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thnx for liking it...would surely like to hear ur opinions....n i would like to join the "Cult" too...
Yes, your writing skills are good. Nice to have more posters here, who know how to communicate. At this moment, your blog too long so I didn't read but I get the general gist of it, I think. Like you, I find it very hard to suspend disbelief, when watching WWE programming because there booking is so illogical at times. On the other hand, the 6/25/11 Punk promo was probably the first time I was really able to emotionally invest into the product by suspending disbelief. A few weeks later, Punk fizzled out, starting losing and now I am on the ADR bandwagon because in a real fight ADR could beat Punk and Cena easily so I would not need to suspend disbelief. 1) I covered this in my above paragraph 2) That is something WWE can't control so I don't have opinion on it. 3) The problem is that both RAW and SD are diluted and watered down with unknown people, who don't connect with the fans. Putting titles on these unknowns then calling them former champs does not help their cause one bit. Furthermore, title-hopping destroys credibility of said title. The only way to fix this would be to bring down Cena, Punk, ADR, HHH and Christian and Orton down to the mid-card to put over others but WWE can't do that because like you said they lack star power. 4) UFC is popular because it does not insult the intelligence of fans like WWE does, going back to point #1. UFC basically stole all the former male jaded fans of boxing and pro-wrestling. Also the wealthiest demographic is the males 21-49, UFC dominates here.
thanks for the like n opinions.......the economy is not in control of the WWE but they could atleast feel for the general public n reduce the no. of ppvs, if they can't reduce the costs...$50 is just too much when you consider more than a dozen ppvs a year
That is just bad business. If you look at basic economics, judging by your age you have yet to take an introductory economics college course, once you give a consumer a sale, a certain percentage will stop paying regular price, directly proportional to how much discount is given.
yeah but i've studied introductory micro economics....n its bad business no doubt...WWE doesn't have a monopoly anymore..they need to regulate the prices to attract more customers....8 ppvs a year would be adept...with 6 weeks build up to the second rate ppvs n 7 weeks build to the big 4....
Good point, I would just like to add to my previous post that all other variables would be controlled, for my equation to happen. For example, the WWE booking would be the same and the roster would be the same,
I've been a fan of the WWE since 1989 and the problem for me now is that there are simply wrestlers that I just don't care about. Back in the day, I wasn't the typical wrestling fan who only cheered for good-guys and hated bad-guys. I liked whoever entertained me by both wrestling ability and entertainment ability via promos or feuds. For example I loved Razor Ramon and Macho King even though they were "bad guys" when they debuted because they were entertaining. I can name over 15 wrestlers on the roster for every year from 1989-2005 that I cared about and wanted to watch. Today I can name 5. I do give credit to todays wrestlers because if you look at the mid-carders today vs the ones from yesteryear they are much better wrestlers and wrestle in a more entertaining style. But they are missing something. Another problem I found is if you don't like John Cena or Randy Orton there will be about 45 minutes of Raw that you don't really want to watch because they are the top guys and they are featured heavily on the shows (rightfully so). At least back then if you didn't like Hogan you had Macho Man and The Ultimate Warrior or if you didn't like Diesel or Lex Luger you had Bret Hart and The Undertaker. A Mount Rushmore of 4 top guys doesn't exist anymore. I found myself TiVoing Raw because I want to watch football and when I do get around to watching Raw, theres alot of it I skip through because I simply don't care. In regards to your comments about less PPV's that will never happen. The cost of putting on a PPV is already basically covered by the ticket sales and whatever PPV buys they get is more-less profit anyway.
