I haven’t watched one second of WWE since that wretched Hell in a Cell finish. I have no idea if they tried to justify it on Raw. I have no idea how the draft went. I have, for the most part, no idea what’s going on there at all. And oddly, I really don’t care to find out. I say oddly because I’ve been watching WWE religiously since before I can remember. I thought I started late 85 or early 86, but I have an uncle who swears he watched with me earlier than that. But regardless of when I started, the first wrestling I remember seeing is Vince McMahon’s WWF. And since then, whether it was the best of times or the worst of times, I was always there. I watched lots of other wrestling too, but WWF/E was the one thing I always went out of my way to make sure I saw.
But dammit, they’ve finally broken me. Cracked me, at least.
Say what you want about 1995 or the 2001 WCW invasion or any other era you didn’t think much of. None of it is as bad as modern WWE. Multiple times a week, they get the absolute least out of the absolute most. They have the deepest pool of talent that anyone has ever had in the history of wrestling, and yet the shows are as dull and boring and nonsensical as ever.
So for a while at least, I’m not going to watch them. It’s not worth hating something I love when there’s so much other wrestling out there that’s actually good. I have a huge list of shows dating back to May that I haven’t gotten around to because I’ve sunk so much time into what someone I know called “the five hour vortex.” New Japan, Ring of Honor, Impact, All Elite…I want to catch up on all of it. Right now I’m working my way through the NJPW Best of the Super Juniors tournament. It’s long, but it’s awesome. And not once have I flipped my lid about something, which is quite refreshing, let me tell you.
Maybe I’ll catch up on the WWE I’m missing at some point. It’s 2019, it’ll be easy to do that if I want to. But for now it’s nice not giving a shit about it. Unless you still somehow genuinely enjoy the product, I suggest giving it a try. It might just save your wrestling fandom.