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10 Things WWE Needs to do to make the company better

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#1 Change The PPV Schedule and Get Rid of Stupid Gimmick PPVs

Extreme Rules? TLC? Elimination Chamber? Never understood the logic of naming PPVs after gimmicks. A name won't simply convince me to buy a PPV. I want a card with well hyped matches. Not a card full of gimmick matches. WWE should have 12 PPVs a year with well hyped rivalries.

Royal Rumble
No Way Out
Wrestlemania
Backlash
Breaking Point
King of the Ring
Night of Champions
SummerSlam
Unforgiven
No Mercy
Survivor Series
Armageddon

#2 Bring Back Sunday Night Heat before PPVs

One of the things that use to get me hype about watching a PPV was the old Sunday Night Heat. WWE can effectively do this before every PPV. Let's say one of the mid-card titles doesn't make it to the PPV. They can easily have the match at Sunday Night Heat. Imagine Daniel Bryan defending his US Championship in a PPV Pre Show in a match with enough time to let him work his magic. That might give WWE a few extra PPV buys.

#3 Unify the Brands and the World Championships

I know what everyone is going to say. People won't get a chance to become World Champion, be main eventers, etc. I guess those people missed the Attitude Era. The Attitude Era manage to keep a good balance of WWE Champions, main eventers and mid-carders and here is the best part....it WORKED. People say that with one WWE Championship many star won't get a chance to maim event. Guess what? Not everybody makes it to the main event. Some stars like Curt Henning, Roddy Piper and Ricky Steamboat were great but they never won the big one. Is something that happens in proffesional wrestling. John Morrison is extremely talented but there is still a chance he might never win a WWE Championship. TNA's Hernandez could be a main eventer for their company but he also might never win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Sometimes guys just aren't meant to be World Champions in pro wrestling. Another thing to look at is the fact that the roster has been the smallest in years so unifying the brands shouldn't be a problem. Let's not forget that guys like Kane, Undertaker and Triple H won't be around for much longer. WWE will do fine with the WWE Championship, WWE Tag Team Championships, United States Championship, Intercontinental Championship & Divas Championship.

#4 Book The Mid-Card Division Strongly

They definetely have the talent to have a strong mid-card division and with the brands unified it shouldn't be problem to book fresh and entertaining match ups for fans. The Intercontinental Championship should return to upper mid-card status and the US Championship closely behind it.

#5 Fix The Tag Team Division

This is possibly the problem the requires the most attention today. Personally I feel that this is lazy booking from WWE's part. Not to mention that for some reason Vince forgot how much money tag teams made for him during the Attitude Era. They can easily book a decent tag team division in WWE. The division will never be like the Hardyz + Dugleyz + E&C Era but it can definitely become a entertaining part of WWE programming.

#6 Release Useless and Unnecessary Talent

Is not good when people lose their jobs but is also not good when someone has no use in the roster and you are keeping him. If WWE unify the brands they are going to have to cut on some talent. They have people in the roster that they don't really need right now.

Vladimir Kozlov had a failed main event push and is now in a comedy tag team. Santino doesn't really need him so he can easily go. Teddy Long is a shit General Manager with chessy catchphrases and the fact that he's held a job for so long is confusing. JTG somehow outlasted Shad Gaspard when people believed it would be the total opposite. He really has no use in the roster. Rosa Mendes brings nothing to the table and Tamina as Santino's vallet already got old. Both are not needed. Yoshi Tatsu died with ECW. Darren Young died when Nexus destroyed him. Hornswoogle really needs to go. The midget is making a mockery out of matches and even went as far as him being in the Royal Rumble and making the Road to Wrestlemania a joke. There is also guys down in FCW that will clearly not make it. Titus O'neil, Eli Cottonwood and Lucky Canon just to name a few.

#7 Bring Back Impressive Debuts

Brock Lesnar debuts and destroys everybody. MNM debuts and get instant heat by beating up Eddie Guerrero and soon winning the WWE Tag Team Titles. John Cena has an impressive first match against Kurt Angle. Chris Jericho debuts interrupting The Rock. Kane breaks destroys the cell door and destroys the Undertaker. Carlito beats Cena for the US Title on his Smackdown debut. Back in the days debuts where one of the things to look forward to in the WWE. WWE seems to have lost the art of booking impressive debuts over the years. They need to bring this back rather than booking lazy debuts and just putting up a video package. I will also adress more about debuts in the next point......

#8 Get Rid off NXT

The idea of NXT was great but WWE never really effectively delivered it. Nobody that has won NXT has won a championship so far. On top of that this show has led to many guys being called up before they are ready and are now being sent back down (Riley, Harris, McGuillicuty, Otunga). They should go back to regular debuts or maybe just bring a talent initiative in a storyline. NXT needs to go.

#9 Bring back the Crusierweight Championship

Evan Bourne, Justin Gabriel, Chavo Guerrero, Primo Colon and Trent Berreta can easily compete for this belt and they also just signed Sin Cara. What better way to push the guy than to make him the top Crusierweight off the bat? They definitely have the talent to pull off an entertaining Crusierweight Division.

#10 Bring Back the Special Feel to Gimmick Matches

Hell in a Cell has become a PPV. The Hell in a Cell match was one of those matches were you expected a feud to end. The last couple of years that hasn't been the case. The match has been overused and it doesn't feel like that big match anymore and in some cases it feels like a regular match. Same goes for Money in the Bank. The MITB match was one of the matches fans looked forward to the most at Wrestlemania and has now become its own PPV. They have two briefcases as well which makes it less special. Having one briefcase for both championships makes things less predictable. The only gimmick match I don't mind as the main attaction of a PPV is Elimination Chamber as I feel it fits perfectly before Wrestlemania.

