JS© wrote:but there's also a point where you piss off the smarks and the people who are guaranteed buys. Those people then look to get their wrestling fix elsewhere or even walk away from it altogether. It's no different than watching a losing sports team for a number of years and seeing management screw up year after year. I'm sure each one of us can say we've walked away from the product at one point or another. What's so different in 2014 as opposed to when you walked away before?
I get what they're talking about and even agree with most of their points, but if you **** on your core crowd long enough, they too also have the potential to walk away. Some of those might not ever return.
Is there? Wrestling is so much more fluid than real sports, because a bad team is a bad team. A "bad" storyline runs it course relatively quickly, and its on to the new wrestler/story/etc. There are no 20-year streaks of sub-500 baseball in wrestling.
I think the point the author is making is doubly true now because the WWE has no real competition. If they had a WCW level competitor, then yes, the "smarks" and where their eyeballs go matter. But I don't know anyone who really watches the other minor promotions with anywhere near the intensity they watch the WWE. Where are the bulk of hard core fans going to go?
Away. I stopped watching for probably a 7-8 year stretch....twice. Once during the internet/youtube era and once before while in the military and in school. I found plenty of alternatives to fill my time on Monday nights.
My point is that when a person is no longer happy with a product, they either look for another alternative or dump the interest in the product altogether or maybe browse it at a very casual interest. The 20 year streak - assuming that is the Pirates - is a great example. I know friends who lost interest in the Pirates when they became a complete gong show in the late 90s. Some moved on to other teams that seemed like they were more committed to winning, and yes you can take that as bandwagoning or front-running
. Others stop caring at all about baseball altogether and never came back to the ballpark. Even when the Penguins hit the dark ages of the early to mid 2000s, those same people who used to go to the arena were no where to be found during the Dick Tarnstrom Era.
I'll even admit that comparing WWE to the NHL or MLB is a bit of an apples to oranges comparison, but fielding an awful lineup with no real chance at a division title isn't much different than Creative fielding a card with a storyline(s) that has fans so frustrated that they are trying to override the show with chants or twitter campaigns to #HijackRaw.