There are a lot of filler in the WWE right now, filler comedy spots, filler with Michael Cole teaching us how to use our smart phones and the most overlooked filler, too many WWE pay per views. Elimination Chamber is six days away, six! It just seems like last night Kofi Kingston was helping Tensai turn baby face, just yesterday when twitter exploded when The Rock beat CM Punk even though we knew it all along. The Royal Rumble hangover is barely starting to clear, for everyone it seems, as the only story advancement the WWE could make since the Rumble is a six man tag team match. I am not complaining is this match is the sole reason I am even purchasing Elimination Chamber. The Royal Rumble along with WrestleMania has a big time money and big time feel. The WWE should treat it so and give us a filler pay per view stuck dead smack in the middle.
Don’t get me wrong; when Elimination Chamber was introduced the idea was fresh and exciting, but now it’s stuck between a Royal Rumble and a WrestleMania hard place. To beat a dead horse the point of owning a wrestling promotion, like any business is to make money. Holding a pay per view every month or six weeks helps that idea manifest itself. That’s the logical answer anyone can tell you when it comes to the WWE holding so many pay per view shows, but when the buy rates are suffering from May-December can the blame really be on the fact that The Rock isn’t around? Can anyone other than the WWE itself take responsibility for the ‘part time’ fans not caring when it’s not WrestleMania season.
The one thing the WWE does right when it comes to its ‘B’ pay per view, both Money in the Bank and Tables Ladders and Chairs are properly placed in between SummerSlam and Survivor Series time. Both of these shows have built up a lot of momentum and have passed Elimination Chamber by and left it somewhere in the dirt along with Extreme Rules. The gimmick for each of these shows not only indicate high spots and title opportunities but it gives the loyal wrestling fan a reason to stick around during the ‘regular season’ of the WWE calendar year. I will touch on this later but how much bigger would TLC or Money in the Bank seem if there hasn’t been a pay per view in over eight weeks? How much of a return could Survivor Series make if there wasn’t a filler show with the same feuds and no progression made in stories just weeks before?
In a perfect WWE world to me the WWE would cut back to six pay per views a year. While this may hurt business at first, but this is a blessing that has been needed for quite some time. The idea of less is more should be a breath of fresh air not only to the writers, but to the fans. LESS IS MORE! Six pay per views is perfect timing in my opinion. With the current format there is no time for anything. Three or four weeks in between pay per views usually gives the fans one week to get over what just happened, one week for ‘new’ ideas, and six days to decide if this is worth 45 or 55 dollars. Giving not only the people making all this magic happen will only better the product. Giving the fans more time to watch it all unfold will make us want more. I can’t be the only one who doesn’t like to see a story go on much longer then it should. For example, Alberto Del Rio has beaten Big Show twice in a last man standing match, so why should Del Rio care about Show anymore? Giving us less will help restore the Intercontinental Title and United States Title. The reason people call them the mid card titles is because they are treated so. The Intercontinental Title used to mean you were one step away from the WWE title, now it just means you are creative kind of cares about you so this is their weak attempt at keeping you relevant. The problem here is the two men carrying those titles aren’t relevant. They haven’t really feuded with anyone since becoming the champion. Antonio Cesaro is a star, but he is reduced to competing against a random opponent for any random reason. Wade Barrett seems to be on the verge of a feud with Bo Dallas, or will it all just fizzle out. LESS IS MORE! The old saying goes if you build it they will come, so why not give it a try WWE? Don’t just shove crap down our throat and tell us we liked it too.
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