Re: **The Official Raw Ratings Thread** (Discuss Ratings In Here)
Perhaps I did mince my words when I said they'd stumble, although the chances of that happening in such an era of notoriously heavy management would be pretty high compared to those cut during yesteryear (many of which I haven't seen, so if I'm wrong on how I'd imagine things were run then please let me know). And of course, coke's one hell of a drug. Again though, I'd query if many fans today would be praising the etherial energy summoned by someone like Warrior and not choosing to speculate on how many rails he did that morning.
That's just being semantic and smart-aleccy on my part though. What I'm interesting in is why you want to see them live that silly lifestyle as if it will solve this issue of complacency. I've seen you be very vocal about how apathy is killing the business, but the truth is that there's a stack of problems that are being radiated from our television sets straight to our field of vision, as opposed to something that might, theoretically, be dragging wrestler morale down backstage.
The core one, as covered weekly in this thread, is how things are being handled these days. It wouldn't matter if it was just a job to some of the guys and gals, because the issue of 'importance going missing' is one that management is responsible for. Titles, wins, losses, gimmicks, characters. There aren't any levels of importance to these things. Either they're treated as the biggest, most important thing in the world, to the point where they're overexposed to the point of lunacy, or they're the equivalent of dirt in comparison. You said it yourself as have many, many others that WWE can't make things matter.
I do agree with you that the mystique is gone. It's been long gone for a while for many, though, and I'd imagine it would take something special for someone like you or me to get wrapped up in someone's act. Twitter is a problem to the integrity of the profession (even though it doesn't have to be), but that's undoubtedly what's being done as a result of what the company wants. That's their f'n problem if they want to undermine their own work. However, a lot of fans don't see WWE superstars as wrestlers more than entertainers, so it isn't that big a step away from their goal.