As a wrestling fan whose earliest life memories revolve around The Undertaker being the Devil incarnate every Monday night, it should pain me to have to write an article like this. I really want the WWE to be the reason why Mondays don't have to suck and to disapprove of anybody who didn't watch this week's Raw because good God almighty you missed out!
But I can't.
The truth the WWE has been on a downward slope for a long time. It didn't exactly spring up overnight though. Much like the frog who gets killed by being put in a pot of water slowly reaching boiling point, WWE has slowly chipped away at my patience until I couldn't handle it anymore. I have no urge to tune in to WWE programming.
Instead, I've compiled 15 reasons as to why we should as a fanbase stop watching WWE. Honestly, it's for our own and WWE's good. We are the drug addicts who need to kick the habit and WWE is the drug dealer who needs to clean up their life and get a morally upstanding job. Now obviously the list is going to have some entries that you should take in stride in a joking matter. The on-air product on the other hand is anything but a laughing matter. The company is in dire straits and if they scream up to us to help them, we should just simply say... no.
15 Even Legends Are Having A Hard Time Watching
It's easy for us fans to criticize the product because we have nothing to lose. We don't have business or personal relationships with anyone in WWE to worry about if we crap on the product. Different story when you're Mick Foley.
On a November 24th post on his Facebook page, the Hardcore Legend told his fans that he was dangerously close to becoming a former WWE fan. He's tired of having superstars with massive followings be presented as jokes and the Divas not being given proper time to work. Now if Foley, a man with tons of patience and love for the WWE can't bear anymore, why should we?
14 You Could Be Searching For Love
Not to be mean or make mass assumptions, but we've all met those wrestling fans who just make you shake your head and wonder how on Earth they made it through life without having somebody tie their shoes for them. Really this goes for all obsessed fans of pop culture but pro wrestling in particular gets some real charming creatures. Sometimes being locked up in your basement watching wrestling can make you forget the finer things of life, like love.
Nowadays there's plenty of ways you can find love. Head to a bar, go on Tinder (careful there) or hell, try out Tag Me A Date, a dating site for wrestling fans. Finally, a place where we can find women who are as crazy about wrestling as we are!
13 You Can Be Training To Be A Wrestler Yourself
If you want something done right, you gotta do it yourself. If you see something done the wrong way and think you can do better, do it! You can always give the old college try and become a professional wrestler by signing up at a wrestling school. Storm Wrestling Academy and the Wild Samoan Training Center are two renowned schools headed by former pro wrestlers and the WWE Performance Center itself is world class by all accounts.
I keep this one low on the list due to the fact that pro wrestling is a punishing business but also because if someone as stubborn as CM Punk couldn't change the WWE, I don't know who can.
12 Netflix And Chill Is A Thing
You've seen the jokes on social media, you've heard of the expression but yes, Netflix and chill is a real thing. Browsing through the vast library of titles from Netlfix and cuddling up with a partner while not so secretly working at another goal is certainly a better use of time than watching Sheamus hold a world title.
Just remember that your girl might want to watch something romantic and sappy and no nameless wrestling fan, Undertaker's "wedding" to Stephanie McMahon ain't a girl's usual idea of romance...
11 Daniel Bryan Probably Wrestled His Last WWE Match
Write it down on your calendar ladies and gentlemen: April 16th, 2015. Cesaro and Tyson Kidd versus John Cena and Daniel Bryan. The match which very possibly could be the final match Daniel Bryan has in the WWE.
By far the most over superstar in the company since CM Punk, Daniel Bryan's apparent concussion problems (depending on who you ask) is making it seem less and less likely that the bearded warrior will ever get cleared to wrestle by the WWE. The concussion stems from the March 31st Smackdown taping in a match with Sheamus and while Bryan's own doctor has cleared him, WWE's doctors have not. With a lawsuit on their hands and a general concern about concussions from the public, it's entirely possible that Daniel Bryan has wrestled his last WWE match.
10 Just Look At The Current Main Event Feud
Personally this was what did it for me. Survivor Series was the WWE's chance to hold on to me as a fan by giving me a heel turn from either Dean Ambrose or better yet Roman Reigns and giving fans a feud between former best buds turned enemies. Unfortunately, Sheamus had the Money In The Bank briefcase...
The problem isn't the in-ring talent of these guys as I think Sheamus is one of the best big men the WWE has on their roster. The problem is that Sheamus was doing absolutely nothing since winning his MITB contract and Roman Reigns' promos still make me change the channel. Neither of them have heat, the worst possible situation for a main event program.
We'll see if WWE follows through on their TLC angle with Reigns, but honestly, what hot angle have they not screwed up in recent years?
9 Your Favorites Are Staying Where They Are
Here's a rundown of some of the more popular wrestlers from the internet and a large section of WWE fans in general: Dolph Ziggler, Damien Sandow, Cesaro and Stardust. All immensely talented performers who have done nothing but languish as a result of WWE's incompetence.
