Very few members of the WWE Universe would say that the current state of the industry is better than what it was during the days of the Attitude Era and such.
For this reason, hearing a WWE Superstar saying that the business is unquestionably in an improved place now than what it used to be, only comes across as something they have been told to say.
This is the case with Mark Henry. The World's Strongest Man did an interview this week, during which he expressed his delight at the position WWE is in now.
The 43-year-old said: "I think it's definitely in a better place. We have more international markets, and the hand of the WWE stretches a lot further around the world. We're PG so more people can actually watch our programming."
While he is correct in that WWE has undoubtedly used the development of technology in more recent years to promote things such as the WWE Network, the PG rating the industry now has may mean that though more people are able to watch the shows, this is not to say they actually are.
Years ago professional wrestling fans were able to see all kinds of exciting story lines and developments on their screens week in, week out.
Now though, the WWE Universe is witnessing a repetitive cycle of the same wrestlers, few exciting story lines and probably the most disappointing of all - predictable results.
Frustrating to watch
This is not to say that what WWE currently presents is terrible. We are still watching top-class talent with interesting characters and gimmicks, but because there really is no comparison between what we see now and what we did years ago, fans that still watch WWE are left frustrated at what they are seeing.
This is why it is difficult to see what Mark Henry has expressed as anything other than something he has been told to say. He continued to explain his point by stating:
"There's a lot more mandates on safety and health and fitness. That itself is a lot. But the biggest thing, I expect the athletes have gotten better, the business is stronger than it's ever been and I can really sit back and appreciate the changes."
The increased focus on health and safety, while it is a good thing for the wrestlers' physical health, ultimately means things are a lot less extreme in WWE than what fans have previously seen and which they preferred.
In terms of the business being 'stronger than it's ever been', yes the wrestlers the roster boasts are undeniably incredible athletes. But what WWE needs is that spark it has lost back.
Fresh talent appearing, controversial story lines and more extreme matches would be just a few starting points for the industry, and all of which are surely still possible even under its PG rating.
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