Fewer PPV's would equal better build-ups and storylines. I have argued this point for a long time that the WWE has too many PPV's. I would say 8 a year is perfect. Four major ones and four minor ones. Yes the economy sucks and I don't think it will better anytime soon. This may hurt the WWE in the long run, but like it has been previously said, ticket sales usually cover the cost and the buyrights are pretty much profit for the WWE. As far as the lack of star power goes, the WWE needs to create the next Rock or Austin. I am not talking about any of the already developed stars like Orton, Cena or even Punk. I am talking about someone fresh and new. I'm also not talking about a rookie. I'm talking about someone who is not really in the mainevent spotlight with him, and come up with a gimmick that would be a major homerun and get them super over. Even though Austin was a veteran, his gimmick caught on like wildfire and the rest is history. Whoever, or whatever gimmick it may be, I think they will eventually come up with it, the question is when. Nice blog by the way...
I began watching wrestling in 2004....even that time around all the titles had some prestige attached to them....they didn't change hands without any build....how many WWE title changes have we seen since the last 9 weeks??....John Cena was the champion at MitB,then CM Punk,then Rey Mysterio,then John Cena,then John Cena & CM Punk,then CM Punk,then Alberto Del Rio n now John Cena.....that's 9 champions in 9 weeks......all the prestige attached to being a champion is lost....the IC championship is no better...it is defended just randomly....WWE just adds in filler material in the last minutes...that's not the way to build a ppv....
the prestige of being a WWE Champion has gone down...John Cena's 10 Championship reigns have been 1055 days long combined....whereas Pedro Morales, the 4th WWE Champion was a 1 time Champion n his reign was 1027 days long....meanwhile Bruno Sammartino, the 2nd WWE Champion was a 2 time Champion n his reigns were 4040 days long combined...Championship reigns must be atleast 6 months long....but now being a Champion for 6 weeks is a tough prospective.....
Quote:Originally Posted by subhothe prestige of being a WWE Champion has gone down...John Cena's 10 Championship reigns have been 1055 days long combined....whereas Pedro Morales, the 4th WWE Champion was a 1 time Champion n his reign was 1027 days long....meanwhile Bruno Sammartino, the 2nd WWE Champion was a 2 time Champion n his reigns were 4040 days long combined...Championship reigns must be atleast 6 months long....but now being a Champion for 6 weeks is a tough prospective.....
That's also the product of having way too many ppv's a year. There has to be constant title changes at these ppv's in order to keep the fans interested. Not that I agree with this though.
Quote:Originally Posted by The_Cult_of_AwesomenessQuote:Originally Posted by NiteshadowQuote:Originally Posted by subhothe prestige of being a WWE Champion has gone down...John Cena's 10 Championship reigns have been 1055 days long combined....whereas Pedro Morales, the 4th WWE Champion was a 1 time Champion n his reign was 1027 days long....meanwhile Bruno Sammartino, the 2nd WWE Champion was a 2 time Champion n his reigns were 4040 days long combined...Championship reigns must be atleast 6 months long....but now being a Champion for 6 weeks is a tough prospective.....
That's also the product of having way too many ppv's a year. There has to be constant title changes at these ppv's in order to keep the fans interested. Not that I agree with this though.
I don't know that WWE is totally to blame for the short reigns. Back 20+ years ago there could be title reigns that lasted for years. I think that the Monday night wars were the beginning of the end in that regard. In today's society there is a demand for change for the sake of change, shorter attention spans and always wanting something new. I'm not sure that 2 or 6 week title reigns are the solution. Although i'm a huge Miz mark, he got more repect for holding on to the WWE title for six months than the poor booking of his title reign.
I agree, the attitude era and the Monday night wars were most responsible for the short title reigns that we see today. Although there were many benefits from these events, the short title changes were not one of them. It does start to tarnish the achievements of Ric Flair and a lot of other of yesterday's superstars. On the other hand it is sometimes hard and unfair to compare the wrestling of today with that of 30 years ago. 30 years ago you didn't have all the televised events and especially the internet. Everything the WWE does now is under the constant scope of fans.
the beginning of the Monday Night Wars wasn't the end of long title reigns...from Shawn Michaels,to Bret Hart,to The Undertaker,to Triple H,to John Cena's year long reign,to JBL's longest title reign in TV history...these all were long reigns...week to week title i think began somewhere around 2009....
