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WWE: What the Company Should Do with Its Bloated PPV Schedule

UNCASVILLE, CT - AUGUST 3:  Actor Jeremy Piven guest hosts WWE's 'Monday Night Raw' at Mohegan Sun on August 3, 2009 in Uncasville, Connecticut.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Chris HumphreyCorrespondent IJune 23, 2012

As the WWE comes off the return of No Way Out last Sunday, the company will turn right around to gear up for another show, Money in the Bank, next month on an overloaded pay-per-view schedule.

With 12 events at a pop of $50 or more during the year, there have been many fans lobbying for the company to cut down to a smaller number so they can watch all PPV events.

In a recent interview on the Inside the Ropes podcast, legendary announcer and WWE Hall of Famer “Mean” Gene Okerlund even made his opinion known on the number of the events he would like to see on the annual PPV schedule.

I personally think we have way too many pay-per-views," he says. "I don't think we get the chance to adequately develop the storylines with the guys and gals between pay per views. I'd like to see us down to about eight pay per views a year."

Among the current pay-per-views on the schedule, the WWE should do away with minor pay-per-views like Over the Limit, No Way Out and the rest outside of the “Big 4” pay-per-views through the year.

In addition to the Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam and the Survivor Series, the WWE could bring back the wildly popular King of the Ring event to help bridge the gap on the schedule through the summer.

While the company prepares to expand Raw to three hours every week, the WWE could help its struggling ratings on its flagship program by holding special episodes with gimmick matches usually contested only on PPV.

What about having eight superstars vying for the briefcase in an always-exciting Money in the Bank ladder match?

While this might be a little too far-fetched even to myself, how about CM Punk defending his WWE title in an Elimination Chamber match on Raw when the program is broadcast from Madison Square Garden?

Even though the ideas in this post will never be seen on WWE television, it’s obvious to most fans of the company that changes need to be made to keep the interest in the product moving into the future.

With the odds of the WWE altering its pay-per-view schedule slim from the current amount through the year, how would your lineup look if the company got rid of some of its minor events through the year?

 

Chris Humphrey is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. You can ask him any question regarding any other topic that crosses your mind on either his Facebook or Twitter page.

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