World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) WrestleMania 32 Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal had to have something special considering it was following the insane “Hell in a Cell” about between Shane McMahon and The Undertaker. WWE did just about right by making Shaquille O’Neal as the surprise entrant in the match. However, with so many wrestling talents the company has at its disposal, Shaq’s place would have been better utilized by having a professional wrestler compete in his place.
The company’s disregard for its own talent was highlighted even more when veteran Diamond Dallas Page made his entry into the bout. Although the man received a huge pop from the crowd at the AT&T arena in Arlington, Texas, the company played its cards wrong by bringing in a man who has no future to offer to the wrestling promotion. With the severe lack of main event superstars, WWE needs to use matches like “Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal” to push new-age wrestling stars.
Shaquille O’Neal did make a WrestleMania moment while sharing the wrestling ring with the Big Show. But, this will only remain as a moment in the history books for the company rather than something which will help WWE in the future.
Shaq didn’t even get some wrestling time in the match as he was quickly dispensed by the rest of the wrestlers who ganged up on the basketball legend. The idea of him being featured on the Grand Daddy of Them All was solely on the fact that the company did not have a good creative going into this year’s WrestleMania.
The question which will persist is how long can Vince McMahon and his creative team thought of surviving by feeding success of the part-time wrestlers and other celebrities? If WWE continues to apply this formula, they will soon be devoid of main event talent and top quality superstars who will carry the company in the future.
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