There has been a lot of buzz lately over the Internet about the WWE reaching out to bring in old faces from the Attitude Era, in an attempt to recapture the millions of fans they have lost over the last several years.
Since the first reports of these attempts have broken, several older superstars have made moves:
Kevin Nash has returned to WWE Television...for better or for worse. (Worse.)
Mick Foley has been confirmed to return on November 14th.
Chris Jericho is in negotiations to return to the WWE.
Steve Austin has mentioned he might have two good years left in him, and is interested in doing an angle with CM Punk.
Even Shawn Michaels has done an off-camera DX reunion show with Triple H.
While many fans are excited about the return of these legends that we grew up with, I'm left asking one question:
While I will be as excited as anyone when these men make it back to a television screen to do their thing, I'm still left wondering: "What about this generation of superstars?"
The bottom line is that the men who are returning will be 40 and older. They'll be working part-time and they simply just don't have that much left in their bodies to contribute long term to the product.
Will the WWE still be reaching out to these men when they are decrepit, old and gray? (Please don't think of Kevin Nash when I say that...)
But in all seriousness, there will come a point in time where these superstars can't return anymore. There will come a day, when no matter how bad they want to, it's just not feasible to wrestle anymore, because of health or other concerns.
This is why it is important to capitalize on them now. It's not just about bringing in old names and faces; it's about bringing in guys and then having them help to build the next generation of superstars up.
Bret Hart helped to build both Shawn Micheals and Stone Cold. The Undertaker helped to build Mick Foley. Stone Cold and The Rock helped to build Chris Jericho.
It takes icons to make icons. Or, as Ric Flair would say it: "To be the man, you've got to beat the man."
Right now, if there is anything the WWE is lacking, it's a creative writing team worth anything. (Wait, wrong time), it's superstars with mainstream appeal like their older counterparts.
So, in this article, I am going to take a look at the biggest possible returns to the WWE and then take a look at who should not just beat these men, but crush these men. Not just win a match or two, but have a feud and then totally own the legend they are fighting in such a way that the WWE is going to have to pay them extra to completely job themselves out.
Let's take a look at who would benefit most from crushing these returning legends...