Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Re: WWE don't have the talent to do 5 hour shows : Dave Meltzer
He's right, in a sense. Their PPVs are much more comparable with NJPW from the standpoint that their are shows dominated by in-ring competition. Whereas their weekly TV has a lot of talk segments, backstage stuff, vignettes, and the like, the big shows are generally just match after match with short segments in-between. That's where this "people want to watch characters and gimmicks" stuff falls off of a cliff, because those characters and gimmicks need to be able to wrestle long matches on big shows.
I don't think Dave is giving fair credit to the WWE stars, though. A lot of them are much, much more talented than they're allowed to display on TV. I think their road agents, the guys putting matches together (rather than letting talent put their own matches together), are the ones choking the life out of the in-ring product. Everything in the ring is so formulaic, just like everything else about WWE. I'm not sure who is producing the main event matches in WWE but they need to retire and let someone who has a clue (like Tyson Kidd) do it because I honestly can't remember the last truly great main roster match in WWE.
If you want proof of this - look to NXT. NXT stars over the past several years have put on such a huge variety of wrestling that it's honestly crazy to think they're under the WWE umbrella at all. Ricochet wrestles like Ricochet, which is nothing like how Aleister Black wrestles, or Gargano, or Ciampa, or Adam Cole, and I can go on and on.
But I see the "hurr durr Meltzer makes things up plans change" crowd has already dropped a big steaming turd all over this thread without even considering discussing the point, so I guess I'll see myself out.