Torch Feedback WWE RAW REAX #2: Female fan perspective on why the Cena/A.J. Lee angle is "hard to watch"
Nov 20, 2012 - 10:16:53 AM
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Brittney, 22, student journalist: As a PWTorch podcast listener for a while, I often hear you guys discussing how the more "romantic" WWE storylines are targeted at the female audience. WWE is under the impression that female fans want to see the "soap-opera" like storylines, which is true for me at least, but only when it is done correctly. I've been watching wrestling since the and some of my favorite storylines have involved a Diva/Superstar romantic situation. The love triangle between Chris Jericho, Trish Stratus, and Christian comes to mind as a ideal plot for a female wrestling fan that progress for almost a year. That storyline had me tuning in every single week – even after Trish's heel turn. I was also a big fan of the McMahon/Helmsley era. I loved how the story involving Stephanie and Triple H was told over the years from their Vegas wedding to the fake baby angle that lead to their "divorce."
This year has been full of horrible romantic pairings from Zack Ryder/Eve to the C.M. Punk/A.J. Lee angle. Yet, I can say that this A.J. Lee and John Cena storyline is the worst. I even liked the Lita/Kane pairing, which I also strangely enjoyed, better than what I've been seeing from Cena and A.J. the past few weeks. The examples I've listed worked because the people involved were believable as actors. Even though I was younger and didn't fully understand that wrestling was a "work," I believed it. The A.J./Cena angle is just hard to watch.
Like many women in their early 20s, I am a fan of the romantic comedies and even shows like Glee, Gossip Girl, etc. These shows are sappy and cheesy, but they are enjoyable to watch. Girls are invested in the plots and the relationships features between the characters on these shows because they seem real. I don't understand why WWE isn't investing in every wrestler having acting lessons if they are going to force them to be part of these storylines on TV. It is no secret that John Cena is far from the Channing Tatum-type that the WWE is making him out to be. The fact that Cena is the one of the best "actors" on WWE program is not a compliment.
I just wanted to give another prospective on this issue so a female voice can be heard to say that even female fans aren't enjoying this sloppy and obviously last-minute storyline. Sometimes female fans do watch wrestling for different reasons than male viewers. So, if WWE is going to say that they want to expand their audience to young girls and women, they need to try a little harder.
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