Do you still watch Wrestling in today's standards?

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#1 DaVillain-  Moderator
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Used to love Wrestling in the 90's, and early 2000. Then I stopped right around 2005'ish. I just didn’t have time to watch it as I was leaving High School at the time, then I just lost interest since all the good Wrestlers either retired or just called it a day and left.

I still have fond memories of WWF/WWE. During the early 2000's, wrestling got really good with actual wrestling matches. Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Kurt Angle, Triple H, etc consistently put on amazing matches. ECW/WCW/TNA is where the real good wrestling can be found. I also want to add how cringy it is to hear fans talk about wrestling nowadays as if they’re in the business. Back then, we knew it was fake & staged, but we went along with it lol.

Now and then, I’ll stream a PPV event like Wrestlemania just to see what’s going on and that's it.

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#2 Elaisse2
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That about when I stopped, I just got bored with it all.

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#3  Edited By madrocketeer
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Nope. Not interested in soap opera with pretend-fights.

Nowadays, I watch soap opera with REAL (sometimes) fights, isn't that right, Mr. Dana White?

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No stopped in the late 2000's could see then the product was changing for the worse. Best times were 97-2003.

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#5 Archangel3371
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I’ve been watching it most of my life and still watch WWE regularly, I love it. It was particularly great in the “Attitude Era” but there is a lot of great talent and things going on these days as well. Some current favourites of mine are Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Braun Strowman, Elias, Sheamus, Cesaro, Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Alexa Bliss, and Rhonda Rousey.

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#6  Edited By warmblur
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2005 was definitely when things started going downhill 2006 had it's moments but mostly sucked the Cena push and WWE going PG was the final nail in the coffin for me. WWE is so bad these days if they went some how out of business I would be relieved like a suffering animal that needs to be put down. I'm so glad I was able to see the birth of the nWo, Stone Cold, DX, Monday night wars, the real ECW, and the early ruthless aggression years.

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#7 watercrack445
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I stopped watching that long time ago. I'm amazed that there are adults that watch this. I don't really care if kids watch WWE but if there are adults that watch this and their fully invested in it then they need a new hobby.

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#8 SOedipus  Online
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No. No WWE and no NASCAR for me. I watched WWF when I was a kid with my dad, but that was it.

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#9 Bycil2
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of course

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@watercrack445 said:

I stopped watching that long time ago. I'm amazed that there are adults that watch this. I don't really care if kids watch WWE but if there are adults that watch this and their fully invested in it then they need a new hobby.

Who are you to judge what people find enjoyable?

Are you the offical king of adults?

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#11 mrbojangles25
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Nope. I don't really watch sports at all, so I damn sure don't watch no wrastlin'.

It was fun when I was a kid, but not so much now.

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#12  Edited By uninspiredcup
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I stopped watching after Stone Cold stopped fighting with Vince Mcmahon.

Don't have a snooty attitude or anything towards it. Fun is fun.

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#13  Edited By watercrack445
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@PSP107: On the scale of 1 through 10 how triggering was that for you?

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#14 qx0d
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After WCW went off air, WWE went downhill.

When you have no competition, there is no reason to improve.

Just like if there was only a Mcdonald's within a 25-mile radius, they could charge whatever price they want for their hamburgers, because no Burger King is there for the customers to turn to instead. Customers in the area would have no choice but to go to the expensive Mcdonald's.

It's the same with WWE. WWE is putting out a worser product, because people have no other wrestling show to turn to. WWE has no reason to improve.

Look at how good your mobile phone is. Constant competition between Apple, Samsung and other brands forced them to improve their phones, or they would lose business to the other brands. Another example would be Amazon and Wal-Mart, they want faster delivery options for customers. They would have no reason to improve their product like this, if they had no competition forcing them to do so.

Put 2 or 3 new wrestling brands on, when Raw is on. That would certainly take viewers away from WWE. WWE would be forced to make a better show.

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#15 thehig1
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@davillain-: not watched any WWE content for years apart from the odd few minutes of raw when flicking channels.

WWE is too family friendly and it ruins the content somewhat.

I used to watch TNA in what some would say was after its golden era (around 2012-2015) I stopped when they lost the TV deal with spike they were offline for too long, by the time they were back on destination america id lost interest.

My favourite era of wrestling was mid to late 90s, partly because I was young, and with little inherent or social media then kayfabe was a thing.

Used to love when WCW were competitve, and at one point were leading WWE, around the time they launched the NWO and Goldberg was on his unbeaten run.

