Smaller Work Schedules for the Best?
I've been thinking lately that WWE would be in best interests to open its philosophy for the betterment of all, including the company and it's stars. Right now they are stuck with Cena and Punk carrying the load until other guys become stars, and when that happens is anyones guess. Yeah they can create some good stars, but how many of them will sell tickets on name alone? Below are a couple of possible way to increase ratings, sell more tickets, and help draw more interest.
-Bring back veterans on small work schedules (ie. Shawn Michaels deal) where they work TV events and very few house shows. This could include wrestlers such as Jeff Hardy, Rob Van Dam, Matt Hardy, Kurt Angle, etc.
-Bring back active wrestlers to help sell house shows. You could have the New Age Outlaws perform on a weekend tour against the Hardyís, or Vader, Rikishi, X-Pac, etc. Many guys still want to wrestle, and this could be a cool way to bring a couple back each trip for nostalgia purposes, help entertain the fans, etc. If some of the appearances draw great, they could possibly use them on the televised tapings too.
This would be a nice way to help fill a weak roster and give fans a better spend for their money. The main event scene is currently low on talent and this could help. If John Cena needs a month off the road to recover, you can have Jeff Hardy, CM Punk, RVD, etc. all handle the load. Long gone are the days when WWE had Austin, The Rock, Undertaker, Kane, Mankind, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Ken Shamrock, Kurt Angle, Jericho, etc that could all headline shows. Recently, WWE has been offering refunds to fans who bought house show tickets that werenít happy Cena didnít attend. I think this is a joke and clear opinion that they are bleeding for star power. So far this has worked well for Brock Lesnar, increased interest and PPV buys, why not give it a shot for guys who still are household names, young and fresh enough to make sense of it, but not wear them out on the road, or force them to do so. I would also offer some sort of incentive for them to perform on world tours as well such as Asia, Europe, etc as these are many of the big money draws for the company. It will also help with getting other wrestlers and stars over. Itís a big problem right now that there arenít stars developing like past years and who knows, maybe a guy like Dolph Ziggler will jump that next hurdle quicker, help main event shows and increase drawing power.