WWE: An Open Plea to Management, Wrestlers, and Fellow Fans
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It is officially the day after Wrestlemania and I seem to be one of the few people in the free world with access to pay-per-view that did not purchase Wrestlemania. The thought, of course, entered my mind. However, I have had a love-hate relationship with the WWE over the past few years.
It hasn't always been this way.
I have been a fan of professional wrestling since I was a kid. I had an older brother, Dan, who loved professionally wrestling.
This was in the glory days, back in the 1980's, when you could see wrestling matches with Hulk Hogan, Koko B. Ware, Andre the Giant, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, Jake "The Snake" Roberts and the Junkyard Dog. One of my happiest memories was going to a live (then) WWF event, with my Mom, Dan, and one of Dan's friends.
Seeing the wrestlers in person was such a thrill. I fondly remember being on my feet throughout the whole show, yelling at the top of my lungs and thoroughly enjoying the whole event.
However, with Wrestlemania still fresh in the memories of fans, I have an open plea to the WWE:
Enough with long story lines.
I still watch the WWE religiously every week. Monday night is for Raw, Friday night is for Smackdown.
Anyone who comes into my house knows better than to ask to switch the channel as both my husband and myself have been fans since our childhood.
My mother-in-law has spent the night at our house on Monday nights on a few occasions and has learned, quickly, that there will be no reality television shows watched on Monday night at Casa Moen-Kadlec.
We don't care who is on "Dancing With the Stars" or "American Idol" or whatever other show is on Monday night. I couldn't even TELL you what other show is on Monday night, and I don't think that I am alone in this either.
But, over the past few years, in my opinion, the WWE has been stuck in a rut. It seems that every week, it is the same thing, the same matches, the same outcomes.
When the Nexus came onto the scene, it was exciting. At first. The WWE was bringing in NEW wrestlers, and that could lead to so many possibilities. But, after time went on, the Nexus started to get old. The storyline turned into just a lead-in for yet another pay-per-view.
The WWE brought back some impressive wrestlers, with Shawn Michaels being one of them. But, bringing back DX was like seeing an old friend that hasn't fared very well in life.
Just having Triple H and Shawn Michaels in DX? That was like a slap in the face to the people who enjoyed watching them back when DX first started. The reason that DX worked the first time was because it was something new, something that really hadn't been done before in the WWE.
While it was fun to watch what Triple H and Shawn Michaels would say or do, it didn't have the same impact that it initially did.
And, it wasn't just Triple H and Shawn Michaels in the original DX, if you recall. There was a whole group of people, each with a specific talent or way of energizing the crowd. And with the later edition of DX? Billy Gunn? Road Dog Jesse James? Chyna? X-Pac? Every single one brought something to the table, and every single one was great to watch.
The theatrics of the WWE have started to wear a little thin.
Build up your talents, WWE! Bring in some new blood, whether it is new wrestlers, or new writers! Bring back one of your greatest talents to be the GM of Raw: Stone Cold Steve Austin (after he finishes Tough Enough, of course).
I love the WWE, and will continue to watch every week. You have a great opportunity to bring back existing fans while creating a generation of new ones. Now it's up to you to figure out how to do it.
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