Why RAW Ratings Continue to Suffer
by, 03-23-2012 at 12:07 PM (5499 Views)
For being one the most anticipated Wrestlemanias, Raw has done a terrible job building this year's mania and the RAW ratings are suffering. I believe that the ratings are blowing because of the quality of the show. I mean it is top notch as far as a professional production quality, but just the way they format the show really irritates me and probably bores the occasional viewer. The way they've been formatting raw doesn't work for several reasons:
Cole and Jerry's commentary is total fucking garbage and they don't do a good enough job transitioning the show...they'll preview the next segment and it usually consists of a radical opinion of Cole, and/or an awkward one liner by lawler. Their commentary is FAR from epic when great moments happen because Cole is either shitting his pants, or ripping on the segment/wrestler and jerry either rips on cole or says another awkward, unintelligent, childish one liner. What happened to the excitement and realness on commentary when good ol' JR was screaming "MY GOD ITS STONE COLD! STONE COLD! HES STUNNING ANYTHING THAT BY GOD MOVES"...now we get cole's nazally yelp "OH MY HES HERE.....THE ROCK..AND THE ROCKS ARRIVED.." followed by an awkward silence and Jerry's classic "Oh boy here we go"
Everyone hates Cole, but I think Jerry is the one of the two that needs to hang it up...overall commentary is underwhelming, and down right annoying
I think the match quality (especially on a typical RAW) has completely gone to hell and every match despite the wrestler pretty much goes the same. Face starts off hot, heel catches ONE nice move (usually the same nice move they do every week) and then we get 10 minutes of the heel beating on the face, doing the same 5 moves they do every week (the miz's neckbreaker combos are a great example). After the usual brutally botched 45 second headlock, the face comes back with momentum, gives them their moveset and FINALLY we get a different result from this point forward in the match...I mean I am aware that that is how wrestling has always been to an extent, but the in ring product has gotten so generic and there arent ANY classics on Raw anymore. This is partly why people get bored of watching...and if you're going to make a match go through a commercial break at least have ONE good spot in the match where a commerical is appropriate. 5-10 years ago commericals would cue after an incredible acrobatic/skilled move that changes the pace of the match...now at best we get a cm punk/truth/kofi suicide dive that looks the same every single week...but if you have the big show and d bry fighting and you go to commerical after d bry gets headbutted out of the ring? who the fuck is gonna not turn the channel when there is no urgency to get back to the match? I mean I wouldn't, and I'm sure none of the people reading this would...but your occasional viewer is not going to patiently wait to see the aftermatch of a match that has happened 15 times in the last month (big show/dbry, christian/orton, any mixed tag match) that is going to basically have the same spots every match (although i never got sick of orton/christian).
3. VIDEO PACKAGES
Now this shit pisses me off. Don't get me wrong, I love video packages and think WWE does them very well and in many ways it is one of their forte's in the business. However, you don't need to jam the same 3 segments down our throat that we've seen 10 times. I felt so bad for anyone who wasted money ordering the royal rumble when they played 2 six minute long video packages of Rock/Cena that they CONTINUED to show us again and again for the next 3 raws. Now I'm the biggest wrestling fan I know and even I found myself turning the repetitive video packages. Why aren't people keeping their TV's on Raw during wrestlemania time? because we are getting the same fucking bullshit video packages over and over again about storylines that aren't advancing (HHH vs Taker for example).
I hope someone sees this because you probably share the same views as I do, but if wwe continues to give its fan's generic "entertainment" with bad commentary, shitty, boring, and predictable matches, and the same video packages that don't explain anything new, then I see ratings to continually decline...