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The "New Era": 19 WWE Superstars Who Would Have Fit In Perfectly

Since the return of Shane McMahon prior to WrestleMania and the flurry of new superstars arriving from NXT and Japan, WWE has attempted to usher in a ‘New Era’ (in typical WWE form where they have to push the phrase on everyone so it’s more forced than natural like the ‘Diva’s Revolution’), which involved pushing stars based on fan support and work rate, rather than a pre determined pick, with one big exception (I don’t need to specify, we all know who that is). After much vocal criticism of previous WWE management selections to be the top guy, this new ideology, led by Triple H’s new vision for NXT, has been so far met with joy and relief by the IWC, but the pushing of these new guys has yet to completely take place, as Cesaro, AJ Styles, Sami Zayn and Bray Wyatt have all yet to win major titles, and therefore the idea of the next generation can not be properly judged yet, as old faces like Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns and the Big Show all remain on the main roster.

In the past, due to Vince McMahon's idea for sports entertainment, there have been countless guys who have been held back due to the idea that this is a ‘big man’s world’, and only the biggest guys get over, and this has frustrated performers and fans alike for generations. Superstars who should have gone above and beyond were held down at the expense of beating the same horse into the ground by keeping guys like Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, Randy Orton and John Cena at the top of the card, leading to many being released because they couldn’t find a spot, when they should have found themselves in the main event scene.

With this idea in mind, assuming that we truly have entered a new era and performers will be judged on work rate and match quality, these are the top 19 superstars who in their prime would have been amazing candidates to assist in the success of this new era, to keep it from falling flat on its face in the eyes of fans, experts and management alike.

19 Justin Gabriel

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18 Brian Kendrick

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17 Lance Storm

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16 X-Pac

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15 Hurricane Helms

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14 Sabu

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13 John Morrison

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12 Rey Mysterio

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11 Jeff Hardy

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10 Rob Van Dam

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9 Daniel Bryan

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8 Bret Hart

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7 Owen Hart

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6 Edge

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5 Chris Jericho

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4 Kurt Angle

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3 Eddie Guerrero

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2 Shawn Michaels

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1 CM Punk

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His name still gets loudly chanted at most WWE events around the world, a sign of his popularity during his time, despite being held back by management for the most part. Despite being the hottest commodity in wrestling in 2011 following the pipe bomb speech, he was still not treated like a true main eventer, despite having incredible in ring ability, being one of the best talkers in all of WWE, and the first and only guy in years to out sell John Cena in merchandise, he was never treated with respect and given the WrestleMania main event which he, and the majority of the WWE universe feel he deserved. Punk is one of the only competitors on this list who could genuinely make a return to the ‘new era’, and if he did he would be greeted with multiple wrestling fans dream matches against AJ Styles, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Finn Balor and more.

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