Albert Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result. If that statement is true, then both the WWE, and their fans, are clearly insane. As fans, we tune in to their programming every week in hopes that they’ll finally change and push someone we’re actually interested in. And despite our desperate attempts to make our voices heard, we’re completely ignored. WWE has based their entire programming around trying to get one superstar over with fans. And despite the drop in ratings, the inability to sell out Fastlane tickets, and the overall reaction the superstar receives as they force him down our throats, they continue to do so in hopes that we’ll come around and things will change. Well, the first step to getting better is admitting that you have a problem. So I’ve decided to cease the insanity I’ve contributed to and move on from WWE programming for good. So unless Wrestlemania surprises me with something other than their current predictable plans, it will be my final WWE review.
As much as I want to blame Fastlane for my sudden lack of interest in their product, it actually started after Roman Reigns became the main focus of the Royal Rumble. I’ve always had an issue with how WWE’s booking has been for him. I see the potential he has, but WWE has continuously dropped the ball when handling him. But after finally succeeding in getting him somewhat over with the crowd while putting the title on him, WWE figured that the job they’ve done was strong enough to take the title away and try to build him even bigger. And the result was complete disdain from the fans as the Royal Rumble was written to revolve around one person. But as I contemplated if three hours of Raw a week was worth investing the time in to, WWE answered that for me when they put Reigns back in to the title picture a day after he lost his title in what could be considered their most illogical storyline to date considering that so much was invested in to screwing him out of the title the night before.
WWE invested a lot of time in to getting Reigns over before tossing a Molotov cocktail in to his career as a face and setting up different scenarios destined to undue all of their work. And as fans, we watched it happen week after week while wondering how long it would take them to finally move on from their self-sabotaging ways. But if Fastlane taught us anything last night, it’s that WWE doesn’t mind doing the same thing over and over again as they’ve once again inserted Roman Reigns in to the main event of Wrestlemania as a face despite the crowd completely disliking it. And once again for the second year in a row, cancel wwe network is trending.
Just to clarify, I have nothing against Roman Reigns as a superstar. But the way he has been booked, and WWE’s on the fly writing, has turned me off of their product. I stopped watching WWE programming after the three-way match at Fastlane was made on Raw, and didn’t tune in until Daniel Bryan’s retirement announcement. I avoided the go home Raw episode as well, only to find out that I have missed absolutely nothing while not watching the show. But while I was taking a break from frustrating myself for three hours every Monday, I watched a little Lucha Underground and realized how much WWE has affected my view of wrestling.
PJ Black was given a highly stylized video promo for his debut match on Lucha Underground. Naturally, his debut match for the company is obviously going to be a win. Especially considering how much they invested in to giving him such an epic video promo. But he lost. He lost his debut match clean, and the show moved on like it wasn’t a big deal at all. The same episode set up a few surprises in which certain wrestlers had storylines that would play out predictable in WWE, but would end in an unexpected clean loss instead. The show went off air with a female wrestler challenging the male heavyweight champion in the main event. And despite how obvious of an outcome that might seem like, the matches on Lucha Underground are unpredictable enough to convince the audience that she could actually pull off an upset win. My break from WWE while watching Lucha Underground exposed to me to how truly predictable WWE is, and how fans have been conditioned to accept their predictability.
There are a number of reasons why I’ve decided not to review WWE after Wrestlemania aside from their booking of Roman Reigns. And one of the biggest reasons is because the passion I once had for their product is gone. Nostalgia can only carry their product so far until it becomes clear that the three hour running time is not worth it. And while I may have originally started this blog off as one dedicated to WWE wrestling, I’ve found myself wanting to talk about anything but their product due to a growing loss of interest. And while I may lose a lot of followers who may have subscribed to my blog originally because of my focus on professional wrestling, I feel that it would not be true to myself to continue investing my thoughts and analyzation of a product that is clearly no longer targeted towards me.
I want to like their product. I want to mark out to something that genuinely surprises me, and I want to watch a Wrestlemania that isn’t troubled by the company desperately trying to fix their booking issues at the last minute every year. I want to see a better product with writing that doesn’t insult my intelligence. I want to see the superstars that get the loudest pops get used to the best of their ability. I want to see Reigns turn heel and have a successful run as the top heel of the company. I want to see WWE go with the flow and not micromanage everything, including who they think we should cheer for, in to the ground. I want the biggest company in professional wresting to also be the best company in professional wrestling. But what I don’t want is to be the definition of insanity any longer. So unless Wrestlemania can actually deliver something that is worth sticking around for, I’m leaving the asylum.