#WWEisBoring – The Saga

70 Submitted by on Wed, 15 May 2013, 15:16

For the first time since Monday Night Football last aired, I will not be watching WWE Monday Night Raw this coming week (May 20, 2013).

Fear not, Meme Event fans; I can skip the show and still provide the site with its amiably inane photo captions after the show. I go out on Fridays and haven’t caught Smackdown since prior to WrestleMania, but I’m still capable of labeling the blue-show pictures on a weekly basis.

The only change that will take place is that I’ll have approximately 150 less tweets tweeted on Monday night. Other than that, it’ll be another Monday night featuring three hours of a lackluster product, taken in by a number of fans, a select group of which will only bitch about it afterward.

Here’s a fact: I like WWE. I do. It’s been a part of my entertainment pallet for 24 years, for two reasons: I like professional wrestling, and WWE is readily available. It’s entertained me quite often during my viewership, if only sparingly in recent years.

In those recent years, there has been so much that’s irked me as a fan who likes to think, and one who enjoys having humor fodder to mold:

-the relentless John Cena push

-the awful, forced commentary

-a neediness to be accepted in the mainstream that includes an abundance of celebrity walk-ons and cameos, to the point where they take precedent over the hard workers actually on the roster

-pesistent shilling of formulaic in-house movies

-a reversion to booking what is, essentially, a live-action cartoon with broad humor, tired jokes, and a reliance on stereotypes, while cutting down on anything daring or edgy, because of the apparent pecking order that the programs feature

-the inability of fans to get behind certain characters, because the idea of the ‘push’ is dead; once you’re at a certain spot on the card, you don’t grow as a performer, and thus fans get clued in that they’re not going to rise up the ranks. It’s either cheer a consistent loser, or cheer who the company tells you to cheer for, which the stimulus response of a number of fans is to say, “I won’t do what you tell me.” Zack Ryder may be a self-parody now, but his killed push taught us something: just because you get behind somebody in droves, we’re not going to change our booking, because we’re in control, not you.

-charity tie-ins designed to make WWE look like good guys, including getting in bed with a breast cancer charity with disproportionate dispersement of donations, a made-up anti-bullying campaign, and the use of Make a Wish, which a number of WWE superstars work with, but only Cena gets to hobnob with sick kids in front of the live audience, because it’s harder to boo him that way

-a company promoting equality and social progress, yet can’t find anything for its women to do, other than be a nymphomaniac that’s constantly insulted, receive childish secret admirer gifts, or date a 7’3″ sideshow act without any stated reason

-the heavy reliance on part time main eventers from years past to headine PPV events, because the current creative staff has done such a horrible job with the current crop of full-timers, that the PPVs look nakedly awful with one-note Orton or unlikable Sheamus or hastily-turned Del Rio or forcibly-pushed Swagger or oversaturated Cena on top all the time.

-CM Punk, who was turned face by the will of excited fans after his ‘pipe bomb’ promo 2 years ago, loses the edge that made him a unique performer by doing hacky bits designed for the Standard Generic Babyface (dating AJ, alcohol-related bits with Jericho, feuding with evil boss Laurinaitis), that the company turns him heel via convoluted means, and goes to every length to get people to boo him (attacking Rock, attacking Lawler, having Bret Hart denounce him as a phony, having Cena claim he steals Randy Savage’s moves, mocking Lawler’s heart attack, mocking Paul Bearer’s death) when if they did ANY of that with anyone who the crowd buys as a heel, they’d probably be more over than they are now.

-Moving Raw to a 3 hour time slot, and then doing even less with the wrestlers, because 3 hours gives them more time for movie trailers, comedy bits, product placement, celebrity bits, self-congratulatory video packages, PSAs, and the same matches you saw many times already, because ad revenue ALWAYS trumps a good product.

-Speaking of self-congratulatory, there’s the bumper-pieces called “Did You Know”, in which WWE informs their audience of what TV shows they beat in the ratings, what Twitter feeds they have more followers than, and will even blatantly lie in them.

That last one brings up the essence of WWE’s issues. It’s not shocking a company with honesty issues as WWE would lie, but it’s maddening when their lies nullify fan sentiment.

A few months back, WWE listed the five superstars that had the most followers on Twitter. The list went Rock, Cena, Orton, Punk, and Miz. This was interesting, because Zack Ryder had 110,000 more followers than Miz, and should have realistically been fifth on this rather pointless list.

Zack Ryder, in 2011, was a phenomenon augmented by the support of a willing group of fans, who turned Ryder into a viral sensation. His YouTube videos, his simply brilliant self-marketing, and everything he did to further his image, ended up being for nothing.

