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Old 10-18-2012, 12:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Main Event great for character development, but will it last?

I'm old-school. I don't live in the Attitude Era, I live in the Golden Era. I miss the days when feuds and characters were built in a more organic way.

And so, I sit here with The Main Event playing on the DVR and it's pretty obvious what WWE is attempting. They recognize their roster hasn't been properly developed and fans haven't been able to connect with them like in days past, so Main Event is a showcase, a "deep dive" into the featured personalities. I'm seeing pictures from Kofi Kingston's early days, a promo that's weaving between reality and kayfabe.

From a pure wrestling perspective, this is a very good move by WWE.

But I fear it won't "stick." I fear I'm in the minority of fans that want actual depth on the entertainment side of the equation (not what passes for depth on most eps of RAW these days), and this experiment may be dead on arrival.

What say you?
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Old 10-18-2012, 03:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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just enjoy it while it's still good
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I'm old-school. I don't live in the Attitude Era, I live in the Golden Era. I miss the days when feuds and characters were built in a more organic way.

And so, I sit here with The Main Event playing on the DVR and it's pretty obvious what WWE is attempting. They recognize their roster hasn't been properly developed and fans haven't been able to connect with them like in days past, so Main Event is a showcase, a "deep dive" into the featured personalities. I'm seeing pictures from Kofi Kingston's early days, a promo that's weaving between reality and kayfabe.

From a pure wrestling perspective, this is a very good move by WWE.

But I fear it won't "stick." I fear I'm in the minority of fans that want actual depth on the entertainment side of the equation (not what passes for depth on most eps of RAW these days), and this experiment may be dead on arrival.

What say you?
I happen to agree with on the idea that the WWE has developed this show to dig deeper in to personalities. It will work, but it's a matter of exposure. They need to incorporate this on to Raw, and certainly Smackdown. Main Event is the "guinea pig" for now. However, I would imagine that the members of the locker room are really excited about this since it equals more exposure. People were complaining about there being too many WWE shows, but it takes this many shows to really explain the "who", and "whats" of your characters. Fans need to find some sort of connection. With all the media social outlets these days it should be easy as pie to get "over" with a character.

Jim Ross is right when he says many of these guys are just happy to show up on television. They don't really have a direction for their own character. Guys like HHH, HBK, Hogan, Austin, and countless others had dreams for what they wanted to be in the ring in terms of character. These guys need to step up to the plate because their company is actually providing them with many more opportunities to market themselves. This in turn is part of the reason I respect Zach Ryder. Look at how he used social media. In the old days Ryder would probably be a star, he seems to be a fan what he does, and shows effort. You may not like the "Woo, Woo, Woo" because I know I can't stand it. However, he is proof that you can be marketable. Ryder has a sense of direction, and that's something most stars like Kofi, or McIntyre can't say.
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Old 10-20-2012, 01:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I think the show is a good idea- let's not forget that Undertaker made his lower key debut on a similar show before he burst onto the main event scene at Survivor Series. I would like it to continue as a starting point for building new stars that they are serious about- and using NXT as a sort of more exposed version of FCW.
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The concept is great. Those character profile videos are the sort of thing they need to be showing regularly on RAW and Smackdown.
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I still think that one "main event" which actually opens the show and another small bout aren't enough.
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I still think that one "main event" which actually opens the show and another small bout aren't enough.
No, it's perfect. WWE has far too much fucking programming if anything. Keep Main Event as it is, scrap Superstars and make RAW 2 hours again. That would be more than enough.
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What can I say about this show other than that I loved it. It definitely gave me an old school vibe of when I was growing up in the mid-late 80's. I'd like to see more of this kind've stuff integrated into Raw/Smackdown
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Anything that allows the characters to develop beyond Smiling Face #49 or Cocky Heel #212 is good for me. I haven't seen a whole episode yet, since I can't watch it on my TV through HULU and I always get distracted when I try and watch it on my computer. The video packages up on Youtube are excellent though.
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Old 10-22-2012, 02:27 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I believe the show is really good idea and just enjoy it!
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