Yeah see the attitude found in this thread is exactly what I feel is destroying WWE right now. Everyone here is ranking what is good and bad to them personally. The way to rank it is to ask the fans. What are fans (not) reacting to.
Look, no-one's tastes perfectly match what is successful. In any business venture, you have to learn to swallow that ego and listen to what the fans want, even if you hate it. That doesn't mean offer what you -think- is the generic steroypical "idiot" fan's desire. Actually listen to the fans with more respect than that.
The way to fix it isn't to put blinders on and say "the product is good". I've seen some very successful enterprises absolutely run into the ground because of that attitude.
Hey, root for whoever you want. I just think there's a lack of focus on the problem right now.
I can relate this to Doctor Who. I used to argue all the time with DW writers that they needed to focus on what made that show successful. In 1975 it drew 14 million viewers. By 1987, it was drawing about 3 million. All I kept hearing from the writers was "Well, WE like the product, who cares what the ratings say!" Show cancelled in 89. And they STILL to this DAY don't get it. Grrr.