WWE NXT is a show that really should have been cancelled 2 seasons ago. It did not live up to the expectations and hype it was given. However, the show is still going on WWE.com and airs on internationally syndicated markets outside of the United States. If you haven't been watching NXT since the first/second season, or have never watched it - then I recommend you change your mind and give it a try. It's worth the watch. The wrestlers are really green, poor on the mic (most of them) and not ready for the opportunity. The show provides so many great laughs... If you are wrestling fan then you won't be able to take your eyes off of the trainwreck that is WWE NXT. Don't Miss it.
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What can be said about pro-wrestling, you simply love it or hate it. I don't think at a single point in my life have i ever met someone who has sat on the fence when it has come to their opinion of fully grown men grappling eachother, in outfits that would make a Chippendale blush.
I myself have always fallen into the love category and that in itself is a very risky business. Try explaining and defending your views infront of your friends, who certainly don't feel the same way, and you're going to be on the wrong end of a roasting. But for someone like myself and others like me, sometimes you simply cannot describe what makes it so endearing. Sure we know its scripted and fake and hideously corny the majority of the time, but then again so are soap operas and movies and just about every other form of programming on television.
So why the prejudice towards wrestling, why the distaste and the turned up noses. Well ultimately it boils down to a number of things. The fake aspect is certainly a contributing factor, for although pro wrestling has never made any bones about the fact thats its 'pre-determined' and its 'entertainment' as apposed to 'sport', people in a way still feel as if pro wrestling is attempting to undemine them. As if it is trying to cheat them in some way. Ask the average person in the street if they like wrestling and in the majority of instances they will say no. Why? Because it is fake, pure and simple. And because people are so caught up on this notion it in a way prevents them from giving wrestling a chance or even attempting to enjoy it. Give wrestling half a chance though, observing it with tongue firmly in cheek, and you will notice that all pre-conceptions surrounding wrestling can be discarded within a matter of minutes. Watch half a televised wrestling match or indulge in one of the nonsensical story lines and you realise exactly what pro-wrestling is all about.........theatre. Approach it with a negative attitude and you certainly will not get any enjoyment out of it, approach with an open mind however and you will love every minute. The pageantry, the pantomime, the overacting, the grandeur, all provide such a spectacle i defy anyone, willing to give wrestling the chance, not to find themselves getting caught up in it all. Wrestling knows it shouldn't be taken to seriously and thats what most people fail to realise. They assume its campy nonsense, but think it is trying to pass itself off as hardcore, serious drama, which it simply isn't. Watch a storyline segment or witness the overacting in one of the matches and it is undoubtedly clear that wrestling is completely in on the joke, and thats what they want you to understand.
The other major notion preventing more widespead appeal, is this image of immaturity and childishness connected with the industry. People take one look at the costumes, and the bright lights and the larger than life personalities and simply assume that this is a product that only someone still in their nappies could get any enjoyment out of. And to an extent i can understand their arguements. In recent years the major player in the wrestling industry, the WWE, has really promoted this youthful, family orientated image. But the reason for this promotion is partly down to the stereotypes surrounding it. Why should the industry attempt to prove its critics wrong, when instead they can simply pander to a market that is being handed by society to them on a plate. Stroll into any top shop or game shop and you will no doubt be bombarded with wrestling orientated merchandise, everything from action figures to water flasks to even face masks. It is all there, every childs possible wish, and it is all arranged to eat into their parents wallet. All because society is telling them that this is where pro-westling should be.
A few years ago however, specifically around the late 90's and early 2000's the wrestling industry deserted this premise. Tough competition between competing organisations such as the WWE, WCW and ECW meant that securing ratings was essential in maintaining an edge over one another. In attempts to generate more viewers the WWE and to an extent WCW took a page out of ECW'S book, which at the time set themselves apart from the other two organisations by marketing their product as 'extreme'. This meant their storylines carried more adult themes, and the action within the ring was far more violent than anything available offered by WWE or WCW. Surprisingly this new violent culture caught on and generated an extensive following in ECW. Unfortunately ECW as an enitity was very unstable and poorly managed, and was never really able to do this new product justice. The largers companies however realised that their business models were far more capable of providing a platform for this new content, and began fully integrating it into their programming. The WWE even changing their rating from TV PG to TV-14.
