Originally Posted by Mister Hands
Maybe you're crazy? If they gave the slightest thought to fixing the "commercial breaks mid-match, bad commentary, Divas matches and over-exposure", and nothing changed, then maybe you'd have a point. But jettisoning wrestling from a wrestling show to improve ratings is cutting off your nose to spite your face, and then eating the nose.
I'm not so sure, my good man. It's a different era and with WWE Network on the (very close) horizon, and ratings/PPV buys dwindling, they obviously need to take their product in a new direction.
What that direction should be, or will be, is anyone's guess...but I was trying to "think outside the box" so to speak and recommend a different take on things. Sure, we all love professional wrestling. That's why we're here. However, contrary to popular belief, a lot of people that watch wrestling on TV aren't professional wrestling fans. They're WWE fans. Just like they could be Madmen or Breaking Bad or Hawaii 5-0 fans. It's a television show to them. Just like when WWE comes to your city, you will get people that buy tickets solely because it's something "to do in town" not because everyone there reads about pro-wrestling on-line, or knows wrestlers real names, or reads the gossip about who Randy Orton is porking backstage or what pills RVD is on this week.
Also, not to downplay how drastic it would certainly be, but Vince McMahon himself doesn't think it's a "wrestling show." It's an ENTERTAINMENT show. And with his ego and wanting to be accepted into the mainstream as something other than a carny wrestling promoter, this is right up his alley.
And it wouldn't just be to improve ratings. It would be to improve ratings, increase PPV buys, hopefully open more people to WWE Network, stroke Vince's ego and give a new direction/feel to a stagnant product.
Which is to say, a helluva lot better of a discussion than "lol Punk/Jericho can't draw, you marks."