The IWC, or Internet Wrestling Community is all of those people who spend much of their free time sitting at their computers discussing the happening of WWE, TNA and independent wrestling. That’s right. You and I are both members of the IWC.
If you have been a part of this community for a while then you know how much the members enjoy complaining.
Fans of professional wrestling enjoy different aspects of the industry. Each member of the IWC has their favorite wrestlers. Many fans enjoy making predictions and hopes for the outcomes of matches and storylines. They also enjoy fantasy booking extended periods of time in wrestling.
However, when WWE, TNA or another promotion decides on an outcome of a match or storyline that a member of the IWC doesn’t like, they complain. If you follow members of the IWC on social media during Raw, Smackdown, pay-per-views and other events, you read the reactions of these wrestling fans. Sometimes they are positive, but a lot of time they are quite negative.
While I do my fair share of complaining, I have noticed repetition in the reactions of wrestling fans. So I decided to gather the topics and ideas that the IWC complains about most. Here are ten things that the Internet Wrestling Community loves to complain about.
10. John Cena Sucks!
A common thought among the Internet Wrestling Community is if you are 18 years old or older, you are not a fan of John Cena. In fact, you might enjoy chanting things like “Cena sucks!”
John Cena does so much for WWE. He grants many wishes for children who are terminally ill, promotes the company on talk shows and sells a ton of merchandise.
When Cena makes his entrance, there is a huge reaction. There is also a mixed reaction. You can hear a mix of cheers and boos. This is another reason why Cena is so successful. WWE wants the superstars to receive reaction. Any reaction is a good reaction. Cheers or boos help.
While many of Cena fans are in fact children, there are definitely those exceptions – adult fans of John Cena. Just ask my friend Sam.
9. They Need To Push The Younger Guys
Another common topic of conversation is who in WWE is currently receiving a push. This happens when a WWE superstar is either new or a mid card wrestler who is then pushed to the main event.
Members of the Internet Wrestling Community have a tendency to complain about who it is that is receiving the push. A common thing I hear these people say is that WWE should push the younger stars more so than the veterans.
At the end of 2013, John Cena and Randy Orton were feuding over the merged WWE World Heavyweight Championship. I recall many complaints about how we saw these two as enemies back in 2009. It was a great point and one that I agreed with. At the same time, WWE management isn’t going to just stop pushing John Cena or Randy Orton. They are among the most popular and talented superstars in WWE history. Just because there has been an influx of new talent lately doesn’t mean WWE should just stop pushing the top guys.
With many stars making the jump from NXT to the main roster, members of the Internet Wrestling Community want to see these stars get pushed. The Shield, the Wyatt Family and others will certainly all get pushed as they have been already. The IWC also seems to have a lot of interest in stars like Dolph Ziggler and Daniel Bryan even before the Yes Movement.
Regardless of who is getting pushed at the time, people will complain. They want to see their favorites get to the main event and there is only so much room at the top.
8. It’s Going To Happen, I Read It In the Dirtsheets
Since the early 1990s, Dave Meltzer has been reporting backstage news in WWE. However, nowadays there are many websites who report supposed backstage news themselves. Are they always right? No.
Members of the Internet Wrestling Community created websites such as WrestlingNewsSource.com, WrestleNewz.com and PWMania.com. These websites copy and paste news from each other and spoil or provide information that many fans may want to know. However, there have been times when these websites posted “news” of what was going to happen, only for those things to turn out to be false.
I can recall some websites claiming that certain past WWE superstars were going to be entering the Royal Rumble. However, those stars never appeared.
Should we trust these wrestling dirt sheet websites?
The best idea if you choose to read these websites, is to read what they post with a grain of salt. Just because they say something is going to happen doesn’t mean it will. Sometimes what they post does happen. But not always.
Boys and girls, don’t believe everything you read on the Internet. Anyone can create a website and write whatever they want. Hopefully, you were taught in school about validity of websites and how to trust what you are reading or seeing on the Internet.
