Have you stopped watching the WWE on a regular basis? Do you just keep tabs of Pay-Per-View events? Maybe you have just resorted to watching the major Pay-Per-Views because that is when you realize that a belt will change hands? Maybe you just watch NXT now? Wrestling fans are coming to a crossroads with the product that is being delivered to them from the WWE. Ratings decreases have shown that less and less people care about what is happening during the WWE’s major show, RAW. These are not slight decreases, either. The ratings have plummeted to record lows that are akin to the pre-Attitude Era times. Fans have stuck around long enough looking for a change, and that change has not happened yet.
The product has become very predictable at this point. Many fans know improvement is not coming, but few still cling to the television screen hoping and praying for someone or something to save the product. In 2016, will change happen? The WWE Network is where the focus lies for the WWE now. Vince McMahon has admitted that the ratings fall is not a huge problem, but actions prove to tell a different story. One would think change would be in the air, but the occasional quick hitter on RAW that has no lasting appeal is no long term resolution.
This list looks at the top 15 reasons why the WWE will still suck in 2016. I am sure there are a few that are more than content with the product, but the numbers do not lie. The WWE is not going in a good direction, and there is a good chance that trend continues. This list will break down some predictions, and sadly, some expectation as to what to expect throughout the new year. Maybe the sails on the ship will shift in the right direction?
13 15. The Shows On The WWE Network
12 14. The Focus On The WWE Network
11 13. The Divas
10 12. The Wrestlers Lacking In-Ring Ability
9 11. The Injuries
8 10. The Lack Of Competition
7 9. NXT
6 8. Too Many Shows Spreading The Talent Thin
5 6. The Lack Of Creative Direction
4 5. Roman Reigns
3 4. John Cena
2 3. The PG Content
1 1. Vince McMahon
All of these items highlighted in this list stem out from one huge tree. That tree is Vince McMahon. Ultimately, all of these decisions and the direction of the company, are a product of Vince’s decision making. The PG Era, the announcing, Roman Reigns, John Cena, almost everything above. The developmental NXT has been around for some time (remember the Nexus?). The only reason NXT is strong now is because of Triple H. And honestly, the only reason the WWE is where it is now is because of Vince McMahon. Until Triple H is given control, Vince still has final say on every decision. This will continue in 2016.
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