The atmosphere in WCW seemed more chaotic and exciting in WCW the show felt like a frantic action packed two hours that flew over.

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#16 Litchie
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I'm consistently making fun of wrestling. Come on, grown men playing that they fight each other. Can anything be more ridiculous?

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#17 goodzorr
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I used to be big in to it, spent a good whack of £££ to go to Wrestlemania last year in Orlando. However, in the last six months or so I've just found myself losing interest. Don't bother with Smackdown anymore, and only really watch the PPVs, but tend to skip a good chunk of them. The storylines are just rehashed and I don't feel any connection to them.

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#18 robert_sparkes
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Would be interesting to see how well the wrestling games are selling these days. I remember when wrestlemania 2000 was sold out everywhere.

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#19 xtremeplay
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i stopped watching it when i became an adult lol

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#20 Solaryellow
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My not watching it has nothing to do with age and such but with it being a crappy product. Two of the people running the show wouldn't be in their positions if it weren't for being the daughter and the man who was sleeping with and then married the owner's daughter. Kayfabe is dead and that really hurt the product. Homer-like decisions in terms of pushes and storylines have also made it unbearable to watch.

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#21 iambatman7986
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Not since there attitude era. It went downhill fast when they had the draft for Monday night and Thursday night, splitting the talent pool in half.

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#22  Edited By Macutchi
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my dad got sky tv in the early 90s and at the time it was the greatest thing ever because as a young kid i got to watch the simpsons and wwf on tap, back in the day when gorilla monsoon, bobby the brain heenan and rowdy roddy piper were commentators. i stopped watching around the late 90s.

on a whim me and my girlfriend decided to stream wrestlemania a few years ago, even though we'd never heard of most of the wrestlers. it was surprisingly good! we tried to watch raw a few weeks later but it was terrible so we decided to stick to a once a year fix via wrestlemania. it was pretty crap this year though. i prefer watching the big bruiser brock lesnar / braun strownman types but they seem to be in short supply, instead it's mainly just a load of pretty little acrobatic guys poncing about. not sure if i'll bother again

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@davillain-: I still watch wrestling, it's completely different than it is for sure. Ever since Vince bought out WCW, there was no real competition against the WWE. TNA came close as a competitor, but a ton of missteps caused them from becoming a true rival. So far, hardcore wrestling fans have moved on to the indies like Ring of Honor, which is growing pretty fast and watch Japan's greats like New Japan Pro Wrestling for Kenny Omega, who's the biggest wrestling star in the world right now.

I mostly enjoy WWE's NXT block more. They have great talent, also Kairi Sane is awesome, but her former rival from Stardom has joined named Io Shirai.

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@FireEmblem_Man said:

@davillain-: I still watch wrestling, it's completely different than it is for sure. Ever since Vince bought out WCW, there was no real competition against the WWE. TNA came close as a competitor, but a ton of missteps caused them from becoming a true rival. So far, hardcore wrestling fans have moved on to the indies like Ring of Honor, which is growing pretty fast and watch Japan's greats like New Japan Pro Wrestling for Kenny Omega, who's the biggest wrestling star in the world right now.

I mostly enjoy WWE's NXT block more. They have great talent, also Kairi Sane is awesome, but her former rival from Stardom has joined named Io Shirai.

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Hmm, one of these days, I'll check out Japan's wrestling, thanks for the heads up.

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#25 FireEmblem_Man
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@davillain-: Just for a heads up, NJPW doesn't have women wrestling, the best women promotion in Japan is Stardom.

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@watercrack445 said:

@PSP107: On the scale of 1 through 10 how triggering was that for you?

Wasn't triggerd at all. Just asking a question.

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@davillain- said:

Used to love Wrestling in the 90's, and early 2000. Then I stopped right around 2005'ish. I just didn’t have time to watch it as I was leaving High School at the time, then I just lost interest since all the good Wrestlers either retired or just called it a day and left.

I still have fond memories of WWF/WWE. During the early 2000's, wrestling got really good with actual wrestling matches. Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Kurt Angle, Triple H, etc consistently put on amazing matches. ECW/WCW/TNA is where the real good wrestling can be found. I also want to add how cringy it is to hear fans talk about wrestling nowadays as if they’re in the business. Back then, we knew it was fake & staged, but we went along with it lol.

Now and then, I’ll stream a PPV event like Wrestlemania just to see what’s going on and that's it.

