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WWE in 2017 is a far cry from where we were in 2012. PPVs were the primary variable revenue driver for the company, John Cena was the bedrock character, CM Punk had elicited a reaction from the older, remaining Attitude Era fanbase, and Daniel Bryan on the cusp of capturing the attention of the overall fanbase. The Women's Division was an afterthought and was being maintained solely for political correctness but in practicality was presented as nothing but another production value. Wrestlers were still closer in size to previous generations. NXT was still starting up.

Flashforward five years and PPVs are gone, replaced by The Network. Roman Reigns is now the bedrock character. The women's division is a viable entity, with characters who can wrestler and are in some cases more fleshed out and colorful than the male roster (Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Bayler, Alexa Bliss). The average size of the male roster is close to the cruiserweight threshold, and gimmicks are few and far between. Wrestling ability is increasingly the sole calling card for the roster, and with few exceptions (New Day) over the top characters are as rare as they would be on a Ring of Honor Show. NXT is a viable third brand, having been helped by an influx of talent from a collapsed TNA (Roode, Aeries, Samoa Joe, Eric Young) and fills the developmental void that ECW used to occupy in the late 1990s.

I'm curious what your thoughts are on where the company will be in 2022. Apart from Roman Reigns, who obviously will still be on top. Will the rest of the roster have morphed into Ring of Honor/NJPW 2.0? Will there still be any gimmicks left? Will the worst of the lazy promotional style and production cliches have completely taken over? Will the WWE become more political - left or right? And what will they do once they get past the artificially induced influx of talent from TNA? Now that Impact is owned by a financially stable entity, the days of mass exoduses of talent should largely be over. How will WWE do when they have to develop most of their talent from the ground up?
 
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