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(WCBStv.com)   WWE's stock has fallen eight percent since Chris Benoit's death   (wcbstv.com) divider line 26
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446 clicks; posted to Business » on 02 Aug 2007 at 7:01 PM (8 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2007-08-02 05:42:49 PM  
I'm all choked up over this.
 
2007-08-02 07:08:39 PM  
The stock will continue to drop, the company will almost, ALMOST go belly-up and then all of a sudden:
The head head will start shaking.... oh no you didn't-
The fans will go crazy...
Big boot.
Leg drop.
1-2-300% gain
I love this country.
 
2007-08-02 07:33:06 PM  
Well, keep in mind, they got hammered by the dismal performance of the craptastic movie 'The Condemned' and had to adjust their earnings to show that. Then look at their injured or 'retired' roster. They've lost so many of their A listers to steroids or contract expirations or injuries... they lost that annoying bugger Bobby Lashley last monday (antoher one of their big bushes) and the rumor mill is all abuz about a no show that's had previous drug problems.

They're not circlign the drain, but they really need to sit back and take a very strong look at their talent and who they have out right now.

It's all about the star power... look at their roster. Umaga - one dimensional. Cade and Murdoch - one of the least interesting tag teams I've seen in a while. They've got Brian Kendric and Paul London, why don't they use them? They picked up 'King Booker', and hearing his wife shrill across my living room makes my teeth ache. Bobby Lashely may act like the next Bill Goldberg... but at least Bill had the sense to stay off the mic most of the time. Honestly, Lashely sounds like he takes a helium shot before walking out to the squared circle and it doesn't help matters that he can't deliver a line with a straight face.

Then they've got Sandman. I LOVE Sandman. But he shouldn't be put (at any time) anywhere near a non-hardcore match. That's like telling me I can drink my milkshake but only if I don't drink any of the icecream in it. Santino.. I want to like him but he needs work. Super Crazy has no real competition since everyone else on the roster outweighs him by a quarter ton. Stinksy...didn't I just see him get drafted to ECW a month ago?

What they've done is they've lost their 'Holy Crap' factor.. the WOW that makes you tune in to see what's going to happen next. When DX was around, when Evolution was around, when Shane and Vince were making appearances, you could go, wow. Look at that. What's he going to do next week? Now - Randy Orton kicks someone in the head. Oh wow. He's 'killed' another legend. I honestly had more respect for some of these people than to watch them job out to push over a heel.

So what about ECW?
It's supposed to be EXTREME! Three girls that can't dance do not make your show hardcore. They make it fit for Turner Broadcasting. I've seen more 'extreme' matches in my 'fridge after Thanksgiving than you see on that program any Tuesday of the month. Let Tommy Dreamer win a match. Let CM Punk take the title. Please All get rid of Johnny Whomever. Let Knox fight. Let Nunzio fight. Bring BACK the Boogeyman (or better, RAW him so he can get some good airtime. His stichk may be tiresome but at least he's entertaining with it.) Bring back Ariel and put her back with Thorn. Getting the idea? The show had a really good concept but it's turned into HEAT for all intents and purposes.

PayPer Views.
I'm not going to order a PPV when I can tell you what I want to happen - and then what I know will happen - and be spot on. There's no surprises tot hem anymore. The last two major PPVs had HUGE oppertunities to let titles change hands and they all stayed on their respective owners. The 'wow' factor is gone there... certaintly not enough to spend money on (at least, not as much money as they're asking).

Bring back the surprises. Start making good casting calls. Redo the rosters - again. Make Smackdown your technical wrestler paradise (you've got a good start on that already)... let people fight there and look good doing it. Bring over / back people like Shelton Benjamin, Cody Rhodes Jeff Hardy, Super Crazy. Put your nastiest fighters in ECW: Snitsky, Big V, Dreamer, Sandman, Hardcore Holly, Mark Henry, maybe Kane, Umaga (and then just tell them to hurt each other.) Then bring out your 'characters' for RAW. Give me Cena, give me the Boogeyman, CM Punk, Flair, 'Taker, Shannon Moore, Triple H... that's enough storyline chow for a year, let alone a ratings glitch.