During this period the wrestling industry hit its peak and enjoyed perhaps its biggest viewership since its inception, with a single non-wrestling segment parodying 'This Is Your Life' broadcast on one of WWE's weekly televised show's 'Raw', achieving an 8.1 rating during primetime. This influx in viewers demonstrated that wrestling had the capability to appeal to an older audience, with the 14 to 21 demograph rising substantially. Naturally ratings steadily decreased in the ensuing years, partly because the product wore off and partly because alot of the people who grew up with the product at that time or appreciated the product at that time got older and lost interest. I do believe their is a celing age to which one can leave wrestling and move on, simply because like most sitcoms and tv series the product will eventually wear on you. But in that respect, alot of people believe the wrestling industry works in cycles and before too long the industry will again evolve into a different product, refreshing and updating itself, to appeal to new viewers. Think of it as a soap opera. Everyone has udoubtedly watched them, but does so in intermittent stages, losing interest for a while and then tuning back in again when storylines and the shows general direction freshen up. This applies in the same way to pro-wrestling.
Now i know i have praised wrestling for its pageantry elements and discarded it as a 'sport', but take a look beneath all the varnish and you begin to truly appreciate the athleticism involved. Yes it is scripted and match outcomes are pre-determined, but what goes on in the ring and the risks these guys are prepared to take just to entertain us is simply phenominal. This is what really keeps us watching as viewers, witnessing a well crafted match with great chemisty between participants, mixed with excellent story telling and pacing is just a wonderful form of entertainment. Wrestlers as atheletes are simply not praised enough. Ever bare witness to a shooting star press or a 450 splash and your mouth will truly hit the floor at what these guys are capable of.
In the end the wrestling industry has always been a passion of mine, a pleasure that i have guiltily hidden from social circles for the majority of my life. But give it a chance, embrace it as you would any other form of entertainment and you simply cannot find yourself not enjoying it to some degree. Well maybe not the the tight spandex, but everything else you will relish.
I fell in love with wrestling as a child from the moment I first rented out a WWF video. The stars on parade including the legendary Hulk Hogan, The Ultimate Warrior, the Boss Man, Brutus The Barber, Rick The Model Martel and so many others.
The basic premise of wrestling is of course two people square off in a squared ring where typically the victor is the who who manages to pin the shoulders down of the opponent, makes the other wrestler submit, is disqualified, or is counted out.
Now of course it soon becomes apparent that wrestling is choreographed not least because some of what is coming next is obvious but also of course, no one would walk away from some of the bone crunching, neck snapping moves which are executed.
However what makes wrestling so compelling, or at least as far as I am concerned is the high flying moves, the spectacular moves which occur in the ring. As well as this, the ever changing unpredictable story lines are also another aspect of intrigue.
Wrestling is a spectacular theatre of choreographed violence but the personalities, the action and the story lines give it it's fascination. WWF (now known as WWE) is not the only wrestling federation but it is the most popular and indeed even if you hate wrestling, some of the wrestlers are indeed true athletes.
For those who consider wrestling boring I recommend they watch some of the Hardy Boys ladder matches which were a fantastic showcase for the abilities they possess.
If you couldn't tell from a lot of my other reviews, I am a big wrestling fan, and I have been since I was young. I grew up on the WWF attitude era, before WWF became WWE some years ago.
I will admit that WWE and Professional Wrestling on a whole is not the same as it used to be, many things have changed and lots of wrestlers have come and gone, some for the better lol.
These days WWE is still a strong, reputable company in the world of sports entertainment, still a multi-billion dollar company and still something I love to watch. WWE is still the number one in sports entertainment, no matter what the competitors do.
I don't think WWE will ever be able to revive the glory days of the attitude era, but some of the old wrestlers are still going, like The Undertaker and HHH, and there is plenty of hot new talent to keep your eye on, including Evan Bourne, Drew McIntyre and Shamus.
