Okay, I know that we’ve been doing the whole monthly PPV’s thing for a long time. TNA and WWE both do it nowadays, but it doesn’t mean for a second that it’s the right thing to do. The way that the booking for both companies work, it makes it out like the landscape has changed for pro wrestling, and it’s changed to the point where it’s far ahead of what seems like an out of date PPV system.
Back in the old WWF/WWE days, it was perfect as it was because you had Royal Rumble first and then 2 months to prep for Wrestlemania. Then you had 2-3 months before King of the Ring and even before that PPV, you had 5-6 to prep for Summerslam and then 2-months for Survivor Series. Then you had a month and half to two months before the next Royal Rumble. There’s plenty of reasons why this worked and why it should be done now instead of the current system. You do this, you’re trading in a couple of weeks to prep and getting a couple of months to prep between PPVs. It leaves plenty of time to build storylines and let them simmer so that when it comes time for the PPV, you leave more people stoked for PPV instead of looking at the stories and thinking that this was all rushed together. Besides, you go with this system and you don’t have another catastrophe like you did with Over the Limit because in the case of that PPV, there was only 3 weeks to build up for it following Extreme Rules. Seriously, 3 weeks to get the next PPV set up and look how that one ended up. The second lowest buyrate for a WWE PPV since December To Dismember and could end up going down as the lowest selling PPV of 2011.
The biggest problem with the way the PPV system is that you run the risk of overkill. Why? Because you have the stories that both WWE and TNA use and after the PPV is over, it should be something new or something continued but still with something to keep the angle fresh. We haven’t gotten that from either one. Why do you think we got Cole vs Lawler for 3 straight months and it never got any better? Another example is Randy Orton vs Christian and how those guys have wrestled for months and it ended up totaling 6 times. By the time it got to the last match, we all realized that we were watching the same damn match and that not even a steel cage was gonna change that. You run the risk of burning something out because the guys are so busy trying to rush something together as fast as they can, they don’t have the time to come up with something new. And I can promise you that if either of the two did this, you’d significantly improve the quality of the PPVs.
Not to mention, if you only have a few PPVs a month, it’ll definitely save on the costs that would be lost with the crappy ones. Because nowadays, people only want to get the PPV that they think will somehow mean a damn. The one that anyone can see are deemed smaller are often ignored. Going back to the quarterly PPVs will help in making each PPV mean something because you’ll have more than enough time to hype the holy hell out of them. Who knows? Maybe it will actually help WWE and TNA become more character driven again. Hell, can’t possibly be any worse than how things are now.