Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

Engaging With the WWE

Posted by connorfrederick12 on March 1, 2017

Since the mid-2000s, I have followed the WWE. I was a huge fan from 2006 to around 2009 and I now still actively follow it. I keep up with who has what championships I will watch the pay-per-views on a regular basis.

When I first started watching the WWE, I didn’t really have an idea on what was going on, so that prompted me to look back into the story from at least 6 months prior to the time I first started watching. Like it says in the book, the WWE is, in a way, a soap opera. It takes a special kind of involvement and engagement to watch, and keep up with the shows multiple story lines.

You must watch (at the time) all three shows, Raw, Smack Down and ECW (which is now replaced by NXT), and watch the pay-per-views to fully keep up with what is going on. This creates a deeper fandom in the series. If you miss a week you’re somewhat lost.

This isn’t as extreme as a soap opera, as there are 5 episodes a week for 52 weeks a year.

But what the WWE does best is marketing itself. When the WWE released the WWE Network, they opened an archive of broadcasted weekly shows, as well as pay-per-views. Then they started releasing shows that were exclusive to the WWE network. This incited people to buy the subscription to watch these those that seem interesting to them. Engaging in the story, and other forms of viewing, is something that is needed in the WWE.


3 Responses to “Engaging With the WWE”

  1. Jokerswild said

    Don’t forget 205 Live

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