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The End Of An Era

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Why and what has the WWE become in recent years? Where has the talent, the interesting story lines and the variation gone?

I first started watching the WWE in 1998, in fact that was when I first discovered wrestling, back when WCW was on Channel 5 here in Britain, and there was so many memorable moments from that year up until five years back when things started to change and great performers disappeared.

Today the WWE unfortunately in my opinion is a joke, we have two good stars in CM Punk and Daniel Bryan and I actually like Dolph Ziggler, hopefully he will rise to the top Sunday and ditch Vicky. But other than that, we get the same BS week in week out, including Kofi and Truth vs. Ziggler and Swagger hey it used to be Kofi vs. Dolph every week! Brodus Clay vs. some rookie, now Ryback as well who at first was awesome but it's the same match every week!

Raw this week just featuring Vince McMahon was a blast from the past, just him doing stupid stuff, at least it was something different!

The only thing keeping me watching is the fact I've watched it since 1998 and feel I should forever watch but the only wrestling that entertains me now is TNA! I saw TNA live in Manchester, England in January as well which was an awesome show, but when I saw WWE Raw live a few years back, it was awful!

I actually have a picture with the two Hall of Famer's Yokozuna and Greg The Hammer Valentine, and whilst they were before my time, I'm so honored to have that picture, I couldn't say the same if I had one today with one of todays wrestlers, unless you count Triple H or The Undertaker...don't get me started on that, I take it he'll be back for WrestleMania time?!

I wonder what your opinions are of todays WWE? Maybe some of you weren't fortunate enough to have seen the late 90's and early 2000's, I wish I saw the times before with the likes of Bret Hart. If you've only ever seen recent times your probably a huge fan but for me, the company has lost to TNA.

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  1. ToiletBowl's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by bartish2
    Really your statement has zero value. Saying TNA is a joke when wwe is atrocious these days with the likes of a dancing dinosaur that dances with kids(barney anyone?), santino marella whos finisher is a stupid hand puppet, the best heel is a announcer, a ring announcer gets a bigger pop than most guys, same crap every raw & smackdown of squash matches from losers like clay, ryback, cesaro, sandow same shit for months. Same pointless matches between jobbers like swagger,kofi, r truth, santino. Tag team division is useless. Divas division barely show up on tv anymore. You got a shitty retard who cannot wrestler going around say woo woo woo and everyone thinks hes awesome. You got a guy whos been put in the main event for how may PPVs in row above the wwe champ? Same BS of cena & orton hogging the spotlight, holding back talent.

    So really when you say TNA is a joke when shit like this goes on, is hilarious. I am not a mark for TNA, I did prefer wwe but I will admit wwe is a disgrace to the industry because of what it has become. I watched TNA PPV for the first time and I enjoyed it, was more entertaining than the past 2 months of raw & smackdown and over the limit
    Like I said, as bad as the WWE has been, TNA has been worse and continues to be worse. I'll be the first to say the US title should be scrapped since Santino won it. I'm not a Ryder fan by any means. He's pretty spare and his gimmick since being an Edge-Head is a joke. The point is, he is a hard worker outside of the ring and that's why he has a cult following.

    You kids are soooo spoiled with the need for no more squash matches. In the 80s, that's all we got on Wrestling Challenge, All American Wrestling or Superstars... if we even saw one match with 2 mid card guys, it was considered a bonus.
  2. bartish2's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ToiletBowl
    Like I said, as bad as the WWE has been, TNA has been worse and continues to be worse. I'll be the first to say the US title should be scrapped since Santino won it. I'm not a Ryder fan by any means. He's pretty spare and his gimmick since being an Edge-Head is a joke. The point is, he is a hard worker outside of the ring and that's why he has a cult following.