WWE doesn’t want to push him.

Once upon a time, the fans dictated who got pushed with their cheers, their signs, and their purchases.

WWE today is less a wrestling show, and more about a TV show. If WWE were Seinfeld, they decided in 2010 that Ryder was going to be Uncle Leo. Seinfeld isn’t wrestling. If Uncle Leo cultivated an intriguing persona on social media, and became a viral hit, he still wouldn’t surpass George in terms of air time. George is one of the four ‘juiced in’ main eventers, specifically chosen to be a headliner (like, say, Sheamus).

And that’s WWE: they decided Ryder was midcard fodder, and they’ve told us that we can’t change that. In fact, Ryder’s public frustration has served WWE well: a number of fans who didn’t get the payoff of a true Ryder push now view Ryder as an annoying whiner, and thus less people want him pushed (and even less expect him to be).

It’s a lazy, rigid structure that is now nothing more than a front. WWE is no longer a wrestling promotion, it’s a media empire. WWE would just as soon ignore wrestling entirely if it did good at the box office, on straight-to-video DVD, and with their non-wrestling ratings (i.e. Total Divas).

But wrestling is their biggest money-maker, and thus it’s wrestling money funding their non-wrestling endeavors. It’s no secret Vince has dreamed of being Walt Disney or Howard Hughes or *gasp* Ted Turner, because he wants to be a media giant, not a “rasslin promoter”.

By being the only wrestling game in town outside of the distant TNA, he’s able to make more money from people needing an accessable wrestling fix than ever.

Want to know why John Cena gets the biggest push? His fans are kids who beg mommy and daddy to buy the PPVs, buy his shirts, buy his hats, and buy his figures, thus giving an incredible revenue stream to divert into ‘bigger media.’

Wanna know why WWE shrugs at us when we demand Daniel Bryan or Antonio Cesaro be pushed harder? Their fans criticize WWE and steal the PPVs they feel like watching.

If you’re not funding Vince’s biggest dreams, Vince doesn’t want you.

Ahh, but we ARE funding those dreams. Look at the DVDs WWE puts out: rare Bret Hart matches, a CM Punk collection, In Your House matches from happier times for us, and so forth. We gobble them up, and subscribe to the OnDemand service, because we think we’re sticking it to The Man by thriving on nostalgia, instead of today’s product.

Vince gets our dollar either way, mind you. If we want a hit of yesterday, he’s still the man in the toll booth.

So money’s not an issue. Raw ratings, while hovering around the 3.0 mark, are enough make bigwig sponsors like KMart happy, and we even facilitate that. Our routine viewing that dates back to the Attitude Era, if not earlier, means we’ll be in front of the TV at 8 PM, ready to nitpick and roll our eyes, for the most part.

The sponsors and the network don’t care about our criticisms; they just want the numbers, and WWE wants the money from the sponsors. If they’re happy, they don’t care how WE feel.

And that’s why Vince can afford a status quo product that enrages the most discriminating: we’re still helping him anyway.

But what if we cut off one of those streams?

On Monday, June 9, 2003, nearly ten years ago, a man named Jeff Wahlman staged a protest against WWE. He called for the boycott of that night’s episode of Raw (this was organized about a month in advance, I believe), and it was an experiment to see just how many viewers would be willing to stick it to the company with the unwanted HHH push, misused midcard, and general decline in quality. Even Scott Keith publicized and participated in the protest

Whether it was because WWE got wind of the protest, or because the HHH/Nash Hell in a Cell match for Badd Blood looked anemic on its own, it was announced for that very June 9 Raw that Mick Foley would make his WWE return after a year-and-a-half away, and announce that he would referee that cage match six days later.

Despite the addition of a beloved legend, Raw took a hit that night. On June 2, Raw had a 3.9 rating. For the protest show, it dropped to a 3.5.

Coincidence, or did it work? Hard to say. But considering that Raw topped the 4.0 mark a few times that summer, it seems like a number of annoyed fans were willing to play along.

Judging by the number of people who tweet out #WWEisBoring, maybe it’s high time we give it another shot.

I won’t organize a formal protest, because that’s enough of a headache, but I can safely say that I’m taking the May 20th Raw off.

If anyone wants to join me in this ‘social experiment’, feel free to. Spread this page around, link your friends, and see if we can make a social media-dent in WWE’s rigid mindset, since Ryder couldn’t.

Raw had a 2.9 this week. Can you imagine if it dropped to a 2.2? And can you imagine if it stayed around there for a while afterward? The June 16, 2003 Raw rebounded to a 4.1, so the protest was obviously short-lived. Maybe I’ll be in this one for the long haul.

