Katy Perry just rode a giant tiger yet wrestling struggles with viewers

I see die-hard wrestling fans on here asking this question all the time and I wanted to provide you with an outside perspective which you may or may not agree with.

I watched wrestling from 1988 - 2001 and I was one of the biggest fans the sport could ask for. Bought almost every piece of merchandise, didn't miss a single show or PPV, and lived and died by pro wrestling. And for the life of me, I can not find the least bit of enjoyment out of watching it today.

I saw pro wrestling go from a small niche industry on the verge of death to a worldwide phenomenon during the Attitude era. Everything runs in fads and cycles though. I don't think you will EVER see the popularity that came with the Attitude era ever again. Before that, I couldn't find a single friend to discuss last night's episode about Raw with. Once the Attitude era came about, every single one of my friends was wearing their very own wrestling shirts.

I'm going to tell you that you're comparing apples and oranges with Katy Perry. One is a musical performance that has nothing to do with the other.

At this point in my life, I cannot watch pro wrestling and be entertained by it. I subscribed to the WWE Network when that was announced and got a kick out of it for sheer nostalgia but almost unsubscribed immediately. I try watching this new era of WWE and the storylines are just horrible to me. It's borderline childish IMO. And now that I've become older, I can't wrap my head around two guys building up a feud week after week and then releasing their emotions with bodyslams and suplexes. I know it's meant as entertainment and nothing more, but it's incredibly mundane and silly to me. That's why I ended up getting into MMA. If you enjoy it, more power to you and I will never put someone down for doing so. But I don't think wrestling will ever see a dramatic increase in viewership like it once did.

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