The WWE Today: From The Eyes Of a New Fan

Justin EricksonContributor IOctober 2, 2009

LAS VEGAS - AUGUST 24:  Wrestler Evan Bourne jumps off the ropes at wrestler Chavo Guerrero (C) as wrestler Hornswoggle lies in the foreground during the WWE Monday Night Raw show at the Thomas & Mack Center August 24, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Just yesterday, I wrote my first article. (The one about the WWE Tag Team Division.) However, I made a little boo boo: I forgot to introduce myself. I plan on writing quite a lot here on B/R, so I think all of my future readers should get a little idea of who I am, at least in the world of wrestling.

I'll begin by saying that I only watch WWE. I follow TNA and ROH very slightly, but my focus is on WWE, and when it comes to that, I am surely a junkie.

When it comes to how I watch wrestling, I find myself to be a mix of the 2 main types of fans: Those who watch WWE like it is real wrestling, and follow the scripted storyline, and those who break it down further to watch the entertainers themselves. I try to keep myself in the middle of those two aspects.

Now, as the title of this article states, I am a very new wrestling fan. My first Pay Per View was Royal Rumble 2009, to give you an idea.

Obviously, I am not writing to talk about myself. I am not Chris Jericho. I am writing to simply give an insight as to how I see the WWE today, as someone who cannot necessarily compare anything to the Attitude Era or anything from over a year ago.

I'll begin by going through my favorite superstars. I think the descriptions of why these are my favorite will be slightly different from the norm since, as I keep saying, I can't compare anyone to anyone else.

My favorite superstars as of now are:

  • Edge- I have heard of the old Babyface Edge, or Edge from "Edge & Christian", but, having never experienced it, it is not the Edge that I know. I know "The Ultimate Opportunist." I know Edge as someone who loves to be hated. Someone who will do whatever it takes to get what he wants (Like marry Vickie Guerrero. Props for the commitment.) I get just as excited when Edge is holding a microphone as I do when he is entering the ring for a title match. I see Edge as the total package.
  • Kofi Kingston- Sure, you will never find Kingston holding a microphone, or even speaking outside of the occasional interview, but his in-ring ability is enough for me to put him in my #2 spot on my "Favorite Superstars" list. I remember loving his very first match that I saw, and was ecstatic when he won the US title. I can't wait to see what's to come of Kofi in the future.
  • John Morrison- Now, even though I am a very new WWE fan, I have been able to see a lot of Morrison's sides. I've seen him as a heel and a babyface, a singles competitor and one half of a tag team. In every aspect that I've seen John, I've been impressed. His in-ring work is great. Simply put, he can do what other wrestlers cannot. I hear criticisms of his promo work, but I disagree with them. Morrison can work a microphone. Like Kingston, I expect great things from John in the future. I would like to see him as world champion in the next year.

Edit: I should note that I am not the "bandwagon" type. I was a fan of Kingston and Morrison far before they won their midcarder titles. Of course, that made it all the sweeter when they did win their respective titles.

Now let me tell you: It is not my intention to just list off some of my favorite things. As I've said, I simply wanted to give some insight as to how a newer WWE fan may see things in comparison to a devoted fan of 10+ years.

For example, the whole PG thing doesn't bother me because it's all I know.  Sure, I would love to see blood in a match, but it is what it is, and I am still entertained.


I don't want anyone to get the impression that just because I am a newer fan, I love everything going on in the WWE right now, because that it simply not the case.

I watch Monday Night RAW with caution, as I find myself to be entertained for roughly 5%-10% of every episode. I don't like this whole "variety show" thing Vince has going on, and I wish RAW would be more like Smackdown.

I agree with the claims that WWE should be pushing more talent. When you look at the number of main eventers that the WWE has, the numbers are shockingly low, and I know I'm not nearly the first or last person to bring that up. What's even worse is that when you look at the number of main event heels in the WWE, the number is even worse, and it becomes very obvious why the same feuds happen over and over.

So there we have it. Perhaps this article was completely unnecessary, but hey, aren't they all? I thought it might just be interesting to give a new outlook to how WWE is seen by its general audience. As always, I would appreciate your feedback, whether it be on my writing, or this subject itself.