For those who’ve tweeted me saying, “If you don’t like it, don’t watch,” you’re about to get your wish.

Who’s with me?

(Send all support and/or criticism to me on Twitter)

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70 Responses to "#WWEisBoring – The Saga"
  1. Jerichoholic Ninja says:

    “Wanna know why WWE shrugs at us when we demand Daniel Bryan or Antonio Cesaro be pushed harder? Their fans criticize WWE and steal the PPVs they feel like watching.”

    You hit the nail on the head. Back in 2011, someone (I forget who) said something along the lines of “If you want Ryder pushed, don’t just follow him on twitter, buy his shirt.”

    I’m been trying to think of a way to get the WWE to listen to the fans in the audience at the shows. The fans show their displeasure in many ways, but the WWE doesn’t seem to care. They can deal with boos. They can deal with profanity. They can deal with “What” and “boring” and “Cena sucks”. Hell, they even encourage the latter. But what if the fans chanted something that the WWE would consider completely unacceptable enough that they might try to do something.

    So someone should try to get fans attending shows to chant something against Linda. Considering how much they are trying to distance wrestling from Linda (plus talk that she might actually run for something again), surely someone would sit up and take notice if fans at the wrestling shows were so upset that they were knocking Linda McMahon.

    Of course, their solution would probably be to dub it over, but that wouldn’t stop fan videos from getting out.

  2. "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

    Raw is awful. Don’t blame you one bit. I’m about to stop watching both WWE and TNA all together.

    • James S says:

      dude I stopped watching pro-wrestling on a regular basis a little over a decade now. They started to repeat the same crap over and over, and I just got sick of it. Remember when they tried to bring back the NWO with Shawn Michaels? Oh yeah, I do and it was a stupid idea. It was kinda fun when they had Hogan, Hall, and Nash, but it got old really quick. Im also getting sick of this nostalgia push that they seem to shoe horn into everything now. Wrestling has been good, since Vince bought WCW.

  3. MJA says:

    You bring up a lot of really good points. However if everyone takes a sabbatical from Raw over the next few weeks, the ones that are going to get blamed and subsequently de-pushed are Ryback and the Shield. They’re the ones that are most heavily featured, and they’re the ones that will get punished for a dip in ratings, while Cena and Sheamus etc. will get off scot-free. Remember what happened to the Miz after Survivor Series 2011, even though it wasn’t his fault? We could kill Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns’ chance of becoming proper main-eventers if we do this. I empathise with what your trying to do, but it’s dangerous for those guys.

    • Autrach Sejanoz says:

      The Shield are talented enough to find work elsewhere, whereas Ryback really would be hurt, because he’s absolutely worthless.

      • Jason says:

        I could say plenty of things to your comment on Ryback’s worth, but instead I will simply say Japan loves hosses.

        • Walter Kovacs says:

          This PPV is going to bomb hard, and I’m assuming that the ‘E is going to learn the wrong lessons. Instead of realizing that HHH/Brock III is a horrible idea, they’ll think “too bad we didn’t have the Rock”. Instead of thinking that not having Punk or Dolph on the card are the reason for a poor buy rate, they take it out on the Shield.

          Voting with your wallet is hard to do when you can’t really tell them why you are buying a PPV or not buying a PPV. And boycotting to hurt the ratings only works if you actually count for the ratings.

          Still the “we don’t care what you spend on, as long as we get your money” attitude feeds directly into the “so we’ll just stream the PPV we do want to watch for free” attitude. You can’t really say that they don’t listen to Daniel Bryan’s fans because they don’t pay for the PPVs when they also don’t listen to the fans that DO pay for the old school wrestling DVDs or On Demand, etc. Ultimately that means that paying for stuff AND not paying for stuff is ultimately ignored. And, any PPV that features Bryan or Punk will also feature Cena, even if he’s in a pointless feud with Big Show or Kane or Johnny Ace, etc. So, outside of paying for a specific persons merch, there is no way of ‘sending a message’ that won’t just get interpreted the way they want to read it.

          • Jason says:

            this really pisses me off. You get Bryan and Punk, but any Cena is unacceptable. Do you see the kids in the audience trying to shout down the net favorties? It’s childish, and that is especially pointed out by their being kids there who are not being that childish.

  4. Scrooge McSuck says:

    Raw is awful for every reason mentioned, except Zack Ryder. I’m sorry, I don’t like him and was actually happy his flash-in-the-pan push came to an end. He’s boring in the ring (even by the watered down WWE style laws of boring) and looks like a total douchebag miscast as a babyface.

    • Justin Henry says:

      you can dislike Ryder if you wish, but you’d have to agree that for him to have built up that cult following, and have it squandered because it didn’t fit the company’s rigid plan, is just wasteful.

