Attitude Era vs. PG Era: Has the WWE Become Too Scripted?
Whenever I watch the WWE nowadays I can't help but get agitated at how scripted it has become. I grew up during the Attitude Era, when the characters were involved in story lines that people could relate to and for a brief few hours, actually believe was real.
Now, I am not saying that the Attitude Era was god's gift to wrestling eras, because it surely was not. Watching Headbanger Mosh vs Mideon was not exactly like watching perfection. But even those characters had you knowing what story line they were involved in.
This is the big difference between what is gong on during this, The PG Era, and what went on during the Attitude Era.
I know that wrestling forever has been scripted television. They would not be able to put on a show if they did not know beforehand what was going to happen.
I understand this. What I don't understand is why WWE creative has to make it so blatantly obvious that the wrestlers read a 20-page script before they walked out of the gorilla position.
Not so long ago you even had the Doctor of Thugonomics coming out and spitting our rhymes and ragging on various different superstars off the top of his head.
Now when John Cena comes out and cuts a promo on anyone, you can tell just by looking at him that he is trying to remember what he read on the script before he came out. The words that are being said seem so forced and fake that it is extremely hard to relate to in anyway.
I am not trying to say that the WWE should bring back the Attitude Era. That era is long gone and should stay gone. Certain things should live in the past and not be repeated and the Attitude Era is one of them. But the least the WWE can do is not make their audience out to be a bunch of uneducated morons.
Kids are the main audience that the WWE tries to pull in and I understand that most of the programming is going to be geared towards this. But then do not make most of your characters portray reality-based characters when you are trying to do this.
Look at the top stars in the company like John Cena, Randy Orton, The Miz, Chris Jericho. They are not characters like Hulk Hogan, The Ultimate Warrior and Macho Man were during the previous PG Era of the WWE. They are mostly reality-based characters that are forced to read off a script that does not let any of their true promo talent come out.
They are hindered by not being allowed to go out there and ad lib what they are going to say. If Randy Orton was allowed to go out and just spew out what came from his head, instead of being told exactly word by word what to say, it would lead to more interesting feuds for someone I like to call "The Promo Killer" Randy Orton.
Now I am not asking the PG Era to go completely away, no matter how much deep down inside I would like it to. All I am asking for is for WWE creative to let their characters go out there and just be themselves and let their natural ability come out.
This would lead to more interesting programming if someone like The Miz was able to just go out there and come up with a promo on John Cena.
Maybe one day things will change and the WWE will take some advice from its top PG star and show the wrestling audience a little "Hustle, Loyalty and Respect."
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