RepoMan Posted July 30, 2011 Share Posted July 30, 2011 Next year will mark the 10th anniversary of the WWE name. In May 2002, the pandas finally forced Vince to relinquish the WWF name, and we were treated to the Get The F Out campaign - something I remember quite vividly. I felt it was quite clever at the time. I guess I'd just like to start discussion on the Entertainment era as such. Was the name change the start of a downward turn for Vince's company? Was it actually much more than a name change, but rather a shift in the product that we've been given on a weekly basis? It saddens me to think that the last WWF event we got was Insurrextion 2002, as the majority of UK PPVs were utterly shit. Personally I think we've still had some very memorable moments, and I don't think the name change was actually the major issue around the time, but rather losing WCW and it was always going to be hard to follow WMX7 regardless of the name of the company. Does anyone think the name change had a huge effect on the company itself or the industry? I guess we've had a few movies, which were neither here nor there, and the link with celebrity happened far before we ever put 'entertainment' in the name. If anything, it was probably a natural move to use that word. The phrase 'sports entertainment' has been around for many years, so did the world associate entertainment with wrestling before WWE? I never talked to anyone who referred to it as 'sports entertainment' if I'm honest. That's a bit of a mouthful. I suppose it was useful to fall back on during the 'is it real?' discussions. I'd say it's probably quite hard to separate WWF from WWE in terms of distinctive periods. It's probably been a useful name for Vince to have when he wants to expand, but other than that I'd personally say there's been little to no shift/impact. I'm still watching wrestling, regardless of what some people may say, with the same storylines and in-ring action. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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