Though much has been made of the kind of wrestlers WWE choose to push to their product's forefront (the average age of a Survivor Series 2017 main event competitor was 40.5 years, lest we forget), there's no denying that their talent pool is currently stuffed with potential.
WWE's inability to build new stars comes not from a lack of options. There are literally dozens of potential headliners throughout Raw, SmackDown, and NXT, and many more locked away in the Performance Center. Seats are the top table are limited, of course, and plenty prospects will fall away in time, but if their employers' star-making machine wasn't so damaged, each would have a legitimate shot of surging all the way to the top.
2017 saw the likes of Braun Strowman, Alexa Bliss, and Andrade 'Cien' Almas break out. Success came with varying levels of difficulty, but each took the foundations laid in 2016 and used them as the first building blocks towards what turned out to be a career-defining year. They have arrived, and their accomplishments show it's still possible to spring up WWE's broken ladder.
In 2018, it's this group's turn...