Well, I don't think the "Internet" itself has ruined wrestling. It's all these spoiler sites and rumors/predictions which is almost impossible to avoid by certain reasons.
The Internet can be reached back as far as the 1960's, which means the internet was around through the whole Attitude Era, Golden Era and even further back. Spoiler sites on the other hands, is a new invention which has been popularized the last couple of years.
I personally think that the internet has helped the Pro Wrestling business. It's been an important factor for Globalization and advertisement in other countries outside the U.S. It's a place where people from all over the world, can connect with eachother and share their common interest; Wrestling, whether it's Pro Wrestling or any other form of it.
Internet has been a central factor for people to expand their wrestling knowledge further, and create a community where everyone(sex, age, location) can meet new people and just have a good time. If the internet was not around, we wouldn't have this exceptional opportunity. Let's say you're a fan of Pro Wrestling, but none of your friends likes it, maybe you're even embarrassed to tell them that you like it. The Internet is a solution for people with that problem. On the internet you can discuss things you may not have the chance to discuss in real life, with fellow human beings with same interests and passion.
Although what really has ruined the unpredictability Pro Wrestling once had, is all these spoilers, rumors and predictions. This is what truly ruins the fun of it. The amount of spoiler sites is endless, and it's almost impossible to avoid it. Although, it's all about personal preferences. Some people love spoilers, so I can't speak for everyone. But, if we look at some of the positive sides with spoilers, we get the chance to explore things we'd normally wouldn't. Just as u said, backstage interviews, never-seen fotages and things they try to avoid us from seeing and knowing.
I also think the internet has brought out some of the inner troll in us all. It's easier to rant and complain over the internet, than doing it in real life. How simple isn't it to just log onto your computer and start complaining about all the terrible decisions that specific promotion makes, complaing about the current ratings in WWE, John Cena's superman abilities, blah blah blah. The internet has definitely made it easier to complain for wrestling fans. It's almost easier to complain than it is to find something positive. This could have something to do with the anonymity and the fact that it's all virtual.
Do you think pro wrestling would be better, without the internet?
To some extent, yes, but not wholeheartedly, no. As for the unpredictability, Pro Wrestling would probably be more interesting and less predictable without the internet. On the other hand, without it, we wouldn't have the opportunity to meet fellow fans and discuss Pro Wrestling with people all over the world. So, I guess i'm both against the internet, but at the same time I appreciate some of the possibilities it brings.
I also think the Internet, in this case the "IWC" has helpe Pro Wrestling, because it gives the different Pro Wrestling promotions a chance to see what fans think about their product. Let's take WWE for instance. If they're curious about what the fans though of their PPV, they can just find any wrestling site on the internet and read comments and questions from users all over the world. It gives them a chance to make their product more suitable for their fans. It gives them a chance to improve their product even further. They can use the internet as guidelines for their product. Basically, it's easier for them to know what the fans want. The internet is like a communicating source between two parts, the fans and the company. So, I guess it gives the fans a feeling of affilation and participation.
Cheers, interesting question ;) hope that helped!
· 8 years ago