Quote:Originally Posted by subhothe beginning of the Monday Night Wars wasn't the end of long title reigns...from Shawn Michaels,to Bret Hart,to The Undertaker,to Triple H,to John Cena's year long reign,to JBL's longest title reign in TV history...these all were long reigns...week to week title i think began somewhere around 2009....
I'm not saying it was the end of long title reigns. I'm saying that the attitude era and the Monday night wars thrust wrestling into the main stream spotlight thereby making longer title reigns coming fewer and far between in order to appease the fans and keep them interested. I realize it has gotten worse in the past year or so and that there still have been some long title reigns in the past 10 years, but I am saying that the attitude era started it.
yeah..i agree with that one...Mainstream entertainment has created this all...but it has its plus points too...WWE just needs a bit cleansing...
Quote:Originally Posted by subhoyeah..i agree with that one...Mainstream entertainment has created this all...but it has its plus points too...WWE just needs a bit cleansing...
I agree there has definitely been more ups than downs from wrestling going mainstream.
now what WWE needs to do is focus on its problems n solve them.....RAW's ratings are very low nowadays.......
Every Single Goddamn Thing They Do.
hey,writer125...can u just b a li'l more descriptive in ur answer??....
Quote:Originally Posted by subhohey,writer125...can u just b a li'l more descriptive in ur answer??....
Writer hates everything WWE and worships everything TNA. His posts are usually pointless and not worth much most of the time.
oh...so i guess he thinks watching oldies hardly carrying themselves thru the match is better than a new breed of talent...hmmm...
ya writer125 is a tna whore that's all he cares about so don't ask him to explain more because he only posts once and is chicken to post again. otherwise i do think wwe could push more young guys to the top instead of feeding them to cena all the time.
yeah WWE does do that...all the rising stars have been fed to him...The Nexus which was a hot angle was buried by him,The Miz was buried by him n Alberto Del Rio was recently done through....this is too much...some one has to be the next torch bearer....n abt the other problems, this is what i found just now..since the beginning of 2009 there have 29 World Title changes....yes,29!!!....that averages to abt one title change every month....this is crazy!!!!
your right...i always felt like the wwe ignores their mid card matches and focuses to much on the world titles....i mean during the attitude era every match on the ppv card was an actual fued from the wwe title match to the ic title match even mid card wrestlers were put in epic fueds that the crowd wanted to see....they were given a proper build up not like today where the wwe decides like 1 week before a ppv that the us and ic title will be defended at the ppv against some random opponent.... things that need to change 1) build up the ic and us titles: these 2 titles are some of the most historic titles in all of wrestling and should be treated that way ...have some top guys fued for it randy orton vs cody rhodes ic title match or a cena vs ziggler us title match...have it properly built up hince you do 2 things 1 you help boster the secondary titles and 2 you leave the world title picture open for new stars to step up 2) more ppv type raws: remember back int he 90s when the world title actually would change hands on raw (not money in the bank cash ins like today) now its like really cena vs x opponent for the title and im really suppose to believe that he will lose? back in the day raws were built up like a ppv and you ended up getting a ppv quality main event with a title change now an days you get the same oh sh## 3) fix the tag team division i dont even need to explain this one
if they lessen the no. of ppvs there can be about 5-6 RAWs in the midst of two ppvs..so they can create ppv quality RAWs n have title changes....
Quote:Originally Posted by The_Cult_of_AwesomenessQuote:Originally Posted by subhoyeah WWE does do that...all the rising stars have been fed to him...The Nexus which was a hot angle was buried by him,The Miz was buried by him n Alberto Del Rio was recently done through....this is too much...some one has to be the next torch bearer....n abt the other problems, this is what i found just now..since the beginning of 2009 there have 29 World Title changes....yes,29!!!....that averages to abt one title change every week....this is crazy!!!!
