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Old 06-01-2013, 09:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Did the internet ruin wrestling?

I mean, before the internet, there were no spoilers and people actually had to tune in to see what was going on. Also, you wouldn't get spoiled about wrestlers returning, creative's plans, etc. Did the internet somehow affect wrestling's emotion and therefore ruined it? What do you think? Did you enjoy watching it more before the internet existed? Did you get shocked more often by returns when the Internet wasn't around to spoil it?
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It certainly didn't help
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The internet existed during the Monday Night Wars. Lack of competition killed wrestling.
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The internet existed during the Monday Night Wars. Lack of competition killed wrestling.
But not many people had access to it as now.
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Default Re: Did the internet ruin wrestling?

Mouths also existed back then too. I was one of those bums who didnt even own a computer till 99. My friend told me Taz was going to WWE months before he debuted. It didnt make it any less special, knowing he'd show up.

Fact is the booking was tighter, and the companies were forced to execute angles better because there were two companies every wrestling fan knew about, and then ECW. Right now there is no competition because TNA is hovering around ECW's area while WWE has become 10x larger.
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:12 PM   #6 (permalink)
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In terms of surprises? You can say so, if the person doesn't really have a lot of wrestling fans or internet access. But where it really ruined it is in ratings. So many people are live streaming ppvs and even shows. It kinda pisses me off that people illegally live stream ppvs then bitch about it. Or even worse they claim to be true fans. But yeah, the ratings are suffering the most though and it's unfortunate.
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:17 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Default Re: Did the internet ruin wrestling?

Yes and no. Idiots who bitch and complain about every little thing in wrestling when it isn't what they want to see is also a factor. Can't fuckin please everyone!
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Default 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.
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Default Re: Did the internet ruin wrestling?

I dunno about ruining wrestling. I do know that taking breaks from places like this every now and again makes the product more enjoyable.
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