WWE has passed its top days, but is far from dead and anyone with even a slight interest in wrestling will enjoy watching WWE as its not just wrestling, but storylines, jokes, skits, wits and emotions. Think of it almost like your favorite soap opera, but with people actually getting into fights all the time, whats not to love?
WWE World Wrestling Entertainment is like marmite. You either love it or hate it. Now alot of people will agree and disagree with me on liking wwe.
Quite simply i love it, and yes everyone knows its fake We know thats but then is eastenders real? Its no different it has a story line and its entertainment and i personally think it can be some of the best entertainment going.
there have been times when ive been sitting watching Monday night raw Crying with laughter because of some line that a superstar has come out with.
We know that these guys know whos going to win we know they cut there selves with blades to make them bleed but we still watch it and love it.
The best years were definatly from 1999-2004 but i do still watch it when i can.
At the end of the day love it or hate it know one can deny how succsessful this company is and know one would not like Vince McMahons bank account or any of the wrestlers for that matter.
The WWE has been a large piece of my life down the years, but over the last 2 years, i've become tired of the product overall, and really, maybe just burned out, about the amount of shows/PPV's you have to catch up with these days. I can't believe i've watched so little of it, but i still believed it is a great brand of sports-entertainment that can watched by all ages.
Maybe it's because i have other commitments now, and i have to say that's a definite yes. However, there's just something that just doesn't attract me about it anymore. My interests peaked in both the early-90s and late-90s-early 2000s. The WWE has done very well since it's financial downturn in the mid-90s, but their more mature product, brought on by the the "Attitude Era" in 1998, it has now become rather stale, as maybe it has become complacent. Not many of the storylines and new talent have enthused me. The storylines lines and rosters are all over the place, and it just becomes rather complicated, and then you're seeing the same match-ups again and again.
One problem has been the lack of competition since the WWF (WWE's former name)bought out WCW, and ECW, going out of business at around the same time. The nearest rival, has of late, made important strides to challenge the WWE, and healthy competition is what the WWE needs.
Another problem over recent years, has been different wrestlers appearing on the different show like Raw, Smackdown and ECW. This has happenend since the 2002 brand split. This was fair at the time, following the large roster in-take from the de-funct WCW & ECW, but it's just dragged on and on, taking with it, the value of the World Championship belts, as there's 3 of them, and 2 tag team titles etc. Add to that, you have characters/gimmicks like John Cena and David Batista, who you just can get behind as much as your Stone Cold, your Rock or your Hulk Hogan.
What i miss about the old wrestling, back in the 80's and early 90's everything was slower-paced and there were only 3-5 PPV's a year. "Wrestlemania" is still a massive event, but some of the other major PPV's like "Summerslam" have suffered from the likes of having 12 PPV's a year, it can sometimes feel too ordinary, as your used to the big events.
I liked it when it was more slower-paced. You could have 2-3 shows a week but only 1 would headline main event stars together, while in the other shows, it would mostly be established stars versus "jobbers". Jobbers are wrestlers, who are mainly fodder for the stars of the company to look good in so-called "squash matches". This you could say, was less exciting, but storylines were slowly built-up with sometimes explosive climaxes. You know how it goes, the more you wait something big to happen, the more the anticipation increases, and if it's a great match, that's a plus.
Even back in the late-90's Attitude era, you still had the one definitive world championship belt, and it didn't feel too clogged up with different storylines left, right and centre. There were some strong storylines and strong personalities 10 years. I can see myself maybe watch the odd WWE PPV, but i think my heart will be firmly in the past, when it comes to watching wrestling on the tube.
WWE has gone down for me in these recent years the quality of wrestling has gone down aswell as the storylines which is a shame because they were superb in thier prime.
Storylines: the problem I have with the storylines is that they have become so predictable and so boring because you can predict who wins a watch in a big event and you can predict how they are going to win the match which is nonsense to anyone who watches the sport.
Quality of wrestling: this has also gone down because it has become a playground for young wrestlers to come in and take over they don't do the hard hitting stuff anymore more of a high jumping, and high flying which is good but if its a bit obvious that they are acting then it gets tedious.
