Re: 18 years ago final WCW Nitro
While WCW was alive, even while it was struggling, it was there as actual competition to WWF/E. The lack of any real threat to WWE's position over the last 18 years has removed any reason for them to ensure that the product is exciting, unique and always evolving.
What we have been left with is a homogenized, dull and repetitive company, churning out the same formulaic episodes of RAW and SDL week in, week out, with no thought, or even attempt to be different or to push the envelope. It's too easy to play safe and complacent, pretending that the ratings, which are a fraction of what they once were, are still "good enough".
The whole product has become a delivery mechanism for adverts. Whether it's actual commercial breaks, shilling for WWE Network subs or trying to sell the endless merch. WWE isn't a wrestling company. It isn't even a "Sports Entertainment" company. It's an advertizing company that uses people's nostalgia for what used to be Professional Wrestling, to give them JUST enough to keep interest, while selling tickets and tee shirts.
As I often say, the ONLY reason that I continue to support what WWE does, is that so many of the performers whose work I enjoy are employed by them ... and as much as WWE work to screw up everything else regarding the product, the actual wrestling matches still deliver.
I truly believe that the whole plunge into this boring, annoying time in wrestling started the day that WCW was forced to closed it's doors. Not because WCW was some amazing entity, pushing wrestling to the heights. But because it was just there to force WWE to TRY.