      • Joe T says:

        On top of that…he did what WWE creative can’t seem to do at all anymore…build up some hype and heat almost from scratch

  5. Jimbolian says:

    There’s a part of me that want to say that while Vince still has input, Nipple H is calling the shots now.

    • s1mon86 says:

      sadly Vince appears to be in a mere figure head role in WWE now days. He may call the shots but the shots he has to call are now made by groups of people with their own goals and what not

  6. drunkenmaster says:

    Agreed 100%. Vince McMahon doesn’t care about wrestling anymore, and even less about the fans. In fact, they don’t even use the words “wrestling” or “wrestler” when talking their product, that’s how absurd this have become. He just cares about the media, portraying himself and his wrestle– er, “entertainers” as celebrities. So it’s time that people- no, the WRESTLING fans, stop watching their shows, and buying the PPVs. I had already lost my faith in this company, and I don’t even like any WWE page on Facebook or whatever internet page they have fan pages. With all this crap from the WWE, it’s good that Vince isn’t the President of the United States. Everyone would have to think like him…

  7. Ryan says:

    The reality is, you can tweet, tag, link and view all damn day until your eyes bleed out and your thumbs,fall off…

    But at the end of the day, the only two langauges Vince speaks are dollar signs and tv ratings.

    I agree though, if you want WWE to change, hit em where it hurts. Dont watch the shows, dont buy the shirts,dont go to the arenas and dont even mention Twitter.

    Want to hurt them even more? Start watching TNA and support local and independent wrestling groups.

    It might take a while, but once those dollars start leaving his wallet, Vince will have to evolve or die.

    • Rose Harmon says:

      I’m right there with ya. When it comes to quality wrestling, TNA totally has them beat. The women are actually athletic, the younger talent is interesting, and they actually seem to listen to the fans (i.e., the title run of Austin Aries).
      Also, I live in LA where Championship Wrestling From Hollywood (formerly NWA Hollywood) is filmed. There are a handful of little indie promotions and promising wrestlers. I’d rather watch any of those than WWE these days.

  8. TTBadguy says:

    I stopped with Raw around the time of CM Punk’s heel turn and I can’t even remember the last time I watched Smackdown (pretty sure Del Rio was still a full fledged heel). Before that, I’ve tried to tolerate WWE off and on for years but I guess I’m just not capable of giving it the benefit of the doubt anymore. This article hit every point that has bugged me about it in the last two to three years, and what it comes down to is the WWE television shows aren’t designed for me. For whomever manages to still enjoy elements of them, good for them. However, I can’t watch the shows or order PPVs without feeling like I’m wasting my time or my money.

  9. babj311 says:

    I have always had this idea at a live RAW that during a terrible match (Sheamus/Orton) or another stupid promo (Cena) or any of the other terrible things WWE tries to shove down our throats. That the whole audience would stand up and turn their back of the ring. Sure it would take the right crowd at the right place and the right time, but man would it send a message. Imagine watching RAW and seeing a sea of people turning their backs on the product. The WWE would try to cut to close shots or the announcers. But in the end the people who need to see it (McMahon/Triple H) would. And maybe, just maybe it would send a message. I can dream can’t I…

    • hobu0 says:

      Thats what drives me nuts about the fans who boo Cena. They think they’re being hip and edgy, but really all they’re doing (especially over the past few years since Cena just panders to them anyway) is playing along all the same. If you really don’t like the guy, get up and get some snacks during his promo/match or whatever, don’t just yell in the face of a small child to prove how “cool” you are.

  10. BaltoJim says:

    So other than that, what do you think about RAW nowadays? ;-)

    I’m with you on the boycott. I’m not going to be able to watch RAW on Monday anyway, since I’ll have to work that night. But I’m with you. Let’s stick it to the McMahon!

  11. Jay "The Brain" Mann says:

    I can’t deny that WWE’s boring anymore. This week’s episode of Raw dragged so much it felt like a game show that’s normally 30 minutes and fast-paced stretched out to an hour and with lots of dragging. It seems WWE knows the first hour of Raw is pointless now as it felt like a 3-hour Nitro. I really feel bad for the people who catch up on Raw on Hulu (why you would do this is beyond me, but still). They had a multitude of segments they could’ve cut out… instead, they cut out 5 of the 8 matches. Including the main event.

    I’m definitely using the #wweisboring hashtag in your honor next week, Justin. It’s truer now more than ever.

