The WWE has been entertaining fans for nearly fifty years. The company helped wrestling go from live entertainment to addictive television. Although not everyone on Earth watches or loves WWE, it is still one of the most recognized brands in existence.
WWE’s audience is also unique as it includes both casual and hardcore viewers. With such a large audience, there are a ton of misconceptions about the company. Some of them are rumors. Some are urban legends. Either way, this list will look at 10 things everyone gets wrong about WWE.
ten WWE is all about wrestling
Triple H, WWE’s new Chief Creative Officer, made it clear during his podcast chat with Logan Paul that WWE is about more than wrestling. While this is of course a big part of the audience appeal, the content primarily exists to build a character and story that is tied together through struggle.
The record shows this as WWE’s biggest stars like Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior aren’t considered “the greatest in-ring wrestlers of all time”, but are some of the brand’s most iconic. There are plenty of other platforms to watch better wrestling, but the lack of production value is evident in these 5-star matches.
9 It hasn’t been popular since the Attitude era
Although WWE’s Attitude Era had the biggest television audience, the fanbase didn’t back down as much as some like to assume. No TV show performs quite like the TV shows of the 90s.
Sure, house shows and some pay-per-views are hit and miss, but as recently as WrestleMania 38, the company sold over 100,000 tickets in one weekend. Seven of the ten highest-attended WWE events have taken place in the past ten years.
8 The chair shots were faked
WWE has made tremendous strides in protecting its wrestlers. One of the biggest changes to WWE content is the removal of chair shots. The long-term effects of concussions are well documented, and WWE banned chair beatings in 2010.
Although WWE has a reputation for being “fake”, because the results are scripted, the chair shots were never rigged. Every hard blow to the head in the 90s was 100% absorbed by the wrestling star’s skull, no gimmicks.
seven Every wrestler is filthy rich
Although big names on the WWE roster like Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar are highly paid, not all wrestlers are swimming in the money. Triple H said the top stars on the list earn at least $250,000 a year.
There are a lot of WWE wrestlers who aren’t on the main roster who aren’t making that kind of money. Additionally, the length of a career on the main roster varies. Earning six figures for a few years is a lot of money, but it’s not the millions of dollars that people assume every wrestler gets compensated.
6 WWE has an offseason
WWE may have a Superbowl like the NFL (WrestleMania), but there is no offseason. In fact, it’s not uncommon for a wrestler to work all year without taking a day off, outside of times when the company isn’t hosting an event.
In fact, WWE has operated as a year-round program for so long that Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar are often criticized for not wrestling every week throughout the year.
5 It competes with other wrestling programs
WWE took on WCW in one of the biggest ranking battles in television history. Since then, many still assume that the company is fighting against other fan wrestling programs, but that is not the case.
In all honesty, WWE has such a big brand name and legacy that it would take decades for programs like AEW to have WWE’s reach. Today, a TV show can be recorded and still capture the viewer if watched within seven days of airing. Facing each other will only be an inconvenience for fans, not a choice between which program to watch. It’s unlikely that WWE will ever compete with any other company.
4 The content is extremely violent
WWE became famous because of how hardcore the content got in the 90s. With so much blood and violence, many associate these things with the program itself. Casual fans even assume that the WWE ring is still a place of brutality. Today, WWE content is tamer than ever.
Effective July 22, 2008, WWE became PG programming. Even as she pushed the bar back with plot lines and hints, the violence was pushed back. The blood is basically gone from WWE and “brutality” means tougher wrestling moves and not “crazy guns” like it was in the 90s.
3 Smackdown is recorded
WWE’s live programming has tied it to sports programs like the NFL and NBA. Add the live pay per view and many fans were shocked to learn that WWE’s Smackdown program had been taped for a long time. Although Smackdown had a few live shows, for nearly twenty years it was taped on Tuesdays and aired later in the week. To this day, some assume that Raw is WWE’s live show, and Smackdown is filmed the next day and aired Friday. In fact, Smackdown has been streaming live since 2016.
2 The women’s division is all about the looks
WWE’s early treatment of women wasn’t great. Many remember the “Bra and Panties” and “Santa’s Little Helper” matches which were wrestling matches that showcased their WWE diva’s division appearance. The program has come a long way and today the WWE Women’s Division might be the best in the world. The women’s division competes at the same level as the men’s division and often offers better matches.
1 It’s a fashion for teenagers
Although many fans were introduced to wrestling in their youth, WWE is not a children’s program. Some consider the program to be childish or “like cartoons”, but this assumption is not true. The estimated average WWE viewer is typically between the ages of 18 and 49.
Dave Meltzer once estimated that the average age of WWE viewers is 50. Either way, the program is not a show that appeals to teenagers who have nothing else to do on a Monday night.