Bring back the WOW and you bring back the fans. Keep it being the same old tired and true rehashed crap, and you lose them. Enough said.
 
2007-08-02 07:59:24 PM  
"professional wrestling" is dying, i give it 5 years at best.

They lost alot of fans to the UFC, and the remaining ones just see wrestling as a joke, like how people are fans of hilariously terrible 70's and 80's movies.
 
2007-08-02 08:04:16 PM  
AkaranD
Take a deep breath...

But everything you said is true
/Except CM Punk on RAW
//He is more a technical wrestler
///Punk vs Joe II was kick ass!
 
2007-08-02 08:20:48 PM  
My life savings!!!!!
 
2007-08-02 08:22:50 PM  
They've panicked, and they're bringing McMahon back on TV this Monday.
 
2007-08-02 08:24:40 PM  
Pro Wrasslin' has always been a (very) guilty pleasure of mine, but it really has become a shell of its former self. The business has always only been as good as its biggest stars, and if you look at wrestling's two most golden periods - the 80's with guys like Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, Randy Savage, etc. and mid to late 90's with The Rock, Steve Austin, etc. - then compare it to the era its stuck in now, its no wonder the stock has fallen.

The roster the WWE has right now just isn't cutting it. That whole Benoit thing aside, look at who they got..

Cena - Probably their biggest star right now and would've been outstanding as a supplemental superstar back in wrestling's hay-day, but c'mon, this guy can't carry the business.
HHH - old and busted and never really all that electric.
Lashley - Goldberg clone, call me when that guy develops a personality.
Hell, I'll stop there, the rest aren't even worth my time and effort.

AkaranD summed it up about the business losing its WOW factor, I catch maybe one showing of RAW or Smackdown a month, and everytime I watch it I wish I were doing something else.

Wrestling used to be fun to watch because of that WOW factor it could provide, inside the ring or out.. and it has always had that "unintentionally funny" side to it that made it always fun to laugh at....

Now its just kinda sad all around.

/but I'll still keep checking in every few weeks to see if its gotten good again
 
2007-08-02 08:59:09 PM  
Wait until the media finds out that the WWE's current World Champ killed a guy in training four years ago...
 
2007-08-02 10:48:15 PM  
Super Crazy has no real competition since everyone else on the roster outweighs him by a quarter ton.

Have you seen Crazy lately? That guy needs to lay off the catering.
 
2007-08-02 11:15:45 PM  
J. Frank Parnell: "professional wrestling" is dying, i give it 5 years at best.

I have been saying that for about 20 years now, it will reinvent itself and be around entertaining rednecks for years to come.
 
2007-08-02 11:16:08 PM  
jlawn001: The stock will continue to drop, the company will almost, ALMOST go belly-up and then all of a sudden:
The head head will start shaking.... oh no you didn't-
The fans will go crazy...
Big boot.
Leg drop.
1-2-300% gain
I love this country.


MY GOD! MY GOD! I'VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS KING! THE STOCK IS RISING LIKE THE HEAT OFF THE OKLAHOMA PLAINS! THIS IS- OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD! LOW-BLOW BY THE SUBPRIME MARKET! I CAN NOT BELIEVE THIS! WHY, SUBPRIME MARKET, WHY? TELL ME WHY YOU SON OF A BIATCH, TELL ME WHHHHHHHHHHHHHHY???
 
2007-08-02 11:18:31 PM  
That's in Canadian money right?
 
2007-08-02 11:51:08 PM  
They also posted their worst non-holiday rating in a decade for this week's Raw and their ratings have been steadily declining since Benoit's death.

I think it's a combination of a general malaise since the Benoit incident, strong competition from UFC, tons of injuries, recycled storylines and the absence of interesting personalities like The Rock, Foley and Austin.