  12. Deathedge says:

    Someone should go to one of the shows (A RAW or PPV that looks like a sure fire snooze fest) and do whatever they can to get “TNA” or “ROH” or, hell, even a “NJPW” chant started, whatever promotion that crowd is willing to chant at them, just get it started. The only way Vince will feel that he needs to change the product is if WWE is utterly humilated one night, and the ultimate disgrace would be to have floods of fans chanting for a rival promotion.

    WWE has already proven that they can even deal with low ratings at this point. I’d say the only way Vince would try for a massive shake up is if it drops below the avearge rating for a Monday night prime time program.

    • Jason says:

      so a random chant started just because is supposed to teach WWE their product is terrible?

      • Deathedge says:

        Yes. Just look at what happened when Philly chanted “ECW” back in 95. Not only did WWF begin, slowly but surely, changing their product, Vince resorted to bringing in and working with ECW.

        You see, the one thing about Vince McMahon that has remained consistent throughout the years is his desire to feel like a god among men, and a product of this is that he has a fragile ego. Now that he is the only game in town and likely does not view TNA as a viable challegner to the throne (thanks to that Monday Night Wars experiment… Ugh…) he doesn’t care about low ratings, as he “knows” it is only going to be one, two weeks tops, before fans return to the product.

        It is another “social experiment” that could be tested if you really want to go along with this TV boycott. Just do it and see what happens.

        However, if you really believe that the idea is stupid… The fact is, regardless, you have to aim BIGGER then boycotting the TV show for a week. Here are my two suggestions:

        (1) Boycott WWE programming, ALL WWE programming (Yes, even NXT…) for a certain duration of time… Say… one month and hope enough people stick with it.

        or

        2) Boycott a WWE PPV, or maybe several. After all, not only are making his company look foolish, you are hurting the bottom line to his show. Do this to a B-list PPV, like the up coming Extreme Rules, he’ll probably just sort of shrug it off… Do it to more B-list PPVs, he’ll get a little worried…

        Do it to Summerslam or any of the other “BIg 4″ (If it can be called as such… I haven’t viewed SurSer is an A-List PPV for a while) Vince would probably freak the hell out.

        • Jason says:

          they chanted ECW because they were in ECW’s home and they liked ECW.

          Chanting SMW in that building probably would have elicited much less of a response from WWF.

          Fact is net fans are not going to get want they want this time, IMO. There is no preferred niche product WWE could emulate and anyway your example of chanting anything just shows that many may know what they dislike there’s less unity on what they do like. In addition I think that Vince is far more interested in getting a new generation of kids into it this time.

          Net fans leave and numbers drop it won’t b “How do we get the smarks back?” it’ll be “How do we bring in more kids and families?”

          • Deathedge says:

            Though I do agree with your statement Jason, my hope would be that maybe… just maybe… their idea to bring in new kid fans and family fans is by doing something FRESH! I don’t care if they market towards kids and families, I really don’t. I still enjoy a few cartoons and shows considered “childish” because I feel they are actually pretty engaging.

            WWE is not engaging. They have been ramming the same act down our throat for almost 10 years now (it feels even longer then that) and have not put on a good, original storyline in quite some time. The “Pimp Bomb” is nothing but a distant memory at this point, and whenever an act seems to really get hot, WWE gets cold feet and puts them in a freeze so to speak, keeping them running in circles or worse, bury them. The Shield is good, yes, but how long do you think it will be before they get a WWE Title match? Better question, will they still have their momentum when they get one?

            The ultimate point is though, CHANGE is what many of us fans want. A good change is prefarable, yes, but at this point any change would be better then watching Cena do his Super Cena schtick for the millionth time.

        • Walter Kovacs says:

          There was also the fact that WCW was actually competing with them, taking their stars, competing on Monday Nights and eventually kicking their butts. It was ECW chants that made changes, it was having actual competition. ECW was a good source of new ideas and wrestlers, but it was about WCW and WWE forcing each other to compete.

      • DeweyDTruman says:

        It’s supposed to, yes. You don’t think everyone was singing along with Fandango’s theme or chanting “Ole!” or “Sexual Chocolate” because they liked the product being shoved in their face the night after Wrestlemania, do you?

        Sadly that same exact example just proves how little Vince cares. If he thinks people are doing something that can catch on, even if it’s supposed to be mocking him, he’ll try to make a profit off of it.

  13. Jason says:

    you know what? I’ve seen so many people say I like WWE I really do that I no longer believe it.

    fans barely dictated who was pushed. Honky Tonk Man was coming in and going to get a push. Fans hated him so he got pushed as a heel instead. But it was Vince McMahon who decided he was going to be pushed.

    But I think you’re right. Vince doesn’t want certain fans. In fact he showed that in the 80′s when he went kid friendly and was more than happy to let the adult fans hit the bricks.

