Maple Leaf Wrestling wrote:MeanMike wrote:Maple Leaf Wrestling wrote:Well the stuff became unpopular b/c you can only be on top for so long maybe say for stupid reality base tv shows like American Idol or Survivor and as well as professional sports leagues as everyone follows their favourite team or league year in and year out but the WWF that wasn't the case as since it was acting as opposed to real competition the people saw so many great things in the great 80's that there was not much more to watch in the early 90's as the WWF couldn't match what they have accomplished b/c it was too great.
I remember when the same kids in school whom I chatted about wrestling about in the 80's were bashing the stuff by the early 90's and made fun of people who still followed as by the 90's the young folks were into stuff like hit teen tv shows or comedy shows or any other regular scripted shows or even music bands and all that stuff.
That is true you can only go on so long. Id probably say the reason why they fell down was because alot of the stars we had grown up with were gone. Demolition, Nasty Boys, LOD, Bulldogs, Jake, Warrior, Hogan had all gone by the time 1993 was here even though Hulk and Brutus came back for the odd match but it just didnt feel the same to me.
To this day Ive still no idea how NBC managed to pull off bringing in practically half the american audience to watch Hogan and Andre in 1988.
I think the product started to slip before the stars left as it started slowly slipping in the spring/summer of 1990 and into 1991 as even when Hogan was getting ready for his 3rd title reign it didn't get the same fan interest as in previous years as Hogan vs Slaughter didn't draw much fan interest on a nation wide basis. I think 1991 was the transition year as when the fans really stopped caring to set aside time to watch the WWF as it wasn't important as say making time to watch the NFL all day on Sunday's.
As far as the NBC ratings for The Main Event in 1988, well Hogan & Andre had the biggest match in the history of the WWF the previous year at WM3 and that wasn't free so when you have a re-match of the greatest match ever hyped on free tv then you are going to get the same people who purchased the product to go along with the ones who didn't get a chance to pay for WM3 and hence you get all the ratings. You got to remember that Hogan's name in the 80's was just like Michael Jordan's name in the 90's with regards to selling power as when they were on tv everybody watched b/c it was must see tv.
Well it wasn't Vince's fault that the fans didn't cling to Warrior the same way they did Hogan b/c Warrior's character wasn't as catchy and it was rather rudundent for fans to cling to Warrior fending off those monster heels the same way Hogan did to them. Fans by that point had already been there and seen that but that were really few options at the time b/c the stuff was so great in the 80's you couldn't get any better and thus it was a given that it was going to go downhill b/c people were moving on.
As for the Hogan/Andre match at The Main Event, well they didn't hype it for a year as they starting the hype after the Jan SNME in 1988 and then in the weeks leading up to the match they hyped Hogan/Andre on national tv but didn't give the specifics as to what network and what time as you had to check your local listings for that and then when the TV guide came you knew it aired on Friday at NBC @ 8:00 PM.
As for the 3rd match b/t Hogan & Andre, well that match wasn't on national tv as it was on WM4 and thus you had to pay for it and it was not as big as the WM3 match b/c it was part of a tournament and it was a bye into the second round and fans hadn't seen anything like this before. Overall though going into WM4 the Hogan/Andre match was the most talked about match that was set, but everyone was humming over which 2 men would face off for the WWF title and whom would win.