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Why the Internet Hurts Wrestling

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It is infuriating to be watching a Raw match and then the commentary gets interrupted because Michael Cole has to tell us what is trending on Twitter. The WWE literally wants to interrupt a match so that we know that #FutureEndeavored is trending on a website. Wait wait, i want to know what is going on in the match...

The internet is hurting the business in so many ways. To start, WWE is wasting its time trying to get us to "like" them on Facebook or follow them and their wrestlers on Twitter. So instead of an interesting wrestling fact, we get some stupid fact like:

"John Cena has more Twitter followers then the NFL, NBA, and President Obama combined!"

When i see stupid stuff like this, I ask myself why the fuck was the internet invented.

Ahh, but where would we be without the internet. Well, we would be nowhere. The internet is everywhere, and the digital disease has now spread to the wrestling business. Forget the stupid facts after commercials, we see twitter hash tags all the time during Raw and Smackdown. They do pre-PPV matches on YouTube. They spend more time updating wrestler profile pages on WWE.com than developing its character as a wrestler. People, this shit is so bad, we don't even need to watch SmackDown anymore! We go to the INTERNET to find out what is going to happen 4 days before Friday. We find out about creative plans for wrestlers days before the next show. We know instantly as they happens before they want us to know when it happens.

And then you guys wonder why you are getting bored of wrestling. Its because we know what the fuck is going to happen in advance.

My favorite of all reasons to hate the equation "wrestling+internet" is the impact it has on the wrestlers themselves. I can just give you 3 names: Scott Steiner, Kurt Angle, Matt Hardy. I'm not going to elaborate too much, because we all go to this site 24/7. Assuming that, you know how much of idiots these guys are. They constantly put stupid shit on Twitter. Its getting so escalated, that Eric Bishoff and Hulk Hogan are threatening legal action because Steiner can't keep his mouth shut. I understand that what he says is hilarious. But then again, he keeps wondering why TNA got rid of him in the first place.

The internet just doesn't make stuff personal anymore. It is way to public. People feel since no one sees them physically that they can share their personal feelings. What they don't understand is that once you click "send", THE WORLD sees. Its not just the people around you. Everyone can see what you think of, and most times, there are serious consequences. We find out about spoilers and all this stuff that should be concealed. But in all honesty, it ruins the surprise that comes with wrestling. When was the last time we were like "WOAH I did not see that coming." Sadly, I don't.

I'll be completely honest: I don't have a fix for this. I won't say "Oh well they didn't have internet in the Attitude Era" or make some other reference that will piss people off because honestly wrestling would be fine, Reality Era and everything, if they didn't have the internet. Also, there is no reason to fix this because: 1) we all love coming to this site anyways 2) It would take away the thing that people who make this site possible love to do. At this point, you cant stop the internet because its everywhere. We just have to deal with it.

At the end of the day, we all love our wrestling. Internet or not, our love for the business will never change.

But the question comes up in my mind: is there a way to keep secrets away from the internet in the wrestling community?

**Thanks for reading guys. I like to end my blogs with a little question, they usually draw creative thinking from comments ^__^**

DISCLAIMER: I am in no way trashing this site or the internet in general. I love the site, and am a frequent visitor. I also am not encouraging the staff here to change. You guys do an excellent job, keep it up!

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  1. JoePublic's Avatar
    I think the simple answer is no, there isn't a way for the industry to keep secrets from finding their way onto the internet but there is a way to not find out.

    It wouls seem the desire to know and discuss outweighs the desire to be suprised.

    Be your own censor.
  2. Mojo Tartarus's Avatar
    It's up to you how much you do or do not find out in advance. It's not that difficult.
  3. Callum's Avatar
    I agree that all the constant twitter references can get annoying but as for wrestling spoilers, you have the option to not read the spoilers, you simply chose not to. When it says 'HHH-Brock Lesnar News' you don't have to read it but you do. As JoePublic said - Be you own censor.
  4. Mantooth83's Avatar
    It's 2012 Internet is a as much a part of our life as eating, your right Wwe should defiantly not change with the times like every other media and entertainment.

    Keeping upto date with where their audience view their product and remaining relevant to their target audience is the very worst thing they can do!

    Wrestling web sites like this were around in the attitude era perhaps you just didn't have a computer or were clearly too young to use one.

    My best advice would be to crawl back under the rock you crept out from to make a stupid point and hide clearly the future is not a place you will like
  5. drumn4life0789's Avatar
    The only part I agree with is the constant interruptions to tell us about what's trending. Telling people something is trending does nothing. You are telling people already watching the show to watch the show. The ones making the terms trend are the ones you are telling the words are trending. It's backwards thinking. The entire point of getting something to trend is getting people that don't know about it to look into it. So why tell the ones who know already.

    I do not mind showing #wwe at the top or showing the wrestlers handles when they come to the ring. That just makes sense as it is the easiest form of advertising today. Putting pre show matches on YouTube is also very smart. They are already filming it anyways. Might as well put it online somewhere to expose people that are not on the Ppv card and gain revenue at the same time
  6. Renevious's Avatar
    I did a very similar blog to this quite a long time ago, and the sad truth is that you're right. There's no fix. The smartest man in the history of wrestling, Bobby Heenan, once said in an interview that (and I'm seriously paraphrasing here) wrestling is essentially dead. It's because the mystery is now gone. No one cares about watching a magician if you already know the secrets behinds all his tricks. This is the main reason why the only grown ass people who still watch it regularly are those of us on this site who have been watching since way before the internet was a factor. Besides that, it's only younger kids who don't really know any better. I'm not going to stop watching anytime soon, and I'm super glad my nephew who's 11 is a huge fan also. But I do fear for what will turn in to in the years to come. I just hope I'm wrong.
  7. akbar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Renevious
    I did a very similar blog to this quite a long time ago, and the sad truth is that you're right. There's no fix. The smartest man in the history of wrestling, Bobby Heenan, once said in an interview that (and I'm seriously paraphrasing here) wrestling is essentially dead. It's because the mystery is now gone. No one cares about watching a magician if you already know the secrets behinds all his tricks. This is the main reason why the only grown ass people who still watch it regularly are those of us on this site who have been watching since way before the internet was a factor. Besides that, it's only younger kids who don't really know any better. I'm not going to stop watching anytime soon, and I'm super glad my nephew who's 11 is a huge fan also. But I do fear for what will turn in to in the years to come. I just hope I'm wrong.
    I wrote a blog exactly like this aswell...and wow that is probably the most real assessment of wrestling I've ever heard from anyone...
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