itsbigcat

August 23rd, 2015 at 12:49 PM ^

I'm not gonna bash it. It wouldn't fix anything and I'd just sound like a bitch. But in reality, a little part of my heart died just now when I realized the "world leader in sports" is now gong to spend more time covering something as scripted and produced as wrestling more than it will hockey. Maybe at some point they'll start covering soap operas. At the circle will be unbroken, then.

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August 23rd, 2015 at 1:25 PM ^

I wouldn't say clueless. I'm a wrestling fan, I'll be quick to say it.

I'm not saying it is a sport at all, it's entertainment with athletic guys and girls. I wouldn't expect sports center to break down the card and give a tale of the tape between the Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar. That's stupid.

I guess I don't see why it's a big deal that they are doing guest appearances for something that will be one of the most viewed and talked about things on social media tonight.

ESPN covers competitive eating, video games, dance competitions, and the list goes on and on... Two days a year (Wrestlemania and Summerslam) are fine on sportscenter. It's better than live reports from Tebow's attempt as a 3rd string quarterback, or a breakdown of LeBron's last poop.

Darth Saedd

August 23rd, 2015 at 2:00 PM ^

I am with you Mr. Stamos!  I am a wrestling fan also and you just made a lot of the points I was about to make so I will just ecpand upon what you have already wrote.

Let us not forget that the "E" in both ESPN & WWE stand for entertainment.  They are both headquartered in CT.  Also The Coach is not the only former WWE employe to work for ESPN as Todd Grisham is a WWE alum as well.  Last but not least I am sure many of us remember watching old AWA & WCCW wrestling after school on ESPN back in the day.

As far as why I still watch as a late 30 something is completely different than as a child, teenager, or even young adult.  I like the to break down crowd reactions, call out the botches or missed lines, and to see if I can correctly call the storyline progression.

Of course everybody say it with me, "It's only $9.99"

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August 23rd, 2015 at 12:51 PM ^

I am thrilled for this. These guys super athletic, and it's coming back in popularity due to NXT.

I almost feel like we're getting back to that point where wrestling is cool again. It comes back every 10-15 years.

1464

August 23rd, 2015 at 1:02 PM ^

Maybe they'll start covering broadway too.  Choreographed fight scenes?  Damn, ESPN.  You better send some folks to cover West Side Story.

I take nothing away from WWE, but they're not a sport.  And as the other poster noted, it's a sad day when they choose to cover this and not the NHL.  I suppose I cannot fault ESPN for chasing the money, but I wish there were fewer Dave Brandon's in the world.  You can only dilute your product so much before it becomes unrecognizable and loses what made it awesome in the first place.

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August 23rd, 2015 at 1:06 PM ^

But why not reach out to more audience? This Summerslam has Jon Stewart hosting it, Steven Amell from Arrow is in a match. And it has Brock Lesnar, former NFL player, UFC heavy weight champion, and former all American from Minnesota.

Don't get me wrong, I see where you're coming from. But how is this different from the 2 hour shows of fantasy football line ups on Sunday mornings... Let's be real here - ESPN is a joke in general.

MGJS SuperKick Party

August 23rd, 2015 at 6:22 PM ^

Big E(ttore Ewen) played defensive line for Iowa. And the WWE just signed an Iowa basketball player.

Roman Reigns was a defensive captain at Georgia Tech the same time as Calvin Johnson.

Baron Corbin (NXT) played for the Arizona Cardinals.

Bray Wyatt, John Cena and multiple others played college football.

The Big Show was a center at Witchita State.

But yeah - if we look at athlete who love wrestling - LeBron, Sheed, multiple baseball players.

Don

August 23rd, 2015 at 12:54 PM ^

this would bother me, but I can't remember the last time I had that channel on anyhow. Big time sports today is basically a freak show anyhow, so covering something as ridiculously bogus as WWE is just a tacit admission of that fact.

Zarniwoop

August 23rd, 2015 at 12:59 PM ^

I've been done with ESPN outside of football for years.

Its sad as I used to love them back in the 90s.

No offense to wrestling fans, but this is stupid beyond words.

superstringer

August 23rd, 2015 at 1:04 PM ^

I believe ESPN next will be covering the Avengers and then the Rebel Alliance. Because WWE is more like thise forms of entertainment than it is actual sports.

Although... copious coverage of Scarlet Johanssen is not necessarily a bad thing.

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Wolverine Devotee

August 23rd, 2015 at 1:36 PM ^

This is akin to jumping off your house and landing on a table. 

Foley's tooth went up through his lip and into his nose due to this

 

The guy in your gif, Scott Rechsteiner, is a Michigan alum. He and his brother Rick both wrestled at Michigan and wore their varsity jackets to matches.