One And Done Appearances
One of the things that the WWE has loved to do over the last few years is have legends come back for one off appearances on RAW. People like the NWO, Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart and Stone Cold Steve Austin are never overused and they can help pop a rating on RAW if they are announced beforehand. Even all these years later, you can guarantee that if Stone Cold Steve Austin is making an appearance on RAW that he is going to get the loudest pop of the night. The reason is us wrestling fans love our favorites and while many of us still love the current product, there is nothing cooler than when a Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels or maybe even in 2018, a Hulk Hogan make a surprise appearance.
The key word there, of course, is appearance, showing up for just one night and giving the TV rating a bit of a boost and the fans a warm and fuzzy feeling is great and is something that will hopefully never go away. These kind of appearances that do not take up a ton of TV time and lead to a quick and rushed match at a PPV are something most fans can get right behind.
So, Are Part Timers Hurting The WWE?
The last “megastar” that the WWE created was John Cena and that was over a decade ago. There have been some great performers, Edge, CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Chris Jericho and Batista to name a few, but none have been as “huge” as John Cena. You could argue that the WWE wanting to keep going back to the well of The Rock, Brock Lesnar and those big names of the past is stifling their creativity to get a new guy to that next level.
When you really look at it, you would have to say that there is nothing wrong with a nostalgia act if it is done in the right way, but having a part timer as your champion, having a part timer who is not making most of the towns and having a part timer be a main event star, who hardly ever appears in the main event of RAW is very strange and it has to affect peoples interest in the product. Imagine telling a casual or lapsed wrestling fan when they ask who the champion is that the champion is Brock Lesnar, but he hardly ever is on RAW! It sounds weird, but that is because it is.
Going back to Chris Jericho, this is a perfect example of how you can use a guy who is not going to be there all year to his full potential. He comes in, works hard and he makes sure that the guy he is working with goes over when he leaves. He is a great example of how a part timer can be a positive effect on the WWE, Brock Lesnar….. him not so much.