  14. Jason says:

    honestly, as a person who does like WWE and liked the old Wrestlecrap site I think the current one with you seeming to produce most of the content is more wrestlecrap than anything WWE is producing at the moment.

  15. Jeremy says:

    Good idea. You’ve got my support. If I have to sit through another Randy Orton/Sheamus/Del Rio v. “insert interchangeable mid-card heel” match that only serves to advance another feud they have with someone higher up the card, I’ll scream. Sure sometimes they get a good showing before losing, but I can only watch Antonio Cesaro get a good match with Orton so many times before him getting a good showing isn’t even effective anymore. I can only stand to see Wade Barrett remain Intercontinental Champion while losing to Sheamus every other week so many times before I lose faith in Barrett ever moving up the card. Dolph Ziggler and Kofi Kingston are two of the most exciting wrestlers to watch, but I don’t want to see them competing against each other again for a long time because its happened so many times. The product is too overexposed and watered down, its hard to get invested in even the best workers anymore, because history has taught me its only a matter of time before they lose to Cena or Triple H and lose momentum. I won’t be watching on May 20th and maybe I’ll skip May 27th too. As someone who sat through some crap in the mid-90′s WWF and has been watching pretty much non-stop since Summerslam 1990, hopefully that sends a message, though probably not, the good workers who I want pushed up the card will probably get scapegoated as the cause while we get more Cena, Triple H promos.

  16. Cody says:

    Long time admirer, first time commenter (really felt like I had to put the radio show introduction). You get most of the storyline information and highlights, if you can call some of them that, from watching Main Event. It’s sad that, to me at least, that the most entertaining “Sports-Entertainment” show is Saturday Morning Slam.

  17. VDM says:

    I already stopped. The post-Wrestlemania RAW was my last one. Went out on a high note. Reading a recap of the following week’s show, I knew it was the right decision.

  18. Mike says:

    Preach on.

  19. Autrach Sejanoz says:

    With you all the way, Justin. Haven’t watched or supported WWE in any way, shape or form since the Royal Rumble.

    That being said, I think Jason might be proven right when he said: “Net fans leave and numbers drop it won’t b “How do we get the smarks back?” it’ll be “How do we bring in more kids and families?””

  20. WCE says:

    Here’s a real idea, go to WWE shows and beat up the kids wearing John Cena shirts. Take the fight to the fans in the stands, let the parents know their kids aren’t welcome here.

  21. Justin Henry says:

    What made it hacky was that it was “out of character” for both. Both are about pointing out the hypocrisies and transparency of supposed heroes and authority figures, not doing a bit that would look out of place, even on an awful 2005 edition of Smackdown.

  22. Lefty says:

    I agree with Jason. I loved the old wrestlecrap site. It was a great place to stop by once a week and have a few laughs. It was nice, it celebrated the worst of pro wrestling and it was a nod to the die hard fans that have sat thru the good and the bad. Nothing against Justin but the current site seems to just be negative towards anything the wwe or tna puts out. Why not let a storyline or comedy bit gets some legs under it before crapping on it (this is pro wrestling, its going to be goofy, and some bits are not everyones cup of tea, Its been like that since Ive been a fan). Justin, take your break, (I actually think most wrestling fans need a break from time to time). But when you come back try not watching the show as a critic, try not being so negative.. Next time you watch, try just sitting down to enjoy a wrestling program.

  23. Sean says:

    I’m honestly considering it…i really am

  24. Peter says:

    It’s too bad TNA doesn’t get higher ratings, like 2.5′s, because a boycott where Raw dips below TNA’s rating would really wake them up.

    • Tommy B Rude says:

      Sadly TNA isn’t really trying to be competitive. Yeah the program turned around for awhile, but it looks like they’re already slipping back into theory old formula. Unless something drastic happens, TNA will always revert to being a place where has-beens can go and pretend they’re still big stats. It doesn’t matter if they don’t make a dime, as long as they can stand in front of the camera and act like big shots for 2 hours a week they’ll think TNA is doing just fine.

      • Peter says:

        Tommy, you’re right. While Impact is more of an adult oriented show than WWE is which makes it more enjoyable to watch, for me at least, it still doesn’t separate itself enough from WWE. It feels like an episode of Smackdown from 2008 sometimes.

    • Autrach Sejanoz says:

      TNA’s better than it used to be, but there’s still problems. Mind you, little recapping & there’s only one show which goes for merely two hours a week, with Taz on commentary…

  25. Brian K. says:

    Best Shoot since Heyman at One Night Stand!

