WWE already has five hours of core programming in place per week with Raw and SmackDown, but another hour will be thrown on top of that Wednesday night when Main Event debuts on ION Television. The show will consist of pre-taped matches and will provide yet another platform for the WWE to showcase its talent.
The WWE already has several auxiliary shows such as Superstars, NXT and Saturday Morning Slam, but there are varying complaints about each of them and whether they involve the talent that is used or the availability of the product. Whatever the case, the WWE has an opportunity to do some great things with Main Event.
Seeing as many people across the United States and the world don't get ION Television, there are obvious factors going against the show, but if the WWE takes these three things to heart, Main Event could possibly become a television staple for the company.
Avoid the Superstars Treatment
Many believe that Main Event is likely to suffer the same fate that Superstars has, but the WWE needs to ensure that doesn't happen. Superstars debuted on WGN in 2009, and the first episode featured a match between The Undertaker and Matt Hardy. Despite top stars being shown in the opening of the show, the vast majority of the matches since then have featured low-card talent.
WWE's deal with WGN ultimately expired, and now Superstars can only be viewed on WWE.com. There is no question that some solid matches take place on Superstars, and it's refreshing to see guys who don't normally receive television time, but Main Event has to be made into a much bigger deal.
You couldn't possibly ask for a better start, as WWE Champion CM Punk will take on World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus on the first show in a match that would normally be reserved for a pay-per-view, or Raw at the very least.
That tells me that the WWE is committed to making Main Event a success, but that seemed to be the case with Superstars as well. I'm not saying that we should be seeing pay-per-view matches on Main Event every week, but at least ensure that top stars are involved on a week-to-week basis to ensure that the fans don't lose interest.
Give Main Event Storyline Significance
Another thing that ultimately damaged Superstars was the fact that it was just a bunch of random matches with no rhyme or reason. Shows like Heat and Velocity featured low-card wrestlers almost exclusively, but at least most of the matches happened for a reason, and there were even times when rivalries on the show spilled onto Raw or SmackDown.
I would love to see something similar with Main Event. Once again, the first show is delivering in that manner, as Zack Ryder and Santino vs. Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd is being advertised. Those two teams don't have a rivalry currently, but the match is part of the tournament to decide new No. 1 contenders for the Tag Team Championships, so it will impact an ongoing storyline.
If Main Event has at least something to do with what fans regularly watch during the week, then they are much more likely to tune in. Feuds could even be started through matches or backstage segments on Main Event between mid-card or low-card wrestlers, and then they could be furthered on Raw and SmackDown by showing some footage from the show.
Very few people care about Superstars because it's essentially a separate entity that has no bearing on the way WWE regularly operates. It would be a mistake to make Main Event similar in that regard, so hopefully the WWE realizes the importance of incorporating angles into the show.
One of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to the WWE—and I'm sure it is shared by many fans—is the company's penchant for recapping things that we have already seen. I doubt there are many people watching Raw or SmackDown who need to be reminded of past events, and I fear that Main Event will become yet another vehicle for the WWE to force its video packages upon us.
Don't get me wrong—the WWE makes some great video packages, but we don't need to see them more than once. The WWE now has another platform to showcase its talent, and that is what it needs to do. If a fan is watching Main Event, then you had better believe that they have already seen Raw and SmackDown and don't need any reminders about what happened on those shows.
Unless the video recap is relevant to Main Event itself in some way, I don't want to see a single one. I realize that is probably wishful thinking, but I don't think that it's asking for too much. With an hour of programming, the WWE could easily give us four quality matches as well as some backstage stuff, and that is something that can make Main Event successful.
I doubt that the WWE will totally avoid video recaps on Main Event, but as long as they don't dominate the show, as they tend to at times on SmackDown especially, Main Event should be very entertaining, and it's likely to appeal to the fans.