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Are There Too Many Pay-Per-View Events in Pro Wrestling?

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Travis SmithAnalyst IIJuly 30, 2010

Pro wrestling right now isn't as hot as it was back in 2000 to 2007. There are many reasons for why pro wrestling is as bad as it from the PG era in WWE to seeing wrestlers past their prime step back into the ring in TNA.

So many reasons for the struggling entertainment giant known as pro wrestling but there is one key reason for why wrestling is struggling so much in my opinion and it is that WWE and TNA hold too many pay-per-view events.

Pay-per-views can be huge events that bring in a lot of money for a wrestling company but when you have too many of them, people won't tune into most of them and it will hurt the company's profit. WWE right now hosts at least one pay-per-view event each month while TNA is coming close to the same amount of pay-per-views each year.

It wasn't too long ago when WWE only hosted maybe six pay-per-views a year but that all changed when Eric Bischoff and WCW decided that having more pay-per-views would attract more fans from WWE and it would make them a boat load of money. WWE followed suit and started having pay-per-views every single month thus creating the monster of high priced pay-per-views.

Now today WWE and TNA seem to have a pay-per-view event every so often and well for most folks, they cannot afford forty bucks for a pay-per-view event every single month and it really can turn off some fans because of the high priced events and the slow economy hurting the money flow.

TNA's last pay-per-view (Victory Road) was one of the lowest bought pay-per-view events in the history of pro wrestling. This issue I believe has really made the entire wrestling industry realize that pay-per-views are not going to be the way to go every single month. WWE could eaisly cut six to eight pay-per-views a year with all the silly gimmick pay-per-views.

If both companies cut back on pay-per-views then maybe the value of a pay-per-view will raise because then fans will see the importance of those events and start buying pay-per-views more often than not.

I also believe that WWE could still have mega events on non pay-per-view events by having Saturday Night's Main Event return to NBC. That event alone will make the WWE plenty of money since its on prime-time national television and NBC would dish out money to host big time WWE events once again. The exposure could help wrestling get out there to everybody in the world and maybe help out the popularity of the industry.

TNA can still survive without as many pay-per-views since they are still trying to get over with wrestling fans and casual fans so maybe TNA could try to secure a deal with some other television company to get prime-time spots. They could put out the product to fans that don't know much about TNA.

So now I am only one voice but I think there are a lot of fans that would agree with me about too many pay-per-views, so I would appreciate your opinions below in the comment box.

Make your voice heard about this topic and also maybe state what pay-per-view events should stick around. Thanks so much and until the next article, I am signing off. Please keep on supporting this great industry we call pro wrestling.

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