STATE OF THE 'E: Saturate The Nation
by, 09-28-2012 at 12:03 AM (5017 Views)
Yeah... WOW!! Almost 3,000 views for my first SOT'E back! I only got six comments but, I digress. My new blog, #RAWTALK! is doing pretty good as well with over 1,900 views... still only six comments but, can't get blood from stone I guess. Either way, I'm back.
It felt real good to write another SOT'E and I'll be continuing both series regularly. #RAWTALK! will go through cosmetic changes as I keep rolling out the blogs but, I don't really know what format I want to use yet so, I'll keep tweaking that one if you keep reading.
Now, lets get on to what this blog is really about. And that will be one solid topic this time. SOT'E will become my opinion based blog on current events while #RAWTALK! will be all about well, that week's wrestling. Now, considering I'm going back to opinion based formatting for this blog I would like to take a moment to point something out. I don't know if anyone has noticed it but, it’s happening. One of my dreams and worst nightmare alike is finally happening. And I wonder, what will it to for the world of not only THE 'E but also for Professional Wrestling in general. That is one word and one word only:
Point blank, THE 'E is pretty much dominating all aspects of television right now. Want to know what I'm talking about? Lets take a look, shall we?
Wednesday: MAIN EVENT
Saturday: SATURDAY MORNING SLAM
Sunday: PPV Pre-Show, PPV (Monthly)
Literally almost every single day we are seeing THE 'E on our TV screens. Crazy, right? And they have to be working a way for them to get a show on Thursday and a full time show for every Sunday that's not a PPV. I'm going to take a moment to look at the positive and negative effects of going seven days a week will have not only in the minds of advertisement but also in fan and general consensus as well.
This is exactly what THE 'E needs IMO. They need to be a force not only to adults and teens but, to kids as well. I welcome "SATURDAY MORNING SLAM" simply because its a show I can really get behind for my seven year old to watch. It's fun, goofy and entertaining all at the same time. It also drops knowledge to the small ones about performers from the past so the lineage can continue.
I know a couple months ago someone made a joke about THE 'E being on Nickelodeon (Nick) and truthfully, if they could land that, they'd be stupid to not take it on. They could use the teenage crowd considering they're not fully reaching them on SyFy or USA with SMACKDOWN! and RAW respectively. That would be a tool for them to utilize with in ring action, music videos and whatever else they felt like doing for an hour on either Thursday or Sunday.
Ad companies will eat that up too. Being able to shill their product on a show like that would make it an instant success. Make Sunday night seem interesting on Nick... they typically start Nick@Nite around 9pm. So, 6pm until 7pm... WWE: WHATEVER WE'LL CALL IT followed by the new TMNT series at 7pm, 7:30pm do Power Rangers, 8pm DBZ: KAI and 8:30pm end it with Victorious or iCarly. Instant success. Now, I know it will never happen but, the money coming in from that block would be absolutely insane.
Not only would it get the teenagers involved more but in turn it would get more viewers for RAW the next night which in the words of DDP is "A Good Thing". *Flashes toothy smile and stares awkwardly at the audience for a minute or so.* Realistically, I could talk all day about the positive effects but, I have to talk about the negative as well. Sooooooooo......
What are they thinking? Seriously. Wrestling is becoming like a slow seething poison that is going everywhere. But the thing is, it's losing viewers weekly. How can they sustain not only their flagship shows but keep adding new shows if the viewers aren't there?
Their core demographic of teenagers and adults is dwindling every week because for 16 weeks out of the year, people care more about NFL. For 5 more weeks out of the year, people care more about the NBA Finals, for four weeks out of the year, people care more about March Madness, for 3 weeks out of the year, people care more about the MLB Playoffs, and for 2 weeks out of the year people care more about the NHL Playoffs. It happens to be 26WKS out of the year. And by my estimation, that's half the year. HALF of the year, people watch other things on Monday night OTHER than THE'E.
How can they justify spending ONE MILLION DOLLARS an episode on RAW and SMACKDOWN! and also the extra tape or digital ware for the rest of the shows. NXT is recorded at Full Sail so it costs them the space but, not the filming. That is done by interns. The problem is the alienation of the fans. People don't want to see kids shows. They could care less about them.
They want the hard, sexual, bloody and fast action from 1996-2002 known as THE ATTITUDE ERA!!! Those six... yes SIX years defined a company for generations to come. Forgetting wrestlings history for a moment the negative effects for this would be one major... MAJOR problem. THE 'E begins to hemorrhage money. They lose everything and they go belly up.
Truth be told, it would be good and bad both at the same time for them to continue to expand. If they can't even reach final negotiations for a full on network to launch, how can they continually support shows on multiple networks at the same time? I think in theory expansion is a great idea but it should be taken with the fact that if they lose too much from it and don't pull out quick enough, we could honestly lose them as a company in general.
Not to mention they need to completely overhaul WWE Studios because lets face it... not one single movie from there has gotten good reviews. Except for SEE NO EVIL and truthful for a horror movie, it itself was lackluster. I'm nowhere near saying expansion is a bad idea or a move that will cause check mate. I'm sure they have their plans in place. They have to have battle plans for "What if" but I hope that VKM in his stubbornness won't effectively kill the company before Haitch takes over.
Who knows, maybe that's what he wants? He did say a few years ago that if anyone would be killing THE 'E it would be him. Now, I know he said it Kayfabe but there's a lot of the REAL VKM in the VKM character played on TV. We all know this and its been proven time and time again. Now, I leave this up to you, the viewers. How does THE 'E possibly expanding to seven days a week and saturating the already saturated market even further bolster the outcome of all of this? Will/Could they survive a bubble explosion? Let me know in the Q&C comments below. Hopefully I can provide A's and banter along with you.
As always, thanks for reading and leave your name and phone number after the beep. I'll get back to you as soon as I can. Thanks and have a blessedly satanic day!
See Ya' Soon Space Cowboy...