Overall WWE has gone down for me and TNA is rising because it is more hard hitting than WWE and has more better wrestler which WWE does not have anymore such as Kurt Angle.
The WWE, founded in 1952 under the name Capitol Wrestling, has come a long way over the last 57 years. The company is owned by Vince Mcmahon and the majority shareholders are members of his immediate family.
It never really became popular until the 1980's when Hulk Hogan took centre stage and made wrestling known. At this point, despite it's popularity, the stories and quality of wrestling was not that high. Despite his popularity Hulk Hogan was quite boring. Using his supposed creative control and his limited moveset, he was rarely beaten in a match. Another big player was the Ultimate Warrior, who himself appeared incredibly unnatural and quite untalented, as well as sounding like a mental patient in his interviews. There were of course some good wrestlers, such as Ricky Steamboat and Jake "The snake" Roberts, but the overall quality would not be considered good enough in the present day.
The 90's however, presented a different time. Wrestlers came and left, and then in 1995 the Monday night wars started with WCW. Obviously this meant the WWF needed to improve, and between the time of 1997-2001, the "Attitude era" began. Storylines were more edgy, for example the "Ministry" storyline, where The Undertaker would essentially go around sacrificing and abducting people. There was the famous Austin vs Mcmahon ongoing storyline, which was arguably the greatest rivalry ever, and others such as The Rock and Mankind and Kane and X-Pac.
The roster was of a very high standard, with superstars such as The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Kurt Angle, Kane and Triple H, there were many contendors for the WWF Championship. As well as this, there were many tag teams, such as The Hardyz, Dudleyz and Edge and Christian. There was entertainment in any division, and you would tend to look forward to the matches every week.
However, in March 2001, WCW aired for the last time, as Vince Mcmahon had won the wars, and purchased the company. All selected WCW wrestlers moved to the WWF, and the rest were simply released. In time with this, Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) also went out of business and wrestlers moved to the WWF. This meant the WWF officially now had no competition, and sadly, meant that Vince Mcmahon didn't have to try anymore.
The WWF became somewhat worse, and fans became less interested. The storylines were less interesting, wrestlers such as The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin left the company, and slowly, over the 8 years since the demise of WCW, the WWF (Officially renamed the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) in 2002) became a show for children.
It has been perhaps 10 years since the WWE was at it's best, and at the time sported the best roster perhaps ever, said roster is now rather depressing.
John Cena is now the main man in the business, and whilst clearly caring about the business, has very very little wrestling ability whatsoever. He could perhaps get away with this if every match he took part in wasn't so utterly predictable. Sporting approximately 7 moves, getting beaten up for 5 minutes before essentially turning into Superman and beating his opponent in about 30 seconds isn't very exciting. It's reminiscent to Hulk Hogan in the 80's - he very rarely loses. Another big name is Batista. He simply gets by for being incredibly strong - Almost certainly down to steroids considering his injuries. He has, again, little to no wrestling ability, and is incredibly boring. You have some old names, such as Undertaker, Shawn Michaels and Kane, but they are unable to wrestle constantly due to their age. HHH is still near the top however, but this could easily be down to his wife being the head writer.
With such moments as John Cena writing on a limo "JBL is a big poopy", you can tell all is not right. While Vince knows that it's not as good as it was, he knows that it's not important. The kids enjoy it, they'll buy merchandise, so keeping John Cena a face for years is to keep the kids happy. To make him win is to keep the kids happy.
It's a dark time for the Wrestling industry, with only Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) to even come close to challenging (Which they are doing very unsuccessfully), there is nothing exciting anymore. Until TNA starts to pick up will the WWE dare to improve itself, and it currently doesn't look like happening. Wrestling could be as bad as it currently is for many years to come.
Right, I am sure from the outset that this discussion I am about to present is not going to make me very popular with lots of ten year old boys and lots of 30 year old, cheesey-snack eating, confuse males.
