Why on earth did the original title of this thread say 'About the mountain bike'?
Note sure what you meant by 'Now that UFC is around' (I read this before you edited), as UFC has been around since 1993, years before what's known as 'The Attitude era' started. Sure, it's only more recently that UFC has become popular, but still.
Originally Posted by qiao
The bolded is a VERY broad statement. I enjoyed the Attitude Era, but I don't perceive wrestling today like that at all. Are there some that do? Sure, of course there are, but I'd question as to whether or not those people are actually true wrestling fans to be honest, or are they fans that are just interested in seeing violence, blood, chair shots to the head, crazy storylines and so on.
Do you see it having implications in the future as fans will just grow tired of wrestling and graduate to UFC and will WWE even compete with UFC for that 18+ demo or will they cater more and more to kids? I know people say it's different because one is the sport and the other is entertainemnt but still, it's similar and I'm sure when those kids get to the age of 18 or so, they"ll start considering UFC.
MMA and wrestling are two different sports, what WWE and TNA are serving up is completely different again, as it's sports entertainment, that is, it's a show, a soap opera if you will, with storylines integrated with wrestling designed to entertain. There is no comparison. Maybe some kids grow out of it and move on to wanting to watch something more 'real' like boxing or MMA, but to me, there shouldn't need to be a choice as they're not comparable. I don't watch any MMA as it just doesn't interest me in the slightest. I do enjoy sitcoms and so on, and I enjoy wrestling, and WWE combines both so I still enjoy watching it. Are WWE catering more towards the younger fan? To a degree. They went through a really dire patch between say 2008-2012/2013 when they were well and truly forgetting about the older fans they have as storylines were absolutely garbage, and the wrestling was so watered down it was near non-existent which was a slap in the face to the golden ages of the past. Now though, I think WWE are really hitting all target markets as they have a good blend of good storylines and good wrestling on show (at least in my opinion). Plus, if you look at the crowds at WWE's shows, it's clear to see that the bulk of the audience is made up of adults, what does that tell you?
Bottom line is, what's preventing these kids from being a fan of MMA and WWE? It's not like it's a choice that has to be made once you hit 18. There's different sports/products, so it's not really a choice. It's whether or not one grows out of one product/gets tired of it or not.
Also, Chunkky made an excellent point in that MMA is far more similar to Boxing in the way it works than it is to wrestling, and it's taken away boxing fans more than it has wrestling fans, at least IMO. When Vince McMahon says that he doesn't see UFC as competition, he means it as he views it as a completely different product, which it is.