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Examining whether this year’s ‘WrestleMania season’ feels different

I’m a little sad about this.

I just don’t know if I’m as into “WrestleMania season” as much this year as I have been in previous years.

You may not be feeling this way, and that’s perfectly OK, but I tried to figure out why I am on the latest episode of the Fourth Wall Wrestling podcast:

Pete: “I have to ask you, Zach. Here we are. We’re right in the thick of Wrestlemania season. Are you feeling that jazzed compared to other years because I was thinking about it the other day, and I don’t feel as hyped up as I have in years past, and I tried to explore myself. I said, ‘OK. What’s different about this year?’ And it is the fact that there is like 10 hours of wrestling a week, and I think there is a little bit of a slight over-saturation factor here.”

Zach: “What is it? That’s a really great question worth pondering. When I think about it, I think Brock’s championship run might have something to do with it. I think maybe our understanding of the inevitable outcome of the Brock story might have something to do with it. There are some really great storylines happening right now that are kind of getting buried under some garbage, maybe? That might be part of it, so that kind of speaks to you saying there’s too much in general. So yeah, there’s something going on and it shouldn’t be this way because they have arguably as much talent as ever right now.”

Pete: “It’s hard for me because if you watch everything the WWE has to offer, and they have been pushing 205 Live and the Mixed Match Challenge, you get to Tuesday evening, you’re only two days into the week and you’ve already had over six hours of wrestling to watch if you’ve been watching the last three weeks. And that’s on Tuesday. Then they put out on NXT on the third day, so now you’re at over seven hours. If you have a big pay-per-view, like an NXT and the Royal Rumble, you now, add it up, that’s like over 14 hours of wrestling in a span of seven days.”

Zach: “I was thinking about this the other night. They are trying to become a professional sports league. So if you’re a huge NFL or NBA fan, you’re not watching every game of every week in the NFL or NBA. You’re watching the ones that you like, you’re watching the ones that you’re interested in, and you’re watching highlights and you’re catching up on the other stuff you didn’t watch, and I think that’s what they’re going for. So maybe it’s on us to change the way we approach wrestling. Watching all of it just isn’t an option anymore. We need to treat it like being an NBA or NFL fan.”

For this full conversation, whether or not Seth Rollins should have a match at Elimination Chamber, analysis of this week’s Alexa Bliss promo, and more, listen on the player below or click here.

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