Thursday, April 18

Things Fans Get Wrong About Modern WWE

WWE has experienced a whole lot of change in the last two years or so. With the exit of Vince McMahon, Triple H taking over WWE creative, and the company’s sale to Endeavor, the landscape of WWE is completely different to what it was at the start of the decade. With this change (and other aspects too) there comes several misconceptions about the modern day product.


10 WWE Intercontinental Champions (That Did Nothing To Elevate The Title)

While these WWE wrestlers might’ve captured the Intercontinental Championship, they were forgettable champions and didn’t elevate the title.

This will look at some things that fans get wrong about WWE today, with the misconception listed first and the truth detailed below. Whether it be ignorance, bias, or simply just common errors, there are several aspects about modern day WWE that fans are incorrect about.

10 The Bloodline Storyline Has Lost Its Spark

WWE Fans Still Respond To The Bloodline Members & The Story

  • The Bloodline story was the hottest things in WWE
  • Things did take a downward turn in 2023
  • People are still invested in all of those in The Bloodline

From 2020 to 2023, The Bloodline storyline helped to carry WWE through several tough moments and it was no doubt the highlight of WWE TV every week. After Jimmy Uso’s turn on Jey Uso, many fans have made the claim that The Bloodline story has lost its spark. However, fans still react in a massive way to Roman Reigns, Jey Uso, and other members of The Bloodline story, proving that there is still a lot of interest. Sure, it might not be as exciting as it was, but with the prospect of Jimmy Vs. Jey Uso, Solo Sikoa’s continued dominance, and the inclusion of The Rock, it is all still very interesting.

9 WWE’s Midcard Titles Are Overlooked

Under Triple H, The Midcard Belts Have Thrived

  • WWE’s midcard titles suffered under Vince McMahon
  • The process to restore prestige has been slow
  • Right now, the midcard belts are the best they’ve been for years

For many years, the Intercontinental and United States Championships have both been overlooked. For some, they might not feel on the level as they once were, but in reality this is a misconception as the two belts are as hot as they’ve ever been. Gunther’s reign as Intercontinental Champion has been iconic and arguably the greatest in the entire history of the belt, and the US Title scene has felt hot with the likes of Logan Paul, Kevin Owens, Austin Theory, and Seth Rollins all involved in the title picture in recent times.

8 WWE Has Taken Steps Back In The Women’s Division

WWE Still Has Some Of The Best Female Presentation On The Planet

  • Triple H took some time getting the women’s division right
  • Some of WWE’s biggest stars are female wrestlers
  • The presentation of women in WWE is among the best

It is true that Triple H didn’t immediately set the world alight with his booking of the WWE women’s division when he first took over, but things quickly changed and the women of WWE are red hot right now. Rhea Ripley is a massive star, Damage CTRL has gone from an overlooked faction to the most interesting act, the tag team division is arguably the best it has ever been, and there are several rising stars and other top names involved in the mix too. WWE’s women feel on the level of the men in the upper echelons of the card, which is a damn sight better than most professional wrestling promotions.

7 WWE Doesn’t Do Long-Term Storytelling

In Recent Years, Long-Term Stories Have Been More Common

  • Vince McMahon didn’t do many long-term stories in recent times
  • There are several examples of longer term builds today
  • The last year is a great example of long-term storytelling

For a while it is true that WWE did not do long-term builds, but it would be foolish to say that they don’t do so now. The whole Bloodline angle is clear proof that long term stories, when the time is right, are done in WWE.


8 Massive WWE Stadium Shows Fans Forgot About

WWE hold stadium shows all over the world today. However, wrestling fans have somewhat forgotten these massive WWE stadium shows.

The likes of Rey Mysterio vs. Dominik Mysterio, Bayley vs. Iyo Sky, and others are all examples of these long-term stories. There is certainly a misconception when it comes to WWE’s modern day approach to builds.

