WWE Pay-Per View: Has Quality Been Sacrificed for Quantity?
Greetings and salutations, my fellow wrestling fans. After watching the Fatal 4-Way PPV last Sunday, I felt like WWE bent me over and yelled "BOHICA!", short for "Bend Over, Here It Comes Again!" Not only did the event last just 2-1/2 hours, it was basically a snoozefest.
Afterwards, several of my friends and I were asking each other, "What in the blue hell was that?" I couldn't even run up a tab at my local watering hole, an oddity for me.
Let's not kid ourselves, pay-per-view is the straw that stirs the WWE's drink, accounting for approximately 18 percent of their annual revenue stream.
In 2010, WWE implemented a $5 increase on their PPV events, which will in turn increase their annual revenue stream.
WWE will produce 13 PPV events in 2010, but will the quality be worthy of us plunking down our hard-earned money every month?
I've always wondered if WWE were producing too many PPV events. In producing a PPV event every month, there doesn't seem to be ample time to create viable storylines for the superstars leading up to the event.
If you factor in the time the superstars are on the road, along with the injuries that are bound to occur, it would appear to be a daunting task for the creative staff to bring us a quality product each month.
I have always been an advocate of reducing the PPV schedule. That would give WWE time to create viable storylines and promote the upcoming event, while also giving injured superstars time to rest and heal.
Unfortunately, WWE may hit us in the wallet again in an attempt to make up lost revenue from a decreased PPV schedule.
I remember just having the Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series to watch on pay-per view, that was enough for me. But times have changed, and money is the fuel that powers the entertainment train.
In closing, this would be my list of WWE pay-per view events for viewing: Royal Rumble, Elimination Chamber, WrestleMania, Extreme Rules, SummerSlam, Night Of Champions, Survivor Series.
What's your take? Do you like the PPV schedule as it is? Would you like to see fewer PPV events? Maybe you would like to see more events, let's talk about it and thanks for stopping by.
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