Maikeru Posted February 19, 2018 Share Posted February 19, 2018 I tend to look back on Wrestlemania 19 as being the turning point, the last hurrah if you will, after which WWE was just never the same again. They had had a fresh, must-see product for the better part of the previous nineteen years since Hogan first won the belt in Jan '84 (the five years from mid 92 to mid 97 being the exception in most people's view, though I personally enjoyed them much more than today's product). Mania '19, a fantastic all-round PPV, saw Stone Cold's retirement bout, the end of the Rock's full time career (he has wrestled only 9 matches in the fifteen years since), and the end of Hulk Hogan as a full timer (20 matches in the fifteen years since, only 9 of which were in WWE). The company has never had the same level of star power in a wrestling capacity on any show since, and has created only one true new megastar that could truly carry the company in those fifteen years compared with the 7 they created in the preceding nineteen years (Hogan, Savage, Warrior, Bret, Shawn, Stone Cold and Rock). I literally watch nothing post March 2003 on the network, I just can't conjure up the interest as frankly none of it feels very important. Stale, regurgitated angles from years gone by (but that lack any kind of realism due to the heavily scripted nature of it all), generic characters, the same matches over and over again due to having so many TV hours to fill with relatively few stars....... I'll always been thankful that I discovered Japanese wrestling in 2007 and for the network coming along in 2015 for keeping the passion going. But as for following the current WWE product........I just cannot believe it's been a full decade and a half of this. What was your turning point? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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