The Rise and Fall Of The Pay-Per-View: What Is The Perfect Formula?

Ben Gartland@@AngryKCFanAnalyst IIJuly 25, 2010

March 31st, 1985.The first ever wrestling pay-per-view. Wrestlemania 1 started it all off for the pay-per-views, which today lead to a big part of revenue to the WWE. Throughout those 25 years, we have seen amazing pay-per-views (Wrestlemania X-7) and some not so good ones (Fatal Four Way 2010).

Lately the quality of pay-per-views has been declining. There are still some really good ones like the Money in the Bank pay-per-view we just had, though many are not up to par with the pay-per-views such as Summerslam 2006.

When did this happen? Why did they decide to change good pay-per-views like Judgement Day and Backlash into Over the Limit and Extreme Rules?

1989 was the first year the big four were shown (Wrestlemania, Royal Rumble, SummerSlam and Survivor Series.) It stayed that way until 1993 when WWE introduced the King of the Ring pay-per-view. In 1995 they went on a pay-per-view per month basis, a formula that would last until 2003. 

In 2004 they started adding more pay-per-views, which is where they started to go wrong. It was good with 12 pay per views a year, but now they had thirteen, less time for feuds to develop but they were making money so in 2005 they added yet another on, bringing the total up to 14 a year. 

One year later they had a ridiculous 16 pay per views that year. They started to realize that more pay per views wasn't what the viewers wanted so they cut it back to 14 for 2007. Today we have 14 a year, i still think that might be too many, but i could be wrong.

They made the right change in 2007 cutting it back down to 14, but then they started to make another mistake in 2009/2010. They started changing classic pay-per-views to stupid gimmick pay-per-views. Only 2 changes that were made to the pay-per-views i liked (Bragging Rights and Money in the Bank). With all the other gimmick pay-per-views, they tended to fail.

My advice to the WWE regarding pay-per-views would be this: Cut down the Pay-Per-Views to 12 a year, and replace most of the gimmick pay per views with ones that were good in the past. My Line-up would look like this:

Janurary: Royal Rumble

February: No Way Out

March/April: Wrestlemania

April: Backlash

May: Judgement Day

June: King of the Ring

July: Night of Champions

August: Summerslam

September: Money in the Bank

October: Bragging Rights

November: Survivor Series

December: Armageddon.


Also if there is any mention of ending the big four pay per views again i am marching right up to WWE headquarters, strapping Vince in a chair and playing Justin Bieber at full volume right in his ears until his head explodes. You have been warned Vince.

~The Awesomeness has spoken.

P.S i wouldn't mind a vote in the B/R writers King of the Ring (hint, hint)