Former WWE Writer Reacts To WWE Network; “Final Nail In The Coffin For Wrestling Of Our Youth”

Posted by Phil Johnson on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

WWE Network

Former WWE Creative Writer Andrew Goldstein, has published a new column at PWMania.com. Goldstein reacts to WWE’s groundbreaking announcement of the WWE Network and how he thinks that that the Network, “is the end” and “the final nail in the coffin for wrestling of our youth.” Here is an excerpt from his article:

“So here goes: Call me a curmudgeon and tell me I’m living in the past all you want but as I watched the WWE’s grandiose Power Point presentation from CES – complete with charts, graphs, corporate suits speaking in analytics, and more DX shtick than you can shake a neon green glowstick at… all I could think was, “This is the end.”

“The point I’m trying to make is how crucial a role “mystique” played in my wrestling origin story. Wrestlers had backstories. They had lore. They had unconfirmed tall tales about their misdeeds in far away lands. For crying out loud, Ox Baker once killed a man in the ring with his dreaded “heart punch”!!! Did you hear????? – Ok, look, I know those days are long dead and buried, and they were pushing up daisies long before the announcement of the WWE Network. What I’m saying is, as I watched the McMahons roll out their plan for a total and complete a la carte wrestling viewing experience (aka world domination), I couldn’t help but see it as the final nail in the coffin for the pro wrestling of my youth. Look at it this way. It’s like if one day all your favorite restaurants closed down and your town opened one, giant, communal casino buffet that serves all your favorite dishes from all of those restaurants, ALL THE TIME. It sounds amazing, right? So amazing that the second the doors opened, there’s no doubt you’d be first in line to gorge yourself on all the wings and pizza and General Tso’s chicken you could shove down your throat. Problem is after about a week, or maybe a month… besides the “itis” setting in, you’d start missing the wonderment that went along with how you used to dine. How you used to follow word of mouth to a new restaurant. How you’d sit at work all day sometimes dreaming about that chicken parm sandwich three towns over. You’d miss reading a review of a new burger joint in the New York Times and promising yourself next time you’re in the big city, you’re gonna try that patty! Bottom line: You’d miss discovering all your favorite foods on your own.”

You can read Andrew Goldstein’s column, “Goldstein on Rasslin” in its entirety at this link.

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  • iMike_M

    Umm, other than making me hungry Goldstein makes no sense. There is no argument that the WWE is considered the major league of wrestling. So when MLB did the same thing (minus making available archived footage) did it kill minor league baseball? WWE has been on top for many years, yet Indy shows still continue to go on with the same attendance figures as 20 years ago. Mystique left wrestling with the birth of the internet chat room…it had nothing to do with the launch of the WWE Network. This is simply shrewd and brilliant business, plain and simple. Instead of watching video on Netflix, I will now simply click on WWE Network.

    • Negatist

      Yeah.

    • Jeff Rittenour

      He actually makes perfect sense. He’s talking about the final death of OLD school wrestling, not wrestling in general dumb-ass. WWE has been ‘on top’ cuz there they only game in town….and if you think mediocre wrestling, ratings and wrestlers is “ON TOP’ then you don’t know JACK. Shrewd and brilliant? …sure. YOU can click on wwe network and watch history re-written by wwe. Missing themes, matches & wrestlers. A one sided view of wrestling’s history. YOU go and enjoy that garbage. Most of us will stick to you tube… Lemme guess you grew up with the attitude era, didn’t you?

  • Negatist

    Sorry Goldstein… you’re looking at the Network as being a hub for past wrestling only, instead of the future that lies within its very core of intent. It’s true that people will get sick of the rewinds and history of the WWE, but it won’t happen overnight! Besides, I am sure WWE has many more ideas up their sleeves for the network that haven’t yet been revealed, and on top of that, you’ll have programming you can’t see anywhere else! Your relationship of this network to one large, grandiose restaurant killing off all the little mom and pops around it is lacking and untrue. WWE killed off all the wrestling entertainment competition already. They don’t need it, and it would take a near miracle for another organization like WWE to compete with them at this point. And please don’t cite TNA as competition – it simply isn’t anything even close to it. WWE’s network will do quite well and it offers its fans a tremendous value.

