoot promo five weeks ago, and since then, he has become the talk of the IWC and has even created mainstream buzz.
That man's name is Philip Brooks, although you probably know him by his wrestling name, CM Punk.
Yes, CM Punk has promised to make wrestling cool again, but while he is amazing at what he does, I don't believe he can get this job done alone.
Here are five men who I believe can make Professional Wrestling cool again.
Say what ever you want about him.
He got Ken Kennedy fired, caused Kofi Kingston to be depushed, was dishonorably discharged from the Marines, and called Kelly Kelly a slut on a radio show.
I do not like him personally, but neither that nor anything else changes the fact that WWE fans (at least the ones who aren't part of the iwc) love Randy Orton. Unlike Cena he gets cheered by everybody, including the older males. His gimmick is that of a badass coldblooded killer, which is perfect for the adolescents and adult men of this time.
He's also the face of Smackdown so I think we can expect to see a lot more of Randy Orton in the near future, whether you're happy about that or not.
For many months now, The Miz has been everywhere. And I mean EVERYWHERE.
Conan, Jimmy Fallon, Lopez Tonight, Jimmy Kimmel, Miz has done them all, and through it, has gotten himself a hell of a lot more mainstream popularity. Miz has also helped shatter the bad public image of wrestlers, which for a while now has been, "big steroid freaks screaming and pretending to fight each other."
Whether you like Miz or not, everything about him fits in perfectly with the Reality Era.
His attitude, his character, everything. I expect Miz to be highly successful during this Era and you can bet anything that by the end of it, Miz will be a multi-time WWE/World Heavyweight Champion.
Obviously, the man who started WWE's new era more than deserves a spot on this list.
The true WWE Champion CM Punk shocked the world five weeks ago when he lit the internet ablaze with an amazing shoot promo on Raw about WWE.
Things have been going great for Punk since then. He beat John Cena for the title at Money in The Bank, made a shocking and hilarious appearance at Comic Con to confront Triple H, appeared on Jimmy Kimmel and returned to Raw last week.
Also, as we learned last night, Punk will be facing Cena in a match at Summerslam to determine the Undisputed WWE Champion.
CM Punk has created mainstream buzz for the company, but last night on Raw I didn't like what his character was becoming. Kissing up to the crowd, telling them he came back for them, having a posing contest with John Cena at the end—all that was not good for Punk's character.
To be fair, I couldn't properly judge last night's Raw due to the fact that Indianapolis gave us the most bipolar crowd I have ever seen. They couldn't decide who to cheer for.
Still, Raw would've been a lot better if Punk did more "rebellious antihero" stuff and less, "clean babyface" stuff. I personally think that Raw would've been much better if at the end, Punk attacked Cena while he was posing, GTS'ed him in the middle of the ring and posed one last time before leaving to his music.
Still, I have not given up on this storyline just yet and I still believe that ultimately, CM Punk will be the face of the new era and the one of the men to help make wrestling cool again.
Chris Jericho's mainstream popularity has never been as high as it is now.
With his competing on ABC's Dancing With The Stars and his band Fozzy's success growing rapidly, as well as his many talk show appearances, Christopher Irvine is now more famous than almost any wrestler today.
He may or may not return to WWE anytime soon, but I am sure that when he does, he'll bring in some fans (old and new) along with him.
Jericho has also done an incredible job of helping to vanquish the negative image of wrestlers in Western society that I mentioned on Miz's slide.
He's pretty much the perfect entertainer and as a huge Jerichoholic, I really am looking forward to his inevitable return. By the way, a feud between him and The Miz would be one for the ages.
You know what's a great way to make something cool? Have a world famous movie-star wholeheartedly endorse it.
And you know what? For WWE, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is the perfect guy for the job. Not only was he once arguably the greatest professional wrestler in the world, but he has wholeheartedly agreed to return and compete in the main event of Wrestlemania 28 against John Cena.
It really is perfect timing for WWE as well, because Dwayne Johnson is perhaps at the height of his mainstream popularity right now thanks to his recent highly successful movie, Fast Five.
Obviously, The Rock will not be returning to WWE on anything resembling full time schedule, but he really doesn't need to. A few appearances, plus his huge match with Cena at Wrestlemania 28 is all Rock needs to do to create more mainstream buzz for WWE than anyone else can.
Of course, while The Rock will help garner many more viewers for a while, it is really up to the other men on this list to keep the viewers as fans of WWE.
CM Punk, Chris Jericho (if he returns), Miz, Randy Orton and all the rest of the WWE Superstars have an enormous task ahead of them and as a proud wrestling fan, I hope they succeed.
Here are a few people who can help make Wrestling cool again, but not as much as the five on the actual list.
Zack Ryder—In my opinion, Zack is actually one of the people that set the foundation for the Reality Era, because he did something no WWE superstar had ever done before.
He made a name for himself without the help of WWE. His Youtube show has been highly successful, with each episode garnering over 10000 views. It has also gotten him a lot more success in WWE, gettung him the job of Smackdown's Assistant GM.
I don't expect Ryder to win any major titles anytime soon, but I still expect him to flourish in the new era and give us many more entertaining segments, perhaps like Edge and Christian did during the Attitude Era.
Triple H—The new (kayfabe) COO of WWE, Triple H is a man who I expect to play a major role in WWE's future high profile storylines.
Triple H has proven numerous times that he can play a great face and an even better heel. I expect "The Game" to turn heel sometime soon and pick up where his father-in-law left off as the WWE Superstars' evil boss.
John Cena—While Cena turning heel in the near future is definitely a long shot, remember that his "SuperCena" gimmick is what turned many fans off WWE for many years. As a heel, he can directly address the men who hate him so much, and maybe get them to hate him even more and look forward to seeing him get beaten.
Also, if CM Punk gets over enough, I could very well see a heel turn in Cena's future.
R Truth—Everybody loves him. R Truth may or may not win any major titles in WWE, but his gimmick will definitely keep us entertained.
John Morrison—His spots are amazing, and he's a hell of a wrestler.