With WWE shares plummeting, what can Vince & Co. do to flip issues round?
We’re one full month into 2020 and outside of the excellent Royal Rumble event, WWE doesn’t appear to have modified very a lot. In truth, the corporate appears to at times be taking one step forwards however two steps again. WWE lastly have credible competition after a few years of pretenders snapping at their heels however in the end falling brief, so how can WWE enhance their product on this new decade and persuade the fans not to jump ship?
Earlier than we get began, I can’t be suggesting a full time champion or that Vince McMahon retires. As a lot as I need these issues, we don’t get them anytime soon regardless of how a lot we would like it. Let’s be practical right here people!
Perceive When To Finish A Feud
You all know precisely what I’m speaking about right here. I’m a giant fan of all 6 guys concerned however the Roman Reigns, Baron Corbin, Uso’s, Dolph Ziggler and Bobby Roode storyline has been occurring for at the very least 2 months too lengthy. WWE by no means know when to let one thing die. We had a definitive result on the Royal Rumble with Reigns popping out victorious… but we have been then ‘handled’ to a rematch actually 5 days later. A rematch the place the loser had to eat pet food. You couldn’t make this sh*t up… nicely anyone certain did!
Keep in mind the Nameless RAW Common Supervisor? The car crash that was Rusev/Lashley/Lana/Liv? The Nexus and The Corre? AJ Kinds vs Nakamura? We wish feuds that final 1-2 months most, championship reigns that final lengthy sufficient to really be memorable and definitive ends to feuds. You misplaced at a PPV to your rival? Transfer on.
Is that actually an excessive amount of to ask?
Take away Jerry Lawler from commentary
That is an absolute should and desires to occur with quick impact. Although this may occasionally not appear like a giant deal, a wrestling match is usually solely pretty much as good because the commentary team can hype it up to be. I’m underneath no illusions that Lawler has an extended and storied history throughout the WWE and is deserving of his Corridor Of Fame spot. All through the 90’s, Lawler and Jim Ross have been essentially the most recognizable voices in WWE and have been the soundtrack to a few of our most cherished wrestling reminiscences. I typically bear in mind JR’s soundbites more than the matches themselves. The problem is… that was 15+ years in the past now. Lawler’s references are horribly outdated, he can’t go a full match with out getting one thing horribly unsuitable and at times he appears to fully swap off altogether. It’s additionally worth noting that he described Humberto Carillo as a “Mexican leaping bean” and “cute like Justin Bieber”.
The man is caught firmly within the 70s and nonetheless holds the identical values that the majority did again then. His standing with the corporate genuinely astounds me contemplating how a lot of a common piece of dust he has confirmed to be through the years. He provides completely nothing to the commentary team and has no chemistry in any way together with his colleagues. Would you genuinely even realise if he wasn’t there anymore? A 2 man sales space was positive within the 90’s, positive within the 00’s and could be positive once more now. Love or hate Michael Cole, his commentary over on Smackdown with Corey Graves is often implausible.
The person is previous it and needs to be retired to the annals of history together with that low-cost, toy store, Burger King wannabe crown he wears.
Combine up the Women’s Division
I like Becky Lynch. I believe Charlotte Aptitude is presumably the best of all time. Sasha Banks is massively underrated. Bayley has come on leaps and bounds as a heel. The Women’s Evolution could not have occurred in any respect if it wasn’t for these 4 exceptionally proficient ladies. However boy oh boy have they grown stale. The duty doesn’t lay solely at their ft although. Becky has grown stale, individuals are fed up of Charlotte being handed titles, Sasha has suffered from inconsistent reserving and Bayley’s heel flip got here far too late. For all the great WWE have executed, they’ve largely handed these 4 ladies poorly.
I do know I’m not the one one pondering this, as could be confirmed while you hear to the decline in crowd response that The Man has been receiving not too long ago. We’re getting totally fed up of seeing the identical 4 ladies showcased whereas everybody else is forgotten about.
Give the highlight to a few of the different proficient ladies on the roster. Naomi has simply returned, Liv Morgan is lastly escaping from a horrendous storyline, Lacey Evans has all of the tools to succeed, we hold being teased with a Dana Brooke push that by no means occurs. Even simply placing them within the ring with any of the 4HW elevates them and calls for that they push themselves to that next stage.
In current months the wrestling world has seen simply how extremely proficient the deep NXT ladies’s division is. However outside of Rhea Ripley and Shayna Baszler, would any of them realistically go over any of the main roster stalwarts? Can anybody see Taynara Conti dethroning Charlotte? Tegan Nox sticking it to the Man?
WWE want to cease the obsession.
Introduce A Win/Loss Document
Why WWE have not executed this but is past me.
Nearly each single fan of each sport on the planet is more hooked up to the win/loss record or league rating of their favorite team than the rest. We like to see our teams play nicely, certain, however the place they finish on the finish of the season is what’s actually essential. Why WWE is not utilizing an identical methodology to get folks even more hooked up to their favorite wrestlers is baffling.
Proper now it doesn’t matter in any respect who faces who. Title matches seem out of skinny air, handed to whoever Vince likes essentially the most at that given time. However with a win-loss system, you may simply decide who ought to get a title shot and who has essentially the most work nonetheless to do. Positive it’s all scripted and the particular person topping the rankings will likely be whoever it has been predetermined to be, however you may create storylines based mostly off of the information. How a couple of disgruntled wrestler who cannot get a title shot regardless of wins over the man above him, or a wrestler who’s determined to make an affect as a result of he is on a dropping streak over the previous couple of months and is afraid he is going to get fired.
