Challenging SCOTT STEINER's authority
Join Date: May 2009
Re: Did the internet ruin wrestling?
I don't think it's dead, it just won't ever reach the peaks it has anytime soon without a huge overhaul.
Too easy Not to watch anymore. You can read results, reviews, blogs, forums; hear multiple podcasts; see video-blogs all about the same show that occurred an hour ago. Then, you decide whether you want to watch it or not. That's a tough thing to fight against for WWE/TNA.
I have always found that the people who don't go on forums, nor read blogs or hear podcasts etc, are those who enjoy it even more, and to an extent I can be one of those people. I can stay away from all wrestling-content apart from watching the actual shows for a month and I'll enjoy it more, then I can read back on what I watched when I start checking these sites out and find that, even though I thought it picked up, it still gets bashed the same.
People are persuaded, dissuaded and have their opinions swayed so much online that its hard to believe the Internet has done anything positive for wrestling but of course it has. The sheer amount of content available is a plus, how easily accessible everything is given time is something the business has never had before, and to contradict what I mentioned about having everything available so quickly can be great for those who want to see it.
For live shows amd smaller promotions its huge as well. Social media at least must gather 80% of the audience at each show, and with the Internet as the new "word-of-mouth" it's always going to be a plus.
Bottom line though, we know everything now; we have non-wrestlers calling out the quality of the product from a viewpoint they should never have, and with so must easily comparable at hand it's easy to get lost in not enjoying something rather than stepping away and at least attempting to enjoy it.
Everyone who complains on this site I wish they would leave for a month and watch all Raws/Smackdown/impact and 2 PPVs without all of this and go to at least couple of decent local shows, then come back and see how they get on.