From September 15 until October 27, World Wrestling Entertainment presented three pay-per-view events.
That is one major production every two weeks.
And social media had no problem calling the company out on it.
@snyde043 - Well, exactly. This is a case of WWE's Greed (the ironic name of WCW's last PPV ever) biting them because it's too many PPVs— Wade Keller (@thewadekeller) October 7, 2013
You know #WWE has too many PPVs when they're only two weeks apart.— WrestlingINC.com (@WrestlingInc) October 1, 2013
At that rate, stories do not have the time necessary to develop or to build to any satisfying conclusion. There is no time for a definitive beginning, middle and end, and a result, the entire thing is one big jumbled mess that either does or does not resolve itself before everyone moves on.
Case in point, the Authority fiasco.
Rather than being allowed to progress at a suitable pace, it was rushed to keep in line with the ungodly amount of pay-per-views tag dominated the early fall months. As a result, the evolution of all of the characters involved in the angle suffered.
Outside of joining Triple H, did we ever really find out what made Orton change his demeanor from somewhat honorable, if not dangerous, babyface to corporate kiss-ass? Was Daniel Bryan that hated by the rest of the locker room that no one wanted to come to his aid when he was getting beat down in 4-on-1 assaults?
The Big Show's iron-clad contract, which guaranteed that he could not be fired without receiving all of his money, mysteriously disappeared, and the rest of the roster looked like chumps for standing by and allowing their bosses to run roughshod without any consequences.
Remember when The Rock and the entire roster staged a protest and threatened to walk out on the company when Triple H and Stephanie were in charge some 13 years ago? Did not a single on of today's Superstars watch Raw at that point?
These are all plot holes that should have never had the opportunity to rear their ugly heads.
Instead of being able to take their time and tell the story, which had the potential to be a six-month ordeal leading into WrestleMania 30, they were pressured into fast-tracking major developments in time for pay-per-view events that were likely to suffer from low buyrates regardless, especially considering the unexpectedly low numbers for the exceptional SummerSlam event.
It severely hurt the shows themselves, the stories being told and the performers who were relying on a strong angle to help elevate them to a new level of stardom.
Luckily for everyone involved, the Survivor Series does not take place until November 24, allowing several weeks for the company to build stories and conflicts between its Superstars that will allow fans to emotionally invest themselves in a way they simply could not over the last two months.
Will the five weeks between PPVs significantly benefit Survivor Series?
The five weeks between Hell in a Cell allows the company to take a step back, look at the pieces it has to play with, and reevaluate who they want to put in what position and determine which feuds are best suited to carry the company through the remaining months of 2013.
The Survivor Series pay-per-view will benefit from a more focused, less frantic and chaotic product. The matches will be better built and the stories more lucid than the previous three pay-per-view offerings. The bouts, even the traditional Survivor Series elimination tag matches, will be more meaningful because people will have a reason to care about the interactions and the conflicts within.
Simply put, Survivor Series will be a better show than Night of Champions, Battleground or Hell in a Cell had the opportunity to be because it will be accompanied by a more deliberate and higher quality product.
Even if Big Show vs. Triple H is WWE's idea of a main event angle in 2013.