Wrestling Observer Exclusive: How to Lose Fans and Alienate People

Do you ever get the feeling that WWE just does not give a s**t anymore? Like they’ve reached some celestial level in the wrestling business where they can do whatever they want and their business will be fine?

Well, it’s because they basically have. Take the current booking of Jinder Mahal for example. One day he’s jobbing to the stars, next thing you know he’s main eventing a “PPV” and challenging for the WWE title because WWE suddenly remembered there’s a huge market in India. It’s booking at its worst. It’s booking that puts business first, and logical storytelling last.

But will it affect Network subscriber numbers? Nope. Will it lead to poor attendance at live shows? Nope? In fact, Backlash, the show being headlined by Mahal and Randy Orton, is already close to sold out. It was nearly sold out before any matches had even been announced.

It’s dangerous territory when a company believes themselves to be infallible. But there does come a point for some fans where enough is enough. I talked with some wrestling fans who’ve reached that point with the goal of finding out exactly what it takes for a wrestling promotion to drive away its fans. As it turns out, there are a couple of common factors.


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The Feeny Call Episode 38: Zero to Hero to Zero Again

Hey Dips! Welcome to The Feeny Call: The no kissy just talky Boy Meets World podcast hosted by Mark and Zach.

In case you’re new here, Mark is a lifelong Boy Meets World watcher, having seen every episode of the series multiple times, or at least once. Zach, on the other hand, is brand new to the world of Boy Meets World, seeing it now, just for this podcast, for the first time in his life, 15 years after final episode of the series aired. Like a major nozzle.

This Ep: Boy Meets World S03E05 – Hometown Hero

Listen now on Soundcloud and iTunes! Leave a review if you’ve got the time, or don’t. I don’t give two s##ts! Sorry I’m just trying to sound cool. I really do give all the s##ts. Every single one of them. A nice review would be super neat!

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