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Problem with WWE weekly shows are lack of compelling story lines

Problem with the WWE weekly shows is that there is nothing compelling, every storyline and angle is booked in the most boring direction possible. Anyone in this sub could fantasy book a feud and it will be far more entertaining than what WWE does. Nothing is truly terrible in technical terms but everything just feels so lifeless like they don't even try to be entertaining. It seems " well just book whatever and fill 3 hours". The one thing that is entertaining is the 24/7 title and it's obvious there is thought being put into those segments. When you watch an episode it just feels so boring. Why don't they build compelling and interesting storylines/angles anymore?
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Re: Problem with WWE weekly shows are lack of compelling story lines

That's just one of many problems. Charisma vacuum geeks holding world titles is another.
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Problem with the WWE weekly shows is that there is nothing compelling, every storyline and angle is booked in the most boring direction possible. Anyone in this sub could fantasy book a feud and it will be far more entertaining than what WWE does. Nothing is truly terrible in technical terms but everything just feels so lifeless like they don't even try to be entertaining. It seems " well just book whatever and fill 3 hours". The one thing that is entertaining is the 24/7 title and it's obvious there is thought being put into those segments. When you watch an episode it just feels so boring. Why don't they build compelling and interesting storylines/angles anymore?
But that runs counter to what we know is actually happening. In the mind of WWE leadership they are trying to put on the best show possible each week. But reality shows that they are failing. That creates near constant second guessing about most of the storylines. The result is roughly 12 reboots per year, destroying continuity and the appearance of a meaningless product.

Picture an elaborately, ridiculously constructed sand castle. Every few weeks a new wave comes in and wipes it out, and efforts begin anew to build a new, ornate by absurd structure. Which in turn will quickly will be wiped out. That is WWE’s creative process.
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Re: Problem with WWE weekly shows are lack of compelling story lines

That's a big part of it. But also part of it is focus on too few story lines. If you just count Raw and Smackdown that's 5 hours of programming. But, the focus is on repetition of the same story lines, involving the same people over and over on both shows while anyone else lucky enough to get some TV is just kind of "there".

It doesn't matter how compelling it is, 5 hours of the same 2 or 3 story lines with the same handful of people every week is too much and gets boring and repetitious.
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Pretty much.

The main thing that made the Attitude Era entertaining to watch, regardless of how silly it would get, is the fact there was always something for the wrestlers to. Whether the main event, midcard, lower midcard, tag team, women, and even jobbers, each division had something going on for you to invest in. Even if they weren't in the title scene they were still given something to do or involved in a storyline. That made each episode worth tuning into every week.
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Re: Problem with WWE weekly shows are lack of compelling story lines

Storylines are dull and characters and gimmicks are even duller if not just non-existant. The product feels like the writing team isn't even trying anymore. Right now isn't even that they can't create stars: they make the few stars they have feel like midcarders. Like him or not, Randy Orton was a solid main eventers for years and now he's just another dude. Aj Styles or Daniel Bryan have the right tools to be consolidated main eventers too but it's like I'm saying: WWE booking and writing are SO bad it's not only that it can't elevate people: it actually demotes people. We are in such a desperate time there are people asking for Jinder fucking Mahal to be pushed and the WWE champion is a guy who has never had any characters except being Jamaican for a while and then being just a guy who loves to jump.

Right now I only watch Firefly Fun House and R-Truth and his European TV 7/11 Championship tenure and thank goodness. Other than that, WWE is simply unbearable. I used to be the kind of guy who loves WWE so much I didn't want TNA or any other company to succeed too much because I feared they would "steal" talent from WWE. But now it's like fuck it, Cody and Goldust are capable of create a more memorable feud with their pinkies than WWE's 30 writers.
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Re: Problem with WWE weekly shows are lack of compelling story lines

There's no continuity or long term booking and it sounds hackneyed to pin it on Vince, but its Vince. How are you supposed to start a feud based on something that happened in the past and build it to a climax a few months down the road when you've got Vince "The Fans Don't Remember of Care" McMahon shooting down feud genesis ideas, and even if the feud starts, how are you ever supposed to get to the payoff when you've got this guy throwing major aspects of RAW and PPV scripts out the window the very night of events, which could torpedo months and months of build? All it takes is one moment for Vince to get a wild hair up his ass, and boom, almost all of that wrestler/writer collaboration and effort is in the garbage can.

Edit: Or he gets this great idea that is "such good shit" and makes you work it into the feud, watering it down or flat-out wrecking it. I think that happened with Becky Lynch recently, that's just my speculation.
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Consistency is key for storylines and they at times have failed to keep it therefore some things make little to no sense, Continuity plays a big role and it doesn't seem Vince really cares about that he would rather book something on the fly.

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Re: Problem with WWE weekly shows are lack of compelling story lines

one main issue with their storylines is lack of planning (surprise surprise). They go into storylines with a "lets see how it goes attitude" with no conclusion laid out.

Look at the lockbox storyline from WM 32, what was in the lockbox? we don't know and dont expect it was ever decided, it was a case of "cross that bridge later" and then they just decided not cross the bridge at all. The match ended with shane losing who was then placed into general manager of RAW anyway........so what was the point in the whole feud when vince's mission was to stop shane taking over RAW.....its fucking rediculous.

a previous writer even stated this that they were trying to build a storyline between taker and orton, they are watching the match on smackdown and taker suddenly just pins orton which went against their whole plan. It turned out that vince basically decided to have orton lose clean and that was that, the whole storyline was thrown into chaos because they could no longer do what they planned out.

I really wish wwe would have an off season and write entire storylines with a start, middle and end during the downtime. This week to week nonsense doesnt work.
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Re: Problem with WWE weekly shows are lack of compelling story lines

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Why don't they build compelling and interesting storylines/angles anymore?
Well what the hell do you mean the storylines aren't interesting anymore? Damn it, this is quality TV!


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