Why Should I 'Stand Up For WWE'?

Micheal Robinson@nyyrobinsonSenior Analyst IIOctober 28, 2010

For weeks now, we've been told why WWE is so good.

Sometimes I feel like a zombie when I watch WWE, or better yet, like someone watching Edward E. Nigma Television from Batman Forever.

We are being told about a product's past, instead of seeing results from the present product.

A message to all WWE loyalists out there: please don't take this article the wrong way.

I would never try to categorize my relationship with WWE, but if I had to sum it up, I would say I am in large part, a die hard, lifelong fan.

It has been my decision over the years since I moved out of home when I was 18, to pump more money into WWE then I could ever imagine.

Countless RAWs, Smackdowns, PPVs and road trips, and each and every single moment and penny has been worth it.

However, this product I am seeing from WWE today, saddens and worries me.

This isn't about freedom of speech and a wrestling fan being allowed to wear a wrestling shirt at the voting polls.  I don't see a point of going out of my way to support a product that hasn't taken care of me in a long time.

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WWE is not invisible and they are going down a one-way street with no brakes right now.

I do believe that WWE could go on for years in the same direction they are now, and would be fine, but eventually, it will catch up with them.

I am no miracle worker, and I couldn't fix the product overnight, but there is some immediate changes you could make and take a step in the right direction.

Believe it or not, the 'TV PG' tag on their programming isn't the problem.  They could run an amazing show without the violence, language and crudeness we were all so used to during the Attitude Era

When I turn on Raw, and immediately, they are already wasting time in the ring, something's not right.

The General Manager bit was fun for a while, but I stopped laughing at the notification sound and the cocky Michael Cole about four weeks ago.

Guest hosting and special guest stars have ran their course for far too long.

It wouldn't be so bad if these were 'A-listers' or past Hall Of Fame WWE stars, but when you got the cast of "Hot Tub Time Machine" on the show, you are slapping die-hard fans in the face and putting more money in your pocket.

Now, I'll admit, as a WWE fan, I can take a lot and still turn on the show the following week.

Nobody is forcing me, or anyone else for that matter to sit in front of the TV and watch wrestling.

All I am saying is, WWE needs to kick it up a few gears heading into Royal Rumble and WrestleMania next year.

I have a strong feeling that the product will get better and be more enjoyable, but for now, RAW can be watched in 30 minutes by fast-forwarding through your DVR the day after.

WrestleMania 27 is in Atlanta this year and I have been planning to go for quite some time now.  The fact that it is practically in my backyard this year, it is too hard to pass up.

I just hope and pray that "business picks up", in the words of the great J.R., and we start seeing some things we haven't seen before besides the same thing every week.

In closing, I just would like to say that WWE has been a part of my life for over 20 years, and I am never ready to let it go or even considering not keeping up with it anymore.  

I would just like to be able to talk about it the next day because it was so exciting rather than dread watching it the following week.

I miss a lot of things about WWE.  What went wrong?  Is it me, or is the product directed towards a much younger age group that will tolerate all of the madness?

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