Before I start I just want to say that I know that pro wrestling is a entertainment based sport. So, this post is for people who are interested in pro
wrestling, like it, and what to discuss the topic I bring up.
I`ve liked pro wrestling since I was 4 years old(I`m 37 now). It was always about tough men and women being larger than life superstars doing things
that amaze me. That`s what I got hooked on. When I was a teenager it only got better. The story lines became edger and wrestlers held back less on
what they said and how they acted. Stuff like WCW NWO, ECW, Attitude Era WWE, Strong Style out of Japan, and the amazing technical style out of the
UK. I loved it all and would watch any wrestling I could get my hands on. Yet, something changed in the world of wrestling. And it seems to be coming
mostly from the huge monster of the company what is the WWE.
Granted, if you watch or attend any WWE event you will still be entertained. It not total garbage. It`s a quality experience overall. Yet, when I
watch wrestling from Japan or the UK I clearly see a difference. Japan still has some of the edge that was normal to see in the 90`s; but be warned if
you watch a Japanese hardcore match because it can get really bloody. Every time I watch anything from the UK the wrestlers totally tear the house
down with great story telling inside the ring throughout each match. The UK wrestlers make it a point to connect each move with a purpose connected to
why they are fighting each other in the first place.
And then there is the WWE
Like I said before, a WWE event is still entertaining but the edge is just not there anymore. It`s harder to get emotionally involved in most of the
matches. Story lines can often be not clear, not follow up on past history, and are hard to follow. The characters the wrestlers play seem to be held
back and clearly not fully being allowed to developed. It`s become far too scripted and paranoid about offending anyone. In the past a WWE wrestler
would go out in from of crowd with just a basic direction of what should happen and simply did their thing(that method is know as `working` in the
world of pro wrestling). There was of course a planned ending and certain things were planned ahead of time but the wrestlers had to get `heat` on
their own and usually `called` the match in the ring and on the fly. Now, when I watch a WWE even the wrestlers hardly ever react to the mood or
response of the audience. It doesn`t matter how the audience is responding the wrestlers will not `work` the crowd and are clearly following a strict
planned out performance. I can go on WWE network and watch match from the 90`s, 80`s and even 70`s and see the wrestlers `working` ever aspect of the
event. They react and change what they are doing based on the audience often. They will sometimes even play the audience a bit in order to get the
response they want. You just don`t see that anymore in the modern WWE. You still see wrestlers `work` in Japan and certainly in the UK but WWE boils
to down to a 100 percent performance with nothing happening outside of what was planned before hand.
I`ve thought about why WWE does this many times in my head. The only thing I can come up with is due to the company being so huge now they want to
carter to the largest audience as they can and attract as many advertisers as they can. They dare not push the boundaries too much or allow the
wrestlers too much freedom creatively over fear that something might happen which they cannot control and cause even the slightest bit of controversy.
Overall, it`s not a bad product but it could be so much better.
So, to all of you you like pro wrestling what is your take on all of this? It seems to me that WWE is out of step with other wrestling in the world
due to money and cratering to the lowest common denominator.
edit on 31-5-2017 by freedomwv because: (no reason given)
on 31-5-2017 by freedomwv because: (no reason given)