I have to admit two things today:
- I totally marked out for Mark Henry coming back
- I am digging the repackaging of Jack Swagger
I bring these two things up as part of a bigger picture: the very near future of WWE looks very bright to me.
Look at the facts:
- Two former World Heavyweight Champions (Henry and Swagger) are back and seem poised to make an impact
- Lesnar looks like he might be around for a while. Even with a limited schedule, everything he does in the ring comes off as big time
- The Shield are WAY over and will make immediate contributions to the program
- Cody Rhodes, Wade Barrett, Damien Sandow, Antonio Cesaro, Daniel Bryan, and a few others are ready to be picked for the next level
- Ziggler is already at said level
- Y2J is back and judging from his match on Monday, is just as good as ever
- Alberto Del Rio as a face is ACTUALLY working!
- Big Show is the best he’s ever been
- CM Punk (enough said)
If you look at this list objectively (and ignore the Cena and Rock program), WWE looks charged and ready to go. Yes, Cena/Rock will most likely headline Wrestlemania and grab the pop culture headlines, but the crux of the program is solid and exciting.
Look, I tweet all during RAW and a lot of my comments are snarky and sarcastic. But, that doesn’t mean I’m not excited about the position WWE seems to have gotten themselves into. They have a core group of great wrestlers and interesting storylines.
Sure, every week we’ll have some sort of lingerie or karaoke contest. But never forget, the Attitude Era gave us Mae Young’s hand baby. WWE is not without its faults, sometimes pushing the “wrong” guy or holding the “right” guys back or wasting time with goofy comedy routines. The opportunities are now there for WWE, and I think we’re on the verge of another golden age in wrestling.
As you look at the facts, you have to admit the next few months are going to be fun for all of us.