Survivor Series has come and gone, and the WWE Universe has been left to deal with the fallout. While SmackDown Live held its own in many of the battles, it was RAW that ultimately reigned supreme. Not only did Team Red triumph in the five-on-five tag team match, their Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar, defeated the blue brand’s WWE Champion, AJ Styles.
However, while we should be talking about RAW’s dominance and how it leaves SmackDown’s future uncertain, there is another more pressing issue at hand – and that is the state of the current WWE roster.
The Current Talent Was Overshadowed By Legends
While the main event did indeed showcase some of the company’s most promising rising stars (Finn Balor, Bobby Roode, Shinsuke Nakamura), almost all of them were eliminated early, leaving us with WWE veterans and legends like Triple H, Kurt Angle, John Cena, Randy Orton and Shane McMahon. In 2017, some of the biggest icons in WWE history not only had to defend the brand they represented, they ended up being some of the last men standing. And this says a lot about how WWE views its current roster.
This isn’t the first time that the company has chosen to give the spotlight to their tenured performers in favour of the upcoming talent – and they’ve been heavily criticised in the past for their continuing reliance on these legends.
By having seasoned performers like Triple H, Kurt Angle and John Cena defend their brands, it makes it appear that WWE doesn’t trust the current roster to get the job done. And we’re not talking about winning the match for their brands – we know that’s kayfabe. What we are talking about is WWE’s lack of faith in its future stars to main event one of the big four PPVs. They are the ones who are performing on their respective brands throughout the year – not the part-timers. Thus, it doesn’t seem fair that they have to take a step back when on a grander stage like Survivor Series.
The Survivor Among Men
While the majority of the younger members of Team RAW and Team SmackDown were eliminated first, the one surviving current star in the match was Braun Strowman. Despite WWE having numerous incredibly talented young athletes, The Monster Among Men is in a class of his own when it comes to convincing future stars. And the sole reason for that is consistency. While his monster push certainly hasn’t been perfect, it has solidified him as one of the most promising talents of the current era. Moreover, this unstoppable aura allows him to share the spotlight with the veterans that surrounded him.
The fact of the matter is that quite simply nobody else on either roster boasts that kind of aura. But this isn’t down to the superstars – there is plenty of talent there – it’s down to WWE’s consistently directionless approach when it comes to young talent. So much of the current roster suffers from questionable storylines and burials at the hands of repetitive stars. Furthermore, the ones that do get a chance eventually lose their momentum when their push is cooled off, and are unfortunately unable to reclaim it. Superstars like Finn Balor, Booby Roode and Shinsuke Nakamura are all world-class superstars, but due to some questionable storytelling, they are seemingly destined to continue their directionless paths. And that leaves WWE without real, developed superstars to take us into the next generation.
While Survivor Series was undoubtedly an event of epic proportions, it highlighted the fact that WWE once again had to resort to its legends to do the heavy-lifting. With the exception of Braun Strowman (who is in his own program with another WWE legend, Kane), the current roster were forced to take backseats to the veterans. This not only highlights the fact that WWE is too reliant on its part-timers, it suggests that they don’t have enough faith in the young talent on each brand.
By focusing too heavily on the stars of yesterday, they have failed to build any real stars of tomorrow. And that is a serious problem.
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