Now, before I begin with my thoughts (and there's a lot of them, lol), I just want to say/emphasize: these are my opinions/feelings and in NO way I'm I a "hater" in any form of the imagination. I've been a fan of pro wrestling since the age of 5 (born in '84) and I have nothing to hate on in terms of the WWE and it's current product. So, with that being said, let's jump right into it.
*Let's start with Roman Reigns shall we. I've talked about this guy before and I'll try to be brief with this one, which may be difficult, lol. I can't recall a time ever that I wasn't a fan of someone simply because of their booking and protection and Mr. Reigns fits that bill 100 percent. I've never seen a situation where the WWE (or any company for that matter) presented every bell, whistle, smoke and mirror possible to get someone over, all the while fighting the audience tooth and nail when they're clearly rejecting someone they don't want to see as "the guy", a term I'm SO tired of hearing these days. And I CAN'T forget the fact that, storyline wise, he was put into many situations where the Authority (oh man, MORE on them later) went through hell and high water to take the WWE title off him, only to "reward" him with continuous opportunities, which doesn't make a lick of damn sense. I also do not agree with people saying he needs a heel turn and I won't spend too much time on that one. Overall, this is why I'm not a fan of Reigns and when any company sees the need to try to either trick me into liking/supporting someone who shouldn't be in the spot he's in and/or telling me who I should like, it's not about me rebelling, the simple fact is that I'm a grown ass, 31 year old man, you're NOT going to tell me who I should and shouldn't like, point blank, end of story.
*The Authority. (Part 1) Allow me to start with HHH. I've been a fan of him for a long time. He's in 2 of my top 10 favorite matches of all time, I have tons of respect for his toughness and mind for the business, however, my opinions of him have really changed since he's became an executive. Let me start with the night after the 2014 Royal Rumble, and I'll admit, this will show how invested I was in the ongoing storyline with Daniel Bryan. With hindsight being 20/20, it was clear to ANYONE watching at the time that Bryan should've been in that Rumble match and won. Any other excuse is unacceptable and I didn't buy the "well he wasn't advertised" argument then and now, especially when Edge wasn't advertised for the 2010 Rumble and he made his surprise return and won the thing, just to name an example. Going back to the night after the '14 Rumble, here was HHH and Stephanie (more on her later too) just gloating/trolling, "oh you didn't get what you wanted", and I'm like, "get the hell outta here with that". Furthermore, he would do interviews (notably one on Chris Jericho's podcast a few years back), basically saying. "you know I never really had a real job next thing you know I'm in a suit and tie", like you just happened to luck into that spot. Give me a break Mr. Levesque. I also don't understand the logic of being "babyface owner" in NXT but somehow being "heel authority figure" on the main roster. It doesn't work both ways and while people are so quick to applaud him for NXT, they ignore the huge gaps in logic "because NXT is awesome". Now, since WM32 he hasn't been on TV and in my personal opinion, he doesn't need to return to TV ever again. I don't want to see a rematch against Reigns after that boring main event at the big show, I don't want to see him against Seth Rollins or anyone else. I haven't been impressed with him in the ring since that '16 Rumble return and at this point, I feel he should continue with his backstage duties, no need to grace my TV or anyone else's ever again.
*The Authority (Part 2). Ah, Stephanie McMahon. I liked her character back in '99 and 2000, mainly because it was fresh, however, I haven't felt that same way since she "returned" to be the "owner of ECW" in '01, smh. It amazes me that people are so quick to say how awesome she is on the mic while at the same time emasculating the talent that's already having a hard time getting over as it is. I also shook my head when she was the one who announced the debuts of Charlotte, Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch last year with the so-called "Diva Revolution" (reader, on the list of things that have made me cringe in wrestling over the years, when I hear/heard Steph's voice announcing the women, my God it makes me cringe). It was so clear to me this was done so that if the "revolution" took off like they had, uh, planned, she would get the sole credit for it. The bottom line is that I was never a fan of the Authority storyline in general (and don't even get me started on the times when they were "out of power", only to return for some illogical reason) and it simply needs to end if it hasn't done so already. Steph and HHH should really just focus on their backstage duties and stay off TV for good. They won't be missed.
*Ratings and the like. It's interesting to say that the ratings these days don't matter when they continue to go down across the board don't they? If/when they dip past a 2.0, then what? I shake my head at that because I've always read that big TV networks won't put up with programming that draws bad ratings, but that's just me. Also, can we PLEASE stop making excuses for WWE when their ratings go down? We can no longer blame the stock, the jaded fans, the NFL, the NBA, the Oscars, college sports, and EVERYONE and EVERYTHING for their ratings not being strong, and can we PLEASE cease giving them every chance in the book to turn things around? Granted, they may be on to something now based on the upcoming Payback show (which I will watch), but if they haven't turned a corner at this point, they're just going to keep doing what they've been doing for years. Don't make excuses for WWE or any company when they can't (or refuse) to sustain any kind of momentum.
I'm sure I have more thoughts, but what you just read are the things that immediately came to mind in a nutshell, the thoughts of a long time wrestling fan. Thanks for reading.