2kNikk wrote:Honestly, stop bitching about modern wrestling. It's not 2007 and you don't sound cool bashing the WWE now, just stupid.
Maybe I'm just different than most people here. I never hopped on the indy wrestling bandwagon in the formative years of the 21st century, and I don't think CM Punk is the greatest wrestler in the business today.
I see guys like Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, Ambrose, and Seth Rollins that have a lot of talent, but for one reason or another just haven't resonated with the wrestling audience quite in the way guys like Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Steve Austin, and the Rock once did or even guys more comparable like Malenko, Jericho, Benoit, and Eddie Guerrero.
I like them, but I'm not compelled to watch the product just because they're on TV. They put on great matches, don't get me wrong, but I can watch those great matches along with tons of others randomly on youtube. I don't have to follow the WWE product to enjoy a Daniel Bryan match. No one ever said these guys couldn't wrestle. The problem is they don't compell me to watch the product as a whole. A lot of this is because they're just not on the same talent level as the aforementioned main event and midcard legends of the past. Even moreso I think is due to the differences in the way WWE is booked these days compared to the past.
The product is so homogenized and dumbed down. There's no serious competition for WWE, and through merchandise sales and other ventures, they've become this huge corporate machine that spits out prepackaged talent out of a blender. Storylines and promos are all scripted by hollywood writers and there's no sense of innovation or differentiation as a result. WWE is being booked as if it were appealing to an audience who had never watched a wrestling program before, while those of us who have been watching for years can only groan whenever 41 year-old Big Show comes out of the curtain as a surprise challenge to Brock Lesnar.
For the wrestling fan, WWE rarely does anything surprising. It's a neutered form of the same concepts that they've been working off of for the better part of 17 years and rather than attempt to evolve in an appeal to the older, smarter wrestling fan much as they morphed from the kid-friendly WWF in the early 90s to the more in-your-face WWF of the late 90s to the first two or three years of the 2000s, their in-ring product has almost alienated that fan base entirely. The product feels massively stale and a company that was once so famous for having its fingertips on the heart of American culture has no idea how to produce a relevant product and has in effect retreated within itself to become an almost self parody, reminding us every week that they are the "longest running weekly episodic television show in TV history" and that their show caused 2419 tweets about Randy Orton. It's almost as if through these moronic revelations week in and week out, that they're almost trying to convince us or more likely themselves that they're still relevant.
Don't get me wrong, WWE does a lot of good for the long-time wrestling fan through their extensive back-catalog of wrestling content often released on-demand or on DVD as well as the upcoming WWE Network in addition to things almost entirely geared towards the wrestling fan such as the Hall of Fame ceremony which is a three hour awards show where you do nothing but listen to old guys tell stories all night long.
It's just that in terms of their in-ring product, they've essentially given up on catering to the old wrestling fan demographic, having lost them to MMA or other sporting events like the NBA or NFL. They're targeting their efforts towards children and their gimmicks, storylines, and brain-dead commentary reflect this entirely, and let me emphasize that all the talent in the world won't fix the larger issues in that the company, while immensely successful, just doesn't have guys like me in mind when they book their shows.