Yes, I know there have been similar threads, but this isn't a gripefest type of thread. In this, I hope we understand why we continue to watch wrestling as a whole when the product has obviously displeased us constantly.
I believe the reason we do is the sheer hope that THIS time(anytime a show is about to start) they'll turn it around. We're fans, let's face it, and we love the sport/entertainment. We remember moments when wrestling made us feel good, and long to have those moments come again.
WWE has dropped the ball many times, usually when it tries to increase it's viewer base. It constantly alienates those of us who think of ourselves as "true fans". WWE probably thinks we'll watch regardless of what they do...and sadly, they're right.
The problem probably stems from Vince McMahon himself. When WCW was utterly defeated, everyone gave it to the genius of Vince...did anyone wonder if it wasn't his genius, but WCW's bad luck and WWE's sheer good luck? Vince has done nothing but take ideas from other promoters and then stole them, changed them a bit, and package them as his new creation.
Fast forward to today. Where can Vince steal these from? nowhere. I like TNA, but it's hardly the birthplace of new, fresh ideas. In fact, it's like a last ditch place for wrestlers before they go back down the independent ladder. Vince has nowhere to steal from and it's showing. And when he's had to get creative on his own, he simply can't.
**Stone Cold and the Rock made themselves despite the bad ideas Vince originally gave them before you fans of them point them out as evidence of Vince's genius
Ways the product can improve:
- Get rid of the old guard promoters
- Get rid of influence of old guard wrestlers
- Shop around the internet for innovative storytellers from fan base
- Listen more closely to the fan base
- Stop any squash matches as they hurt the whole product
- Tone down the amount of comedy
- Pay more attention to kayfabe in or out of the ring
- Seek out further for future talents
- Listen to what fans say about independent wrestlers and who they like
- Learn not to beat an idea into the ground to the point it goes from interesting to flat out boring