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Old 01-28-2013, 09:31 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Default Re: The hard question (20+ year old fans only please).

I know this comes across as a kayfabe idea, but it would be great to just immerse yourself in the idea that it is real. Suspension of disbelief for me these days is near impossible due to the predictability of everything

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Old 01-28-2013, 09:34 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I'm gonna give it more of a go.
It's good, ignore the haters.. full of great wrestlers who can go in the ring, well written characters and intertwined, well thought out storylines.. and of course, it's not PG, so there's more edgier storylines, cursing and occasional blood
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:38 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I'm 27 and have always watched WWF/E programming week after week. Since TNA started gaining ground I have found myself watching less and less of WWE. For the past 2 years I haven't watched an entire episode of RAW or Smackdown whereas I can't miss an episode of Impact Wrestling. I still check my results to see what's going on and catch a segment or two on Youtube, but I am overall not impressed with what WWE produces.

My brother and I ended up watching the Royal Rumble last night and I was still quite disappointed with the fact that you spend $45.00 on pay-per-view and you get 25+ minutes of commercial AND the show ends 15 earlier than it's supposed to. On top of that you have a very predictable card with very few reasons to watch. I was very unhappy with how the World Heavyweight Championship match went down, and felt even more ripped off when Cena beat Ryback. I figured that maybe a swerve would come with the Rock/Punk match, but nothing. Too predictable and not really worth the money.
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:38 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Default Re: The hard question (20+ year old fans only please).

I don't feel to 'old' for wrestling, but it's getting tiresome when it's so predictable and it's simply not that exciting. Even 3-4 years ago, the product wasn't anywhere near its best but it was still entertaining and there were still shocks here and there. It's a real shame.

Like OP mentioned, I think the WWE and wrestling in general are lucky that the fans are so loyal, and I guess the ones that watched during the late 90's/early 2000's have more time for the product because we know how good it was.
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:53 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Default Re: The hard question (20+ year old fans only please).

I'm 23 in a week and wrestling entertains me for the most part, I don't watch it live any more I just flick through RAW once I've recorded it, I'll still watch the major PPVs the day after or scan over main events for other PPVs but don't think I'm too old for it now, I watch TNA to from time to time and still enjoy watching wrestling, it's not as it was before but I've accepted that and praise the few decent moments I see today.

Now I'm older I'm smarter to it, I see the possible story-lines coming because I to have grown with it and I'm not a child any more, some of the winners back in the late 90s I could have guessed if I was this age back then.

On another note, the "entertainers" of today aren't as entertaining as those "back in the golden age of wrestling", the creative isn't what it was, the general target audience is different but I still find myself watching not out of hope but out of my admiration for wrestling as a whole, same reason I watch other promotions I guess - just the E has a bit more in terms of bells and whistles
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I know this comes across as a kayfabe idea, but it would be great to just immerse yourself in the idea that it is real. Suspension of disbelief for me these days is near impossible due to the predictability of everything

How i miss being a kid
i agree in some ways, suspension of disbelief is key. i wont say its just about being a kid, i really enjoyed the goldberg rise in wcw, ECW, etc. era of the 90's and i was in my early 20's.

so im an old man now, but i can still suspend disbelief for movies, TV shows and the like. but i think the product has just changed. maybe it really hasnt changed that much at its core but watching it, it just feels different. over-produced? wishy-washy? characters arent 'cool' or 'badass' anymore? is it just me? no attempt to keep kayfabe in the least (again, we need to suspend disbelief, its tough when wwe doesnt seem to care).

anyway, nowadays i only watch around Rumble (always bveen my favorite event) and wrestlemania time. i try to watch an episode of raw and dont last 5 minutes. ironically i actually preferred tna when russo was making a mockery of it.
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Default Re: The hard question (20+ year old fans only please).

I'm in my mid-twenties too, and while I wouldn't say WWE's product thrills me all the time, I do find it entertaining more often than not. I enjoy wrestling for the action in the ring, and WWE has done a pretty good job of that in the past year and a half (when I really got back into the product). Storyline-wise however, there leaves a lot to be desired... everything feels so basic and has no depth. At its most entertaining points, wrestling has three-dimensional characters and the motivations for fighting one another are more complex - at the moment, TNA is doing a much better job with this than WWE in my opinion.

And while I'm not trying to turn this into a Cena-bashing thread, the handling of his character is one of the main issues I have with WWE's product. He has had literally no character development for years & it really dampens my enjoyment of the product when the face of the company doesn't evolve with the rest of the roster. Even while he was losing pretty much all of last year, he was the same 'happy-go-lucky, smile all the time, never give up' he's been for years. They had a chance to give him some kind of edge or tweak as he went through a losing streak, but nothing has changed. It's somewhat disheartening to see how safe they played it, and now it looks like we're going to get Rock-Cena II & another WWE title reign for John.

That being said, I can handle Cena at the top of the card because he's not the only attraction in WWE for me. I love watching Sandow's verbal barbs, Cesaro outwork everyone in the ring, Team Hell No's antics, Barrett finally becoming a more complete wrestler, & Punk at pretty much everything he does. Plus, Del Rio, Sheamus, Orton are all guys that are fun to watch in the ring, so there are plenty of reasons for me to keep watching.
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Default Re: The hard question (20+ year old fans only please).

I don't think there's anything wrong with watching it at all. I'm 20 years old, I like to watch people fight and bash each other's heads in. Yes, it's a soap opera, but does UFC not have those elements of drama that some fighters play into just to build up the fight? I'm pretty sure Koscheck admitted after his fight with St.Pierre that a lot of the stuff he said was just to build up the fight.... just like a promo.

You gotta keep in mind, a lot of us came interested in wrestling when WWF was cool to watch. Now most of us are back because of The Rock, and we keep watching every week in hopes that we'll regain that nostalgia of seeing the Attitude Era again because it makes us feel good to think about it. That's just the way I see it.
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:13 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Default Re: The hard question (20+ year old fans only please).

My brother stopped watching wrestling all the way back in 2002 because he felt it was becoming too predictable, and that was back when it was still watchable, I shudder to think what he would make of todays product. As for me, I can take a little bit of predictability but when it reaches the level of insulting my intelligence, I don't waste my time on it.
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:17 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Default Re: The hard question (20+ year old fans only please).

well im 28 and have been watching WWE wrestling all my life. My 1st memory of WWE was Macho Man winning the WWF title at WM IV. Like you I correctly predicted the whole event last night, inclding: Cenas win, Dwaynes win (and even the shield interferance). It was the obvious way to set up Cena/Rock II which we all know is ocming (and im more than happy about, for obvious reasons) at wrestlemania.

Do I sometimes wish WWE would mix it up a little? YES
Is this going to happen any time soon? NO

I think Hixxy hit the nail on the with his comment above. WWE have no serious compettion right now. Hopefully TNA will rise to compete with WWE like WCW did, but this isn't going top happen overnight.
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