In an article from the Miami Herald earlier this year, Vince McMahon likened WrestleMania to the Super Bowl.
A few personalities from The LAW (Live Audio Wrestling) radio show smirked at this notion, as I’m sure would be the initial reaction by many upon hearing this kind of comparison.
It may come as a surprise to you reading this article that I do not smirk at this notion and take McMahon very seriously.
First, lets start by asking WWE fans to come out of the darkness and stop being ashamed of being a fan.
The general public does not understand WWE because of its historical con man-associated beginnings, and this is what leaders in the industry like McMahon have to do a better job in countering.
The value of WWE is the same as any Broadway or Hollywood production: Presentations of the human condition that we all relate to, for better or worse.
100 million viewers tuned into the Super Bowl this year. Why?
The movie Avatar grossed over a billion dollars—more than the gross domestic product of some countries. Again, why?
All throughout the history of humanity, competition and storytelling have been at the core of the human experience. All you have to do is read a history book to see my point on this.
WWE is unique in that it combines both of these concepts, which I feel have not yet fully revealed the true reach of the WWE concept, and this is why I take McMahon’s statement very seriously.
I have no doubt that with the right mixture of characters, storylines, marketing and presentation, a Super Bowl television-like presentation of WrestleMania would give it the same type numbers the Super Bowl did this year.
I have been critical of WWE because it has deserved criticism, but my criticism is constructive. McMahon listens to the fans, for he would not have gotten as far as he has if he didn't.
Therefore, it is our responsibility to cry foul when he and the company are not executing the "A-game" we all know they have.
McMahon will make mistakes, he is human and is supposed to, but the only way WrestleMania will reach Super Bowl status is if fans truly began to understand the WWE concept of entertainment and throw red flags when the company strays from it.