Despite their large fanbases and loads of talent, all four of those have been firmly placed in the midcard (brief excursions to the main event not-withstanding, not like they won those matches anyway). Worse yet, it doesn't seem like the powers that be give a damn about their hard work and fans, giving us just another reason why we should just skip town on WWE.
8 Divas Revolution Has Been A Scam
We as a collective fanbase collectively exploded with joy on July 13th, 2015 when Stephanie McMahon came out and introduced Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks to the main roster. Together, they kicked the asses of Alicia Fox and The Bella Twins. It seemed too good to be true the Divas Revolution was here! Oh yeah, it was too good to be true...
Instead of getting what we get on NXT, the "Divas Revolution" has been nothing more than a marketing slogan. What we got is a stupid nine Diva tag match at SummerSlam, Sasha Banks being grossly under-utilized and Natalya being completely ignored when she could finally be relevant but nope. Make way for comments about a dead Flair.
7 Competition Is Good For The Business
As legendary wrestling figures like Jim Ross have pointed out over the years, WCW was absolutely critical for WWE's success in the late 90s. Having another company breathing down their neck forced WWE to adapt and make changes to their product lest they be left behind.
Now obviously there's no chance in hell that WWE is ever going to have true competition like WCW ever again, barring a billionaire who is a mega wrestling fan starting a promotion (something you fans could try to do). But, pushing your time and energy into another promotion as a fan could lead to that promotion becoming a true alternative to WWE.
6 You Don't Have To
Quite simple ladies and gentlemen, nobody is telling you to watch WWE. Really. This might seem like a stark revelation for some people, but Vince McMahon isn't actually in your living room screaming "DAMNIT I'M VINCE MCMAHON AND YOU'RE GOING TO LOVE ROMAN REIGNS' PROMOS!" Don't go on a wrestling news site to complain that tonight's episode sucked for the fifth straight week in a row. Instead, wake up from your McMahon hallucination and realize that you have freedom of choice. In the words of the Sir Big E: DON'T YOU DARE BE SOUR AND FEEL THE POWER!!!
Take up a hobby, find an alternative program, get together with some friends, but don't feel like you have to watch. That'd be like going to the same restaurant every week, yet complaining about their crappy food time after time. Take a stand and make them do something to win you back. You're the paying customer. They're supposed to do what they can to keep you invested, not the other way around.
5 Other Companies Are Trying Something Different
While WWE is undoubtedly the biggest provider of professional wrestling in the world (even if they don't want to admit it), there are other companies who are trying to add new things to an admittedly dated form of entertainment.
Lucha Underground undoubtedly has to be the most innovative wrestling promotion in a long time. More of a pure television show than wrestling show, Lucha Underground doesn't rely on PPVs or live events so that means their TV episodes have to have big things happening. Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling are also known for relying on strong wrestling rather than silly storylines and acting you see in WWE. Bottom line, there are better options for wrestling than WWE.
4 It Could Force Vince McMahon's Hand
Spoiler alert: Vince McMahon has a massive ego. Despite evidence to the contrary, McMahon in his own mind believes that he knows what today's audience wants to see. This includes scripting Roman Reigns promos to include such timely references like "sufferin succotash" and Jack and the Beanstalk storytelling. But why would he? Their net revenues climb every year so why bother changing it?
Most wrestling fans want Triple H to officially take over creative reigns (no pun intended) in the company, and the only way Vinnie Mac could let go of his stranglehold would be if money streams were to drop. How does that happen? Don't buy merch, don't attend their events and don't watch their shows. Then The Game can begin.
3 It Used To Be Much Better
It almost hurts to write this slide over and over again like I did in other articles but it bears repeating here. WWE used to be so damn good. The Attitude Era had its fair share of problems, I will be the first to say that, but there was also so much damn good about it.
A variety of superstars, intense storytelling (moreso near the end of Attitude Era) and progression up the card for a lot of guys. Nowadays? Everybody feels the same, the storytelling is non-existent or gimmicky and nearly everybody has been stuck in the same positions on the card for years. This isn't a call for the Attitude Era to return, but at least adopt some of the attitude spirit.
2 Many Other Options On TV
One of the constant struggles faced by myself every Monday night for the past few months was to either watch Monday Night Raw or watch Gotham on Monday nights. To be honest, I chose Gotham most of the time.
But that's just me. For the football fan, Monday Night Football will always hold sway over their hearts on Monday nights. Don't have a cable subscription? Netflix shows like Daredevil, Jessica Jones (yes I am a superhero nerd) and Orange Is The New Black can all do a better job of satisfying your entertainment cravings on Monday night better than Raw has for a long time.
1 Nothing Will Change If You Watch
If you want something to change, you have to start doing something different. We see comments all the time that if so and so wins the title we'll stop watching or we're not gonna watch until such and such happens. Maybe though, it is time to really stop.
Think about it. We need to be the proactive force by boycotting the company who has repeatedly ignored our cries for change and continually shoved their chosen ones down our throat and have stuck to same damn formula for years. Well WE are the WWE Universe, and we're not gonna take it anymore.