When the possibility of wrestling returning to its mid-1980s or turn-of-the-21st century peaks of popularity is discussed, the need for star power always comes up. The idea that WWE “just” needs to find stars like Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan, or develop the next Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin, is attractive. But as the last 20 years have proven, it’s also easier said than done.
While answering a question about the WWE Draft during a virtual panel for New York Comic-Con recently, Triple H revealed he thinks those stars are already in place. But the Executive Vice-President doesn’t think it’s quite time to pull the trigger on their WrestleMania XV moment yet:
“The Draft is always an exciting time because it creates these - I think in some ways the fantasy moments. Like, I’ll be honest I don’t want to see Drew McIntyre and Roman Reigns yet. I would love to see that percolate because I think that a couple of years down the road Roman Reigns versus Drew McIntyre is a Hulk Hogan/Ric Flair scenario, is a Rock/Stone Cold Steve Austin scenario, and you don’t want to hit that before it peaks. That’s what makes the draft so exciting to me is those moments in time where you were like, ‘well, what if?’ and then ‘what if’ becomes a reality.”
Now, The Game is a promoter, and this is him in promoter mode. But while I’d hesitate to group a feud between the current version of Roman Reigns & Drew McIntyre’s characters in with four of the best to ever step into a ring, the thought of the arrogant Tribal Chief vs. the fighting Scot is very intriguing. We’ve seen Roman vs. Drew before, but not like this.
Could it be Rock vs. Stone Cold? Probably not. But not for lack of a compelling story or the ability of the performers.
And while I agree with Trips about letting something that potentially big “percolate,” you don’t want to wait too long. Injuries and other things have a way of ruining the best laid plans. You also don’t want to run the risk of waiting too long... which is basically what happened when Hogan and Flair feuded in the mid-90s instead of five years earlier.
Let us know what you think of a potential Reigns/McIntyre program, whether you think it would make wrestling “cool” again or not.
H/T: Fightful for quote transcription