WWE Survivor Series 2010: Why We Should Boycott This Pay-Per-View
The majority of wrestling fans that read Bleacher Report freelance articles are fans that have stuck with the Vince McMahon rhetoric throughout the years through thick and thin.
I have been loyal to the WWE for as long as I can remember. During the early years of WWE Pay-Per-View, shows aired every few months. There was only Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania, Summerslam and Survivor Series.
When Thanksgiving rolled around, I knew it was time for Survivor Series. When I was a child, my parents ordered this show for me every year. This show was always huge with major implications on the prevalent WWE story lines.
Heading into "Old School" RAW on Monday night, there were only three matches booked for this show. How can a company attempt to sell a major pay-per-view wrestling show with only three matches booked within a week of the event?
WWE has done this time and time again. They have sufficient time and energy to make this show feel how it should be.
Wrestlemania always feels like the biggest show of the year. The show usually isn't thrown together at the last minute. On some occasions, the main event is booked a couple of months in advance. The Royal Rumble winner gets the title shot and you have your Wrestlemania main event booked in January. Fans have months to think about whether they would be interested in buying this show.
WWE has used this strategy with Summerslam in the past as well. Brock Lesnar became the number one contender for the WWE Undisputed Championship in June 2002, by wining the King of the Ring. WWE fans knew that Brock Lesnar was booked to fight for the championship at Summerslam nearly two months in advance.
Believe me, I know there isn't a logical way to have Randy Orton and Wade Barrett fight twice in a row on Pay-Per-View with an advanced number one contender in the fold.
But why have that first match?
Was it really necessary to book Randy Orton vs. Wade Barrett at Bragging Rights? Wouldn't it make more sense to save it for what should be one of the four biggest shows of the year?
I'm not claiming to be able to write for WWE. Hell, I wouldn't want to with the way things are now. However, I do feel that if they would book this show in advance, there would be much more anticipation from their fan base.
Another prime example is what they have done with John Morrison and Sheamus. This mini-feud has been brewing for weeks, with Santino Marella somehow wedged in the middle. There is no logical explanation as to why they couldn't have made this match official a couple of weeks ago, instead of waiting for last night.
Now that the match is booked, there is no time to actually build heat for what should be a big undercard match.
And Santino Marella was somehow thrown into a tag team title match against The Nexus. Shouldn't he serve some kind of role in the Morrison/Sheamus encounter? Can WWE really not find a better tag team on the roster to challenge for the tag titles?
Granted, WWE did do a good job with the three matches that they booked a few weeks in advance. They could have done a good job with the other three matches that are now official.
Team Mysterio vs. Team Del Rio makes absolute sense. These two have had a hot feud for a few months now and there is no reason for this match not to happen. However, did we really need to find out about this last night on RAW? Shouldn't Smackdown have been building this encounter and heat between the other participants for weeks now?
Chances are that Ted Dibiase vs. Daniel Bryan for the United States Championship will be added at the last minute, but there are no guarantees.
On a bit of a side note, I have been reading a lot about whether WWE should bring back the "Attitude Era" now that the election is over. This time period in wrestling will never be duplicated. Period. However, they can take concepts from that time period and re-implement them to help story lines and pay-per-view bookings alike.
One of the major upside points of the "Attitude Era" was that Vince Russo and company had stories written and ready to go for every member on the roster. Whether they all made sense or not is debatable, but everyone had their chance to shine in whatever role they were given.
Ezekiel Jackson squashing someone every week is not a storyline. It is something formulaic that WWE has been doing with monster wrestlers for years.
If WWE took that concept and wrote stories for each performer on the roster, it would be extremely easy to book a pay-per-view in advance. You get to see up front what works and what doesn't. You can see what the fans respond to and what they don't. Then, you react accordingly and put your hot angles on pay-per-view.
Seems easy, right?
I can't figure out whether WWE writers are just lazy or are too caught up in bad habits to change?
If you have never checked out Ring of Honor, I urge you to do so. They run a huge show every year entitled "Final Battle." This show runs in December around the end of the year and is usually held in New York City.
Ring of Honor knows their fan-base and what they expect. We found out the main event to this show in September. We then learned about additional huge matches in the next few weeks. We are in the middle of November and ROH fans have been clamoring to either go to New York City to watch Final Battle live or order it on PPV at www.gofightlive.tv.
Will You Order Survivor Series 2010?
This is the way you book a big show. Tell your fans what they are going to see ahead of time and make them wait. Build your heat slowly and don't rush what you want to accomplish.
With all of this being said, I can tell you that I will not be purchasing Survivor Series on Sunday. I will definitely watch it somehow, but there is no way I will spend a dime on it.
I know I wrote boycott in the title of this piece, but honestly, do what you want. If you want to spend your hard earned cash on a show that was mainly thrown together on loose leaf paper last night, then go right ahead. Besides the two big title matches and the bathroom break Divas match, the rest of the show may not make any sense to you.
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