I think I am done with WWE. I started watching over here in the UK in 1990 and haven't missed much in that time but I am really struggling to watch it now. Regardless of the in ring action, I just cannot watch the show with all of the zooming in and out on each punch thrown. I've got epilepsy and had an operation to cut a chunk of my brain out to try and fix it, which to date has been successful, but I can't watch the show with so many cuts between cameras and zooming in and out without worrying it is going to make it worse again.
Obviously not everyone is in my situation, but is it hard to watch for everyone as well? I just want to watch the match. In football I don't want the shot zoomed in as the striker is about to shoot or to add power to a tackle by shaking the camera as a tackle is made. Maybe in golf they should shake the camera when they tee off for added power? Swimming would be so much better with a camera going up and down and in and out of the water with each stroke so we could appreciate what they are doing?
Or maybe we could just watch the action as it happens?!
I have loved watching wrestling all these years so can only hope AEW do things properly so I can continue watching it. Apologies for the rant about things that won't effect the vast majority of you, but I have reached my limits!
I don't suffer the same condition, but even I find the overuse of cross-cutting to be a real problem for me. It's super jarring and disorienting, which is maybe what they're going for, but I still don't like it. Like, they never used to do that, and everything still came across just fine. I don't know what makes them think this is better.
So yeah, it's hard for me to watch sometimes, too. I don't think anybody blames you for taking a pass on that.
It's something they started doing during the original Shield beat downs. Or was it Nexus? I don't recall. Back then it added to the chaos. "We don't know which way to look for all the action OMG!"
Now they shift and switch all the time and it's annoying and makes it look like a bad action movie. My wife doesn't have your situation but is a bit sensitive to it too and tunes out many times. Sorry to hear that's the reason you can no longer enjoy a life long passion. I'm sure the mediocre product (at best) doesn't help either.
I remember reading somewhere that they want the wrestlers to work a lot less stiff with their kicks and punches because of all the concussion and brain trauma stories that have come out. So because of this (and everyone having HD on their TV's these days) they have to change camera angles every half second to create an illusion of actual contact.
I've been pretty close to done for a while - don't have cable, so any Raw/Smackdown I see is in YouTube highlight form. I was watching the PPVs, but MITB is the first where I watched one match - the womens MITB (okay, and Bayley's cash-in) and haven't gone back for the rest. I've even slowed down on NXT - I love NXT and I love every Takeover, but week-to-week I'm just not into it as much. There are faces I'm excited for - mostly Mia, Bianca, and Dakota Kai - but I'm just kinda bored with it all. And there's a giant chunk of me that thinks they'll screw them up when they get to the main roster and Mia will be sitting next to Mickie James in catering.
Even without the Saudi connection, even that show is stacked to be so... boring. Why do I want to watch Lars beat three luchadors again? Why are we supposed to be so obsessed with damn Baron Corbin?
I am excited by the prospects of AEW and excited by the prospects of people like Moxley being able to give a damn and have fun again. I'm excited to not have a show so poorly timed and written, wrestlers being able to craft their own promos and not read scripts written by an old man, and oh my god yes the horrible crazy camera stuff. It's fresh, it is different, is has room to grow... and TNT seems to be very behind it if TNT's social media is any sign of it. I'm excited to see it grow, even if it has a few stumbles, instead of just putting up with the giant that has been sleeping and farting out Baron Corbin matches for a few years.
I haven't bothered to watch RAW or SD with any regularity in a few years now. I simply just look up results. MITB was the first special event I missed in a long time since before the network launched. That said, I don't see WWE doing anything special until at least when AEW starts doing TV and possibly not until they start pulling in decent ratings. Who knows how long that may take. In any event, I just want everything to be entertaining and WWE sure as hell isn't it in this form.
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I've rarely watched WWE since the Nexus angle. The production style is certainly part of the reason for me. Its hard to put a handle on what rubs me the wrong way about it (lighting too bright? the neon colors? something about how they shoot the crowd?), but it gives me a headache and makes me want to turn it off after a couple of minutes.
I suspect those aspects are designed to make the arena experience better for people watching in person. (For example, the entrance ramp looks pretty lame on TV, but is a cool visual when viewed from the stands. When I went to a show I found Jinder Mahal's red carpet visual to be pretty rad.)
On the general subject of dissatisfaction with the product overall, we might need to assess our expectations a bit. I get that we all want the shows that have all the best wrestlers in the world on them to be, you know, good, but I don't know why any of us expect RAW and Smackdown to be anything other than what they've been for the last 20 (ouch) years.
The truth is that WWE puts out about 3 hours of extremely high-quality wrestling programming every week. It's just on the Network. NXT, NXT UK, and 205 Live have got all the stuff that people want RAW and Smackdown to have; we should really just watch them instead. Put them on instead of RAW, spend the exact same amount of time watching wrestling, then enjoy the shows and feel good. The closest any of us got to that feeling watching RAW was when we all got to spend a week shitting on the Viking Experience (a mediocre theme restaurant with surprisingly good wings). Additionally, most of those shows have less jarring production, and the guys in NXT are allowed to have fun, interesting entrances.
I am very glad to see it is not just me that is fed up with WWE, regardless of reasons. All of these reasons are very valid and I wish it was different, but I don't see it changing for me so can only hope it will for the rest of you who have watched for a ridiculous amount of years! Fingers crossed. I will follow online results and still give my (poor) predictions each month and look forward to being able to watch WWE again when I hear things have changed.
More chance of me winning a lottery prize - and I don't even enter!
I've been mostly done for a long time now. I got rid of WWE Network and the sports package that includes Sportsnet One (so, Raw and SD) sometime last summer. Haven't regretted it, though I miss NXT somewhat - but does it matter? Those guys will just get called up and wasted anyway.
I could go through the list of why I quit, but it's the same as you've heard a million times - stale characters, scripted promos, nauseating camera cuts, nauseating Saudi deal, no consistency to characters, terrible overproduced announcing, Vince and Linda's association with Trump. I'd like to point to the Trump and Saudi reasons as proof of my fine moral compass but the truth is I'd find a justification to keep watching if the shows themselves weren't hot garbage.
I saw Mania, which was a great 4 hour show spread over 8 hours or whatever it was, and the following night's Raw, which was nothing special. And I watched that deal with Bret Hart and Tom Magee, which was fun.