  • Terry Marks

    Look at it this way. The history is history. If people really care about the history of wrestling they will watch whatever they can watch. Granted, it is a soap opera of sorts with the storylines that they use, if you really love the genre of pro wrestling who really gives a shit what some dumb mother (you know what I was gonna say next) really says? Watch it as a lover of professional wrestling as I do and leave it at that!

  • Terry Marks

    The WWE network, if used correctly, should gain extra followers using the archives they’ve bought over the years by at least using that material at times, even if they think no one is watching, to fill in gaps, by showing old UWF or WCCW stuff, especially if they show stuff that involves the Dingo Warrior with the hype of his Hall of Fame induction, they should bring in a few hundred more viewers.

  • The huntress in the night

    I’ll have to agree.

  • Terry Marks

    You bectha ! They own the rights to everything anyway, so if used the right way, they’ll gain all the old schoolers like myself back to sign up and watch their product.

  • DisqusV

    His argument is invalid.

  • alexx52

    How many fans are going to watch reruns of past matches? The people wrestling in taped matches are past. They will not be future superstars.

    • gta4801 .

      Nxt is going to be apart of the network that’s one of the things I like most about the network future stars can probably be more exposed

  • Chad

    The point is, not all 100,000 hours (or however many hours they said they had) of content owned by the WWE will be available at one time. I just read an article on this very site a few minutes ago that said only about 1.5% of footage will be available at launch. They will add content weekly, but also remove content from time to time. Will people be sitting at their computers 24/7 watching the WWE Network? No. But could they say “Hey, I’m bored, nothing is on TV, let me see whats on the WWE Network?” Yes. And even if the mystique still existed in professional wrestling, how would the WWE Network affect that anyway? For me, the mystique left the first time I came on to a wrestling news site, saw “[Insert wrestler name here] is set to turn heel in the future”, and a few weeks later, said wrestler turned heel. All the WWE Network will show is past matches. Yes, they will have insight from the wrestlers themselves, but I don’t see it being anything that throws open the curtains of professional wrestling. At least, not as much as the recent WWE DVD’s have done.

  • Mark Mitchell

    Wrestling is dead and has been for awhile!It’s sad kids these days really believe the mess they are watching is anywhere close to how it use to be!

  • Jeff Rittenour

    love reading kiddie comments below, telling an OLD SCHOOLER how it actually is. LMAO @ today’s wrestling fan.

  • Kasey S

    Old school wrestling died many, many years ago. Do I miss it? Absolutely. It will never be the same. Times change, wrestling evolved. As someone who’s watched wrestling for 25 years, I am stoked for WWE Network. I can go back and relive matches from the late 80s and early 90s. I can go back and watch “real wrestling.”

    Look, wrestling is different today. It’s entertainment. Having another viable company/wrestling organization won’t take wrestling back to “good ol’ days.” Even if WWE had a viable threat, the way it’s produced has changed and another wrestling organization won’t change that. You’re naive if you think it will. I can’t wait for WWE Network.

  • Ralph Ramos

    Pro wrestling is already dying a very slow death by the very hand that made it a multi-billion dollar monopoly. The WWE killed off all these smaller and larger wrestling companies like the AWA, USWA, and WCW in order to build its wrestling empire and gain absolute dominance of the industry as a result. In doing so, they killed off the core of what made pro wrestling so interesting to Goldstein, myself, and many others.
    Some of us like variety, but not the variety you get from a buffet. We like watching an alternative to the WWE, which made wrestling great in the 80s. The AWA had Rick Martel, Stan Hansen, and Big Scott Hall. World Class in Texas had the Von Erich brothers, who were so dynamic and talented (Their tragedies were a great loss to the industry, as well as World Class; this spelled the end for the Texas Titan). The NWA/WCW had Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes, Sting, and Lex Luger (All huge in the business in their own way, and huge draws at the time).
    Today, these companies do not exist. Whats left is the WWE-style full of gimmicks and frills reigning supreme.
    The Ric Flairs, Stings, and LexLugers of pro wrestling today are either none-existant or very obscure. All you have is the WWE’s brave new world of making the stars of tomorrow themselves and choosing what we should like and not like. And with pro wrestling being sports entertainment and fixed, its only a matter of time before it fades into obscurity itself and the WWE is gone, just like the very companies they put out of business.
    As the UFC continues to grow, the WWE will continue to slowly fade. The WWE empire won’t go away quickly, but it, just like every empire in history, will end.



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