The popularity of professional Wrestling, especially the WWE, continues to get body slammed, and many hardcore wrestling fans are asking “what went wrong?”

In the 80’s wrestling shows were hitting peak rating numbers and breaking box office records.

WrestleMania 3 had over 90 thousand people attend the Pontiac Silverdome to witness the immortal Andre the Giant’s first professional loss to Hulk Hogan.

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“HulkaMania begins, brother!”

Today, clearly WWE has the strongest and some of the most talented wrestlers in the world. Names like Dolph Ziggler, Rusev, Cesaro, AJ Styles and Wade Barrett are just a few.

But WWE continues to use old and past-their-prime wrestlers that are living off past glories. Older stars like Triple H, Big Show, Kane, Undertaker, Rock, Brock Lesnar and Sting are their headline and main event talent.

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This becomes even clearer if we look at the upcoming WrestleMania 32.

In the Main Event we have Triple H. In the joint Main Event the Undertaker takes on Shane McMahon (Yes, you read it right. He’s Vince’s son.)

And to add salt to the wounds of their fans, they have part-time wrestler Brock Lesnar as the 3rd last match on the card.

The talented wrestler, Dolph Ziggler, is in a 7-man ladder match while, Barrett and Rusev partner in a tag team match.

A.J Styles has just been added to the card to face off against Chris Jericho, and they could steal the show.

At this point Cesaro is not preforming in the show.

However, rumors and whispers are getting louder about the match, Jericho vs AJ Styles’ addition to the card.

Some might say the PG rating has seen the real demise. In the 1990’s, we witnessed Steve Austin giving people the bird and sculling beers while the naughty antics of DX pushed the envelope of political correctness very far indeed.

Some may counter, saying that WWE is more attractive to families with young children.

It could be argued that they are the future Pay per View customers?

The Monday night wars between WWF and WCW in the 90’s and including ECW were fierce and divided the wrestling world.

In today’s wrestling, the WWE don’t have the competition they did in the 90’s. TNA and ROH wrestling can’t compete with WWE, but they do have a loyal following.

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There are constant rumors about the survival of TNA as many of their talent has jumped and leapfrogged to the WWE NXT show.

Regardless, some have suggested that the lack of competition has made the once powerful WWE MACHINE soft and not match-ready.

Did the WWE become too greedy in their quest for world dominance through there 24 hour WWE channel?

With the reported drop of WWE shares it is rumored that Vince McMahon lost $750m in 2 months in 2014.

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At this time WWE had to find savings and let many up-coming wrestlers go to other companies.

And, then there is the human side to cost cutting and redundancies.

The ever loyal Mark Yeaton, the official WWE time keeper, was ‘let go’ after 30 years of service. He only missing 2 Wrestle Manias, but was discarded like many others.

Vince McMahon has been on the mat many times and has always fought back to win the decision.

Just like Hogan did when he body slammed the unmovable Andre the Giant, McMahon will need to find incredible strength to climb his way out of this and take WWE back to its former glory.

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