Monday, June 20, 2011

Be Kind, Please Rewind.....

Let's talk history....

Rewind the clock back about 16 years ago. WWF was in a position very much like they are now....very few veterans to carry the workload and build new stars; the more seasoned guys leaving to either make their fortunes elsewhere or through spring cleanings. Everyone was waiting for the next big thing. 
In WCW, the revolving door of management was spinning like a top and the top stars had run the course set for them. It was time to bring some stability to the industry. When the fog of uncertainty lifted, a decision was made to bring in Eric Bischoff to try and bring a bit of order to the moody product. 
WWF's product was getting bland...the product was not being treated like a television show where each season held something new and exciting. It was more like a carnival with bright lights and a lot of shiny objects, but very little substance to speak of. Save for Shawn Michaels, Undertaker, Bret Hart, and a few others, there weren't many big draws.
Allowing a year to pass, Bischoff had turned WCW into a powerhouse, having gone from the Disney MGM/Grand Studios to the Mall of America for the inaugural episode of Monday Nitro. By putting Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Sting, Flair, and a host of well established performers onto their stage and putting out feelers to current WWF talents, the product was on the rise. Even though the apex was still a couple of years off, there was still plenty of room to grow.
WWF's product was suffering the loss of their biggest performers and experiments were being done with a couple of ring veterans who had yet to be given the chance to shine. 

Fast forward to now....

TNA is using similar storywriting schemes as WCW, with more real characters and reality based stories. WWE is going PG like they had been up until the Attitude Era. TNA's divisions are pretty much clear cut with a few characters jumping into new divisions. WWE has no set division save for the Divas division, which is dismal at best.
TNA is beginning their expansion, taking their show on the road more often, which is good for the fans and the wrestlers alike. Even with the road travel, there is less travel per performer per year than in WWE, whose performers are put in ring 290+ days a year. IF TNA decides to go with less PPVs as I believe they should; perhaps 6 per year, this could save the company money and earn more per PPV date. More time to build the PPV and hype storylines, more money to spend on the spectacle and the potential of more money in the pockets of the fans to purchase said PPV. Everybody wins.
Sorry about the sidetrack.....history often repeats itself when fans ask for more. TNA's fans are asking for more while WWE's stock falls. Stock falling means a lack of demand. WWE's shareholders are asking for less. Less talking, less gimmicks, less babying, less of the glass ceiling. I see history repeating itself; this time, with Vince handing the reins of a dying company to his daughter and son-in-law to try and save.

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