  26. Stephen says:

    I just want to throw my hat in and say how much I love the new WrestleCrap site, since there have been a couple of commenters here tearing it down. I visit the site every day now, instead of once a week like I did with the old one. I could do with a few more inductions (and I liked the white writing against a black background of the old site. It was relaxing) but you, Justin, as well as RD, Art0Donnell and the rest of the gang have done a good job of making a site that I keep coming back to.

  27. Jeff says:

    The old saying is true, “Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” I was in college when Vince bought out WCW and a group of friends and I went to X7. We knew Vince buying WCW was a mistake. I haven’t watched wrestling regularly in years, I buy a DVD every now and then because I have always appreciated pro wrestling. What worries me the most is that WWE is starting to look like WCW in its last years. Story lines don’t make sense. horrible commentary, very talented wrestlers who are not getting there chance, the office relying on non wrestling instead of wrestling to make money, the sound truck dubbing cheers over the booing fans, and (this is a big one) a whole list of belts that you could not give away because no one cares about them anymore. WWE is willing to sell its soul for mainstream acceptance and to get a little mention in the news. Just like WCW did when they put their top belt on David Arquette, and that worked out so well. What is the answer? I don’t think WWE will learn anything until they lose their business. They take credit for what the fans do, and they misplace blame when things don’t work out. This is an instance where pride is going to have to lead to the fall in order for sanity to be restored.

    • Jason says:

      you know what would have happened if Vince had never bought WCW?

      Time Warner would have shut the doors, all the employees would have been out of work and Vince would have signed them eventually.

  28. The Gold Standard says:

    The honest thing to say is that your idea will have about as much success as those emails with the, “Boycott buying gas” days. One day will cause no real fix. It’s easier to blame, “Oh the public was busy that night”. Without valid competition, this is what happens. If Vince’s ego could have let WCW survive under his flag (with separate writers that only had minimal oversight from WWE) to challenge him to think, the wrestling product would have been much better off. Hell, even if he would have kept Raw and Smackdown totally separate from each other would have helped.

    Until TNA begins taking themselves serious and TRULY trying to compete (or a new upstart company looking to take it national) comes along with properly edgy storylines (T&A is not needed to be edgy), cohesive storylines, and gives fans what they want to see….WWE won’t change until the bankruptcy scare comes along.

    My advice is if you need a good wrestling fix, go to an indy show. You may not see WWE PPV quality matches, you will get some very good matches and you’ll get what the fans ask for. Indy workers will bust their asses for $25 to give you their all. My two cents

  29. Superstarl says:

    I just want to take the time to say that the new site is LOADS better than the old one. I hit this place up a couple times a week now, whereas the old site looked like it was from the beginning of the internet and I only visited it once in a blue moon. Clearly superior.

  30. BigDaddyDave says:

    Amen to everything you just said. I haven’t watched Raw since before Wrestlemania.

  31. DeweyDTruman says:

    I haven’t watched Raw since they were in London and I don’t really have any desire to watch it again any time soon. I don’t think I’ve seen Smackdown since 2007 or so (only really got back into wrestling as a whole a year and a half ago, but since then all I’ve watched is Raw) and I don’t think I’ve ever paid for a PPV.

    I can’t say I’ll be actively taking place in a protest of WWE, because honestly I’m so disillusioned with it that I may as well already be protesting.

  32. Tony Wilson says:

    I think a couple of you are misunderstanding Justin. As he blatantly said, he’s not “boycotting” RAW, nor is he calling for anyone else to do so. He’s simply not going to watch a product that he doesn’t find entertaining. And I don’t blame him one bit.

    To echo the sentiments of others, today’s WWE product practically mirrors WCW’s in it’s final days. Non-sensical storylines that nobody cares for, terrible booking, and the burying of talent for the sake of maintaining the status quo. The difference is that even at it’s worst, WCW still resembled a wrestling company, while WWE doesn’t seem to know what the hell it is, anymore. RAW has become a three hour infomercial for a completely useless app, sprinkled with some trailers for movies that I will never watch, a seemingly never-ending stream of let’s-pat-ourselves-on-the-back video packages and “facts”, and oh, yeah, a couple of quick wrestling matches every so often, just to let you know that they still exist. There is more wrestling in one hour of Main Event than there is in three hours of RAW, and that is downright shameful.

    If you enjoy WWE’s product, good for you. Go watch it. But don’t chastise us for not sharing your enthusiasm for it, because we clearly have different ideas as to what wrestling should and shouldn’t be. If you like being spoonfed cliche storylines and subjected to awkward, unfunny “comedy” skits that last WAY longer than they ever should, congratulations, but the rest of us prefer something that grown-ups can enjoy, too.

