>"lol smark opinions don't matter. marks and casuals are where the money is"
Why do anti-smarks keep spreading this meme?
Think about these questions:
>Where are you more likely to see smarks: PPVs or TV tapings?
PPVs obviously being the answer.
>Which costs more: PPV tickets or TV tickets
This one should be obvious.
Now put the two answers together and please stop saying "Vince doesn't care about whiny internet faggots, you smark neckbeards". If smarks hate Roman, he won't have long term main event spots.
Smarks will watch and complain regardless of the product.
Casual fans are the ones they should be attempting to bring in, the reason so many people used to watch wrestling every week wasn't because they were smarks, it was because the product was over with the casual audience
>casuals eat up everything
>marks eat up everything and defend the WWE
>smarks automatically hate WWE and only watch Indy wrestling until their favorites go to WWE where they bitch about their favorites not instantly holding all the titles and main eventing all the ppvs
>in reality Vince and the WWE are concerned with making money, pleasing their investors, and that has caused them to stick to formulaic business practices that guarantee a steady income
>a constant shitfest no matter what you do
Look, to an extent you have to take the good with the bad and Vinny has to be willing to make changes to his practices in order to keep the product relevant. But this insane idea of pleasing one side or the other is only helping to make the company stale. (Not saying it's the only thing.)
Cena action figure at walmart:
$2 store profit
$4 to make/package/ship it
$2 for the company
$0.20 for Cena
$1.80 for WWE
yea, that dollar or two they get from each piece of merch outweights all the money they get from actually performing in front of tens of thousands of people
they get a lot of money from merch, but when your ratings are shit, they're going to be getting less and less from advertisements, which has always been a huge draw - whether it's commercials, or general sponsors
The Attitude Era was all about catering to the smarks. Heyman went wooing the smarks first at ECW, then his routine got copied by the Ws. That was a period of expansion for the industry.
Now we're in a period where Vince's attitude seems to be that people should like what they're told to like and smarks are (one way or another) told to get fucked. And it's a period of contraction in the industry.
The only people who cannot join these dots are marks and McMahons. Even the casual crowd get it.
But they haven't been booking to the casual audience. If they were booking to the casual audience, the casual audience wouldn't be declining.
The AE, and Ruthless Aggression, brought in the casuals.
There's nothing salient about it. The Attitude era was booked for casuals. You know who a casual is? The 20 year old frat boy who wants to see latex handprints on Sables puppies is a casual.
The real salient point is that WWE is booked for neither the smarks or the casual audience. WWE is booked for children and marks. And that doesn't appeal to casuals or smarks.
pretty much this
Go back to TV14 at least, have edgier storylines, more blood, more gimmick matches, and occasionally have something like a Seth vs Cesaro Iron-man match to keep the smarks happy
It's not the only reason. Storylines mostly making sense and matches having real stakes was part of it too, and that's what the smarks liked. But sex and violence were what made it cool for the high school and college casuals.