It seems quite a common viewpoint that this is the waning moments of the WWF "Attitude" era. Well, anyone think they know what's next? Territories gave way to Rock&Wrestling which gave way to Attitude which gives way, now to....????
Just looking for opines.
I'd also like to see the next "age" be one of more wrestling, but sports entertainment is gonna be around for a little while longer. New viewers who've only been exposed to modern sports entertainment will expect the backstage skits and extracirricular activities associated with modern wrestling as opposed to most of us on this board who've probably been fans more than 5,6,7,8 years or those of us who actually remember when wrestling was about wrestling.
So I see the next age of wrestling/WWF will be more sports entertainment oriented, moreso than in recent years. And with the WWF being the only true force on the wrestling scene, they're the ones who are going to dicate the wrestling trend and pander to the new viewers. I'm not saying a WWF alternative would be any better in regards to more wrestling vs. sports entertainment, but an alternative focusing on innovative in-ring action, or at the least less soap opera elements, could influence the WWF in altering its product, thus changing the trend (maybe).
But I don't see any alternative right now with that much clout or vision. I guess with anything pro wrestling we just have to wait and see.
The way I feel lately, it's starting to give way to me expanding my videotape collection of vintage NWA matches, and maybe occasionally watching RAW to see if they do anything with the midcard.
I don't think a wrestling-oriented emphasis will be back anytime soon, if ever.
Bill Savage went over to the (Stu Hart) house and one of the Hart kids was running around with his hair wet. Savage asked why his hair was wet. Stu said, "The little bastard broke a vase this morning, so I stuck his head in the toilet. Want me to show you again?" From the Ring Around the Northwest newsletter
WWF is still clearly trying to hold onto the Attitude/SportZ Entertainment era. I think when they switch to a new one we will see it. We would always see when a WCW era changed. For example from around 88-91 it was NWA/WCW. From 91-96 it was WCW. From 96-99 it was WCW/NWO(yes the logos clearly had WCW/NWO). Than from 99-01 it was WCW again except with the pointy new logo, and pretty much the end of it all. You can probably even divide eras of WCW even more specifically, but I think I got it right.
I think the Attitude era is best represented by the McMahon family's presence and presentation on WWF tv, the racier content, longer interviews, shorter matches, crash tv, etc. And if for whatever reason, the WWF split does happen(I still think it probably won't), then I think the Attitude Era will be officially over. Or it will be in one half.
"It is a strange fate that we suffer so much fear and doubt over so small a thing...such a little thing." -Boromir
This is probably the downfall era. I don't have a clever name for it. I'm guessing the wrestling fad will probably burn out within the next two years, much like it did in the early 90's, when we were treated to the gimmicky "genius" of Vince McMahon.
Originally posted by RudyI thought maybe it meant that us fans desired a better show. Since they were mining old U2 songs for awhile there, and missed the obvious "Desire", maybe they could go with "I still haven't found what I'm looking for".
Yeah, if you've watched lately, it's more like "stuck in a moment that you can't get out of".
Maybe it's just me, but it looked like that Austin/Hennig match tonight was squarely marketed at the "gimme wrestling" fans like the ones complaining in this thread. (Not saying that the complaining is bad.) Sure, you couldn't get out of Raw without some Spawts Entatainment, but it made for a little better balance to end the show, having just seen a match (with a CLEAN finish) based around an angle that involved a WRESTLING issue ("You eliminated me from the Royal Rumble! You interrupted my match! I just remembered these month-old loose-ties storylines!") as opposed to the stuff that followed it.
This whole Sports Entertainment thing sucks. I mean, I tried to watch Raw with my parents, both who were wrestling fans around the time Tito Santana was around. We sat there for about 25 mintues waiting for a match. My mom asked, "I thought this was a WRESTLING show?" We get a little wrestling, but when there are 3-4 matches in a 2 hour show...you know that there is a problem. Maybe they are trying to tell us the only way to get a wrestling show is the buy a PPV.
January 4th 1999 - The day WCW injected itself with 10 gallons of Liquid Anthrax...AKA...The day Hogan "Defeated" Nash to win the WCW title in front of 40,000.
http://www.thenewtnn.com/schedule/index.jhtml?day=1&zone=0 4:00 PM A-Team 069 - Body Slam Hulk Hogan asks his old friend B.A. for the A-Team's help against a mobster who is out to close down a youth center for no apparent reason.