I love professional wrestling.
I always have and will continue to pour my heart into the product until I die or the program runs its inevitable course. With the worst rating in almost 15 years produced last Monday, the latter option may happen sooner rather than later.
Since I can remember, pro wrestling has always been popular and the McMahon enterprise built it to become a superpower that rivals any professional sport's initial popularity.
The '70s had Ric Flair and Dusty Rhodes. The next decade brought Hulk Hogan. Shawn Michaels, The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Triple H gave the fans something to cheer about in the 1990s, and now we watch John Cena blaze the stage.
Notice I didn't say CM Punk.
Each wrestler I mentioned was a cornerstone in that era, which McMahon drove through our brains time and time again. They were the heroes and villains who sold the merchandise, built a worldwide fanbase and dropped the company to the next guy in charge, hoping the success not only continues, but expands.
McMahon is in trouble. Desperation has set in and dire consequences have begun to come to light. Certain events may begin to happen that could eventually change the landscape of the WWE as we know it.
Before all of you begin to berate my insane prediction and thought process, listen to the facts.
Who's fault is the downfall of WWE ratings?
All-time Low Ratings
Last Monday, Raw received its lowest non-holiday rating in 15 years when it was given a 2.5 cable rating. Whether that is Nielsen screwing with the WWE Universe, I highly doubt it. That is now society going against pro wrestling.
Granted, Monday Night Football on ESPN has always been a main competitor of WWE's, it has never been this bad and the numbers show.
I'm sure most fans cannot disagree with that statement. The Divas storyline? It is irrelevant just like the division has remained for the past year and some. Beth Phoenix has been rumored to leave, Tamina (who can actually wrestle) isn't on TV, Natalya is being misused, AJ isn't even performing and Kaitlyn isn't being exposed.
When was the last true women's wrestling storyline that made WWE fans watch? 2006?
Regardless of that fact, the writing is more or less pitiful.
Bad Writing and Big Changes
Brian Gewirtz, former head writer for Raw, has been demoted to a regular consultant. When did that happen?
YESTERDAY BEFORE THE SHOW!
If that doesn't scream incompetence higher in the pecking order of WWE, then I have no idea what is. McMahon was quoted as saying in a F4WOnline.com article (h/t wrestlezone.com), "I want results or I want resignations."
Perfect quote to summarize the state of WWE, but the best scenario would've included it not being said in the first place.
If a 67-year old McMahon needs to come on and face their No. 2 star in Punk, then desperation mode has set in.
Mark Madden, wrestlezone.com columnist, wrote an article blaming McMahon for the chaos inside WWE. Can you disagree with him? He is the boss. It all falls upon him whether the company succeeds or fails.
Brodus Clay, who could be a monster heel, is dancing on camera instead of wrestling? I'm a part of the IWC and entertainment is a vital piece, but that could be a bit much. It took McMahon about four years to realize the tag team division was a disgrace, and now that is a big part of their programming.
The Cold Reality
Three hours and the social media explosion could be turning fans away. Ratings are drastically low, and McMahon is in desperation mode.
On the other hand, pro wrestling may just be dying. Despite the worldwide tours and media popularity, the standard person may just be getting sick of "fake" wrestling. My personal friend James was quoted as saying, "It is more like a circus than a sport."
That is the current landscape of pro wrestling. A dying breed that must improve.
McMahon came on last night to give the Universe his "State of the WWE Address."
His appearance alone portrayed the state of the WWE.