    Also, when it comes to Ryback’s supposed “worth”, I have to laugh. Ryback has sold a small amount of t-shirts, but he has not sold a lot of tickets, and he has not garnered any new interest. They tried to push the guy as the next Goldberg, but the problem with that is that Goldberg could actually wrestle, and Ryback…well, he’s Ryback, and fans picked up on that rather quickly, and they threw it right back in WWE’s face. Despite headlining several PPV’s, the fact is that the supposedly “worthy” Ryback just hasn’t generated the revenue that they desperately hoped he would, leaving them with no other choice but to turn him heel.

    The Goldberg chants aren’t intended to equivocate Ryback with Goldberg, but rather to state that Goldberg was, is and will forever be better than Ryback. When Ryback starts doing standing backflips, fujiwara armbars, roundhouse kicks, spinning kneelocks, and gets a new finisher to replace the ridiculous one that he has now, let me know.

    • Deathedge says:

      I agree with most of your points, but WWE does not really resemble WCW in it’s final days. Atleast WCW was hilariously bad… WWE is just boring bad.

      Plus, personally, I liked the way things were looking for WCW in 2001, and kind of wonder what would of happened had Bischoff’s deal went through and they had bought WCW. Well, provided, of course, that they could find another network like FX or something. The product, apart from whatever the hell they were doing with Ric and Dusty, looked like it was starting to get better. Alas, all one can do is speculate.

      • "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

        WCW was getting better towards the last couple months which just makes the closing all the more of a shame.

        • Deathedge says:

          Agreed. I was espically loving th Crusierweights and their new tag division… I kind of hope RWTB does something about WCW staying alive some day. It could be a great story.

  33. Lefty says:

    There IS a lot of things wrong with the current wwe and tna, but wrestling has never been perfect. Maybe in my (not to) old age I don’t try to focus on the negative, but instead enjoy the positives. The information age has really hurt wrestling, WWE shameless plugging of their apps takes up air time and depreciates the tv show by telling the viewer that the show isn’t good enough, You can’t blame WWE for trying to push their product through any and all sources of media, but they have done it in such a way that it has hurt the core product. And the internet has provided fans all the knowledge at their finger tips and an instant voice. To me wrestling was better when things stayed behind the curtain, and fueds could last up to a year, With 8 shows and instant internet access I think there is an over saturation and fans get fickle quicker.
    If the internet was arround in the 80′s, people would be complaining about to many rest holds, to cartoony, and why is Hogan headlining but Mr. Perfect is stuck in the same spot. What I’m getting at is that all of the negatives that Justin pointed out could fit in any time frame.
    As a parent, I don’t mind John Cena, or the PG stuff. I get to see my kid enjoy wrestling the way I did and I don’t have to worry about my kid getting sent home from school for spouting off an obscene catch phrase.
    I like what TNA is doing to a point, X-division, an actual Tag division, and women wrestlers that aren’t just eye candy (Tara v. Mickie in the steel cage was a classic). And I like that Aces & 8′s are true heels.I think TNA is on the right path but they are just missing something to get over the hump.
    To me, the WWE tries to give something for everyone watching, but its impossible to please everyone so they try to please the people that will be giving them the most money. I’m not defending poor quality of the product they have put out lately but if you get past the garbage, wrestling is still entertaining. The best way to watch wrestling is to DVR it, then skip over what you don’t like,

    • Tony Wilson says:

      I’m not complaining about the PG aspect. I don’t strive for obscenities in promos. I’m complaining about the lack of actual wrestling, and the explicit focus on WWE’s other multimedia ambitions, which is increasingly drowning out the wrestling.

      And you’re right, wrestling has never been perfect, but that’s why I think so many of us are pissed off. None of us can figure out why they’re still making the same damned mistakes that they were making twenty friggin’ years ago.

      By the way, I’m not yelling, the caps lock just makes it look that way.

  34. Adam Cota says:

    I’m just happy for Monday Night Baseball; count me in…

  35. Adam from Iowa says:

    Not unlike how it is in the music industry. Truly mediocre artists get the spotlight while there a truly great artists that toil in obscurity.

  36. Thun says:

    I was going to say that I’d be all up for a boycott, but then there is the fact that the only thing we get from the WWE in Brazil is some episodes transmitted on Esporte Interativo, which isn’t really that easy to get to (unless by the Internet, if you depend solely on cable, you’re fucked), so boycotting it in Brazil isn’t really that difficult.

    In a nutshell, a boycott would probably make a point, though not obrigatorily, would’ve be a point in favor of an upgrade of the product. And the boycott would need to be durable.

  37. ReallyPeteGas says:

    I was with you until i heard the news of a very special guest…

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