After watching the WWE for 26 years, I stopped doing so sometime in 2011, partially because I got rid of my television (how pretentious does that sound) and partially because of how I felt that they had dropped the ball after the Money in the Bank, CM Punk vs John Cena match. It had absolutely nothing to do with the match itself (which is in my personal top 10 matches of all time), but with how things were handled directly there after. It was and still is my belief that they should have had Punk stay away for a time. Defend the belt in ROH, Japan, Mexico, wherever. So, after 26 years, I tapped out.
[adinserter block=”1″]I’ve kept up through the internet, reading results. There are things that sadden me that I missed. The return of Paul Heyman, the rise of Daniel Bryan (although some of the things I’ve been reading lately, maybe that’s not such a bad thing), CM Punk’s promos, and most recently the return of one Jake “the Snake” Roberts just to name a few.
If I’m completely honest, I haven’t stopped watching all things WWE. Total Divas is a guilty pleasure (yes, I know I said that I no longer own a television, but that doesn’t mean I don’t know people who do).
Which brings me to the point of this article. With the WWE Network’s debut looming on the horizon, I think I may just come back. Again, I no longer own a TV, but I no longer need one . Sure, I won’t be able to catch Raw or Smackdown live (not that I even necessarily want to catch them), but I never did anyway thanks to my DVR.
People often ask, what happened to all of the WCW viewers that seemed to disappear over night after WWE won the Monday Night Wars? Is it possible that with the advent of the network, that this could bring at least some of them back to the world of professional wrestling? And if so, will they stick around to see what’s new in the world of Vince McMahon’s Sports Entertainment? Could the debut of the WWE Network start another boom period?
Only time will tell.
Bill “Halfway” Hamill
Bill “Halfway” Hamill is a musician from Detroit, MI. You can visit him at his website http://HalfwayHamill.com and follow him on twitter @HalfwayHamill.
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