WWE’s promo team may never shy away from reminding fans that the company has no offseason (they’re also particularly fond of reminding you that WWE is, in fact, not ballet), but you really do have to respect that the world’s largest wrestling company is indeed a 24/7, 365 brand of entertainment. Hardly a day goes by where they are not putting on one kind of show or another.
Among the many, many demands that come with putting out that much entertainment, the biggest among them may just be the need to stay fresh in an ever-changing world. If you think it’s tough for a wrestler to go out there nearly every day of the year and have a match, just imagine what a burden it is for the WWE creative team to somehow come up with new material when it’s all seemingly been done before.
This need to constantly keep the product fresh means that WWE is always changing itself in one way or another. Most of the time it’s a simple matter of switching which wrestler has which championship or making sure there is always a new rivalry ever few months or so, but every now and then they will go so far as to completely change the very philosophy of the company. There are enough regular shifts in direction going on in WWE that missing a couple of weeks can sometimes make it feel like you’re watching an entirely different show.
But when you’re talking about comparing where WWE is now to where it was 10 years ago, you might as well be talking about different shows. WWE has changed so much in the last decade that it’s almost not even fair to compare the two eras. Then again, since it is fun to look at how different things really are, here are the 15 biggest differences between then and now.
15 Women’s Wrestling Involves A Lot More Clothing
14 Tag Team Wrestling Is Becoming A Thing Again
13 The WWE Blacklist Has Gotten Shorter
12 There Is No More Brand Split
11 WWE Now Acknowledges The Wrestling World
9 There Are More Part Time Stars
8 Raw Is Three Hours Long
7 There Are Less Ridiculous Segments
6 Gimmicks Are More Down To Earth
5 Blood Is Almost Completely Gone
4 WWE Pushes Different Kinds Of Wrestlers
3 Championships Matter More
2 Kayfabe Is Completely Dead
1 The WWE Network
Of all the many changes in WWE over the last 10 years, none has had quite the same impact as the introduction of the WWE Network. While the most obvious change the WWE Network has brought about is the way it has pretty much eliminated the concept of traditional WWE PPV’s, it has also been a contributing factor to many of the elements on this list including NXT, the death of kayfabe and acknowledging the rest of the wrestling world. The WWE Network gives WWE the kind of dedicated platform that no channel ever could, and their future is most certainly going to revolve around it.
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