Many years ago in a different era, let's for naming sake call it the late eighties, I was a wee boy in a wee suburb of a wee city. Sunday afternoon was dedicated to watching the likes of Giant Haystacks and Big Daddy battle away in a ring wearing a baby-gro before having fish fingers and chips for tea with ketchup from a glass bottle. Then overnight, due to schoolyard trends and pier pressure, the excitement suddenly fled to the mighty US of A where they weren't wrestling in a good, British, honest manner but they were going hogwild against each other, covering their bodies with warpaint and naming themselves with essences of death and violence.
Turning on WWE (which was definitely WWF back then) was all bravado and not much balls back then. Even as an eight year old kid I knew they were faking it. They bounced around uttering inane warnings of revenge, throwing fake props at each other and sort of dribbling in and around the ring. Funnily enough, in twenty years, little has changed.
Oh, except there is a section of society who, like me, were 8 back then and now, unlike me, still go googah when they see men in capes and eyemasks prancing around trying to jump on another's back. I just cannot see how, to anyone past puberty, this is a form of entertainment let alone a multi-million dollar sport. It's sometimes described as men's ballet, as in the fact it's elaborate and choreographed but I feel this is just some lame form of justification by society for a generation of adults wasting their lives watching (bad) actors frolic around.
I think what really upset me was after being out the country for 5 years, being round a friend's house and being made to watch him watching it and him trying to justify it. His explanation of lots of quirky characters and epic storylines just made me feel that this was a very poorly acted soap opera and angered me as much as it annoye me.
World Wrestling Entrainment is the world's biggest wrestling brand, owned and run by Vince McMahon and his son Shane. They have three main brands at present - Smackdown, Raw and ECW. All three have their own superstars in their own rights holding different titles under each show banner. WWE has produced some household names over the years including Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin and HHH to mention a few and most recently the big names to come out of WWE include Randy Orton, John Cena and Batista. WWE holds house shows every week for each brand and also hold shows all over the world to keep their millions of fans happy all over the world. WWE also holds many PPV events including the Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania which is now in its twenty fifth year and is without a doubt a must see event to many people all over the world. My favourite event is Royal Rumble which is headed by a main event where 30 wrestlers enter the ring at 2 minute intervals and the aim is to throw each other over the top rope and ensure that both of the wrestlers' feet touch the floor and that makes sure that they are eliminated from the match.
These PPV events are all held to back up the storylines which have been brewing and occurring over the months and weeks at house shows to come to a conclusion at these massive events which are held in venues all over the states. I have been to events both in the UK and USA and the events in both countries were amazing - the lights, fireworks, entrance music and the atmosphere is something I will not forget for a long time. I also have to mention that these wrestlers are all in great condition and have to work very long days going from place to place but every time I see them it is money well spent as they always put on a great show and really make you get into it. Before anyone says anything I know that it is fake but when you are at one of these events you can not help but get involved and boo and cheer on your favourite. Anyone who is reading this and is thinking about going to an event but is worrying about their age and what will my mates say, I say forget what they think - at every event I have been to I have seen adults male and female from their twenties to there sixties with the belts round their waist and also wearing the t-shirts which shocked me when I went to my first live event but it is refreshing to go to an event where all ages can mix and have great banter regardless.
WWE is not just about having shows and putting it on TV. It has had to protect itself from other companies trying to taking over the number one spot including in recent times WCW and most recently TNA, and as much as I liked both, in my eyes it will never touch WWE and for those who do not know what Vince McMahon is like, he will do everything in his power to ensure that it does not happen. To ensure that WWE stays at the top of the ladder it also sells many pieces of merchandise including figures, games, t-shirts, teddy bears and wrestling belts all of which I can ensure are worldwide sellers.
On a final note WWE has been a part of my life and though I would not call myself a hardcore fan, WWE has brought me many good moments both live and also on the TV and I will continue to watch it and take the jibes from my mates even though I am in my mid twenties, and I would urge anyone who has not taken in a show either live or on the TV to do so and see what you think.
The wwe has become one of the biggest corporations in the world, loved by some and hated by others because it is supposedly scripted and fake. However i feel that this is of so little importance it shouldnt put anyone off watching it.
