Wrestling: A Few Things the IWC Needs To Understand Better

Joe SchmoContributor IIIFebruary 7, 2011

I decided to hold off on the five worst finishers, as I felt doing three ranking slideshows in a row was a cheesy way to start off writing on B/R. 

Instead, I wanted to address two things that many people in this space seemingly do not understand:

1. The WWE is a business
2. The WWE is a show


The WWE is a business

Plain and simple.  This means that everything that Vince McMahon does is in the interest of the company.  He makes decisions in order to create a more profitable and steady company.  Considering how long he has been doing this and how successful he is at it, I would say he has a pretty good idea of what he is doing.  This is why we see John Cena always in the spotlight and always around the title.  Fans pay to see John Cena. 

If the WWE is a business, then WWE Superstars are employees.  In everyday jobs, when someone excels for the company, they are rewarded with raises, promotions or bonuses.  The WWE is no different except that the raises, promotions or bonuses may come in different ways. 

Wrestlers get bonuses for appearing in certain spots such as pay-per-views, but they also receive bonuses in the form of a push or a title.  Every man on the WWE roster would love to one day become WWE Champion.  That’s a fact.  That’s why they are there. 

When Miz won the title, this site exploded in outrage that Miz didn’t deserve his title and John Morrison did deserve it.  What many people don’t understand is what Miz has done for the company.  Vince McMahon has gushed over the Miz and what he has done (voluntarily) for the company.  Miz has brought so much publicity and revenue (see above paragraph) and worked so hard for the company that the WWE Title and push to the main event could be a much deserved “promotion” or “bonus.” 

That being said, there is another side to the idea.  We do not know how guys are backstage.  All we see is their personas on camera.  We have no clue who the best employee is and who the worst is.  If a talented wrestler isn’t getting a push, we blame the WWE for wasting talent.  Maybe that wrestler is lazy or not as interested in helping the company as a slightly less talented wrestler.  Vince McMahon takes all of this into account before pulling the trigger on wrestlers.


The WWE is a show

Plain and simple.  It has set-ups, build-ups, conclusions, episodes and, in an obscure way, seasons.  This stems from an idea seen here all the time: The WWE doesn’t care about its fans. 

There are countless articles written about what “should” happen in the WWE.  There are plenty more articles predicting what will happen.  If these things don’t happen, then immediately the WWE “doesn’t care about its fans” or “is wasting talent.”  

What people don’t seem to grasp is that TV shows hinge on unpredictability.  If people know what the outcome of a show is going to be, they generally will not watch it. The most exciting moments in the WWE came from completely unpredictable spots as opposed to things that “should have happened.”  

How many articles were written about how Del Rio should have won the King of the Ring?  If he had, there would have been an equal amount of articles claiming the WWE is too predictable.  So many people here say that the WWE should go onto these types of message boards to see what the fans want. 

How many TV shows do you think actually do this?  The WWE already uses crowd reaction and time-based TV ratings to its advantage.  If the WWE came on to this website, read all the comments and articles about what “should” happen, then delivered those exact things, it would accomplish nothing but predictability.  And considering how many people already claim the WWE is too predictable, it would be a disaster if they literally did everything the fans wanted. 

Just because your favorite superstars aren’t getting a “much-deserved” push does not mean the WWE doesn’t care about its fans.