WrestleMania in today's day and age from an article writer's perspective

Discussion in 'General WWE' started by WarMachine, Mar 20, 2015.

  1. We are weeks away from the WWE’s premier event of the year and yet it doesn’t quite feel like WrestleMania season. With every year that passes, WrestleMania loses a bit more of its charm and the event gets just a little more corporate to the extent that it’s become just like any other pay-per-view. One could even argue that the Royal Rumble has become the WWE’s biggest PPV event of the year. One could even argue that the WWE Raw that follows WrestleMania creates far more excitement than the WrestleMania event itself.

    With the team of Vince McMahon and Hulk Hogan at the helm, the first nine years of WrestleMania turned it into a must-see event for anyone who was a fan of professional wrestling. The unique atmosphere of the event continued throughout the 1990s and into the early 2000s until something happened. We saw a shift in the WWE product where less emphasis began to be placed on WrestleMania and it simply became another PPV. Instead of the main events of old where we saw the battles of Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior, Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart, and Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock, we are now given main events of The Miz and John Cena, Alberto Del Rio and Jack Swagger, and the poorly reviewed John Cena and The Rock rematch.

    More than the weakness of the main events, the card that hangs beneath it has increasingly gotten weaker ever since WrestleMania X-7. There are some WrestleManias that are noticeably better than others and that are outliers to the trend but overall, one can’t help but compare the cards for let’s say WrestleMania XIV to this year’s WrestleMania 31 and see a significantly weaker offering today than in year’s past.

    WrestleMania is no longer the stage that it used to be in terms of putting together the best card and putting on the best matches. In 2015, WrestleMania has turned into a corporate showcase for the company’s efforts as well as an opportunity to celebrate wrestling’s past. In terms of the present, there is however little to celebrate. Though WrestleMania is still the centerpiece of the WWE calendar, it is no more important than any other PPV.

    Instead of settling the score at WrestleMania, for some feuds it will be the beginning and for others a continuation. To actually order the PPV would be a waste of money as the modern matches are rarely memorable, leaving a fan only bound to be disappointed. Any dedicated professional wrestling fan would be far better watching the WWE Raw that follows WrestleMania– which, in the past few years, has turned into must-see television. WrestleMania is now more of an offering for the casual fan than anything.

    Part of the difficulty is admittedly in having a show the next day, leaving the writers without a way to adequately conclude all the storylines on the card as there’s always going to be another day where these characters need to work. There is no true end in the world of the WWE as there’s always a tomorrow no matter what. That doesn’t mean we can’t have an emphasis placed on the WrestleMania event itself as a stage on which scores are to be settled.

    The one-time appearances of the Undertaker and Sting as well as a rare match appearance and title defense by Brock Lesnar still make it a PPV worthy of a view but these things don’t contribute to a future when there aren’t any big names to bring back. The WWE desperately needs to begin building new stars (even though there really aren't any new stars to make now) and to shift their focus from serving the history of WrestleMania to serving the future of WrestleMania. Until this happens, we can expect to see the same type of cards and the same type of show given to us every year.