I am 17 and have loved the WWE for years, i watched stone cold and the rock rule for many years, then for it to change to people like John cena and randy orton.
I dont like the last two but its ok. Thats not the bad bit, well not totally! The bad bit abotu wwe is that it has become aimed more and more at kids nowadays, the scripts are becomming predictable and boring as they are so unbelievable. I'll still watch it but i just wish they'd give the older viewers something to cling on to as well! I'd still recommend the wwe to anyone who has never watched wrestling!
Ah, the WWE. The single most popular Wrestling Federation on the face of this planet, and spawning such Hollywood legends as the Immortal Hulk Hogan, The Rock - Dwayne Johnson and John Cena...
Okay, maybe that last one wasnt so great. Infact, Id go out on a limb, and say hes one of the most hated, but there you go.
Originally called the WWF, the WWE is a Wrestling Promotion that operates out of Stamford, Conneticut, and provides Wrestling Entertainment to the World at a Premium Price.
Pay Per Views, Merchandise, their own Film and Music companies and DVDs and Videos are all available from the company, ranging from the old days of the promotion, and some of its predicessors, to the present days PPVs released onto DVD within the year it was shown Live on TV.
As a money maker, this Company is very strategic and very successful, but this success hasnt come at a small price. Oh, no...
In the Mid 90's, a rising competitor from the South of America was appearing to steal the light from the WWE, then the WWF. WCW was the new kid on the block, and they had something that had never been done in a Wrestling show before... they had a Bad Guy that everybody loved to hate - Hulk Hogan.
'Wait,' I hear you cry! 'Hulk Hogan?? The Vitamins and Prayers Bloke!?'
Yes, that Hogan. The same one, that in 1996, appeared as the third man in a party at Bash at the Beach, and formed the New World Order, or the nWo for short, and changed wrestling forever.
Hogan, the nWo, and WCW changed everything, including peoples opinions on the 'Sport.' Viewers couldnt get enough of the promotion, and 10+ Million people tuned into its new, fresh, exciting product... while the WWF looked and scratched their heads.
At the time, the WWF had its own fair share of superstars - arguably some of the best in the Business. Bret Hart, Steve Austin (who was fired by WCW because President, Eric Bischoff, didnt see him as 'marketable') and Shawn Michaels were all at the top of their game, but it didnt make a dent in WCWs rise to the top.
The WWF struggled to compete, almost goingout of business because of its competitors success. The WWF tried to rip the WCW program to shreds on its own Monday Night Program, RAW. They even sent the faction D Generation-X to the Nitro arena they were going to be filming at, as an attempt to get some familiarity back. But WCW still remained on top, until 1998, when Eric Bischoff, who was a joint leader of the nWo by now, instructed Commentator, Tony Schiavoni, to give out the WWF RAW Main Event Result before it had actually aired.
That single comment seemingly destroyed the WCW morale, and all of a sudden, people saw WCW for what it truly was. And given the result was Mick Foley was to be given the WWF Title that night, people switched almost instantly.
Many question, if Bischoff had not told Schiavone to say that, viewers would have stayed watching WCW, even though the nWo angle was getting slightly stale.
Fast Forward to 2001, and you see the one dominant WCW crashed and burned in a heap of its own doing. In 2000, it was told that 2001 would be the last year it would be shown on a Ted Turner owned TV Channel, and given the product had become laugahble, it was forecast that it would be hard for WCW to get back onto TV.
Eric Bischoff was secretly negotiating to buy WCW outright in 2000, but a $5m+ offer was rebuffed, even though the company wasnt worth half of that without a TV Station to show the program on.
In 2001, Turner Execs were that desperate to sell, they 'decided to sell to Vince McMahon of the WWF.' Many speculate that the reason why Bischoff couldnt buy WCW was because AOL/Time Warner actually had a contractual obligation to offer Vince WCW if its demise was to come to fruition.
