Overexposure: Why Smackdown is Detrimental to the WWE
by, 07-01-2013 at 06:11 PM (2101 Views)
Note: This was originally going to be one post but I figured I should include a little set up. If you haven't already, feel free to read my first post as a lead in to this one.
Part 3: Talent Decline
Change. Change hits everyone differently. For some, change is an unwelcome deviation from the norm. For others, it's a breath of fresh air. Change can be terrifying. Change can be exhilarating. Change can present itself in sizes great and small; no longer eating the same meal on tuesday nights. Going on a stroll and taking a right when you had taken a left every time prior. Leaving home for the first time to start a life on your own.
WWE was on the verge of change in the mid 2000's when it became apparent the company couldn't rely on aging stars forever. Stone Cold and Rock, men who led the charge during the attitude era, were out. An up and coming phenom, Brock Lesnar, left the company for a chance at starting in the NFL. Hogan and Ric Flair were in their 50s, still grasping at opportunities to bask in the limelight.
Despite needing to start looking towards the future, there were still guys who could carry the company for the time being. From Triple H and Shawn Michaels to youngsters like John Cena and Randy Orton, these weren't desperate times. But when it came time to start plucking up new talent, the well wasn't as deep as it had once been. There was no WCW or ECW to draw from. No brand name guys ready to make a splash in your company. Sure, regional indies still existed (and exist to this day), but even those weren't the draw they once were. And how many indie wrestlers had a fan base beyond the niche wrestling enthusiast? And without the ability to fill the gaps left by departing main eventers, the WWE found themselves creating more then one problem for themselves.
Part 4: Overexposure
So we find ourselves in 2013. The WWE has done a fine job in recent months of introducing a fresh new batch of young talent. [Note: notice the number of heels] We've seen guys like the Shield, Fandango, Curtis Axel, Big E. Langston come in and make a splash right off the bat. Fans are teeming with excitement over the impending debut of the Wyatt Family. And there are plenty of guys standing by in developmental who hope to make the same kind of impact in the near future. But will any of them make it to that mega star level?
Here's where I bring it back and the element of overexposure comes into play. How many hours of WWE are there a week (not including NXT)? Anywhere from 6-7.5 depending on how you look at it. Tack on an extra 3-4 hours on a week where there's a ppv. I know people give WWE creative a hard time but.... damn. That has to be rough. And it's rough on us the viewers as well.
Let's run it down.
Raw: 3 hours and 5-15 minutes
Main Event: 1 hour
Smackdown: 2 hours
Superstars (online): 1 hour
Saturday Morning Slam (currently on hiatus): .5 hours
Jesus, that's a lot of wrestling. And I'm going to be honest, I pretty much only watch Raw these days cause that's a juggernaut on its own.
The problem is that the WWE keeps trying to give us more.... and more. But there isn't the roster to support this onslaught on wrestling programing. Some people might say "well if you only watch Raw, why do you care?" I care because wrestling story lines go on whether I watch or not. Problem is, with so much time to fill, story lines and feuds tend to stall rather then move forward.
Tell me if this sounds familiar:
Raw: Guy A vs Guy B. Guy A wins.
Smackdown: Guy A vs Guy B. Buy B wins.
Raw: Guy A has a match, Guy B has a run in.
Main Event: Guy A vs Guy B. Guy A wins.
And there's your 9 day feud of guys just trading wins and accomplishing nothing.
As much as Vince wants his own version of the NFL, he's yet to learn from them. Less is more. WWE should have 4.5 hours of wrestling a week max.
Maybe something like this:
Raw: 2 hours and 5-15 minutes
Main Event: 1 hour
Sunday Night Heat: 1 hour
Saturday Morning Slam (cause it's for the kids and doesn't affect story lines): .5 hours
Doesn't that just sound so much better?
Anyway, that's my two cents. Thank you for Reading. Feel free to leave praise, constructive feedback, or troll. If you're going to troll though, please have some style.
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