WWE and Fox are determined for Smackdown to have a more sports activities like really feel to it. Merely giving the WWE a rating techniques with wins and losses provides it a more credible look. There’s simply a lot it brings to the desk that it is actually insane to not be doing it already. You may even create a dream match between two undefeated superstars – undefeated from the start of a win/loss system—and match them up at Wrestlemania for the final word showdown.
And want I point out the events the place a win-loss formulation was utilized in wrestling to nice impact. WCW did it completely by having Goldberg counting his victories throughout his profession defining streak. The Undertaker at Wrestlemania. Asuka in NXT.
AEW are doing it, so why can’t WWE?
There’s so many issues you are able to do with a win-loss formulation. The WWE is de facto dropping the ball on this one.
Make Tag Workforce Wrestling Nice Once more
Keep in mind the great outdated days? When The Hardy Boys, Edge & Christian and The Dudley Boys have been usually placing on MOTY contenders? Keep in mind how a tag team match as soon as closed out WrestleMania? What the hell occurred?
I don’t know. What I can let you know is that WWE have a plethora of tremendous proficient tag teams, too many to point out right here, however the tag division is handled as an afterthought and has been for much too lengthy. Tag team wrestling had a mini revival (pun meant) again in 2017 when New Day and The Uso’s have been completely killing it however ever since then we’ve gone again to the times of tag matches getting used as filler or for comedic functions. The Revival shouldn’t be shaving one another’s backs within the bathe. Avenue Income shouldn’t be presenting the information.
One other large subject is how typically we see two random men put collectively, handed off as a tag team (Gable & Roode, Ziggler & Roode, Ziggler & Drew) and handed the titles. It’s disgraceful that The Conflict Raider Viking Expertise (give me power) misplaced the belts to a team created 2 weeks earlier than. Heavy Equipment are essentially the most over tag team on the main roster, however their expertise is taking part in second fiddle to the admittedly implausible comedy/love story between Otis and Mandy Rose. I’m all for having enjoyable, however we’ve particular superstars for that already.
When executed proper there’s nothing that comes shut to the thrill and drama of tag team wrestling. Take a look at something Moustache Mountain have executed. The long-term storytelling of DIY. Every part Undisputed Period have completed within the final 2 years.
However no, it’s okay. Give us Miracle on 34 Avenue Combat matches as an alternative. TLC3… or a bowling ball to the gonads?
Mid Card Titles Need To Imply One thing
Throughout The Miz’s most up-to-date Intercontinental Championship reign, the belt was palms down a very powerful in all of WWE. Helped in fact by the actual fact Brock Lesnar was by no means round, The Miz established the belt as must-see by having nice feuds with everybody he stepped within the ring with. Then one thing occurred, one thing modified. After a bit of excellent quaint scorching potato-ing the belt it discovered its manner to Shinsuke Nakamura, who held the celebrated belt from July 2019 till February 2020. That’s 7 full moths. In these 7 months he defended the belt three times. His reign has arguably been essentially the most forgettable within the championship’s history, main to me on a number of events genuinely forgetting who the champion was at the moment.
America Championship has definitely been handled higher, however solely simply. Quick title reigns for Samoa Joe, Rey Mysterio and Ricochet have been underwhelming and did nothing to make the belt really feel particular or coveted. Andrade is a as soon as in a lifetime celebrity who deserves an extended and spectacular title reign after some questionable main roster reserving. Hopefully he can convey legitimacy to the belt as soon as once more.
The mid card belt ought to by no means really feel as essential because the Common or WWE Championships, however they guys who maintain them are very often former world champions. Why not allow them to main event sometimes on TV? Nakamura vs AJ vs Roderick Sturdy at Survivor Collection was infinitely higher than any Roman Reigns or Brock Lesnar match I’ve ever seen.
Give Underutilized Stars A Probability
It is a huge one proper right here. I may fairly simply title 15 to 20 guys and women caught within the mid card, or not even on television, who needs to be given more highlight, title alternatives and to get more television time than operating after R Fact backstage. I’ve by no means met anyone who doesn’t assume that Cesaro deserves a monumental push. Elias has achieved completely nothing on the main roster outside of some 24/7 championship victories. Cedric Alexander, Apollo Crews, Jinder Mahal (combat me), Samoa Joe, Aleister Black, EC3. All deserving of a push. All criminally underutilized.
The WWE roster is essentially the most stacked it has ever been proper now and if the corporate doesn’t take observe, they might lose quite a lot of expertise to rival firms, particularly with the very actual menace of AEW consistently looming. Luke Harper has already jump shipped after publicly stating his displeasure for the reason that flip of the yr… who will likely be next?
Give us anyone new to cheer. We actually don’t need to see the identical four or 5 guys consistently combating for the highest prizes.
So there we’ve it. In my humble opinion, if WWE could make even just some of the modifications I’ve prompt right here they may simply persuade lifelong viewers who’ve grown uninterested in the corporate to stick round whereas engaging a brand new technology of fans on the identical time. Let me know what you assume WWE ought to do within the feedback!