For decades the company people normally found growing up was the WWE, because from the middle of the 1980's on they were the company who had the most exposure on a national scale. Now the same can be said as WWE is the measuring stick of the pro-wrestling industry. (Someone should tell a certain TV producer I just used WWE and Wrestling in the same sentence, he may want to condemn me.) WWE has always been a wrestling company and as long as their name is WWE they will always be a WRESTLING company.
However, as we have seen from decades and decades of proof Vince values the entertainment aspects of wrestling more then the actual in-ring action. I will admit that style work perfectly in the Attitude Era and worked well in the Ruthless Aggression era, but it doesn't work anymore. The company hasn't changed, the talent who are employed by the company has changed and the fans have changed. I'm not discounting the extreme talent that some of the wrestlers have I just don't think they can hold a candle charisma wise to the those talents from previous eras. One could say it's lack of freedom for the talent and another could say that creative was better back then and didn't micro-manage. There is no doubt that nowadays creative is micro-managing the talent, but is creative to blame or the man in charge.
Fact is their was a time when Vince would let the creative team do what they were brought in to the company to do and that is write the shows with limited involvement from him and NO Micro-Managing. Does any see a difference in NXT and WWE's creative direction: They always have a plan for talent they book, No Micro Managing, and most importantly the talent have influence over what they say in promos and how their gimmicks get over. I'm not saying Hunter should replace Vince tomorrow and he'd make WWE enter another Golden Age as I don't think he would. But then again he could as JR would say "Anything can happen in the WWE." However, until Triple H proves he can manage the company on a larger scale I will still have my doubts.
The workhorses are gone, the freedom has been lost, the depth was fired, and the past is the past as it seems. Right now things are very cut and dry in WWE nothing seems to be special about the company. To tap into an old analogy watching WWE is like eating a seven course meal at a restaurant that used be a five star place, but now is lucky to get a passing grade by the health inspector. Until WWE straightens out a golden age will just a dream for those who are hoping for one, but in reality it's more likely for another Wrestlerock Rumble to happen. What's missing something Needs to change and soon!!