Not that this matters to anyone other than me, but I think I'm done watching wrestling for awhile.
I've been a hardcore fan since '89 of all wrestling. I usually watch every Monday and Thursday and did so with WCW as well.
This past Monday I taped RAW to watch even though it was close enough to my hometown I could have gotten tickets. I just didn't want to.
I watched RAW and just got this apathetic feeling. I think it might have something to do with the continued irreversable damage done to the Kane character (always one of my favorites) and the fact that Christian and Jericho (my two favorites at the moment) are jobbing to a crippled non-wrestler.
I realize that the creative team will not be putting forth any shows, storylines or matches that I want to see.
On Thursday, I didn't even think of watching Smackdown. It never even crossed my mind, I just forgot about it for the first time in forever.
I will still come to the board most likely and if the product ever sounds good again I may tune in. But for now, I think I'm done.
I don't have a Nielson box, so it doesn't hurt the rating. I have only bought three PPVs in my life (Rumble 96, WMXII and Invasion) so I won't hurt there either.
The only reason I am even writing this is for a sense of closure as all of my friends who watched wrestling (numbering a little over 30 actually) have already stopped. I was the last.
I've kind of had that apathetic feeling for a while now. I often find myself just pacing around or reading during RAW or SmackDown now. I pay attention when someone I REALLY like is on (Jericho, Van Dam, Benoit, Angle, Lesnar, or Cena). But other than that, I'm usually busying myself and just glance through the show. The only shows I REALLY watch and scrutinize now are the PPVs. Other than that, it's usually a take it or leave it thing.
I don't think I'll ever fully stop watching. The habit is just too big for me. Plus, there's always the chance of me missing a huge angle or a classic ***** match. I've come close to stopping at certain points. The closest I got was the RAW that opened with Hurricane showing footage of him wearing a Triple H mask and getting Triple H's head (along with other objects) pulled out of his ass. It was just one of those moments that made me think "Vince really thinks we're all idiots, doesn't he?", and I just turned off the TV for the rest of the night. But, I still found myself tuning into SmackDown that Thursday.
Oh well. I figure, if I could last through the era of Bastion Booger and Diesel as World Champion for a whole year, I can sure as hell last through this.
Isn't it just sad that it is getting so bad that people are just not careing anymore. I guess lossing WCW was a bad thing, look at it WWE has lost so much of it greatness at this time. Raw big problem is all the bad wrestler on it, the good ones are getting held back. It either a sad thing or a good thing that women wrestler are better then most of the men on Raw.
Great Muta is a wrestling GOD!! praise the Great Muta.
You've watched wrestling since '89. You've sat through perhaps the worst era for the WWF in their history-95 to 97, the era of terrible gimmicks, Mabel, Diesel, the Clique and tag-team death. And you're getting turned off by programming that is apathetic at WORST, and getting better all the time.
Sounds like it's not the WWE's fault that you stopped watching, really.
Heck, depending on where you live...head over to watch some indy shows. They can be better than WWF stuff, and you get to see up & coming guys before they're superstars and you have to shell out big bucks for 'em.
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I had similar feelings for a while in 2001 or 2002. I had cable TV disconnected (I guess I was disenchanted with TV in general), thus depriving myself of Raw. I had a local UPN affiliate, and would tune in Smackdown, but would typically find something else to do. This was around the time that Hogan came back -- I wonder if that contributed to my attitude. Those ten-minute pops got on my nerves.
Eventually I moved to an area in which I have friends who are wrestling fans. Now I watch with other people, which is a lot more rewarding. In fact, if I didn't have that social element, then I might very well stop watching altogether.
while the product is not near where i want it i still feel compelled to watch. its going on 20 years of watching for me and if i stopped i d feel like part of my life's intrests were gone. so i dotn feel its so bad that i stopn watching something i enjoy and they still pull out shit i lie (ie: benoit-hardy form sd was great along with the angle handicap match)
the only things that REALLY bug me is A: there was such great booking in 98/99 and the talent roster now is lightyears ahead(maybe not all in personalities but still) and they seem to book the shit(to much macmohns)
B: if a macmahn's have to be on tv why in the blue hell is stephanie on instead of ashane. she has zero talent in terms of on screen character in my opinon while shane was entertainging in ring and character. i know shane wants to be behind sceanes but still it sucks.
sorry about bad spelling, family is having a beer-b-que
Originally posted by oldschoolheroYou've watched wrestling since '89. You've sat through perhaps the worst era for the WWF in their history-95 to 97, the era of terrible gimmicks, Mabel, Diesel, the Clique and tag-team death. And you're getting turned off by programming that is apathetic at WORST, and getting better all the time.
Sounds like it's not the WWE's fault that you stopped watching, really.
I think it's a stretch to say the product is getting better all the time. This week's RAW was the worst in a while, and Smackdown is just getting worse by the week. Moreover, the problem is not that the WWE today is worse that it was in 1995 (it's most certainly better), but rather given the assortment of talent the company has today, the low quality of product that has been provided. This is a company with Benoit, Eddie, Jericho, Ultimo Dragon, Rey Mysterio, Jamie Noble, Tajiri, Kurt Angle, TBDTTP, Kanyon, Spanky, Booker T, RVD etc, the list goes on, and so far has provided exactly 3 four star matches (and I think Angle/Lesnar is pushing it at 4 stars) and MAYBE 2 satisfying feuds. My problem, and I'm guessing minextoo's, is the great gap between how good the product could be and how boring it is.
After returning to a basic cable package six months ago, I thought that I would miss the WWE. But Hey, I was wrong.
I do continue to read the dirt sheets and this newsboard. From what I read, I see that nothing has really changed.
HHH is still the Raw Champ (Big Surprise); up and coming wrestling talents are still underutilised and the writing team is still lacklustre in its creativity and story directions. I guess with no real competition on the horizon as of yet, this does not suprise me. After all, a Lada is a good buy if all you can buy are Ladas. (Hmm, kind of funny, I did not see one Lada when I was in Cuba, and that was two years ago...I digress).
I am happy to read that Stone Cold is back still doing his thing without being on an active wrestling roster. Face it, the guy is more of an icon than HHH will ever be. Vince MacMahon owes his incorporation to him. He brought the popularity of wrestling to a still unmatched level; something HHH, Michaels or Hart cannot take credit for or even approach.
I am also pleased Kurt Angle (Smackdown) is still around, but I do have to question the risk he is taking regarding his neck injuries.
I will keep reading to see if the state of professional wrestling has improved. Till then, I wish the Nielson ratings well.
The haves haven't got a clue - Eddie Vedder (2002)
Nope. WWE now encourages their wrestlers to take 3rd party bookings if it doesn't conflict with their WWE schedules. It happens everytime business is down. Last big time I remember was Mick Foley (as Cactus Jack)