Brand Specific PPV Could be the Way Forward
by, 06-14-2011 at 06:51 PM (4209 Views)
Whilst browsing the EWN forums, it seems the majority of people feel as if there are too many PPVs per annum for the WWE to be fresh and compelling. However, I believe there can be a counter-argument to those claims that could keep these events being entertaining.
Although at the time, I for one was against this idea. Nowadays, the idea of having single-branded PPVs (apart from obvious exeptions) could rejuvinate the WWE.
Here are my thoughts and reasons why:
1. Different people in the Championship Main event.
From Bad Blood, June 2003 (The first single branded PPV), until Bad Blood, June 2004 (excluding matches containing more than 3 participants) there were 13 different superstars competing for the WWE Title/ WHC:
From WWE Fatal Four Way, June 2010 until Capitol Punishment, June 2011, there were also 13 superstars competing for the top titles.
Alberto Del Rio
So here you say, 'there's no difference then'.
That might seem the case. However, remember the PPV's were Single branded for 9/13 of them in 2003/4. In comparison, in the past year, all the 13 superstars were able to feature in all 14 PPV's. AND this was the period where Triple H and Evolution ruled Raw! If you were sick of him , you knew the next PPV would feature top SD talent doing something different.
Just before moving on I want add this fact for the argument (although not entirely relevant to the previous point):
TOP FOUR SUPERSTARS TO BE IN THE MAIN EVENT/ FINAL MATCH AT A PPV (Excluding Royal Rumble)
Triple H: 8/ 12
Goldberg 4/ 12
Shawn Michaels 4/ 12
Brock Lesnar 3/ 12
John Cena 10/13
Randy Orton 5/13
Wade Barrett 5/13
* 4 Superstars 4/13
...and we say that the year in question was all about Triple H!
2. Tag Team Revival
In the last year, you can name the Tag Teams fairly quickly (Any Nexus, Any corre, Santino and Kozlov, Big Show and Kane, Hart Dynasty & Usos). Not much PPV action for fans to chew their teeth into is there? The numbers also supports these claims:
2003/4: 23 matches
2010/11: 16 matches
Back then we had Dudleyz, World's Greatest Tag Team, La Resistance, Bashams, APA, Los Guerreros, Evolution, UnAmericans, Too Cool.... need I go on. After this period (or during this time) 5 superstars from these teams went on to in their maiden World Championship (Guerrero, JBL, Christian, Orton, Batista).
Now look at the previous list of teams, where is the potential? Now name the champions in waiting from those teams.... Barrett... and then whom? Santino, Otunga? Erm yeah, I'll leave that one there for the moment...
During the time of 2003/04 we can look back on the most hyped feuds. Here's to name a few...
Angle v Guerrero - 'You can't win unless you cheat'
HHH v Michaels - 'Who's better'... a continuation of a past feud
HHH v Goldberg - 'Who is the Alpha Male?'
Angle v Lesnar - 'Battle for domination on SD'... a continuation
Kane v Undertaker - 'Undertaker buried alive (again)' (and yes I know this was an inter- brand feud)
Now look at the past 12 months...
Cena v Nexus - 'Can he defeat them all?'
Kane v Undertaker- 'Has the Deadman lost his power?'
Cena v The Miz - 'No one ever thought I would make it this far'
Lawler v Cole - 'And I quote'
Edge v ADR - 'Is winning the WHC his destiny?'
Now seriously, which group of feuds would prefer to see, even if you took away the feud and focus on the match? I know which one I would that's for sure.
And there's one reason for this: a longer time between PPVs to create a good storyline for the WWE universe to submerse themselves in. If a brand had 2 months per PPV that would give a huge amount of time for quality storylines. And as I've shown today's feuds are nowhere near the quality of what we have once been given. Furthermore, midcarders would get the chance to flourish and show what potential they have on bigger stages. And would that be a bad thing?
Apart from economic reasons, I see no excuse for why Brand specific PPV's aren't a part of this company anymore. If there is one, someone please tell me!
As this is my blog, I am of course slightly biased. However I would love you guys to let me know know what you think!
Thanks for your time
* For fairness all stats are from Bad Blood 2003 - Bad Blood 2004, along with Fatal Four Way 2010 - Capitol Punishment 2011 (and yes, I preempted that WWE would have the WWE title match as it's main event.
All CP matches are subject to change