WCW was ultimately sold for around $3m to the WWF, and the death of WCW was concluded. WCW would later appear incarcerated in the 'Alliance' which was a WCW/ECW unification to take on the WWF, but that failed epically, due to Vinces complete hatred of the WCW name, and his veto of the idea to have a WCW show run in place of RAW, and a WWF show to run Smackdown.
Over the next few years, the WWF would change its name to WWE, and it would also see some of the most embarrassing 'Entertainment' ever seen in Wrestling... or on TV for that matter. Many questioned Vinces sanaty to actually want to drive away fans like this, and further concernes arose as he continued to support the story ideas, even though they were killing the ratings.
It took until 2008 for things to improve - 'coincidently' with the emmerging popularity of another promiton coming from the South, in TNA.
Currently airing on a Thursday, with WWE RAW airing Live (notice what they have done there?) on a Monday Night, there isnt a direct competition yet, but many predict, a few years down the line, that something could happen to see the two compete for supremecy, and many cannot wait for this to happen again, because improvements are noticable when there is direct competition.
Being a WCW fan through and through, I am disappointed with the way Vince handled WCW, as well as the way he and the WWE alienated fans with silly storylines and laughable matches, along with his own ego of making the McMahons the focal point of anything that would have much more longetivity without them in it, and this makes me feel a lot of resentment towards Vince and the WWE. Take nothing away from the talent, though, because people like Rey Mysterio (former WCW star) and Randy Orton have hit the top of that promotion, battling Veterans like Undertaker and HHH, with a lot of talent. And right now, a new, fresh outlook from the WWE seems to be shining through. And its an improvement on what I have seen over the past few years. The matches are inovative, when they can be bothered, so the creativeness is there... it just needs something like TNA to drag it out of them.
The WWE is often described as fake, well just ask Mankind, otherwise known as the hardcore legend Mick Foley, if being thrown off the top of a 15 foot high cell into the announce table, head first, is fake. The company, owned by Vince McMahon rebranded itself as Sports Entertainment in the late 1990s and rightly so. This is sport, but it is also incredibly entertaining and I would describe it as the best soap opera on TV. Hopefully, one day, a major TV channel that everyone can get will own the rights to it as so many non Sky viewers miss out on these amazing shows. Don't forget, it was the WWE who gave us the Rock, who movie loves now know as Dwayne Johnson. Without the WWE, there would be no Dwayne Johnson in the limelight like he is now. The storylines in the WWE have been toned down a little since the days of DX and Stone Cold Steve Austin, but this has marked a creditable shift back to more of a true wrestling spectacular. Watch any of the previous 24 WrestleMania events to see what this great company is all about.
I have watched wrestling ever since I was a kid in the mid-80's. Back then the big stars were Hulk Hogan, Randy "Macho Man" Savage, The Ultimate Warrior, Andre the Giant, "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase and Jake "The Snake" Roberts. I am sure that many of these names are still recognizable up to today.
Wrestling was believed to be real back then. Fans would react every time the heel (villain) would hit the face (hero) with a foreign object which ranged from steel chairs to brass knuckles. I even saw fans crying every time Hulk Hogan bled in the ring.
Wrestling was a simple good guy versus bad guy sport. People like Hulk Hogan and Ultimate Warrior were on the side of truth and justice. People like Ted DiBiase and Roddy Piper were on the side of villainy and deceit. Feuds between the two sides lasted for a year back in the day.
Then came the "Attitude Era." Wrestling was not a simple good guy versus bad guy battle anymore. Tweeners existed. These were people who embodied the anti-hero yet were fans favorites. Examples of these were "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and "The Rock" Rocky Maivia. Austin fought dirty and basically pummeled opponents. The Rock verbally scathed opponents and was cocky and arrogant.
Flash forward to today. Wrestling is not the same as before. Gone are the stars of the 80's. Also gone are the big names of the "Attitude Era." Stone Cold doesn't wrestle anymore. The Rock has gone to Hollywood. Mick Foley has jumped ship to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.
What we have now is a kiddie show. You don't see beer drinking, finger gesturing, swearing wrestlers like Stone cold anymore. Wrestlers who could have been fearsome behemoths end up with stupid and pointless gimmicks. Have you seen The Great Khali and the Kiss Cam? Enough said.
