I never said I liked the first AVP film but I DO like AVPR, however I will admit that upon some reflection AVPR was less set up as a genuine Alien/Predator film and more as a teen slasher flick with mindless gore, dumb teenagers, and sex/rape scenes. AVPR was the first ever teen slasher I saw so that could have influenced my enjoyment of the story (that and I was already used to reading EU stories that followed a similar genre trend). I still vouch for AVPR as one of my all-time favorite films but I also understand that if it wasn't the first teen slasher I ever saw then there is a chance I may not have liked it as much as I did when first seeing it.
I liked the AVP films, and I think we share some of the same outlook that the EU influenced me when I saw the films because there were heavy traces of it in the movie-- such as the blooding ritual, the fact that Predators were breeding Xenomorphs to be used in the hunt, and other stuff. However I will say that AvP-R does have it's flaws and they can't really be ignored. I still like both movies myself and the connections to the EU are there. I grew up with the EU, so maybe that's why I particularly like the movies so much.
I'm not going to lie and say the AvP movies we got are the ones we really wanted. I think that Fox should've taken the gambit and go with Briggs' script. It would've been many fans' wish fulfillment but studio heads kept on changing, there was studio handling involved, and all that stuff.. We didn't get a movie set in space with Marines. But even if we have gotten Briggs' script, would it have really fulfilled our wishes to what we wanted? Hard to say.
Back on topic.. Do I like the retcon which Fox is aiming to execute? HELL NO!
But the decision is up to Fox whether we like it or not. Yeah, it sucks that storylines and characters we grew up with and enjoyed may no longer exist in the Alien-Predator universe(s) but like Stephani said.. Enjoy what you enjoy, and if you don't like Fox's decisions, take your business elsewhere.
I'm still contemplating on whether or not from jumping ship. I'm already going back to other franchises and fandom which I like, but Alien-Predator was something I was passionate about. So you're not alone on this PredXeno.