7. WWE Was So Much Better During The Attitude Era
WWE was so much better in the Attitude Era. This is another common phrase I hear among members of the Internet Wrestling Community. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, WWE provided a more edgy and unpredictable product. But was the company better or more successful during that time period? Not necessarily.
WWE had legitimate competition at the time in the form of World Championship Wrestling. These two companies fought head to head in the Monday Night Wars. At times, WCW was beating WWE in the ratings war. Sometimes, companies work harder and better when they have competition. Right now, TNA Impact Wrestling, Ring of Honor or any other wrestling promotion is not a legitimate threat to WWE. Vince McMahon’s company has such a higher production value than any other company that no one can compete with WWE.
WWE also chose to go public in 2002. This certainly changed things. WWE decided to become more family friendly as the years went on. With these changes came a much less edgier product. Does it make it less successful? No. Not necessarily. Perhaps their audience changed a bit. More children and families may have started becoming interested in WWE. Maybe some adults stopped watching. But I think many people continued to watch it and be interested in WWE despite these changes.
6. The PG Era Sucks!
Somewhat related to the idea that WWE was better during the Attitude Era, many members of the Internet Wrestling Community might think that the PG Era is bad. These could be some of the same IWC members who think wrestling was the best during the late 1990s and early 2000s and unfortunately, nothing will ever compare to that time period.
The wrestling fans who believe the PG Era sucks, wish WWE would get more bloody, sexy and unpredictable. Most people consider the PG Era to have begun in 2008. I interviewed Katie Lea Burchill once on Pro Wrestling Powerhouse Radio. If you recall, she was managing her on screen brother, Paul Burchill. They had a strange gimmick that was based on incest. The gimmick was dropped according to Katie Lea, because of WWE’s decision to go PG.
The PG Era has definitely changed WWE to be more family friendly, but why does that have to be a bad thing? One aspect that I think unfortunately changed for the worse was the level of predictability.
It may be my age and just growing up and being an adult, but I do find WWE to be a lot more predictable during the PG Era. The lack of blood and sexuality doesn’t bother me too much. Though I am not opposed to those things, the product just seems much more predictable to me in this era.
5. Triple H is Burying Him!
Are you a member of the Internet Wrestling Community who complains that Triple H buries WWE superstars? Oh please.
There is this notion that since Triple H was given more power backstage as the COO of the company, he buries people. By bury, I don’t mean he physically digs a hole and puts people in it. But by bury, I mean he keeps wrestlers down. He doesn’t give them a push. He refuses to let others have the spotlight. That he always wants the spotlight on himself.
I may agree with the IWC on some of the topics on this list, but this one that I strongly disagree with. Triple H is known for building NXT to the new developmental system with its’ current format. NXT is the opposite of burying. Triple H has put into place a system where young, developing stars hone their skills down in Florida and then are promoted to the main roster of WWE when they are ready. Many times, WWE has pushed stars too soon and it has backfired. NXT is here to make sure that when Adrien Neville, Charlotte, Sami Zayn and others debut in WWE, their careers will last a very long time.
In addition to the fact that Triple H has built NXT to be arguably the best show in WWE right now, let’s think about what he has done on the main roster in 2014. At WrestleMania, Daniel Bryan pinned Triple H clean. He then went on to lose back to back pay-per-view matches against The Shield.
All wrestlers have egos. It happens. But to say that Triple H is burying stars has to be one of most overused nonsense by the Internet Wrestling Community.
4. They Should Fire…
The famous catchphrase by Mr. McMahon (and Donald Trump) is one that can be used in so many situations. People can get fired from any job. Apparently, members of the Internet Wrestling Community believe and wish for people to lose their jobs in WWE.
Why would you want someone to be fired? Of course, WWE recently did release a number of superstars, divas and one referee. Among those released was JTG. He became a running joke among the IWC because he was employed by WWE for so long without making any appearances. Should we wish for him to lose his job, or be utilized?
