Note: This was an article I wrote BEFORE No Way Out, of 2008. When I wrote this, the Shawn Michaels v. Ric Flair match was not officially confirmed. I just felt that since this was originally suppose to be my first article, I'd still post it for everyone to see. One on One with Will: Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to my first official article for Wrestlezone. Please allow me to state openly and up front, any views, opinions, statements, or remarks that I make are my own and have no connection to anyone from the website. Any offensive nature, or outlandish remarks that are said by me, are out of my own accord. Now then, on with the first topic. Out With The Old, Who Knew? by TheOneBigWill Its more than apparent that in today's Wrestling industry, the top two companies (World Wrestling Entertainment, and Total Non-Stop Action) are out to best serve their own personal needs and goals. However, at what cost will that effect them in the long run? Its been said in recent weeks that W.W.E. is being naive and even blind by not "pushing" their younger talent, but instead continuing to give top spots, and high profile storylines to their older talent, that are for the better part with one foot out the door, on the highway to retirement. The perfect and prime example of all of this, would be the current Ric Flair storyline/angle. In which Ric Flair must win, in some manner, each of his following matches otherwise he must retire. Now the question truly needs to be asked, Why? Why would you push someone his age, on an undefeated streak? Much less over your best top, young, talent? Now please understand I'm holding a great deal of respect for the man that basically paved the way for a lot of the newer talent. However, there comes a time when the proverbial "torch" must be handed down to someone who will continue to be the Golden ticket, so to speak, to continue carrying the company in years to come. Ric Flair is one year and some change away from being 60 years old, (according to Wikipedia) so I ask the question again. Why continue to allow someone, who has a great risk of literally falling dead in a Professional Wrestling Ring, the ability to get clean victories over your fresh, young and future talent? Talent like M.V.P., and Mr. Kennedy? Who by definition of "New Breed" are the two top guys who seem set and primed to take the reigns of the company, for the future of its business. I understand that when you compare all the storylines that are currently happening right now, this one isn't exactly "the" main storyline, however the shear fact that it is held in such a high light, and added onto that, Ric Flair hasn't really been challenged remotely by anyone from his generation, or the generation after him. All of that basically leads to saying, in the W.W.E.'s mind, they feel a 60 year old man still can go out, and out perform better than the talent they're assumably going to hand the company over to, to lead them into the future. In other words, to put a fine point on it. W.W.E. is NOT comfortable with assuming their new batch of talent, can be anything that their 80's version was. And to be quite honest, to me, thats a direct slap in the face of anyone who is under the age of frankly, 35, who believes they could be anything big in Professional Wrestling. Now to put and ending on this specific part of my discussion, I'm not saying Ric Flair doesn't deserve his tremendously fair share of respect for everything he's done. And whether any of you like it, or dislike it, there will NEVER be another man like him. He has set standards in Pro Wrestling, and he has been a cornerstone in this industry, that will never be forgotten. But that simply leaves me with the original point, why continue to push someone who's already made a name for themselves, when you can instead take this golden opportunity, to push your newer, unknown even, talent. To allow them to build their own legacy, instead of continuing to pad an already great one. Now this slowly connects with the next topic, or rather issue, that I have with the Old vs. New story. And that is, the rumors of Shawn Michaels being the one, who'll in time, possibly at Wrestlemania, be the man to "end" Ric Flair's career. Once again, I find myself simply asking, Why? Shawn Michaels at this point in his career will undoubtably go into the Hall of Fame for just as many legendary accomplishments as Ric Flair, so why allow him the highlight of "ending" Ric Flair's legacy? To me, this is something that should've by all intensive purposes happened 10 years ago, when Shawn Michaels was still on top of the World Wrestling Federation (at the time) and Ric Flair, by all means, should've been on his last leg then. It should've been then, that they allowed the "torch" to be passed to Shawn Michaels, but instead, they've prolonged this issue.. in which the guys from the 80's never truly passed anything to hardly anyone from the 90's, and now, when guys from the 90's should truly be preparing to pass everything to the next Generation of stars, we seem to be a decade behind in how things should be. So if you ask me personally, with all the respect in the world to guys like Ric Flair, and Shawn Michaels. I simply don't feel either one, should be allowed the ability in doing this, when its only hurting the younger talent, by more or less causing them to slowly age themselves.. and rot in the midcard section, without any purpose, or direction. Now, the one difference that I definately want to point out, is Shawn Michaels still has the ability to go out in front of millions and put on a show that can even eclipse that of any of the new talent on the current roster. Ric Flair doesn't have that ability anymore, because times have changed, and what he once did that captivated an audience, no longer even makes them cheer or boo any longer. In todays world, unfortunately most of the wrestling viewers will take your average Ric Flair match and use it for a bathroom break, or merchandise run. That should speak volumes to the company, about why they need to end this angle, instead of continuing to draw it out, just so it can end on their "Biggest Show of the Year."