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The W - Pro Wrestling - Losing The Casual Fan
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Since: 3.1.02
From: Calgary

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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.96
The WWF(E) has lost the casual fan.

My boss, Norm, is a cool guy. He likes wrestling, like me. That's how we became friends. We talk about wrestling, usually about what happened on RAW & Smackdown. So, today at work I asked him "Hey Norm, are you gonna watch Armageddon?" and he said "Nah, WWE sucks. I ain't gonna watch until Austin or The Rock come back."

The WWF(E) has lost the casual fan. There are thousands like Norm across this great continent who've decided "Eh...I guess I'll go out tonight, wrestling sucks."

Depressing, is all.



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Since: 12.10.02
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I've got a whole group of friends that are casual wrestling fans. They stopped watching around the time of Austin's heel turn and Rocky leaving the first time. They came back in November when they heard Flair was in but in that space of time WCW/ECW had come and gone and so much had been rushed that they had no idea what the hell was going on.

All these restarts and constant shifts in direction kill the product for the casual fan. They just get frustrated and turn off the show.

During the hot period, especially after Russo left, there was a long burn on major storylines. There was always a sense that when a PPV was done, you pretty much knew where they were going the next month or two.
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Since: 22.3.02
From: Weymouth, Ma

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I thinks that a majority of casual fans were high school students like myself during the boom and as adulthood and social life took over most of us just dont have the time to sit and watch wrestling for 4 hours a week. I for one usually miss smackdown for work and raw usually sucks anyway so why stay and watch? As much as i enjoy wrestling it just doesnt match up against partying with friends or quality time with the girl.



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Since: 23.11.02
From: Summerville

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If your boss said he won't watch wrestling just because of 2 wrestlers he doesn't need to be watching wrestling at all. A true wrestling fan(including casual) will watch wrestling no matter how bad it is. I'll admit they don't have the best story lines right now but they are working on it and they are slow improving. I know when austin and the rock come back it will be better but i'm not going to stop watching it because of the rock and austin.



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Since: 2.1.02
From: Madison, WI

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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.22

    Originally posted by married at 20
    A true wrestling fan(including casual) will watch wrestling no matter how bad it is.


Untrue! This is the essence of the "casual fan": they watch wrestling when wrestling or a certain wrestler is popular, but will abandon it if the product sours or that wrestler leaves. "True casual fan" is a contradiction in terms.

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Since: 20.3.02
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    Originally posted by married at 20
    dude

    If your boss said he won't watch wrestling just because of 2 wrestlers he doesn't need to be watching wrestling at all. A true wrestling fan(including casual) will watch wrestling no matter how bad it is. I'll admit they don't have the best story lines right now but they are working on it and they are slow improving. I know when austin and the rock come back it will be better but i'm not going to stop watching it because of the rock and austin.



It's subjective as to what exactly a "true wrestling fan" is. Fans like what they like and, if the current wrestling product isn't providing them with what they like, then it's reasonable to assume they won't watch.

If the two most identifiable wrestling characters suddenly left television and weren't in any of the storylines, it's certainly understandable that a lot of people won't watch. If fans aren't getting what they want out of wrestling, that doesn't make them not "true wrestling fans." Hell, it might make them the truest fans of all, wanting WWE to strive for quality like it used to.

From my perspective, I won't support a wrestling program that serves only to destroy itself and wrestling all together, but that's just me.
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If someone doesn't like what they're watching, they'll stop watching it, true wrestling fan or not.



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