I think it's cute that you didn't want to continue to stir the pot but each of your posts condemns those who loved 90's wrestling. Calling blood thirsty and sadistic is the Definition of Technician's tactic.
Having a bit of edge doesn't make you a sadist. Again I point you to WCW from 94 to 99. Wrestlers wrestling for pride, money, fame and women was the crux of WCW in those years until it became a war against the nWo. Guys were all unique, colorful and versatile then, why not now? Because there are no stakes, pride, perks or prizes. It's a stale, sterile stagnation that permeates through a product that was in the zone for 35 years globally. A little edge goes a long way, look at what Heyman's SD did for WWE. Ratings, attendance and merch sales were all higher than Raw during the RUTHLESS AGGRESSION ERA, another time were the product was pg but still had the edge that people so desperately desire in this generation. People like you who want wrestling for the sake of wrestling are an odd bunch. You want matches with drama, suspense and a story but care nothing for the investment to get there. For a match to be HBK vs Taker you need a story of how they're warriors who got better with time. Angle vs Brock is the barebones story of two WRESTLERS with legit credentials who want to out WRESTLE the other. But neither of those matches/feuds works without a story attached to them that makes every wristlock, suplex and kick out mean something. You're not on the edge of your seat when Ryback or Strowman are wrecking jobbers, but you are on the edge of your seat when Ryback finally shell shocks Cena.
As for your tripe about crossover appeal, stop just stop. Those guys bring eyes to your product. WCW had Rodman, Malone and Leno on there shows for weeks straight. They weren't bigger than the business, they expanded it's reach. Maybe WCW didn't have the biggest black audience or a wrestler to reach them but that didn't stop them from trying with NBA stars at the time. Outside of Jordan, Rodman was the biggest star in the game at the time. Those celebrities were current superstars that bridged the gap between sports and entertainment. Same as the infamous Pete Rose. That's the difference between the 90's that you seem to hate so much and the Guest Host era. In the 90's they were there to ADD to the product, not dance and shill a direct to dvd movie. And they added an edge and drama, not silly stipulations. DDP and Malone wanted to tear Hogan and Rodman apart, not have an arm wrestling contest. It's not about making celebrities into GOATs, it's about enhancing the product. And when done right, it's what's best for business.
Wrestling DOESN'T NEED to be mainstream. It's just at it's ABSOLUTE BEST when it is.
When most of the complains are about guys not having the look, because they want roided up big guys, is this not a reason fair for criticism ? or when people are asking for bra and panties matches? or for chair shots to the head? You're exaggerating what I mean when I say "people are sadist" and you know it so stop. All the people that complain about the products today say this and compare to the things I mentioned.
I'm not against a story being told in the ring, my favorite promotion for the longest time was SHIMMER. Like 1 promo, 2-3 backstage segments, and the rest is wrestling matches, telling a story in the ring and each girl having her own character. That's enough for me, and yes each match does tell a story to a certain degree or another.
And all in all, what's your point? Sure having an edge adds to the product, but it's not happening, I'm not bothered by it as others are. If that's your point, then having an edge should be the bookers' job to do it, how is it the wrestlers' fault? The fact is, the wrestlers today are doing the best they can with what they're given to try and appeal to most. I don't blame the talent for star void.
I don't hate the 90's or the AE as much you'd think I would, I'm just not going to praise it like the rest and shit on the current product, when I see many guys and girls, bust their ass in the ring, and get shit on for it, it seems like everytime someone can wrestle, the anti-smark show up to shit on his drawing or star potential.
If you think it's the wrestlers fault they're not crossing over, then good for you.
Either way, even if you think we're the minority, this minority is still a very large number that's bringing tons of money to WWE.