"Dude, you still watch WWE? Ever since the Attitude Era, that business sucks!"
Okay, that's an opinion I hear all too often, and for my first article, I think it would be a good topic to hit.
Most people that say this seem to be teenagers that grew up watching the product. They grew up watching a raunchier, more edgy program. Especially with the WWE trying to make all of their shows PG, it receives a lot of criticism from fans about it gearing more to the kids.
However, that was a totally different show. That was a time when they simply had to get edgy to get viewers back from WCW, etc.
Today, with TNA not really even being competition at this point, and with the media watching their every move—thanks to Chris Benoit, among other things—the WWE can target any audience they choose. And, the smart thing to do from a business standpoint would be to make it more child-appropriate, so all ages can enjoy it.
This doesn't mean that no one besides children can enjoy it. Today, the program is still far raunchier than in the "Golden Age" back in the '80s. So really, being geared toward kids is really not a reason for thinking the WWE "sucks".
Next, "There's no Rock, Austin, or Hogans anywhere in the WWE!" Does anyone remember "The Ringmaster"? How about "Rocky Maivia"? Heck, even "Hunter Hearst Helmsley, the Connecticut Blueblood"?
For those of you who don't know, that's Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, and Triple H, before they hit the Main Event level.
A few years ago, no one was thinking that Jeff Hardy would ever be a main-event singles competitor. Everyone thought that he would only go down as a great tag-team wrestler. Well, look at him now. He's arguably the most loved superstar in the business.
So, who can say that we don't have the next Rock, Austin, or Hogan in the business already?
We could remember Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase, Jr. as one of the greatest Heel tag teams of all time in a few years, for all we know. Santino Marella is so good on the mic, he could very well be the next Rock.
The Rock is gone forever. Hogan doesn't belong in the ring anymore. Stone Cold's body is too ravaged to be a full-time superstar again. They won't be coming back.
So, the only thing you can do is look to the future, instead of dwelling on the past. Not to mention, John Cena is easily one of the most well-known superstars of all time, regardless of whether you like him or not. He's a Hulk Hogan of this generation, whether you like it or not.
"There's no good wrestling!" or "It's all interviews!" is another common reason. Okay, allow me to shed some light on this through example. Imagine that you're watching Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair at Wrestlemania XXIV. This match is widely considered as one of the best matches in recent years, if not of all time.
Someone that has never watched wrestling would probably think that it was a good match. However, someone who has been watching the storyline develop and knows the story behind all of this through all of the promos and background would see that it was a truly awesome match.
The promos and storylines add emotion and make the matches that much more exciting. Yes, it would be fine for a little while if all of the stars just went to the ring and fought, but storylines keep the wrestling aspect compelling. Promos and storylines don't make the WWE "suck"—they make it perpetually interesting.
That's all for now. This is my first article, so I'd like some feedback. Thank you.