It’s Saturday and today we have ’This Week in Wrestling’, the 48th entry of 2022. Today Brian examines wrestling fans attention spans and shares all the best wrestling content from this week.
Spanning the World of Pro Wrestling
One of the biggest gripes I have been reading about for a good long time is that titles no longer mean as much as they did in the past. Too many titles changing hands like a hot potato, wrestlers unworthy of being champion, not enough emphasis on how important a certain title is…etc. To be honest, that has been very true for a long time. Just look at how many times the WWF world title changed ownership during the Attitude Era…a staggering 22 times with the most title switches happening in 1999 with 12 title changes. That was then and it all a part of the whole “Crash TV” style that they were presenting during that era.
In the years since the end of the Attitude Era, many fans have complained that the WWE’s championships in particular have lost all meaning and prestige for the very reasons I mentioned above. If you have been keeping up with WWE programming the last couple of years, the company has been trying to change that issue. Of course, there is Roman Reigns who has been WWE Universal champion for well over 800 days, GUNTHER has been the Intercontinental champion since June, the Usos are currently the longest reigning tag team champions in overall history of WWE, Bianca Belair has been Raw women’s champ for over 200 days and even NXT women’s champion Mandy Rose has held that belt for over a year.
The title reigns have certainly been longer and yet, fans are now complaining that they are bored or that some particular champions have been champion for too long. It seems to be a vicious double edged sword where Triple H or whoever books wrestling can’t truly win. Fans attention spans won’t allow a wrestler to be champion for a great length, some just don’t have the patience in this era of instant gratification with the emergence of the internet and technology. On one hand they want the titles to have more meaning, but some aren’t willing to sit and watch a slow burning /title reign/storyline/angle.
Since Bray Wyatt re-debuted with WWE, some fans are now growing impatient to see him wrestle and do other things. The slow burning storyline with the emergence of ‘Uncle Howdy’ isn’t pleasing to everyone. That goes for other angles in wrestling as well. What is the balance? When is long…too long? What is the expiration date on a particular champion? When should the payoff of a story conclude? There doesn’t seem to be any kind of fair balance.
I personally like the long run of Roman Reigns and advocate longer title reigns all around. I think it builds up the champion, the title and the eventual wrestler that will ultimately win the title by knocking off the champion. As for the long, drawn out storylines, I like them if they keep my interest for the majority of it. Keep throwing small, subtle hints that this angle will culminate into something big. The whole angle with Sami Zayn as an “Honorary Uce” and a member of the Bloodline has been thoroughly entertaining. It has held my attention and will eventually turn into something bigger in my opinion.
Many fans lately want the best of both worlds and that just can’t work. Patience is the name of the game. Just enjoy the ride if you can.
Tis the Season!
Bloodline to the Hairline.
WWE’s Austin Theory is in tremendous shape!
A tattoo of Rob Van Dam riding a horse…because why not?
Triple H’s latest signing…Quill Gargano!
Stay Down Rocky!
Someone did a sexy drawing of Bayley
Maryse and sister Michelle
Independent wrestler Queen Aminata
Impact Wrestling’s Deonna Purrazzo
Katarina Leigh Waters (Formerly of WWE and Impact)
Former WWE/Impact personality and former Mrs. Bobby Lashley….Kristal Marshall
AEW’s Toni Storm
A couple of oldie, but goodie commercials involving AWA wrestlers.
First, Jesse Ventura advertising a local liquor store in 1984.
Second, the AWA advertising a show in Las Vegas in 1988…
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