WWE is too complicated
by, 10-16-2011 at 07:48 AM (2210 Views)
Wrestling has become too complicated. Gone are the days where the build up to PPV's and big events was about the wrestlers and their feuds. Now it's all about "writers" coming up with ridiculous ideas for "storylines" that lead to nowhere. This is why WWE isn't selling many PPV's anymore. Because we aren't invested in the matches. There is no build up behind the matches anymore. Or rather it's not the correct build up.
An example of a good build up to a match would be HBK vs Bret Hart at WM12. Now the entire feud felt pretty intense. Why ? Because WWF made it intense. They made us emotionally involved and invested in the match. The entire feud was very simply and answered questions that we needed to know the answers to. Here's HBK, never before been world champion, won the Rumble for the second time, and now he will finally get his chance going up against the greatest of them all. On the other hand is Bret Hart. The older more experienced wrestler, the reigning champion, the biggest challenge HBK will ever face. They are going at it for 60 minutes at the biggest event of all time: Wrestlemania.
That was pretty simply wasn't it ? Throw in a few heated interviews and voiced over highlight footage to build up the match and your golden. This is a tried and true method, proven to be successful. This is how boxing has always been promoted, this is how wrestling USED to be promoted, and this is how MMA is currently promoted.
And what do they show on TV now instead of good wrestling or good build up to future matches ? They show us what the so called "writers" pull out of their ass. For example the Walkout angle. I agree that it was better than regular WWE programming as of late and did end prematurely, but it is a great example for me to use. Where was this angle leading to ? What match or which wrestlers was this angle building up. Who was going to wrestle who and why ? See how this angle answers none of those questions ? This is an example of an angle that is ,in reality, a waste of time because it does NOT promote anything. It does not build up any match for future PPV's which is the most important part. It was an angle that was going nowhere. This is why PPV numbers are down, because the weekly programming does not build up to the matches at these PPV's.
Now, I understand that Vince never considered his company to be a wrestling company, he always called it "sports entertainment". Apparently he came up with this term around the first WM. According to Jim Cornette he coined this term in order to fool all the advertising and PPV carrier companies that they weren't buying some cheap, redneck "rassling" but rather they were getting something new and different. Now Vince fooling others into believing that his product is "sports entertainment" is all fine and good, do whatever you have to do to succeed, but it seems as though the man himself now believes that wrestling is sports entertainment.
It's not. It's wrestling. Take out that ring in the middle of the arena and I want to see how many tickets you'll sell. Or how many PPV's. And the PPV numbers are the best indicator of WWE's drop in business. The people just won't pay to see matches that they aren't invested in. TV rating aren't the most important thing for wrestling. Attendance and PPV sales are.
Nobody is saying you can't have some gimmicky "sports entertainment" to your show. This is way I love the WWF from the late 80's early 90's even though I was born the same year RAW debuted. This is when you had great entertainment, with Booby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon making fun of each other aswell as other more gimmicky aspects of the show. But at the same time, you had matches that were actually built up and angles that didn't insult our intelligence and were given time to mature, this is why we felt invested and immersed in the product.
Please, Vince fire all these so called writers and let them go back to writing for whatever reality TV show the came from, and hire some people who actually know how to produce wrestling. Because like it or not, that's what you are. You are a wrestling company, it's even in your damn name.