They've been stale for a good 6 years now. It started a few months before they blew the whole Invasion angle. Somehow, they managed to retain their core audience until now.
 
2007-08-03 12:23:38 AM  
imgred.com
Mr. Wrestling II is not amused.
 
2007-08-03 12:30:51 AM  
NASTYCAR "stock" car racing will overtake wrestling as a crappy predictable sport all the rednecks love soon. The people who liked the violence will migrate to UFC. Storyline people will watch NASTYCAR which will soon be as fake as wrestling.

Seriously, it can't just be coincidence that Ricky Bobby comes out, and suddenly we have a snooty European on the NASTYCAR circut....
 
2007-08-03 09:32:57 AM  
Really, their stories have been in the crapper since the the XFL days. They were saved then with several amazing PPVs (such as Tables, Ladders, Chairs & HHH vs. Cactus Jack Street Fight.)

Then they blow the invasion angle completely. How can you fark up WWF vs. WCW?

I think Stephanie and HHH have ruined the product. You can only hope that a few smaller leagues start to grow.
 
2007-08-03 09:58:56 AM  
Nemo's Brother: Really, their stories have been in the crapper since the the XFL days. They were saved then with several amazing PPVs (such as Tables, Ladders, Chairs & HHH vs. Cactus Jack Street Fight.)

Then they blow the invasion angle completely. How can you fark up WWF vs. WCW?

I think Stephanie and HHH have ruined the product. You can only hope that a few smaller leagues start to grow.



This.

I gladly haven't watched in years, but I think it peaked in the Vince Russo days. They should NEVER have bought WCW/ECW, because they had no real competition and got too lazy too fast.

And HHH is a cancer.
 
2007-08-03 10:46:00 AM  
WWE's stock has fallen eight percent like Owen Hart since Chris Benoit's death

FTFY
 
2007-08-03 12:06:33 PM  
You UFC guys crack me up. UFC and WWE are too different animals. Why? One is real and one is not. People don't watch WWE to see real fights, they watch it to see the staged fights and acting. Adult WWE fans do not think it is real and, as such, are not likely to jump ship to UFC. Fans of UFC are fans of real fighting. WWE is not real fighting. Do you see the difference here?
 
2007-08-03 12:10:28 PM  
cubsfan07:
And HHH is a cancer.


Without HHH, the Steve Austin/The Rock/Mick Foley era would've been Edge/Christian vs. The Hardys vs. The Dudleys every night until we vomited.

Say what you want about the current state, but HHH was THE heel through that era.
 
2007-08-03 02:17:49 PM  
Nemo's Brother: How can you fark up WWF vs. WCW?

This.

They had a lot of injuries at the wrong time (much like today... Lashley's going to be on the shelf for a while now, too) and they weren't able to the story the way it was originally intended. They couldn't keep time on TNT and Spike and USA for all the programming they needed. To top it all off, some key WCW guys chose to not participate.

And HHH isn't a cancer, cubsfan. That's just ignorant.
 
2007-08-03 03:27:00 PM  
WWE went down the tubes because of a few things..

1. No good competition forever.
2. The god-forsaken split roster. It was much better watching RAW, and smackdown to follow up what would happen next, instead of waiting a week.
3. The name change. I really think them changing to entertainment was a huge mistake, and that WWF was the way to go.


They farked ECW, and really are just setting themselves up for something terrible.
 
2007-08-03 05:02:19 PM  
Abdullah the Butcher is not impressed:
/never cared for WWF or WWE
/grew up watching NWA on Superstation 17
 
2007-08-03 05:34:52 PM  
echoshizzle

It wasn't their idea.. they had the crap sued out of them by the World Wildlife Fund to 'enforce' the name change.
 
2007-08-03 08:46:58 PM  
the impact of UFC / shoot fighting in general is not to be underrated. How can you watch a guy "wince" in a submission hold for three minutes, when you see a strong, virile man tap out to a wristlock in 3 seconds?
 
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