World Wrestling Entertainment’s (WWE) wrestler Elias recently slammed veteran and retired superstars who just make appearances on special events. Wrestlers like Undertaker and Shawn Micheals made appearances in the recently-concluded Crown Jewels and Super Show Down event which according to Elias has resulted in lesser attention to the young and rising talents of Wrestling entertainment.
The likes of John Cena, Triple H, and Brock Lesnar have been criticised in the past from colleagues and fans for making temporary appearances in the ring.
Cena faced a backfire in a similar situation after he criticised ‘The Rock’ for pursuing Hollywood to leave wrestling behind; as he has become a RAW part-timer due to his involvement in the movies. Cena’s latest movie ‘Bumblebee’ has kept him in and out of the ring due to the shooting and promotion commitments.
“I’m sorry and I was wrong. That’s the best thing I can do. I think my gripes were legitimate inside the WWE Universe,” Cena said on podcast Gorilla Position. “I called him out as someone that had tunnel vision in WWE and didn’t understand the process that when you make a movie, you are not allowed to do anything else because if you ruin this – if Seth Rollins splits my nose open over here – I can’t film the movie and there’s hundreds of other people whose financial well being depends on whether I show up to work in one piece,” he added.
Now Elias slammed all these wrestlers at BBC Sounds’ Headliners show: “There was a time when I respected The Undertaker, I respected Shawn Michaels, I respected Triple H, and now they just hang around,” Elias said. “They keep having these matches with each other. I just want them gone, so, any respect I did have for these guys is out the window.”
“The whole thing, The Brothers of Destruction, DX, any of that stuff, that was an Attitude Era thing. But you’re looking at the guy right now, so, step aside and it’s Elias’ time. Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, Triple H, Kane, get out of here, man. Get out!”
However, it may also be argued that the focus is always on the veteran wrestlers because the contemporary wrestlers have not been able to live upto the expectations after the high standards set by the superstars of ‘The Attitude Era’.
Attitude Era was labelled to the wrestling entertainment industry which had big-name and iconic wrestlers all the same time around 95 to around 2006, where the big names started departing.