‘Jeopardy!’ Fans Slam New Category For “Dumbing Down” The Game


Since its debut in 1964, Jeopardy! has confronted participants with trivia prompts in various categories, testing their knowledge in various fields. Some of the format has changed and so have the hosts, and the categories have expanded. But recently, when a WWE category made its debut, along with a crossover, Jeopardy! fans gave it a very mixed reception.

WWE is the face of American professional wrestling. The sport and promotion company have had countless iconic public faces and in a special collaborative effort with Jeopardy!, several wrestling stars presented questions for a category dedicated entirely to WWE. Fans threw some punches at the game show in response.


A WWE category comes to ‘Jeopardy!’


Last week saw the introduction of a WWE category in Jeopardy! It asked contestants to figure out clues based around Wrestlemania’s past and present. But Friday’s match didn’t just include clues themed around wrestlers; some big names in wrestling also appeared to present the clues themselves!

WWE meets Jeopardy! / YouTube screenshot

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Some featured stars include 2023 WWE Hall of Famer Rey Mysterio along with Alexa Bliss, Kofi Kingston, and The Miz. Ahead of the big event, the Jeopardy! Twitter account announced, “It’s going to be a category of epic proportions Hit the ring with some of the best @WWE Superstars TOMORROW on #Jeopardy!”

Some ‘Jeopardy!’ fans are not impressed

Wrestlers took over for Jennings / YouTube screenshot

This new WWE collaboration with Jeopardy! and the associated category received a mixed reception from fans. Current host Ken Jennings kept the hype up during the game itself, saying to contestant Alec Chao, “I bet you didn’t think that was going to happen,” when Triple H and others appeared to present clues.

Many Jeopardy! viewers were excited by the WWE category / Twitter

On Twitter, some viewers were excited and intrigued by the crossover, asking for more details on when the special episode would air, because they “would love to see it.” Another called it “Epic!!” Another felt sure it’s “Gonna be great to watch,” in part because of Bliss.

Not all viewers were thrilled / Twitter

But another reportedly protested, “Stupid category. I dislike the dumbing down of Jeopardy.” Another agreed, “Horrible category ever! And it’s the one where everybody gets the most answers right!”

What do you think of Jeopardy! then vs. now, and this new category?

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