    You kids are soooo spoiled with the need for no more squash matches. In the 80s, that's all we got on Wrestling Challenge, All American Wrestling or Superstars... if we even saw one match with 2 mid card guys, it was considered a bonus.
    point is the same pointless squash match for 6 months from brodus clay is just boring and a waste of time, everyone i know who owns a DVR just skips them. When you are not even booking the IC, US, tag team, or divas belt when you book 4-5 squash matches a week you know you got a problem. They don't care about the word wrestling anymore, its all about entertainment... and that is why the wwe is worse than TNA right now and why in fact you are right when you say this is a new era for wwe...
  3. akbar's Avatar
    -In 10 years time, I reckon most people would be saying "Oh WWE was so great 10 years ago when they had people like Punk, Bryan, Rhodes, Kane etc...and now what we have is rubbish"
    -Classic case of never being happy with current product and always whining.
  4. alcrissam's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ToiletBowl
    I never said the WWE was great. My opinion is that the WWE has lost their creative way both with the writers and majority of the talent. And as bad as it's been, TNA has been worse. Just my opinion. IF TNA had stuck with being built around the X-Division, they would be much better. Ever since they switched from the all PPV format, their product has sucked. Once they went to Spike TV, the network essentially made them hire big names. Everyone who has ever worked for TNA or is in the know will tell you that Dixie Carter is waaay over her head. And everyone knows Steiner might be insane, but his tweet tirade is actually pretty spot on when it comes to Bischoff and Hogan.

    So yes, as bad as the WWE has been (really since about 2002), TNA has dropped the ball and continues to do so. Just my opinion so no need to get panties in a wad.
    The statement you made about the X division is completely worthless. You obviously dont know about TNA. Let me give you a history lesson: The X division was FORCED to carry TNA for 3-5 years because they did not have a main event roster at all. Bobby Roode, Sting, Christian Cage, all of these people that are main eventers in TNA did not come until TNA started to get recognition. It was never about the X Division until TNA realized it did not have a main event roster. Why do you think they had to use the NWA title? Plus, you dont see WWE building around the cruiserweights dont you? And please, if TNA is doing so bad, tell me which PPV main event was better: Cena vs Laurenitis or Roode vs Sting?
  5. DK Wrestling Savior's Avatar
    My opinion of WWE? It's the worst that it's ever been. EVER. I've watched since the 80's and it such a disgrace these days. I continue to watch based solely on sentiment alone. But the superstars today? Terrible. There's no one who I would be willing to hurry up and rush to see on this roster. I enjoy some matches and wrestlers here and there, like CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, and Christian. But outside of that, no one really draws me anymore.

    Same with TNA. I've been enjoying Impact much better than Raw, but it's nothing like when WCW was around and there was literally two real MAJOR wrestling promotions.

    Today, it's just silly. It's a bad reality tv show, and fails to really draw people. The report about Raw's ratings this week was headlined as, "Raw's Huge Rating" and it was a 3.0 or whatever. 3.0? Seriously? I remember Raw would pull a 4.8 and be getting crushed by WCW's 6.
  6. BadAndy's Avatar
    These blogs crack me up. I see far too many people on here who seem to be living in the past. Wrestling today is going to be different from 1998 because the television rating is different. What was once pushed for the entertainment of teenagers and people in their 20s has moved on to a younger generation. Isn't that a good thing? Don't you want the younger generation to be hooked on something so that it keeps the product going?

    As I've watched WWE over the last decade, I've noticed that within the last few years as people complain louder it has actually gotten better. There are some great characters. They unfortunately don't wrestle as much as I'd like but they have some fantastic wrestlers. The problem is that we want to compare a company to its past work and are blind to what is going on right now. I say we stop with the "back in my day" talk and enjoy it, it really is fun when you sit back and don't look for things to criticize.
  7. Wildcat's Avatar
    WWE suffers from being a monopoly -- as much as I like and prefer TNA, it is nowhere big enough to even be considered competition. Since there is no competition, there is no proper benchmark for WWE to compare its own product, so it becomes stagnant, and even substandard compared to its own past.

    Wildcat
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