Vince Russo wrote an article on CSRWrestling, where he says Professional Wrestling is officially dead. Below is what he wrote:
“Professional Wrestling is officially dead. With last week’s loss of “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, fans from my generation had to come to grips with the cold heart fact, that the business we grew up on is long gone . . . and will never be returning again.
Unfortunately, since 2000 the wrestling business started to decline in popularity, and now it has for 15 straight years. The massive audience that was once there . . . is now only a fraction of itself. As the business moves further and further away from the entertainment aspect in favor of longer wrestling matches . . . less people seem to care. The internet exposed professional wrestling many years ago, and in 2015 we all understand what it is, with that being said, why would casual fans want to see a choreographed fight when they can see a real one over in UFC. The answer—they don’t—and that’s why they now spend their money on UFC. What they want to see is what they always wanted to see—entertainment.
I talk to so many people on a weekly basis who once loved the wrestling business, and now just don’t watch it. The reason they all point out is that, “it’s just not the same”. Triple H likes to use the expression that “it’s a different time”, and quite frankly—I don’t even think Triple H himself knows what that means. It’s just an excuse—a lame, empty excuse.
We’re losing the greats, and as they go—there are very few pure entertainers who are replacing them. Wrestlers are replacing them. Wrestlers who look like wrestlers . . . nothing special. And, the only ones watching are the wrestling fans. The same ones who screamed for it, now have it . . . but, nobody’s watching.”
You can read the full article at this link.