Another aspect that has gone way down is the story lines. Have you seen the angle on Rey Mysterio being harassed by Kane and his mask being placed in a burlap sack? After fans being teased for weeks of the return of the masked Kane, fans get this garbage. Kane and Rey have no history together and there was no buildup for this feud either. Also, how many times does Triple H have to be champion. I know that he wants to beat Naitch (Ric Flair) someday but this is destroying the company. Talent is being depushed just to satisfy Triple H.
The WWE has also not capitalized on the acquisition of former rivals WCW (World Championship Wrestling) and ECW (Extreme Championship Wrestling). WCW was known for southern rassling. It put focus on wrestling rather than storylines. It also has a special lucha libre style division called the cruiserweight division. ECW was known for its violence. People there engaged in hardcore action. Wrestlers went through tables, fell from ladders and got entangled in barbed wire. Catfights among women were commonplace and so was their swearing. Sadly WWE eventually evolved into three brands with basically the same show. There is not enough distinction in between shows. Raw, Smackdown and ECW are basically the same only with different rosters. To further erode any sense of distinction there is a talent sharing agreement between the brands. This doesn't make sense at all. Whatever happened to the wars between the shows when Raw stars would invade Smackdown and vice versa?
The WWE also needs to bring back brilliant wrestling minds such as Eric Bischoff and Paul Heyman. They should run their old federations under the WWE banner. This would give each show distinction. These people are also very good as on screen characters. Have you seen Bischoff in the New World Order? He has great mic skills and a very nice heel character. Heyman meanwhile is good in creating storylines and has experience in managing people. Who do they have in recent memory? Mike Adamle and Vickie Guerrero! Wow! I couldn't contain my excitement! Yeah right!
Another aspect that I miss from the good old WWF days is the relevance of all titles. The cruiserweight belt should be revived. The tag team championship and the intercontinental championship need to gain their luster once again. They need to be relevant once more. The way to do it is to let main event caliber wrestlers feud over it and not midcarders. The Intercontinental belt was held by the likes of Bret Hart and Ultimate Warrior and is now being feuded over by the likes of Carlito and Santino Marella. Likewise the Tag Team belts which have been feuded over by the likes of Demolition, LOD and The Hart Foundation is being feuded over by tag teams which were just put together for no reason.
While there is no question that the WWE is profitable, it should change its direction. It does not have the same following it once had during the Attitude Era." It also has half the viewers as compared to its heyday during the Monday Night Wars. The WWE needs to get better writers and storylines. They need to push younger talent. Stop feeding them to Triple H for goodness sake. They should also let some form of competition thrive so that the product and the general public would benefit. That mantle is currently held by TNA.
It is sad to see the WWE in its current state right now. Its stale and doesn't have the same excitement anymore. I watch WWE sparingly now and would rather watch old WCW reruns and TNA than the awful product WWE is churning out right now.
-Previously published in Ciao
WWE is one of the best sources of entertainement on television. I hardly miss any of the episodes that is telecasted. Firstly I would like to begin this by thanking Mr. Vince Mcmahon who is the chairman of WWE. Its just because of him we enjoy wrestling. The WWE superstars are professionally trained performers. That is the reason they risk their lives in that ring just to win the gold i.e. the championship title. The titles are classfied into various categories like the heavyweight championship, cruiserweight, tag team championship, women's title, intercontinental, United States chamiponship and many more. Accordingly the superstars follow the rules and get into their respective matches. WWE is known for shaping the career of the legends like Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker, Hitman Hart and the list is endless. The new generation superstars are complete craze for the youngsters like John Cena, Batista and many more. These new stars have entered the field and seems they can do anything for their aim. They possess much more power and aggression in them which helps them in achieving their ambiton. There are more than 200 superstars in today's wrestling entertainment. The moves they do in the ring take years of practice to perfect and do safely. When they perorm these moves some people try coping them, even I did it onetime. This should not be happening coz this might hurt them. These moves are not everybody's lunch. So stay safe and never try copying them.
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