Okay so, I am a little new to this BTB thing, but I've been reading other's shows and there are usually always 5-6 matches for a 2 hour show like SmackDown. That's all fine and dandy, but there are some BTB's that will have 10-11 backstage promos/interviews on top of an opening in ring promo, then there are some BTB's that have 4-5 backstage segments/interviews on top of an opening in ring promo.
My question is, is there a magic number for backstage segments/interviews? I'm writing a BTB and I just can't get a grasp for the right amount, I don't want too many, but I also don't want too few.
Feuds, debuts, injuries and hypes are the main source of segments. You know you have too many when you have 8 interviews for 7 matches and 4/7th or more of the interviews were from nobodies. Feuds only need to be mentioned once or twice and the lower feuds don't need to be on tv as much. It depends on feuds and matches really. If nearly everyone is at their wits end and people are fighting and brawling and conspiracies are being thrown left and right, then I can see 9 or 10 (11 is way too much for 6 matches in my opinion). In sports entertainment, there is usually more segments then matches, unless the owner specifically wants to move out of that then there is longer matches which leaves less time for segments.
In a nutshell, in my opinion,
if you have many fueds then you should have many segments,
if you are focusing more on in ring work then you should have less,
if you want to stick to WWE focus more on the in ring work except for the major matches,
and lastly if you are leaving the WWE-style, take considerably less time on minor segments and push out more, longer matches.