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What turned you off of WWE?

Posted 3 Weeks ago by No Name

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The death of kayfabe maybe? It can still be entertaining even after you develop a full understanding of the irl shenanigans, but it does lose some of its magic. I think this is why everyone's favorite era for wrestling seems to be whatever era occurred during their childhood. Not just a nostalgia thing, but the feeling of it being real to some extent.

But also, they introduce new talent too quickly these days. Back in the day, one would have to travel the world and make their way through indie circuits before even making it to WWF/E TV. Now they pump out over a dozen or more new people every year, often straight out of the cookie cutter developmental factory. In many cases the talent aren't able to really craft an authentic character or style, and it is harder for the audience to form a connection with the characters when being bombarded with so many at once.

One thing I like more about it now though, is that there is less sexism. As much as I like the Attitude Era, many of the women's matches/segments make me cringe whenever I rewatch. Not only because of the sexism but because they often sought out pure 90s style eye candy (tall, blonde, thin with big tits) rather than any semblance of talent when it came to the women.

3 Weeks ago
pacman
 

The name change.

I preffered WWF.

3 Weeks ago
S.O.H.
 

no bra and panties matches

3 Weeks ago
Post-Wall Olga
 

I remember being into it back in elementary school. Why did I stop and never get back into it? I don't know. I tried once or twice I think, but I just had no idea what the storylines were anymore.

3 Weeks ago
Agis
 

I was into it in college, but they had a real lame arc that got really old really fast.

They had this group called The Shield, and their whole thing was "interrupting" matches and being these "rogue" badasses that would just barge in on every major match and take down the other wrestlers "unfairly". Every time, it would undoubtedly end with Vince McMahon making announcements telling them to get their shit together OR pitting John Cena against all three of the wrestlers in The Shield at once - and of course John Cena would *always* win and be the hero. Basically, it really was nothing more than a huge John Cena career boost because he was in the process of becoming a meme at the time, which made me hate the John Cena meme even more, tbh. He was just so fucking overplayed.

And the whole thing took away from the other interesting arcs they had at the time, like they had this whole thing where wrestlers were forming tag teams and shit talking each other and fighting tourneys together and stuff. My favorite was Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow - I liked the "idiot" and the "scholar" dynamic they had, and they called themselves the Rhodes Scholars which was especially entertaining.

But the whole John Cena vs The Shield thing suddenly took center stage and the tag team drama just kind of died silently and never really came back (even though that was far more interesting and less repetitive).

tl;dr, the writers prioritized John Cena ratings over anything actually interesting and John Cena became a meme. Fuck John Cena.

3 Weeks ago
Weird Occurance
 

Vince McMahon's developing dementia. How else can you explain firing legitimate female athletes like The Iconics, Ruby Riot, and Chelsea Green, and bring back a no-talent model like Eva Marie.

Honestly, the whole industry just got so boring and predictable. This Roman Reigns "Tribal Chief" gimmick they are doing now, though, has been amazing. Roman found his spot, and is bring back the true old school heel. Now, if only they had the "champion of the people" babyface character to put against him down the road at next years WrestleMania. But, they have not had a marquee babyface since John Cena left to do movies. What WWE needs is a babyface in the same vein as The Rock or Surfer Sting, someone who can overcome everything Roman does.

3 Weeks ago
Aurelian
 

But, they have not had a marquee babyface since John Cena left to do movies. What WWE needs is a babyface in the same vein as The Rock or Surfer Sting, someone who can overcome everything Roman does.


God, you love exactly what I hated about the WWE lol
This would dominate any other current, interesting ‘arcs’
…or maybe that was just my problem because The Shield AND John Ceta were equally obnoxious IMO and the sub arcs were better.

If the current main arc is actually great and just missing something, I stand corrected lol

3 Weeks ago
Weird Occurance
 

No, not a "superman" like Cena or 80s Hogan. The problem with Cena is that he was mostly booked as being unstoppable and destroyed everyone in his path. This mega-babyface I am talking about would have to come off as being week and at a disadvantage, but refuse to give it. He would be on the losing end of feuds, and help put other heels over.

And no worries, I prefer the Attitude era days where you could have multiple top angles going on.

3 Weeks ago
Aurelian
 

No, not a "superman" like Cena or 80s Hogan. The problem with Cena is that he was mostly booked as being unstoppable and destroyed everyone in his path.


You get it lol

This mega-babyface I am talking about would have to come off as being week and at a disadvantage, but refuse to give it. He would be on the losing end of feuds, and help put other heels over.


Yeah, you're talking about actual good writing here. I would've preferred this over hero-and-savior-turned-meme Cena any day lol

And no worries, I prefer the Attitude era days where you could have multiple top angles going on.


This!! I agree with this for sure.

3 Weeks ago
Weird Occurance
 

I watched mostly in the early to mid 2000s. After that it was on and off, as the show was becoming more repetitive and predictive than ever. The final nail in the coffin though, was Cena winning the Royal Rumble in 2013.

2 Weeks ago
Poll Poster
 

The final nail in the coffin though, was Cena winning the Royal Rumble in 2013.


Oh hell yes.

I’m surprised Cena became an actual meme when everyone I talk to seems to think he was as… annoying? overblow? as I found him to be.

2 Weeks ago
Weird Occurance
 

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