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Marks (and newer fans) won't admit it, but modern WWE strongly resembles WCW 2000

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- Random, illogical, on the fly booking? Check.
- Live programming built upon no concrete foundation? Check.
- Weekly episodic content completely rendering last week's turn of events meaningless? Check.
- Matches featuring superstars we don't care about and with nothing at stake? Check.
- Not knowing how to properly utilize their talent's strengths? Check.
- Titles which stand for absolutely nothing? Check.
- Confusing it's viewers at every turn? Check.


WWE is successful for one reason and one reason only, and that's because it's only source of competition comes from a wrestling company that calls itself Total Nonstop Action (actually just saying that name out loud makes me throw up in my mouth a little. Seriously, what fucking boob thought that would be an attractive name for a Wrestling company?). Anyways, they bank on the fact that fans have no where else to turn and that people will be fooled by the shining lights and the pretty bow. The truth is when you look past the high production values and the stellar video packages, the actual product is on fucking life support and has been for quite some time.

The booking is no more logical and not much more sensible than WCW's was when it was at it's lowest. Nothing means anything anymore, no one cares, and things just... happen. R-Truth in the title picture? Okay, sure. Wait, no he's not. Not anymore. This week he's out and he's turning heel. Just ignore the entire last week's episode and pretend there wasn't a gauntlet match and pretend there wasn't a grueling match up between Truth and Cena, and forget there was an announcement that Truth would be in the main event.

The Rock is going to be at Wrestlemania! Awesome! I'm so looking forward to it. What's that you say? After the double count out, he came out and extended the match... only to end it moments afterward? What's that? He cost Cena the title? What's that? Now he's fighting Cena at NEXT year's Mania? And now Cena gets another shot at the title at Extreme Rules? Great! I'm so glad I got caught up in all the Mania hype which amounted to absolutely nothing!

The list goes on and on. There's no reason to watch anymore. Nothing happens. I hated the Nexus angle, absolutely hated it... but they put too much into it not to carry it out. Cena's fired? Wait, no he's not. He's back the next night. Nexus then splits for no apparent reason and... well, you know the rest.

You can't convince me that WWE Creative knows the direction each show is going to take from week to week. It's painfully obvious to everyone watching that these shows are concocted on the fly over cocktails... the night before. There's no storytelling, there's no booking, and there's no art. No there aren't Viagra-On-A-Pole matches, and no David Arquette isn't winning world titles... but they did put the strap on a reality star, and they did have DX attend Little People's Court underneath the ring.
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Booking-wise, I guess. But WCW was grasping at straws while they continued to plummet into irrelevance. TNA isn't even close to WWE right now, so they have nothing to worry about. WWE has the market cornered, so it's an entirely different situation.
 

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Great fucking post!!! I just started watching wrestling again not too long ago and these past few months the shows have eerily reminded me how WCW was back in 2000 and early 2001.

You can tell WWE is hurting becasue they have so many damn commercials that interrupt matches and segments. WCW never used to do that until shit started hitting the fan.
 

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Are you a fan, or one of Vince's financial advisers? Which are you more concerned with, the quality of the product or WWE's fiscal earnings?
What he said was true though. As long as Vince is bringing in the money he has no reason to change anything. Vince is in the business of making money and right now he treats the audience is has if kids were the only ones watching and he can get away with that because he is not losing money.
 

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What he said was true though. As long as Vince is bringing in the money he has no reason to change anything. Vince is in the business of making money and right now he treats the audience is has if kids were the only ones watching and he can get away with that because he is not losing money.
I know what he said was true. I guess I assumed he was defending them for some reason, rather than just stating the obvious. I apologize if that's the case.
 

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Just to nit pick...reality star? It's been 5 FUCKING YEARS. Get over it. He's a superstar now and one of the few entertaining ones. I swear 10 years from now if Miz is still wrestling people will still hate him for the Real World.

Move on, Christ.
 

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I wouldn't go quite as far as that, to be honest. The WCW eventually collapsed because it lost fan support because not only did they have what you listed, but they had some super-massive 'screw you' moments, IE; Fingerpoke of Doom, Laying down, David Arquette, etc.

WWE is not in good shape and shows some of the same symptoms, but while WCW had a cancerous growth that went unchecked and killed it, WWE just has a really bad intestinal disorder...at this time.
 

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Just to nit pcik...reality star? It's been 5 FUCKING YEARS. Get over it. He's a superstar now and one of the few entertaining ones. I swear 10 years from now if Miz is still wrestling people will still hate him for the Real World.

Move on, Christ.
He entertained the Mania crowd into dead silence. Granted Cena didn't do much to help, but it was painfully evident that Miz was overshadowed by both Cena and Rock. He's not a big enough personality or a big enough Wrestling star to be on the grand stage.
 

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I agree with the OP, I didn't watch alot of WCW 2000 at that current time. But around the Invasion angle(2001) I dug into the archives, and watched a little bit. Why hold a match for #1 contender, somehow have it end in dbl DQ. Then have one of the competitors put his oppurtunity on the line, LOSE and Then What?, Turn Heel??? OMG the WWE impresses again. to quell all the marks, the only reason the WWE is lightyears beyond TNA and any other promotion is because they bought their competition...nuff said
 
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