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When Did WWE "JUMP THE SHARK"?

for geeks that don't know what jumping the shark is:
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Jumping the shark is an idiom created by Jon Hein that is used to describe the moment in the evolution of a television show when it begins a decline in quality that is beyond recovery. The phrase is also used to refer to a particular scene, episode or aspect of a show in which the writers use some type of "gimmick" in a desperate attempt to keep viewers' interest.

In its initial usage, it referred to the point in a television program's history when the program had outlived its freshness and viewers had begun to feel that the show's writers were out of new ideas, often after great effort was made to revive interest in the show by the writers, producers, or network.
I'd have to say when Dwayne returned. from the moment Dwayne returned the majority of the WWE's product has been god awful. WWE was peaking prior to Dwayne's return. the New Nexus angle, Alberto Del Rio's rise to the top and the STING/Undertaker speculation, but then boom the WWE got desperate for ratings. WWE brought back Dwayne in order to re-attract the least common denominator attitude era fans back to the product. since then the quality has really gone down. the entire Cena/Dwayne feud ruined the product. face it Dwayne is a shitty actor, not a wrestler. they brought him back to get some TMZ headline rather than focusing on the future.

from the god awful Fruity Pebbles and Drunk Hobbit childish insults, the shitty 20 minute promo on WM27 that got Danielson kicked off, the WM27 finish and Dwayne's god awful appreciation night featuring Pitbull and Mya. CM Punk saved the WWE briefly in July of 2011 with the Summer of Punk angle, only for Dwayne to return and ruin it all with the Awesome Truth crap. announcing that he was teaming with Cena because his twitter followers asked him to? really? boots to asses? really? couldn't come up with a better lame catchphrase than that? Dwayne continued to prove how awful he was and how he was ruining the product when fans chanted "WE WANT RYDER" over him at the Survivor Series.

Dwayne continued the WWE's downward spiral on the Road to WrestleMania. resorting to taped promos because he couldn't cut it in front of a live audience without a teleprompter, notes on his hand like that retard Sarah Palin and then the cringeworthy Dwayne concert. all of this was just terrible television, meanwhile Punk and Jericho were having a classic feud. WWE was desperate for ratings though and completely overshadowed the real talent with their desperate nostalgia act. then came the show and Dwayne completely buried John Cena. of course the next night Dwayne was nowhere to be found. the guy that lives and breathes the WWE every day of his life John Cena was there, while Dwayne was off making shitty action movies.

finally Punk stood up for himself and the entire WWE lockerroom when he laid out Dwayne on RAW 1000, but I'm afraid it's all too late. WWE jumped the shark when Dwayne Johnson returned. it's very unfortunate that the WWE has been on borrowed time since Febuary 14th 2011.

anyway what would be your jump the shark moment?

edit: people are missing the point of this thread. jumping the shark isn't just when the WWE started sucking. it's when they did a blatant publicity stunt to pop ratings rather than focusing on the future of the product.


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Re: when did WWE "JUMP THE SHARK"?

When Vince could afford his first jetskis.

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Re: when did WWE "JUMP THE SHARK"?

Can't wait for the response of some of the die hard rocky fans
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Re: when did WWE "JUMP THE SHARK"?

I don't think it's beyond recovery but the 2009 Raw guest host series certainly didn't help anything.



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Re: when did WWE "JUMP THE SHARK"?

yes the guest hosts were definitely jumping the shark material. i'd say vince's million dollar giveaway is also up there as well. still none of them as blatant as Dwayne burying the real talent.


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Re: when did WWE "JUMP THE SHARK"?

When they gave the belt to Punk.

Interest for the product decreased by 25% since December compared to last year. I'm not making that number up btw.
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Re: when did WWE "JUMP THE SHARK"?

Good post scrilla. All I can say is WWE has been on a downward spiral for years now. 2009 was a horrible year, worse than now imo. Wrestling's ok now for me atm, there's lots of things bad about the product, but there's still some good and the wrestlers I like are getting pushed so I'm managing it. I didn't really care for The Rock's whole return and I didn't like his feud with Cena at all, but I don't think wrestling's got worse since.

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Re: when did WWE "JUMP THE SHARK"?

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When they gave the belt to Punk.

Interest for the product decreased by 25% since December compared to last year. I'm not making that number up btw.
yet CM Punk is not the focal point of the show so try again.


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Re: when did WWE "JUMP THE SHARK"?

in around the 1930s

when wrestling became fixed

then again, dwayne could only win a match if it was fake so i guess its his fault too

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Re: when did WWE "JUMP THE SHARK"?

lol at scrilla's obvious baiting. come on man, b a star. this will be a popular thread, no doubt.

frankly, i shouldn't comment because i didn't watch RTWM 27, and skipped most of rock/cena.

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