As a fan of the WWE since February 2001, I have seen the quality go up and down since watching every episode of Monday Night Raw and many episodes of Thursday/Friday night SmackDown dating back to around WrestleMania 17.
My favorite aspect of wrestling was—and still is—violence. Not the violence we see today with chair shots to the back. I mean the violence that we saw when the Hardcore title was in existence. We still get good violent matches on pay-per-view sometimes but that's not the same as turning on Raw and seeing the "crimson mask."
Violence has gone down, but I can live with that as long as their is good talent on the roster with exciting storylines from the creative team.
Those aren't the only reasons I am currently not so thrilled with the quality of WWE lately—the lack of an element of surprise is as much a culprit as well.
Let me clarify my title for this article; I do not intend to sound like the fault of decreased excitement is due to the Internet Wrestling Community. Although I see hypocrisy in the IWC when they ask to bring back a star from the past and then when they do get that star back they complain about the ring-rust and poor physical appearance of that star (i.e. Kevin Nash).
I don't blame the lack of excitement on Jon Cena; he was chosen as the face of the WWE after the front office decided to go in a PG direction. I still remember when he was the "Doctor of Thuganomics" back in 2003-2004, so I know he can be the most charismatic and entertaining guy in the WWE. Yeah, that's right, I'm a Jon Cena guy.
I don't blame the PG era; there are still stars in the company who can be utilized properly in a PG environment, although I do miss a good old bra and panties match as much as the next guy. There are stars like Cena, CM Punk, The Miz, Randy Orton, the heel-version of R-Truth, the rising mid-card talents like Dolph Ziegler, Zach Ryder and Cody Rhodes.
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What I blame for the lack of excitement is the 24/7 news cycle that pours out rumors and reports constantly spoiling a good future storyline or a superstar returning to the WWE.
Think back to WrestleMania 17 when Stone Cold turned heel and allied with Vince McMahon. That angle worked because nobody predicted it. Would that story have been as stunning if rumors came swirling about that Austin would turn heel or if we had heard about the idea of an Austin heel turn?
Now if Jon Cena turns heel, some writers have said he will "get the biggest pop of his career." But if Cena turns heel, will it catch us off guard or will we just say "well, I guess those writers were right"?
Granted, a Cena heel turn would not be as surprising because Cena doesn't quite have the anti-establishment attitude that Austin 3:16 symbolized. But a Cena heel turn could've been the highlight of the year considering he is the primary baby-face of Raw and has been since he dropped the "word life" motto.
Although I enjoy a good article as much as the next guy, wrestling just won't be the same as it ever was if we continue to click the spoiler articles then complain when we aren't surprised with the weekly episode of Raw or SmackDown.
I don't care if wrestling is fake, I care if it's exciting, and that excitement will stay down if the we keep discussing every possible angle and see it on the computer screen before we see it on TV.