Interesting topic! A big reason why I don't watch now is because, yes, I do feel that I've outgrown the product. I liked the Attitude Era, not because of blood, boobs, and swearing, because of the storylines, the crazy characters, the championships, the Divas' status on tv, and because I like intergender
mixed tag) matches, but that's all taken away now. As an adult, I don't like how they try to insist who I should and should not like. With their words, they lie by putting someone over as bigger than their actual potential and try to herd us by making popular wrestlers they don't want to be popular insignificant, only giving in when the fans insist to the point where they can no longer ignore it. I've said it a lot, but current day WWE is like a shiny toy that a child cannot resist, and I don't blame them for making that their target because it's economically smart and they've only come full circle
. The Divas are like Barbies for a reason; you wouldn't see a Jazz in their current environment (Kong or "Kharma" was an awfully-executed exception). I think children are much smarter than people give them credit for, but truth be told, it's not as hard to write a product for them. And also I'm not a big fan of catch phrases (though, "Sorry about your damn luck" is pretty good
). Part of the reason why is that WWE tries so hard to get people over with it, because people do look forward to the crowd participation and it can make a wrestler at least seem
popular. But I look at it as a t-shirt generator at this point; I can just see them rubbing their hands together whenever any little catchphrase, even if it's stupid or immature, gets popular.
But for people who get outright mad that we have the nerve to complain, well, I
do it because I want WWE to operate at their full ability. An attractive product means nothing to me if I can't enjoy it, much like a guy who looks great, has a great job, nice house/car, but when he opens his mouth I can imagine a "Vacancy" sign where his brain should be. It's like they focused so much on the presentation that they forgot about the substance. And what turned me to the other promotion is because of the ability to still enjoy it as an adult. I've watched wrestling for 20 years, but I don't believe in staying with the man who brought me to the dance if he doesn't dance at all, so I have loyalty only to actual people in my life, and even they are not exempt from me moving on from them if they consistently disappoint me. Doesn't mean I don't care about them, but it does mean that I'm that
tired of being disappointed. I still care about WWE (the wrestlers) or otherwise I wouldn't post here at all, but they broke a non-verbal contract with me when they promised me a great show and delivered a crappy one consistently. I won't give them my rating because to them ratings = good show
when that's not the case. I've loved you for a long time, but let's not lie to each other, WWE.