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Former WWE Champion Says Today’s Fans Lack Patience For Long-Term Storytelling

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• ON THIS DAY IN WWE HISTORY (August 9, 2004) – WWE Monday Night RAW

On this day in 2004, World Wrestling Entertainment aired another LIVE episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWE Monday Night RAW’.

This episode was broadcasted from the Gund Arena in Cleveland, Ohio and featured matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWE SummerSlam 2004’ PPV.

Here’s the official match-card from that night:

– Victoria, Stacy Keibler & Nidia vs. Molly Holly, Jazz & Gail Kim

– Chris Jericho vs. Edge

– Rhyno & Tajiri vs. Brent Albright & Chris Cage

– Chris Benoit vs. Triple H & Randy Orton

• Former WWE Champion Says Today’s Fans Lack Patience For Long-Term Storytelling

While speaking on the Gorilla Position podcast, WWE RAW wrestler Seth Rollins expressed disappointment over the fact that today’s pro-wrestling fans don’t have any patience for long-term storylines.

Below is what The Monday Night Messiah said:

“In the age of instant gratification, audiences don’t have the patience for long term storytelling. When you can binge watch your favorite series in two days, as opposed to two months, it creates a different precedent for how we intake our entertainment.

We are consuming our entertainment differently, and wrestling is not immune to this shift. We have to adapt as well, to keep up with our audience. I am in my 30s so I grew up to the longer form of entertainment. But our younger audience isn’t wired that way.”

He also discussed the build-up of his SummerSlam match with Dominik Mysterio.

“It is easy to see someone with a famous last name and scoff at it. Right now, he’s only training, and not wrestling matches. And yet, he’s knocking it out of the park every step of the way. It says a lot about his work ethic and natural instincts for our industry. I am looking forward to seeing what the finished product would be like.”

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