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post #41 of 117 (permalink) Old 01-28-2013, 01:28 PM
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Re: The hard question (20+ year old fans only please).

Its not the predictability etc, its the cringe-worthy backstage acting and tv advert spots etc that get me nowadays, the change of direction to a few things.

I still enjoy the matches, i love chilling with friends who are fan's to watch a PPV etc, but last night watching the rumble some things just made me realise.

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Re: The hard question (20+ year old fans only please).

I'm 29 and it's still fun to get together with some friends, drink a bunch and enjoy WWE's product. I'm definitely not too old for it but that doesn't mean the writing is spectacular by any means.

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Re: The hard question (20+ year old fans only please).

Go back to the forums in the 90's they to said the AE was to predictable and they where right a bunch of times, the wAy wrestling has always been, if you watch it long enough, compition or no, you will get to the point where you know "the rules"
rumble? almost evrey time you know who is going to win
hogan? yeah we all knew
Hell Austin and Vince? happen how long?

Evrey one called who would win what and how, it has not chnaged, just most of you are now getting to the age where its affecting you

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Re: The hard question (20+ year old fans only please).

Yes. Seems like the entire product is aimed at kids, although Vince tries to keep us older fans sweet by throwing us a bone every now and then: Dat TLC match, Lesnar etc. Punk is the main reason I watch because he seems to be aimed at the older demographic.

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Sometimes I feel like I'm way too old for the shit we get most weeks but the sheer joy I have gotten out of moments like Lesnar F5-ing Cena, Ziggler winning at SvS & TLC and Jericho's return last night make me realise that I'm still invested in it too much to give up.
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Re: The hard question (20+ year old fans only please).

When it comes to wrestling, I don't feel too old with it. But my interest does fade in and out at times. Considering I'm twenty five right now and my schedule is a lot more hectic than it was when I was a kid during the New Generation and Attitude era(s). That's a piece of the pie for my interest fading. A part of me will always be loyal to the product. No matter how bad it may become. While I don't watch it every week, I stay up to date as much as I possibly can.

When it comes to comparing eras from the past. Most of the time people who grew up watching that certain time are going to prefer it over the current product. While now a days it isn't the Golden Goose's golden egg, it's not exactly the worst either. Things are slowly starting to improve. I'll always be one of those guys that prefer 2000-2003 over the current product. But in the same sense, I don't hate it. Nor, do I think I'm too old to watch it.

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I'm 28 years old and have watched since I was a kid back in the late 80s. I stopped watching from 2003-2010 so I missed quite a bit, but I remember the Attitude Era and the Monday Night Wars. Back in the late 90s, WCW kept WWE in check. It ensured that WWE had to be at their best week after week and entertain the hell out of everyone, which they did.

Today's roster is athletically and ability-wise arguably the best crop of talent WWE has ever had, but very few have the charisma that the legends of the 80s and 90s did. I continue watching the product just waiting for something big and unpredictable to happen... but everything is pretty predictable and uninspiring.

However, unpredictability does NOT equal entertainment. Take the current TNA product, for example. The entire Aces and 8s storyline jumped the shark months ago. Sure, some of the unmaskings have been UNPREDICTABLE, but only b/c the choices of unmasked people have been terrible choices that would never have come accross anyone's mind. That form of unpredictability is not entertaining in the least.

I want to be entertained. Even if I may know what's gonna happen, I want to be entertained. Truth of the matter is, it's hard for me to be entertained when I know that Cena is going to overcome the odds. When he beat Brock Lesnar at Extreme Rules last year, I took 2 months off from watching WWE. I was so disgusted. WWE painted a great picture: Brock Lesnar, an unstoppable "ass-kicker" beast, but still fed to Cena to avenge his loss to the Rock at WM28.

I'll continue watching WWE b/c I love wrestling. It's something from my childhood I always loved and I have many fond memories of it. However, Vince relying on 40+ year-old Attitude Era stars will temporarily help things for only so much longer.

Eventually, Cena will also get old and not be around. Cena is the only true star WWE has built in the last 8 years. No one is even close to his level. Same cannot be said about WWE pre-2003... Jericho, Hart, Michaels, Taker, HHH, Austin, Rock, Owen, Benoit, etc. All those guys were on similar levels. There was no one that was extraordinarily above the other. Sure, Austin, Rock and Michaels are probably considered to be the 3 greatest performers in WWE history who all existed (and co-existed) during the same time period, but what about today?

WWE had a chance to REALLY make Ryback a star by having him eliminate Cena. Unfortunately, business is business. In general, people will not pay to see Punk/Rock 2 or Punk/Ryback at Wrestlemania - they'll pay to see Rock/Cena 2. It's WWE's fault for not pushing anyone else to the sky like they have Cena. Punk's reign will always be remembered as one of the greatest of all time, but everyone who watches now will always know that he still played second fiddle to John Cena. The only thing above the WWE title is The Streak. Vince has said that there's no one bigger than the WWE, but Cena is proof that Vince is either lying or blind.
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There are times where I question why I watch it. I wouldn't usually go out of my way to watch a PG film or show, because I'm a grown man. So the fact that WWE is now PG is a strange one for me. I used to be a very proud wrestling fan and I still am, I'm just much less vocal about it and less of a bigot about it because of the fact that it's PG.

When I was 18 months old my brother put a pair of shades on my and I said 'ooooooo yeah', Macho Man randy savage style, so from the very moment I was born it's been a huge part of my life. Just because it's PG, wont change that fact. I often relate the WWE or wrestling as a whole to a marriage. There's ups and downs, there's times you cant stand it, there's time it invokes emotion out of you. But you'll always stay committed to it and keep going back for more. So short answer is yes, I do feel a tad too old for it at times, but I couldn't imagine my life without it.
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Re: The hard question (20+ year old fans only please).

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In my mid-twenties, and TNA definitely resonates with me more than WWE does.
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Re: The hard question (20+ year old fans only please).

Nearly 25 years watching wrestling, not just WWE but pretty much any promotion I could. I've even watched some of the independent circuit shows when they are on local stations. I'd say I'm not too old for the product as a whole... wrestling was, is, and always will be just like any real sport.. geared towards that male over 20 demographic. That's when it has always been at its best as well. Sometimes, promotions forget this and we get horrendous shit like the New Generation era and right now, possibly the worst era in wrestling history. But it isn't all on trying to aim towards casuals and kids... it's just simple booking madness at times.

Luckily, TNA manages to throw some bones to wrestling fans and half their show is usually entertaining. Right now, you can only trust the WWE to take a surefire classic like Rock/Punk and give us that kind of ending every time. They have their heads so far up their asses it just isn't funny. Pretty much the only reason to watch the WWE right now is to laugh (while possibly crying) at how awful it is. It is just amazing how screwed up their booking is right now.

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