Maikeru Posted May 3, 2017 Share Posted May 3, 2017 So it's public knowledge that only a quarter of WWE's current fan base are under 18; in stark contrast to the late 80s/early 90s era when myself and many other posters on here began watching - no exact figures on that, but just look at the crowd at Summerslam '92 and we can draw a safe conclusion that the proportion was much higher. Just wondering if those of you with kids/nephews and that notice any major differences between the Hogan/Warrior era child fan and the current more junior members of the 'WWE Universe'. For example: - Do they think it's real, or is kayfabe so decimated now that even those say under 10 are having to suspend disbelief? I thought it was 100% legit from the ages of 7 till 9; and probably thought it was 50/50 legit until I was 10 or 11 - a magical time that I'll never experience again, but glad I had. - Do they view the performers as larger than life superheroes the way we did (to the extent that at my first live show in Belfast I was in awe of even being in the same building as these guys)? Or has the removal of most gimmickry / physiques (due to drug policy) / Twitter (by humanizing the stars / overexposure from the 10 hours of WWE tv per week) taken that away from them? - Rather than savoring every single moment of WWE footage (that wasn't just a jobber squash match) and getting excited about every pay-per-view like it was the moon landing as we used to do, are even the kid fans much more apathetic nowadays with the Network and obscene amounts of content at their fingertips? - Are any of the old school playground rumors (Ultimate Warrior's dead and this is a new guy; so-and-so's returning, wrestling's real in Japan etc) that used to keep the banter going still around, or has the net put an end to that even among the young generation? I do look forward to my son getting a bit older and hopefully sharing my hobby with him that gave me such great memories and a lasting lifelong interest that's entertained me in so many different ways over the years; however I find it hard to imagine it can be as good for him and his peers as it was for us - even setting the points above aside, the charisma of the characters was off the charts back 'in our day' and there was a passion and intensity there than just doesn't seem to be the same with the current 'millennial' generation of wrestlers. VKM had a real point in the SC podcast. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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