6 The Product Is A Lot Better Than Under Vince McMahon

WWE Has Improved, But Not Massively

  • The WWE product suffered under the aging guise of Vince McMahon
  • Fans have raved about Triple H’s booking
  • Most weeks, RAW & SmackDown have a lot of negatives

WWE has seen plenty of improvement across the board since Vince McMahon’s involvement lessened, however when watching week to week WWE, the product hasn’t improved a crazily huge amount. There are plenty of filler matches, pointless stories, underused wrestlers, and a lot of dead time where too many recaps or commercials are taking place. It has certainly gotten better, but some fans have over-egged just how much better it is now.

5 There Are No Huge Stars In WWE Compared To Previous Eras

Current WWE Has Plenty Of Stars

  • There is still a notion that WWE doesn’t build stars
  • In the last year, the number of big names has increased
  • Fans have gotten behind both babyfaces and heels

Fans look back to the Attitude Era, Ruthless Aggression Era, and Golden Era, and they can pick out many big stars. When looking at today’s product, there has been criticism towards WWE for not building stars. However, this is a mistake when looking at the present day, as WWE has continued building big names who are getting more and more over. For instance, the likes of Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Cody Rhodes, Drew McIntyre, Sami Zayn, Jey Uso, Gunther, and others are among names in WWE who feel like defined personalities and popular marketable wrestlers.

4 NXT Is Worse Than It Was Previously

Current NXT Has Plenty Of Positives

  • NXT gets criticized due to it not being like the Black & Gold era
  • The Black & Gold era of NXT had run its course
  • The current iteration of NXT has plenty to shout about

Fans miss the Black & Gold era of NXT and disregard developmental today as something inferior. However, when WWE made the change in approach, the Black & Gold era was dead in the water and uninteresting. It took time to overcome some of the silliness of NXT 2.0, but the current version of NXT is a great mixture between the two. It is far better at preparing wrestlers for the world of the main roster, whilst also incorporating fantastic matches. It isn’t just a home for the top names from the independent world, and instead a mixture of up and comers, experienced names, and creative storytelling (though not always successful).

3 WWE Doesn’t Listen To The Fans

WWE Have Pushed Unlikely Babyfaces Due To Fan Support

  • With the absence of Vince McMahon, it feels like fans are listened to
  • WWE’s U-Turn for WrestleMania 40 is proof of this
  • Fans are being listened to in modern day WWE

Many WWE fans have always felt as though the company doesn’t listen to fans. Well it does now, and to say otherwise is potentially foolish. The likes of LA Knight and Sami Zayn were pushed to the main event scene on the back of a popularity wave, Rhea Ripley was brought to the top of the women’s division because fans wanted it, and WWE backed out of what seemed to be a planned Rock vs. Roman Reigns match to reinsert Cody Rhodes into the WrestleMania 40 main event. This last point is clear evidence that the modern day WWE does listen to its audience.

2 WWE Doesn’t Care About Tag Team Wrestling

Under Triple H, The Tag Team Championships Have Meant A Lot

  • There is still progress to be made with tag team wrestling
  • It is more important now than it has been for years
  • The Tag Team Titles main evented WWE PPVs in 2023

The notion of WWE not caring for tag team wrestling is now a misconception. Under Triple H, the tag team titles might not be on the level of the world titles, but they come close. For instance, the belts main evented WrestleMania 39 Night One as arguably the best storyline heading into the show.


8 Cancelled WWE Storylines (That Sounded Better Than What We Got)

WWE decided to go against these original plans, which likely would have worked out better.

Over the last year the likes of Roman Reigns, Cody Rhodes, The Usos, Finn Balor, Damian Priest, Sami Zayn, and Kevin Owens have been involved in the tag title picture, just showing the difference in how WWE approaches the division.

1 The Match Quality Isn’t As Good As Other Companies

WWE’s PPV’s Have Consistently Seen High Quality Matches

  • There has been more of a focus on in-ring quality
  • WWE PPVs are more streamlined and matches get more times
  • Some of the best matches of the year have come in WWE

Other promotions such as AEW, NJPW, and TNA are more focused on in-ring work, but it would be ignorant to suggest that WWE doesn’t put forth many great matches and host some of the best wrestlers on the planet. Under Triple H especially, modern day WWE has a renewed focus on both sports entertainment and professional wrestling. Weekly TV has longer matches, PPV matches get more time, and the company has offered some all-time great matches in the last few years for sure – on par with every other top company on the planet.

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