Seth Rollins has blamed the dearth of long-term storylines in WWE on modern fans’ lack of patience.
Rollins, appearing as a guest on the Gorilla Position podcast, said:
“WWE doesn’t build a lot of long-term stories right now, but there could be a reason for that. WWE fans don’t have the patience for longer angles. The culture of binge-watching shows and instant gratification has created a different audience for WWE, who doesn’t want to wait for any kind of long-term resolution.
The Monday Night Messiah is set to face Rey Mysterio’s son Dominik at SummerSlam on Sunday, August 23rd, as part of a storyline which has continued to evolve since late last year.
As Rollins referenced recently on Raw, he was vocal on the show following Survivor Series 2019, ridiculing the entire red-brand roster in their defeat the night before.
Seth is no stranger to a long-term angle. His match with Triple H at Wrestlemania 33 had its origins in Rollins’ betrayal of his Shield brethren Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose, which was heavily influenced by Triple H. This took place two years prior to the eventual WrestleMania match between Hunter and Seth.
While Rollins may have a point, one could argue this is not a new phenomenon. A change in wrestling fans’ patience was also referenced by WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan. Speaking on a DVD released in 2002, concerning the New World Order angle in WCW, Hogan said:
“Wrestling wars and feuds have moved along a lot quicker since the beginning of Hulk-a-Mania”.
Bruce Prichard, Executive Director of Raw and Smackdown, mentioned on a recent edition of his ‘Something To Wrestle With’ podcast with Conrad Thompson that WWE eras such as The New Generation, Attitude, Ruthless Aggression and the current PG era all organically match the feeling of society at particular points in time, and that the world is forever changing.