Re: Am I the only one enjoying the current era?
Come to think of it, another peeve of mine has been the lack of hype behind a lot of their pay-per-view programming. WrestleMania is the obvious exception to that rule. Other than that singular event, however, there isn't a lot of build-up or suspense for the PPVs.
And, at a time when UFC is ruling the roost when it comes to that part of the market, you'd think they'd approach the issue with more concern. I just don't get it.
Where are the matches with that "big fight" feel to them? Dream matches are quickly becoming an outdated notion, sure, but they're still out there. It's all in the booking & the promotion of such matches. Make it feel like an event, a huge encounter, and build toward it. It's really as simple as that.
Furthermore, it definately feels like there are no lasting repercussions anymore. The long-term consequences & effects of title matches just aren't "real" anymore. It hinders the product, because it makes a lot of things feel hollow and nearly meaningless in the big scope of things. And that's a detriment to business.
Normally, I'd go into another old-school rant and say that they still hot-shot the titles around too much. But that's not even the major issue I'm addressing here. Instead, I'm talking about the big match stipulations. The long-reaching effects & the follow-through on those stipulations are equally important.
Book a big money match between two proven draws, hype it up as a major encounter, and make it feel like it's "must-see" for fans. Give it a stipulation that will have big after-effects on the product. Things like that sell pay-per-views. Switching the titles back & forth just doesn't cut it.
Aside from Taker/Shawn earlier this year, I can't even recall the last time a PPV really felt like it featured a "big fight" event on the card. I'm thinking Night Of Champions 2008, with Trips/Cena II? And that was only because of the solid booking going into the event. Before that? Your guess is as good as mine.