|Don't let Vince McMahon bully you into watching ALL of his programming|
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Trust me, this isn't going to be one of those angry online nerd rants like, "I'M QUITTING WWE BECAUSE THEY DON'T DO THINGS THE WAY I WANT THEM TO." I mean, I guess it's a little bit about how the booking can be monotonous and mind-numbing, but I stopped getting myself in a tizzy over WWE booking long ago. Vince McMahon is alive for the time being (and he probably will be until the heat death of the universe), so the status quo is here to stay.
What I can't keep up with is the barrage of programming that WWE has heaped onto us in the last couple years. Here is what has changed:
- RAW went to three hours in 2012
- The WWE Network was created
- NXT became required viewing
- Smackdown got a brand split, and therefore became more than an "oh by the way" show
- The Cruiserweight Classic dominated the summer of 2016
- 205 Live debuted
- The UK-exclusive show was announced
- The Women's Tournament was announced, and it'll likely dominate the summer of 2017
If you have the free time in your life to watch most, if not all of this, then good for you. I cast no judgment upon you. You love wrestling and that's very cool. But if you're like me, there is this annoying thing called "life" that sometimes gets in the way (and please, I'm not saying if you watch all this stuff then you don't have a life!). Time is precious. Here is what consumes my time:
- My one-year old baby girl
- My beautiful wife
- My job as a middle school teacher (but Summer Break starts in a few days, so WOOOOOO)
- Moving to a new house in July
- Band practice
- Books (remember reading? That's a thing! I checked out Trouble Boys, the biography about The Replacements, and a week later I haven't read a page because I've been watching NJPW's Best of the Super Juniors, and that's not even WWE, aggghhhh)
- The fact that watching pro wrestling with my beautiful wife is a non-starter because she does not care for it, and that's 100 percent reasonable
- I read recaps of RAW and Smackdown. If anything sounds like it's gonna be super worth watching, I seek it out (so basically, I watch about 15 combined minutes of both shows). If I don't watch any of it, at least I have an idea of what's going on.
- I watch the pay-per-views, but if I miss a match or two, it's no big deal.
- I watch NXT. I always watch NXT (but maybe skim through certain matches and video packages).
- I don't watch 205 Live. I'm sure it's good. I know it's good. But it's that third pound of Skittles that I just can't stomach anymore.
- I mayyybe won't watch the UK show. Again, I know it will feature good wrestling. But it's just another heaping helping of too much.
But hey, do whatever works for you. Just know that you can do something like what I do, and you can still consider yourself a card-carrying wrestling fan. Live your life. Don't let McMahon tell you what to do.