Ahead of Crown Jewel the other week, many fans questioned their loyalty to WWE. Some even threatened to cancel their subscription to the WWE Network.
It was a tough choice. On one hand, supporting a company so naked in its rank capitalism felt particularly grim in the wake of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. It hardly helps that the main roster is so often terrible, as tasteless as that may read in comparison. We are literally encouraging WWE to bore us into submission with match results that are either meaningless or tainted or both, because it costs a mere tenner. The relationship between customer and consumer is mutually apathetic.
On the other hand, NXT is still really good, the cornball symbiote affecting Johnny Gargano notwithstanding.
Ultimately, though the post-WrestleMania season yielded Bobby’s Sisters, the complete annihilation of Asuka, Kevin Owens and Rusev, SummerSlam is never too far away.
The product grew stale once more, as WWE flew between Australia and Saudi Arabia, and in the face of good taste, but those who did cancel the Network missed out this week on a schadenfreude Godsend from the video archives released under the Hidden Gems banner…