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The New Era: 8 Wrestlers That Will Fail and 8 Wrestlers That Will Thrive

The new era of WWE is here and we have reason for optimism. Following the success of WrestleMania 32, WWE felt it was the right time to regroup and start fresh with a new outlook. The direction of the show is meant to feature new stars, new matches, and an overall new feel to the program. One of the biggest issues with WWE over the past few years was the stale product featuring the same matches constantly. A couple of unfortunate situations put WWE in a bad spot that showed how badly they needed new stars.

CM Punk walking out, Daniel Bryan retiring and the staggering injury issues to other main event stars like John Cena, Randy Orton and Seth Rollins decimated the roster. Things looked bleak for WrestleMania 32 and WWE was forced to bring Shane McMahon out of exile to add some name value. Shane-O-Mac was so beloved by the fans that Vince McMahon made the call to keep his son around in a storyline with Stephanie McMahon. While we don’t need the McMahon family drama dominating the angles once again like fifteen years ago, the change has been great by providing a more entertaining program with exciting additions to the show.

WWE’s branding of The New Era makes it certain that they are going to present a genuine change in the approach to the product. The emphasis on new talent means we’re going to see some big pushes for young talent. It will not totally be “out with the old and in with the new” as some veterans provide great value such as John Cena and the part-timers. The one thing that is definitely interesting will be seeing which Superstars succeed and which will flounder with the even playing field creating new opportunity. We’ll look at eight specific wrestlers that will thrive and eight that will fail during the changes of the new era coming to the WWE.

16 Fail: Sheamus

via foxsports.com

15 Thrive: Sami Zayn

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14 Fail: Dana Brooke

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13 Thrive: Baron Corbin

via baron-corbin.net

12 Fail: The Vaudevillains

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11 Thrive: Bray Wyatt

via rollingstone.com

10 Fail: Tyler Breeze

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9 Thrive: Rusev

via wwe.com

8 Fail: Paige

via bleacherreport.com

7 Thrive: Finn Balor

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6 Fail: Randy Orton

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5 Thrive: Enzo and Big Cass

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4 Fail: Alberto Del Rio

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3 Thrive: Sasha Banks

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2 Fail: Dolph Ziggler

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1 Thrive: Kevin Owens

via wrestlezone.com

Kevin Owens is the first man since The Undertaker to have an appearance on every PPV in his first year in WWE and the only person to wrestle a match on each show. WWE has started to invest more into Owens as seen with his recent main event match against A.J. Styles on RAW. Owens should be considered the Money in the Bank match favorite with his momentum continuing every week. Many would argue KO is the most complete performer on the show today with highly entertaining promos and great matches each show. The sky is the limit for Kevin Owens and he is bound to become a future World Champion as a top star of the new era. He will thrive.

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