Wwe essay

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: March 09, 2016

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As the 2 behemoths stared into each other down at the Pontiac Silverdome with 93,173 fans watching. Andre the Giant made the first move. Later that match Andre had the WWE Championship belt all but in his hand. Then, Hulk Hogan comes back and body slams andre to keep his title. Moments like this is what keep fans on the edge of their seats. From 1979 to 2016 The McMahon Family have molded the sports entertainment industry as we know it today. Along the way the Attitude Era, Deaths, and what WWE does now has changed the lives of the WWE universe.

One of the most influential eras started in 1997, the attitude era. One of the events that sparked this is during Survivor Series in 1997 when  Vince McMahon demanded the timekeeper to ring the bell during the Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels match when, held Bret in a move called the sharpshooter. Other WWE Superstars were not very happy some were threatening to boycott or even quit altogether. Fans at home had no clue what was going on when Survivor Series ended almost 5 minutes late. Another one is when Mr. McMahon bought ECW from Paul Heyman took over it was totally different. Paul Heyman made ECW edgy. Mr. McMahon also bought WCW from Ted Turner. It showed a side of Vince McMahon, the ruthless aggression, the WWE universe has never seen . In all the trading go on between ECW, WCW, and WWE they were still finding ways to keep fans interested in rivalries between big stars.  Stone Cold and The Rock feud was significant part of the attitude era. It was 2 total different. They were 2 totally different attitudes, Hollywood vs. Southern Redneck. It put 2 of icons of the attitude era in the spotlight. Another rivalry is the Triple H and the Rock. This happened more during the 2nd half of the Attitude era. With many WWE title changes between these 2 throughout this feud. Along with many heated and dramatic battles. The most iconic feud is the McMahon and Stone Cold feud. Without this it would be like the 80´s without Magic Johnson and Larry the Bird Johnson. It was Stone Colds job to make McMahons job extremely hard for him to handle. It put a smile on Stone Colds face every time he got hands on Mr.McMahon. Even through all this madness even deaths can take its toll even if a fan isn't close with the superstar ot diva.

Deaths in the WWE always hit close to home with fans, WWE Superstars, and Divas, but some have a bigger impact than others.  On live T.V. Owen Hart fell to his death at the over the edge Pay Per View while being lowered to the stage. He was scheduled to fight the Godfather and win the intercontinental title. Following this event later that night WWE Commentator Jim Ross announced to fans at home what happened.  Following this day there was a lot of controversy with how safe this actually was. Owens Harts family later sued WWE for Owens death.  They settled on the amount $18 million. Six years later WWE was shocked when they found Eddie Guerrero unconscious in his hotel room by his nephew Chavo. Chavo attempted CPR but, when EMTS arrived Eddie was pronounced dead at the hotel. From all of his years in WWE he died of acute heart failure. Just 2 years after his death rumors rose that he used a performance enhancing drug HGH. A year after his death in 2006 he was inducted into the WWE hall of fame by his nephew Chavo and Chris Benoit. His wife Vicki accepted the award. Less than a year later in 2007 one of the people who inducted Eddie would murder his family committed suicide. On June 25th bodies of Chris, his wife Nancy, and their son Daniel were found. Officials believed that he murdered his family because of steroid abuse, substance abuse, and CTE (concussion)  Instead of showing Raw the next night they had a 3 hour tribute to Chris and the legacy he left behind. Some deaths don't rock the WWE world like these but these just make the WWE Universe better.

With the influence of the WWE Network, Social Media, and the uproar of WWE Merchandise sales WWE is evolving to our generation.  WWE Network launched on February 24th 2014. It is a unlimited WWE Streaming network. Within a year it had the 1 million subscriber mark. It lets you watch every piece of WWE, ECW, and WCW Pay-Per-View specials and other programing that was produced by Vince McMahon, Ted Turner, Paul Heyman. It even gives the fans backstage access. It gives fans a look to see how much work goes on to get a simple event. Backstage you can see a lot of the different clothing that Superstars and Divas wear, that you can buy on the WWE website.  According to ProWrestling. com WWE merchandise sales account for 7.3% of total revenue, which is a equivalent to 39.5 million dollars to the total revenue. John Cena, Dean Ambrose, and Brock Lesnar are the top 3 major sellers. Without the sales it wouldn't give fans a way to express their favorite WWE, ECW, and WCW merchandise. Many of this merchandise is advertised through social media platforms. With all 3 main Social Media platforms combined WWE has a total of 360 million followers but, with the 12 major platforms they have 470 million. Whenever there's a showing of Smackdown, NXT, Raw, and Pay-Per-Views they are always trending and have live tweets. Without these fans couldn't feel they had a personal connection with the superstars.

WWE has had many events that has shaped and molded the sports entertainment as we know. Many events like the Attitude era, Deaths, and WWE now shaped the WWE as we know it today. Events such as these changed the WWE and more events to come. But since the iconic Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan match many events has changed the WWE.

 


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