There are only so many opportunities to get on television or have a match at a live event for WWE. The company keeps a number of employees on deck because you never know if there will be injuries. Some of these stars like JTG, Jinder Mahal, Drew McIntyre and Curt Hawkins have mainly been used as enhancement talent. Wrestling has always had a fair share of stars who would lose all their matches to help put over their opponents. When speaking with Glen “Thrasher” Ruth once on a podcast, he discussed being an enhancement talent and how he saw it as paying his dues before he got pushed as a member of the Headbangers.
I understand that some of these wrestlers might be better off elsewhere instead of not being used in WWE. I just find it a little harsh for people on the Internet to wish for someone to lose their job.
3. They Should Hire…
On the other hand, members of the Internet Wrestling Community might complain that WWE should hire particular superstars that aren’t currently with the company. Apparently, these fans are very good at scouting wrestlers.
Part of the reason I think the IWC wants to see AJ Styles, Bobby Roode or others in WWE, is for multiple reasons. It allows these stars to compete against wrestlers they may have never competed against. Plus, with WWE’s amazing production value, the match and or storyline may be more entertaining in WWE.
However, fans don’t really know everything about how wrestlers make it to WWE. There are so many factors in what WWE consider when hiring or giving a contract to a wrestler. Obviously, we know wrestlers have to be athletic and trained to be a wrestler. But what about the other factors?
A wrestler’s attitude could make or break their opportunity. Teddy Hart, the oldest grandchild of Stu and Helen Hart, was signed to a developmental contract by WWE in 1998. However, he was released in 2002 due to attitude problems. Take Dolph Ziggler as another example. I find it interesting that after he was outspoken (according to dirtsheets), he was relegated to a jobber.
Let’s leave the scouting and training to WWE.
2. He Would Be Better Utilized in TNA
Along some of the same lines of the topics on this list is the complaint that the IWC has for how some WWE wrestlers would be better utilized in TNA. Perhaps wrestlers who have been released or not utilized to the liking of wrestling fans, the IWC can often complain and insist that these people should go to TNA.
One name that comes to my mind on this is Zack Ryder. Long Island Iced Z gained many fans with his YouTube show in 2011. Just like with Daniel Bryan, WWE capitalized on Ryder’s popularity and finally gave in and pushed him to a United States title run. However, shortly after his run, Ryder went back to losing all of his matches.
Would Ryder achieve more success in TNA? It’s hard to say.
WWE has the rights to many of its characters’ names and like-ability. I don’t know if they own the Zack Ryder name, but if they do, he wouldn’t be able to use it in TNA. He could create a similar gimmick with a different name, but we don’t know if it would be as successful.
Anyone who chooses to leave or released by WWE could have the option of signing with TNA, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they will achieve more success there.
1. The Internet Wrestling Community Loves to Complain!
The Internet Wrestling Community loves to complain about how the Internet Wrestling Community complains a lot.
While I am certainly guilty of complaining of complaining, I have come to the realization that it is okay. In fact, it is more than okay. Complaining about the outcomes of matches and story lines is a great thing. Remember when I discussed John Cena receiving mixed reactions? And I said that was exactly what WWE wants?
This is very similar. WWE wants its fans to have different favorites. And WWE wants fans to get riled up when their favorite loses. And they want fans to get riled up when their favorites win. Any reaction is a good reaction. Don’t forget that.
Members of the IWC shouldn’t complain about how other members are complaining so much. Argue back with them. Tell them why you feel your way. Express your opinion. That’s what so great about the Internet and the IWC. Any wrestling fan can express their opinion. You will have people agree with you. You will also have people disagree with you.
We can all be guilty of complaining about things, but as long as you can back it up with good reasoning, all the power to you.
The Internet Wrestling Community loves to complain and loves to love the complaints.
Seth Guttenplan is a math and computer technology teacher for special education students in New Jersey. In his free time, Seth writes about wrestling for Camel Clutch Blog and What Culture. Follow Seth on twitter @sethgutt