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Our Love/Hate Relationship With TOUT

WWE ToutWhat is TOUT? Why is WWE constantly talking about?  Why do people send in TOUTs? Should I send in TOUTs? Do you love it, or hate it? For those of you who don’t know TOUT is used as a social media driven video status update. WWE and TOUT seem to be in a very serious relationship with each other. Zack Ryder is even shown on a phone on TOUT’s homepage. While many people who may be reading this may talk about how WWE shoves TOUT down our throats, I actually believe the WWE Universe has a love/hate relationship with TOUT and here is why…

Why We HATE It…

Why did I start with why we hate it? Because I think the IWC talks more about hating it than loving it.

We hate TOUT because WWE shoves it down our throats. It feels like every other minute WWE is asking us to TOUT our thoughts and feelings. How many times during RAW do Michael Cole or Jerry Lawler talk about TOUT? We feel as though much of the WWE TV time is spent talking about TOUT and Twitter, instead of…wait for it…. actual wrestling! We did see a whopping TEN wrestling matches on this past RAW (August 6th, 2012), however that has become a rarity for WWE TV.

WWE TV fills its episodes with recaps, TOUTs, tweets and avoids the real reason we watch. Hey McMahon, Leveque and whoever else – give us a TOUT break! We don’t care about it! We just want to see some quality wrestling matches, creative and entertaining backstage segments and even some memorable promos from your best WWE superstars. Thank you.

Why We LOVE It…

Are there people out there who LOVE TOUT? Is there anyone out there who doesn’t hate TOUT? My answer: Definitely.

WWE and its fans LOVE TOUT because it is another way for them to interact. We were already able to send them messages through Twitter, but now we can send videos! Plus, WWE has been airing a selected number of TOUTs during their shows. We can vote on matches, share our thoughts on storylines and have the possibility of showing up on WWE TV. If you can’t be there live, I would say the next best thing would be to have your TOUT aired. TOUT has become another way for the WWE fans to connect with the superstars that I am sure a lot of people enjoy.

Personally, I am not one of them. I have never used TOUT and do not see myself using it in the future. Why? Well, one reason is I think the chances of any TOUT I record to end up on WWE TV are very small. WWE.com has a whole section devoted to TOUT, which includes three select WWE fans’ reactions to RAW. On the other hand, the webpage does give some tips for getting one’s TOUT on RAW or Smackdown. What is your opinion on the WWE-TOUT relationship? Does WWE overdo the TOUT? Or do you send TOUTs to WWE?

Seth Guttenplan is the writer and editor of GuTTWrenchPowerBlog, a brand new WWE blog. Seth also writes for PWPonderings.com. When Seth is not writing about wrestling, he is a Special Education teacher in New Jersey. To read more from Seth, follow him on twitter ( @sethgutt ) and visit http://guttwrenchpowerblog.com

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