I stopped watching from 2009-2015, pretty much my high school & college years, and got back into it the Raw after Wrestlemania 32 and have kept up with it & gone to Hell in a Cell, Royal Rumble 17, & a few house shows in the last 3 years. I did get back into it pretty “hardcore” for about a year before I realized it was a bunch of the same feuds going on for wayyyyyy too long (the Sheamus & Cesaro 7-match series was ridiculous). The last two years I’ve gone back to a “casual” level of fandom and now just catch the PPVs and usually read up on the results of Raw/Smackdown. Social Media definitely makes it easier for someone to be a casual fan these days, as you don’t have to catch it on Live and most young adults don’t watch cable TV aside from NFL/NBA games.
I have at least 5 friends who during this time have also gotten back into WWE and keeping up with the storylines/backstage stuff, usually going through the same cycle of getting back into it for a few months, then slowly reducing the amount of time it takes to invest into the weekly programming. Just not enough quality content to keep anyone older than 18 or under 50 consistently occupied 52 weeks a year.
TV ratings really don’t do the shows justice: out of those 5 friends and myself, I’m probably the only one that watches the live programming or even DVR’s it, they usually end up catching it on free streaming sites or Smackdown reruns on Hulu. That’s 1 in 6 viewers that SOMETIMES contributes to their TV ratings. There’s definitely still a lot of casual fans
Last edited by SmarkSideOfTheMoon; 04-12-2019 at 06:10 PM.