WWE Promos and Replays: Are They Too Much?

Craig Holland-GreenfieldContributor IIMarch 4, 2011

UNCASVILLE, CT - AUGUST 3:  Actor Jeremy Piven guest hosts WWE's 'Monday Night Raw' at Mohegan Sun on August 3, 2009 in Uncasville, Connecticut.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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These days in the WWE, it seems we can’t go five minutes without seeing promo after promo. Whilst these promos do entertain sometimes, there are more times when they feel like a waste of time and forced.

Take for example Raw’s promo involving Cena, Riley, and Miz.

At one point, Riley made a joke about toilets and Cena being crap. The joke was so bad that even Miz appeared embarrassed. This promo lasted at least five minutes, when it could have been over in less than two.

The very same night, they replayed the promo that Cena did when he rapped about The Rock, as well as a new one from The Rock.

The new one lasted at least ten minutes, while the Cena replay lasted around five. That right there is at least 20 minutes worth of promos that take away time for wrestling. There were also a few more promos that further took away wrestling time.

Over the past few weeks, I have seen times posted for how much wrestling is actually being done. It’s consistently been around the 30 minute mark. Unfortunately, I haven’t found out how much wrestling was done on this past Raw, but, with the amount of non-wrestling action, it couldn’t have been more than 30 minutes.

Considering the length of the shows are usually 80 minutes long, 50 of them are being dedicated to promos is far too much.

I know they are now done as "Sports Entertainment", but, with little focus on the "Sports", it’s becoming more of a drama show than a sports one.

Even worse, examples of this are when it comes to Smackdown and Superstars. On Friday Night Smackdown, they always repeat the main promos from Raw.

What you really need to consider is that Smackdown is very rarely above 80 minutes long. With Raw, it does run over sometimes and Smackdown doesn’t appear to have that luxury.

Superstars definitely does not have the luxury of going over its time, as it is no longer than 40 minutes. Last night’s edition contained only three matches, and the last 10 minutes were dedicated to showing the majority of The Rock and Cena promos.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I understand promos are necessary. I just don’t believe there is a need for them to be so long. I especially don’t feel there is a need to repeat them on the other two shows all the time, regardless of which show it has come from.

With Raw being the main, and often best, one of the three, I think it’s a fair assumption that, if you watch Smackdown or Superstars, you have definitely watched Raw. So is there really a need to waste time showing us something we have already seen?

With the roster being full of talent, and the annual Royal Rumble even having to be expanded to accommodate the wealth of talent in the WWE, it takes away from them.

Two personal favourites of mine are Chris Masters and Tyler Reks. I think these two are tremendous talents and have been involved in two great matches with each other.

Tyler Reks also attacked Masters after his recent Superstars match. This is a feud, I believe, they could carry over to Smackdown and eventually lead to a title shot—maybe not the Heavyweight title yet, but the IC for sure.

Trent Barreta is another guy I believe should be given a shot. In fact, he had one when he beat Drew McIntyre a month or two ago. Since then, he has been in Superstars limbo.

Now, rather than constantly repeating and doing pointless promos, I think they should do more promoting talent, the youngsters in particular.

Chris Masters is only 27 years old and could still have 10 years left in the business.

Give chances to people who have talent, rather than showing and promoting the older stars who will retire soon.

Thanks for reading the article; I hope it was not too long for all of you.

I would very much appreciate your opinions on the matter and I will reply as best as I can.