In March 2001, the WWE purchased their biggest rival and competitor, World Championship Wrestling. This monumental acquisition would allow Vince McMahon and the WWE to have a monopoly on the professional wrestling industry. Although this may sound great in theory it actually isn't. If you really think about it, what would Coca-Cola be without Pepsi? Competition is good for business and consumers. Unfortunately without any true opposition in the professional wrestling industry, the WWE found themselves strictly in competition against themselves.
At this point, the WWE was able to essentially do as they saw fit. However, this led to some of the worst storylines and angles in the history of the business. While the Attitude Era was fresh, new, and cutting edge, the current era has been consistently falling flat and at times failing completely. Ultimately the thought of a PG product may come across as a bad idea, but it really is not. The WWE’s choice to shift in this direction is understandable. They clearly want to cater to their traditional demographic and try their best to create a product that is family friendly while not deterring anyone from tuning in.
With all of that being said, it does not excuse all the ways the WWE continuously has insulted our intelligence as fans. There comes a point in which it becomes almost difficult to watch or even take a product seriously because of all the idiocy taking place on screen. I’ve been a wrestling fan my entire life but there is only so much a grown adult can take. For the kids it might not be an issue, but for everyone else it becomes extremely disparaging. Don’t believe me? Here’s a list of the top 20 ways the WWE has insulted our intelligence.
20 20. "It’s Not Professional Wrestling. It’s Sports Entertainment"
19 The Big Show Turns
18 The First Undisputed Champion
17 El Torito
16 How to Download the App
15 Anonymous GM
13 Ill-timed Commercial Breaks
12 Superstar of the Year
11 The Bunny
10 Double Standards
9 Batista winning the Royal Rumble
8 Once In A Lifetime
7 Heels Plotting on the Titantron
6 The Stairs are Heavy
One of the biggest ways the WWE has insulted our intelligence is the lack of proper continuity. You would naturally assume they would at least reward loyal fans that watch the show by maintaining long-term continuity but they don’t even make an effort. This also applies to short-term continuity. Need some examples? No problem.
The best and most recent example of the lack of short-term continuity would be the whole Bella Twins storyline. At SummerSlam, Nikki Bella turned on her sister Brie, costing her the victory against Stephanie McMahon. The feud between the twins escalated to a fight between the two in October at Hell In A Cell where the loser would be the winner’s personal assistant for 30 days. With the loss to Nikki, Brie was forced to be her sister’s personal assistant however after the 30 days, the twins were back to being on the same side again as if nothing ever happened.
If you want another example for the lack of long-term continuity I pose a simple question to you; What happened to Kane’s burned face?
3 Recap, Recap, Recap
Recaps are great, especially when you ended up missing part of the show, but not when they make up the majority of the show itself. Typically something will happen at the start of Monday Night RAW. Thirty minutes into the show, the WWE will show a replay about what happened at the start of the show. Then it happens again 30 or 40 minutes later. Moreover, the commentators feel the need to discuss whatever the event is, often during a match with two midcarders trying to get over.
2 Option A, B, or C
1 John Cena: Underdog
This notion by the WWE is beyond insulting to fans and has resulted in the “LOLCENAWINS” phenomenon. What is #LOLCENAWINS, you might ask? Well, it's quite self-explanatory: John Cena wins and/or dominates the vast majority of his matches in completely impossible ways.
CM Punk put it best while confronting John Cena on an episode of Monday Night RAW in 2011 when he said “ What you've lost sight of is what you are, and what you are is what you hate. You're the 10-time WWE Champion! You're the man! Ladies and gentlemen, the Champ is here! You, like the Red Sox, like Boston, are no longer the underdog! You're a dynasty. You are what you hate. You have become the New York Yankees!”
Fast-forward to 2015 and John Cena is now a 15-time world champion, consisting of 12 reigns as WWE Champion and three reigns as World Heavyweight Champion. He is the public face of the WWE and has served as their franchise player since 2005. Cena has had more title reigns than anyone in modern history, served as the undisputed top draw for over a decade, and main evented more shows than anyone ever. Yet for some reason the WWE continuously and repeatedly insists on booking Cena as the underdog.
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