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 Posted: Sat Jan 22nd, 2011 12:09 am
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I have not watched a Wrestlemania in years, probably over a decade.  Do you think the Wrestlemania event has jumped the shark?  If so, when did it happen?  Was there one particular Wrestlemania where you said, "I'm not watching ones of these, again."



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 Posted: Sat Jan 22nd, 2011 12:15 am
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For me it was WM 7.....Slaughter and Sheiky baby teaming up was a bit too much for me. I never took it seriously, but I thought Vinny Mac was laughing at fans saying 'you are stupid, and you will be too dumb to remember that these 2 guys were sworn enemies'.
Plus as much as I love Martel and Jake, their blindfold match was ridiculous.

By that point, I was losing interest.

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For me it was WM 7.....Slaughter and Sheiky baby teaming up was a bit too much for me. I never took it seriously, but I thought Vinny Mac was laughing at fans saying 'you are stupid, and you will be too dumb to remember that these 2 guys were sworn enemies'.
Plus as much as I love Martel and Jake, their blindfold match was ridiculous.

By that point, I was losing interest.


That sounds about right.



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The best WM's were 17-20 so to say it jumped the shark before then when it absolutely blew the earlier ones away both in terms of in-ring work and size of crowds (with the exception of 3 of course) is a little ridiculous.  I wouldn't say WM ever jumped the shark, it simply ebbed and flowed with the rest of the company.  Right now is an ebb again clearly.  I mean otherwise you might as well say it jumped the shark with 2 because after the original that was the complete drizzling shits.

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srossi wrote: The best WM's were 17-20 so to say it jumped the shark before then when it absolutely blew the earlier ones away both in terms of in-ring work and size of crowds (with the exception of 3 of course) is a little ridiculous.  I wouldn't say WM ever jumped the shark, it simply ebbed and flowed with the rest of the company.  Right now is an ebb again clearly.  I mean otherwise you might as well say it jumped the shark with 2 because after the original that was the complete drizzling shits.

"Jump the Shark" is a question of personal taste.
Everyone probably has a certain point where watching one made them fade away. I would bet a lot of people watched a wrestlemania between 5 and, say, 15, and said, "that stunk, enough of this" and didn't watch one again...or at least for a long time.

I faded out after Hogan-Slaughter for a while (sooooo predictable, made the whole thing a bore as I remember), so that would have been my "jump the shark" moment at that time. I think Benoit winning the title was the last one I watched live.

Not saying I won't watch one again in the future, but it was magic up until Hogan-Slaughter for me, after that more sporadic, so I'd say that Hogan-Slaughter was my Jump the Shark moment for that event.



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I went back and looked the cards to try to figure out when I as a fan started fading. Wrestlemania 16 (year 2000) for me.  Don't remember watching it. Can't imagine watching it (read the card and it bored me) So I didn't watch the show and didn't have interest in seeing it afterwards either.

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Has not yet jump the shark for me. I still get it every year since WM VI



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there has been something to keep my interest over the years but the last 2 years not even Shawn Michaels vs Taker could peak it.  The last one I watched was the Ric retirement matc vs Michaels.  I really looked forward even into the late 90's Wrestlemania.



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Sid vs Taker. Think that was 13.

Thats not to say it didnt come back then jump again, but I think that was the first one.  I'd say 9 but that had just enough to salvage it

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srossi wrote: The best WM's were 17-20 so to say it jumped the shark before then when it absolutely blew the earlier ones away both in terms of in-ring work and size of crowds (with the exception of 3 of course) is a little ridiculous.  I wouldn't say WM ever jumped the shark, it simply ebbed and flowed with the rest of the company.  Right now is an ebb again clearly.  I mean otherwise you might as well say it jumped the shark with 2 because after the original that was the complete drizzling shits.


Perhaps fans such as myself of the older WWF style of using TV as build-up for house shows, very few PPVs, and so on feel the product overall 'jumped the shark' or transitioned to a different direction roughly 92/93/94, when the house show broadcasts stopped, Raw as a cable TV show became the more central focus, and eventually the In Your House monthly PPVs and TV/segment writing style of TV took over afterward. WM was also therefore not built to the same way, so "it was not the same" for me after WM 9 or so.

You are right, Rossi, that as it happened WM 17 and 18 were strong, but, as I can't speak for others, I did not look at wrestling the same anymore by that time, at that point they geared up for WM and the PPVs differently than they did for earlier WMs, WWF had been through its Crash TV era, there were PPVs every 4 or 5 weeks, and so forth. I thought the feel of the big shows had changed.

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Possibly last year for me.  I've always looked forward to WrestleMania and have ordered it the past 5 or 6 years, and in the late 90's when wrestling was popular go in with a bunch of people and order the show, but unless something major happens I will not be ordering this year.  I still have a strong interest in wresting, but its more for older shows and I'm starting to feel like a lot of posters on this board in that I'm losing interest as time goes on.  I think its almost more of a habit anymore than anything in keeping up with the current product.  I DVR Raw and Smackdown but normally just watch them when I'm on the computer and don't pay a whole lot of attention, and am about 3 weeks behind the current tv.  I've enjoyed ordering the shows and really no matter what the card looks like, they always do try to put on a good show for WrestleMania.  But last year as I was watching it just wasn't holding my interest until Undertaker/HBK got in the ring and for $55 that's just not worth it.  I'll still get the show from somebody but probably will not be ordering this year for the first time since I believe WrestleMania 21.



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Once they started doing monthly PPV's I lost most interest in PPV's

WM I lost interest around WM 22(I think thats the Hollywood one)

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mike3775 wrote:
Once they started doing monthly PPV's I lost most interest in PPV's

WM I lost interest around WM 22(I think thats the Hollywood one)


This is the answer that best addresses my feelings I guess. With a PPV every 4 weeks and the big names facing each other ad nauseum every week on RAW/SMackdown there's nothing much to really get lathered up waiting for anymore.

The early Wrestlemania's even with some bad matches in them were something to look forward to. Now story lines are rushed or pretty much non existent and the PPV's are predictable for the most part.



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After WM 20 for me. I remember looking forward to the Lesnar/Goldberg match until they both came out and said they were leaving. I kind of watched that show not caring due to that. Benoit finally winning the World title was cool, I just hated that it was a 3 way match.

Now it seems like every WM after 20 just repeats main events from prior shows. Maybe it's just me on that one as I really don' t pay much attention anymore.



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