Funny you mention that, i watched some this past Monday, and yes it is still pretty cool. I just can't seem to be as excited about it as i used to be back when i was a kid. Them wrestlers you mention were one of the main reasons for watching, the best WWF days for sure. I find the lady wrestling to be quite good these days. On Monday i was watching the hype between the Divas Bell and her sister against Rhonda. I don't even know who the champ is these days of the men division, need to keep up a bit more.

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#29 CrimsonBrute  Moderator
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I think I mentioned this in another wrestling thread but I stopped when the WWF turned into the WWE.

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I only catch the big events when they come out on DVD.

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@LexLas said:
@davillain- said:

Used to love Wrestling in the 90's, and early 2000. Then I stopped right around 2005'ish. I just didn’t have time to watch it as I was leaving High School at the time, then I just lost interest since all the good Wrestlers either retired or just called it a day and left.

I still have fond memories of WWF/WWE. During the early 2000's, wrestling got really good with actual wrestling matches. Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Kurt Angle, Triple H, etc consistently put on amazing matches. ECW/WCW/TNA is where the real good wrestling can be found. I also want to add how cringy it is to hear fans talk about wrestling nowadays as if they’re in the business. Back then, we knew it was fake & staged, but we went along with it lol.

Now and then, I’ll stream a PPV event like Wrestlemania just to see what’s going on and that's it.

Funny you mention that, i watched some this past Monday, and yes it is still pretty cool. I just can't seem to be as excited about it as i used to be back when i was a kid. Them wrestlers you mention were one of the main reasons for watching, the best WWF days for sure. I find the lady wrestling to be quite good these days. On Monday i was watching the hype between the Divas Bell and her sister against Rhonda. I don't even know who the champ is these days of the men division, need to keep up a bit more.

Glad to see you're still alive & well, don't let work & life keep out away from Gamespot lol.

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I still watch it. When it comes to the WWE, I tend to stick with NXT more than the main roster. I actually went to NXT Brooklyn and Summerslam a couple months ago. Enjoyed NXT more than Summerslam. Independent wrestling is where it's at now. So much crazy stuff going off everywhere. Stuff that Vince wouldn't wanna do.

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#33 LexLas
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@davillain- said:
@LexLas said:
@davillain- said:

Used to love Wrestling in the 90's, and early 2000. Then I stopped right around 2005'ish. I just didn’t have time to watch it as I was leaving High School at the time, then I just lost interest since all the good Wrestlers either retired or just called it a day and left.

I still have fond memories of WWF/WWE. During the early 2000's, wrestling got really good with actual wrestling matches. Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Kurt Angle, Triple H, etc consistently put on amazing matches. ECW/WCW/TNA is where the real good wrestling can be found. I also want to add how cringy it is to hear fans talk about wrestling nowadays as if they’re in the business. Back then, we knew it was fake & staged, but we went along with it lol.

Now and then, I’ll stream a PPV event like Wrestlemania just to see what’s going on and that's it.

Funny you mention that, i watched some this past Monday, and yes it is still pretty cool. I just can't seem to be as excited about it as i used to be back when i was a kid. Them wrestlers you mention were one of the main reasons for watching, the best WWF days for sure. I find the lady wrestling to be quite good these days. On Monday i was watching the hype between the Divas Bell and her sister against Rhonda. I don't even know who the champ is these days of the men division, need to keep up a bit more.

Glad to see you're still alive & well, don't let work & life keep out away from Gamespot lol.

They sure are hyping up the Wrestlemania 31 Event. Almost tempted to order it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPG2G9zg9uU

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I watch NJPW and ROH. WWE will continue to be crap until Vince McMahon dies.

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#35 LexLas
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@bgres077 said:

I watch NJPW and ROH. WWE will continue to be crap until Vince McMahon dies.

What ! Vince McMahon is the Architect, the shot caller, da man of most importance. And he was gone we'd have to deal with Shane his son ? Oh hell no.

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#36 DFan17902
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My relationship with wrestling is similar to OP's. Haven't followed it in over a decade. I know a few of the big names that are still around, but most of the new popular folks are unknown to me. I've heard mixed opinions on whether it's still good or not, but have not bothered to check it out recently. Used to watch RAW/Smackdown regularly. Doubt I'm really missing anything essential at this point...

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#37 Jag85
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For me, pro wrestling peaked with WWF in the late 90s to early 2000s, when you had the likes of The Rock, Kane, Undertaker, HHH, Kurt Angle, Stone Cold, etc. in their prime.