In the 1980s Professional Wrestling was becoming a mainstream juggernaut on television all over the world. Wrestlers such as:Hulk Hogan, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Andre the giant, Ric Flair, and many others captivated audiences of children and adults alike. The WWF (now WWE) was growing nationally as was it's competition the NWA (later WCW). But as the 90's entered, new styles and faces would appear. Wrestlers such as: Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Sting, Bret Hart, and Shawn Michaels would put a edgier more adult face on wrestling.
This new attitude in the sport would bring more foul language, sexual innuendo, and even more brutal matches than ever thought possible. I mean imagine being bodyslammed on a bed of thumbtacks or a board wrapped with barbed wire. Being thrown off a 20 foot high steel cell with only a wooden table to break your fall. That was the 90s in a nutshell. But in the past few years the world of professional wrestling has gone downhill. It no longer has the look or the edge it once had. The popularity has winded down significantly. Here are just a couple reasons why
A lot more people know it's scripted.
Although this has been a fact for several years. The promotions and even the wrestlers themselves have admitted it's mostly all fake and scripted. The matches are pre-determined by backstage bookers, the title reigns are all determined and extended or cut short determined by how popular the wrestler is. Nowadays spoilers and information are all accessible via the internet. So the fans can know beforehand how everything will work out. So yes it is fake for the most part. But most of the injuries and hits are real.
Stale characters and talent (or lack thereof)
Back in the day the character of the wrestler was what got them over with fans. Wrestling zombies, policemen, beer drinking rednecks who regularly told their boss to stick it, and even sick demented crazy SOB's once made wrestling a enjoyable product to watch. But now with Wrestlers such as John Cena who have kept the same character over many years and never portrayed a bad guy since have caused fans to regularly boo him just because of the fact the fans are tired of the staleness. It's all a political showcase too. Its all based on who kisses the higher ups in the companies asses. That means even a shitty athlete who has a limited moveset if they brown nose can get better opportunities than some one who truly deserves it. There is a lot of nepotism in the business as well. The Rock's realitives in the business are currently getting opportunity themselves because of his name and status.
Too many deaths and drug scandals.
In 2005 a very popular wrestler by the name of Eddie Gurrero passed away in his hotel room from a heart attack linked to steroids. In 2007 Chris Benoit killed his own wife,son, and himself after years of head trauma and steroids abuse. Many wrestlers die under age forty and majority due to drug and steroids abuse. Vince McMahon faced trial in front of a federal court in the 1990s after it was discovered he allegedly supplied wrestlers with steroids. Especially his top draw Hulk Hogan. He later was acquitted of all charges. It's sad a entertainment organizations name has to be tarnished by the publicity of its athletes and performers using drugs. Even though the NFL, MLB, abd NBA have its fair share,the WWE has had more deaths from drug and steroids abuse than any other sport.
Yes, it once was a popular sport. But: controversy, lack of talent, and secrets leaking out are killing a once popular television past time for many Americans.