If we are being technical WWE IS at its lowest point now since WWE as we know it in this incarnation came in 2002. The philosophy of the company being 2 brands under RAW and Smackdown and even NXT if we want to add them is a total different ball game then when Bob Backlund was WWWF Champion.
Given the resources they have now compared to the resources they had in the 70's and early 90's it is night and day. However, it is the groundwork and magic of those times which they learned from to not fall back to those levels of lacking resources.
That was also forced upon them because Ted Turner opened up his pockets in 1994-1998. The big difference now is the industry is severely lacking in comparison. The smaller WWF empire of 1998 actually enhanced the business much more than this incarnation we have now. In fact, the incarnation we have now is all remnant from 1998 with fatter pockets that live off the backs of icons.
I know this is a big debate on here about some who say the talent is inferior now more than ever against those who say otherwise that the talent now is superior.
The real test will come when this roster is put on Fox and they have the challenge of AEW within the next couple or so years(as I believe for it to gain traction with the masses it won't be overnight).
The 70's is a different beast when you consider it not being a Wall Street company and it was private. One thing is for sure, you are right about them being one or two stars away along with a super storyline.
I just don't see it with this presentation or the way they are conducting business from talent standpoint to creative to the overexposure.
We know the old incarnation of 97-99 was a tough as nails one that wouldn't lay down against the big bad wolf in WCW. Does this incarnation have the character to turn things around and topple real threats as its predecessors?
This may be the storyline within itself that may make fans watch as I also feel that the real elements of that Monday Night War was the real draw of bringing fans back in.
Fair enough....but I refuse to be fooled into thinking this is a different company.
I mean really Capitol Sports, WWWF, WWF, WWE are the same entity. To say they are not well I don't agree.
You can slap a new name on anything but really what significant changes happened when they changed names?
Really the question was "is wrestling worse" and tons of folks came in and said we are at a low point. That's all I was addressing because that simply is not true.
Fact is the talent now is 100 times better. Compare talent even in 2009 to today, it is night and day. The WWE has signed pretty much all the indy talent outside of a few AEW stars.
This is the same old promotion it was in 63. But are we really complaining? I mean WM is like a Super Bowl attraction for cities trying to get it across America. I live in a city that just had the NFL draft and drew 600,000 people, most talk radio stations were calling for a Wrestlemania next, is wrestling that bad off? But yeah I remember when people were griping about wrestling sucking during the Monday Night Wars too, because it was not the territories....so there's that. Things are not that bad.
And today's Raw is light years better than the 70's product and especially the 80-83 product. I mean really in 1983 the WWF's 2 hour cable show was a talk show format.....a talk show
I know wrestling maybe in a lull in terms of story lines...but seriously the WWE is a juggernaut today, that even Roman cannot ruin. Today's WWE is easily as important as it was at it's peak in 84. And as a fan of the 84 WWF it pains me to admit that, but it's reality.
Proof? Look no further than the success of the Divas and Miz shows on USA.....unheard of success in any other time period. Plus the You Tube subscribers of any wrestling commentator.
Wrestling has gone viral, something it never has done before. But yeah 2019 is a low point.......
I would wager wrestling is in a better place now more than ever in spite of the naysayers. And in spite of my territory upbringing.
This coming from someone who has always thought the WWE was trash....lol. Gotta be honest.