Is that 29 WWE and World title changes? Are you serious bro?
only World Heavyweight Championship changes!!!
and if you add the WWE Championship that's 21 more...so the total is 50!!!...........
I absolutely loved this blog . It's descriptive and doesn't just promote the writer's sole biased opinions . Thank you for this wonderful piece of writing . 1. They definitely lack build-up , and I've noticed that mainly in the past two years , but predominantly in the past year . I feel like the storylines are rushed and pointless , but I honestly do believe the HHH/Punk storyline is the best one at the moment , since it's detailed and actually evokes emotions from the audience . Is it perfect ? No , by all means , there are multiple things wrong with it , such as the inclusion of pointless performers (Miz , Truth , Ziggler , Swagger ... why involve them , as you said) . I do think , however , that this storyline is a step up from what we have been getting . I still think that WWE is somehow trying to squeeze Cena into every championship spot they can offer him , because honestly , I don't see him being given any stable storyline . He kind of jumps from one person to the next , talking about his morals and values and then beating them up for a win . Also , the constant contradictions are a little off-putting . As you mentioned , the Ziggler/Swagger storyline is interesting in itself , and does not need inclusion with any other storylines , yet WWE made them buddies ? I think with one PPV a month , the lack of build-up would be easily fixed . How are they supposed to build something up in two-three weeks ? That's only 3-6 shows , which in my opinion is not enough for a good rivalry . 2. The economy definitely plays a factor in PPV buys . I am personally 16 , so I don't actually work for a living , but I see how much my parents work , and I know that they sure as hell don't want to pay $150 a month for PPVs ! I think the WWE Network package in 2012 will be a good deal , and will help money-wise , because it includes WrestleMania and Summerslam , and I think other PPVs as well if I'm not mistaken , so that would be a money-saver . 3. Star power is almost non-existent in WWE . As a die-hard Orton fan , I want to argue that he holds great influence with the audience , but truth be told he is only entertaining performance-wise . Cena , Orton , and all of the other main-eventers are fairly unentertaining , and they need better mic skills . You have Orton who always growls about his past as a psycho , you have Cena saying he does everything in the ring for the fans and doesn't care if they love or hate him , you have Triple H sticking himself into a match when he should just get out of the limelight in terms of ring-time and put other talents in his place . I see all the mid-carders and just cringe and think "Here comes a jobber , poor guy ." I feel like it would be in WWE's best interest to build up a strong pack of main-eventers who have lively personalities which can relate with the audience , and maybe add a bit of an edgier tone to them as a small way of showing a new era for WWE . At first , admittedly , they may lose a few ratings since people wont care about the new guys . Slowly , though , the audience will appreciate the new performers and the ratings will rise above and beyond what they once had . Looking at people like Sheamus and Barrett , they were not very well known , but once they were shoved into the main event spot and they started showing their gimmicks and playing to the audience's emotions , they became popular fast . That is the proper way to build up a strong roster with some fresh , new faces to keep the WWE alive and the audience interested , in my opinion . 4. I personally watch UFC and other MMA events , and they are actually VERY popular . I believe that they aren't exactly competition , since I see the two products as being different forms of entertainment . There's nothing WWE can do about boxing and MMA , but maybe if they build upon their rosters and storylines , they can bring up their ratings and make their fans happy with the product once again . They can't please everyone , and some people will stay critics forever , but at least the majority will be content . All I ask for is a little show of work from the WWE staff . Again , thank you for this blog , it was very insightful and a great read . It honestly provoked my thoughts in a positive manner .
thanks Farie!....i appreciate it....the point of my blog was to really focus on WWE's problems rather than mine...i love the product, just not its current state...that's what i want them to solve... any ideas for a new blog?? i'm searching for a topic....
No problem , you deserve any praise you get , this was a good piece . Hm , I can't think of any topic off the top of my head , but if I think of anything I'll surely let you know !
i have some ideas too...i don't know how they'll work...but my new blog will be up in just a few days.... so keep waiting.... :)
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