KEY POINTS

  • WWE seems to be in trouble of going into a star-less era
  • Edge shares his thoughts on how hard it is to get over these days
  • The Hall of Famer sympathizes with the younger stars of the company

In the land of professional wrestling, what gets you over (the wrestling term for being "popular") with the crowd is as confusing as ever.

Some acts require a performer to eat worms and smash a clock over his head before entering the ring.

In recent years, WWE has had difficulty in growing its young talent into bona fide stars due to the social media era.

Superstars have had to mix their pro-wrestling persona alongside their personal life as the lines have fully blurred to the point that fans think that most social media posts are just a way of generating traction for an ongoing storyline.

Unless the superstars themselves mention that it’s not a promo, only then fans will come around to the fact that it’s just the superstars enjoying a day off from being their on-screen persona.

As a guest on "The Kurt Angle Show," Edge shared his sentiments on why younger performers are not going over like they used to in past eras and how he sympathized in their struggles.

“I do appreciate the different set of circumstances that talent have to try to get themselves over in nowadays because I think it’s more difficult. I really, really do and having come back now and seeing it first hand, I’m like wow, this is harder to try and present your story and your character because the format has changed due to necessity,” he said.

He later clarified what he meant by the increased difficulty, saying that it’s really hard for those who are entering the industry because they don’t have that same body of work that he and other legends in the industry do.

“I can’t fully grasp what you’re having to encounter because I’m not at that stage in my career at the same time, but I can at least give you some guidelines and some tent-poles to help you feel like you’re not drowning,” Edge stated.

One clear example of this is WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns.

Roman Reigns Roman Reigns reacts during to the WWE Live Duesseldorf event at ISS Dome in Duesseldorf, Germany, Feb. 22, 2017. Photo: Lukas Schulze/Bongarts/Getty Images

The WWE Universe unanimously rejected Reigns as soon as The Shield was disbanded, and it took him years before WWE realized they were wasting his talent as a babyface.

Turning Reigns heel was the best thing that the promotion could do for his character as he has made Friday Night Smackdown the must-watch show in the company today.

Young stars on the main roster like Riddle, Damian Priest, Elias and T-Bar are in danger of becoming stale acts that fans will sour over if the writers don’t handle their storylines correctly.

Getting over with the crowd has never been this hard before, and some of its younger stars found success elsewhere, much like how Aleister Black (now wrestling under the name Malakai Black) has experienced heights in his career that were reminiscent of his run with WWE’s NXT brand.

With fans becoming more and more connected with the product through social media, the pressure is on for WWE to create stars as nostalgia acts will not be sustainable enough for them moving forward