So what do you think? What should WWE change to make the company better? What moves would you make?
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So basically, to improve it has to stop trying to move the product forward. All of your ideas are going back to the way it was, for a company to be a success it needs to change and evolve with the times. A lot of these ideas were stale or not working so WWE changed that for a reason. It's still making huge amounts of money so I doubt it needs to change to suit the IWC really.
 

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The only thing the WWE REALLY need to do is cut down on the amount of PPV's to help allow storylines to actually build. Some shows only get around 3 weeks build which isn't nearly enough. Need at least 5 weeks or so to build a decent PPV.

Aside from that as long as they are making Money and have no competition to deal with they don't need to change anything at all.


The attitude era DID NOT keep a good balance of WWE champions, that is completely false.
Yeah, The title was pretty much hotshotted around more than it is nowadays. Which is saying something.
 

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The attitude era DID NOT keep a good balance of WWE champions, that is completely false.
I'm not saying it was perfect but it worked. They have two World Heavyweight Championships now and the titles are worst than back then so obviously their formula worked back then.
 

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WWE is already a worldwide quasi monopole which makes profit.

Their PPV shows and expensive merchandising are well sold. Some fanatic and zealous fanboys are still ready to pay a crazy lot of money to be part of screaming and booing "sheep's herds" in arenas. The (worsening) shows are reluctancly accepted and watched by a mainstream majority

WWE won't change if they don't have to change. Be sure that they won't listen to you or to the IWC. Stop complaining and discussing Vince's gospel and holy decisions.
 

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I'm not saying it was perfect but it worked. They have two World Heavyweight Championships now and the titles are worst than back then so obviously their formula worked back then.
From 1997-2001 the longest WWE title reign was about 6/7 months. Most title reigns in that period only lasted about a month or two and the titles where pretty much back and forth between Rock, Austin, Mankind & HHH. How where they any better then than they are now?
 

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1. Great point. I highly agree with you. The gimmick PPV's are just stupid. After doing these for a few years, I think that people with just get sick of the concepts (if they aren't already). It amazes me how long it is taking the WWE to realize that having 13 PPVs is hurting them financially.
2. I think it is unnecessary.
3. Definately. It's time to combine the brands because of how thin the roster is.
4. Agreed.
5. Agreed.
6. Yes, especailly if they combine the brands they need to clean the roster up a bit. How did Horny last over nine minutes in the Rumble? That was terrible.
7. I cannot remember the last time that someone made a great debut.
8. This show is a disgrace to professional wrestling.
9. I loved the Cruiserwight tite, but Hornswoggle ruined it.
10. Agreed, for the same reason as #1. People are and will continue to become more sick of the gimmicks.
 

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From 1997-2001 the longest WWE title reign was about 6/7 months. Most title reigns in that period only lasted about a month or two and the titles where pretty much back and forth between Rock, Austin, Mankind & HHH. How where they any better then than they are now?
Today's titles go between John Cena, Randy Orton and Triple H and we didn't start to see a change until Sheamus won two title reigns and Miz won his first reign yet today's product is horrible while back then is still worked and the fans wanted to tune in every week for more. I'm not saying that they should go back and use all of the elements of the Attitude Era but they can use some ideas from that Era to make this one better.
 

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Today's titles go between John Cena, Randy Orton and Triple H and we didn't start to see a change until Sheamus won two title reigns and Miz won his first reign yet today's product is horrible while back then is still worked and the fans wanted to tune in every week for more.
The hotshotting of titles is not what kept the fans wanting more though. The fans kept coming back because 1) Wrestling was more popular and 2) It was a different demographic. A much larger demographic than there is today. Back then they had the youngs kids plus the 18-45 or whatever demographic. They have pretty much lost the 18-45 section. Today's product is far from horrible. The IWC just use that as an excuse because most of them grew up watching the attitude era. Ask a 10 year old who never watched the attitude era and they would probably say WWE is great right now.

I'm not saying that they should go back and use all of the elements of the Attitude Era but they can use some ideas from that Era to make this one better.
Again they can't because the attitude era kids are not the demographic anymore. All those Ideas what you mentioned will make the product better for Us, The guys who grew up watching in the late 90's but don't spend money on the current product and probably still won't spend on it because of streams and downloads and such. But Kids will spend money on it and they LOVE the current product. Why should WWE make a program more suited to people who probably still won't buy it rather than continue to send off the same stuff that people will buy? It's kind off a case whereby: If it aint broke, Don't fix it. And this product is far from broke.
 

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Very well thought out post, so credit to you there. To be honest though, I'm not convinced we can use the Attitude Era as a model going forward as times have changed. Of course profitability is an important consideration in each of these points but I'll respond to each of your points in turn in ways that I think would be consistent with the current product.

1) I agree that there should be no more than 12 PPVs a year. I agree that they could do away with some gimmick PPVs like Hell in a Cell and Tables, Ladders and Chairs as it would be more interesting to have HIAC or TLC as a surprise stipulation at the other PPVs as necessitated by the booking of the feuds. No Way Out would essentially be the same as Elimination Chamber though, so there is not much merit in changing the name just for the sake of it. Other 'gimmick' PPVs such as the Royal Rumble and King of the Ring also have their place - RR is obviously a mainstay, but it's nice to see you giving some importance to KOTR as well. Smackdown vs Raw tag team match can easily be incorporated into Survivor Series, so Bragging Rights can be done away with as you have suggested.

2) I think this could be great. Some last minute advertisement before the PPV would indeed have a positive effect on buyrates, but also it would enable those who narrowly missed out on the card to have somewhat of a spotlight on them.

3) I'm not so sure about this one. Given the size of the roster, we need more people in the main event. Unifying the championships could at an instant cut down the number of main-eventers by half. I do feel though that the titles could be unified for a short period of time if it were done in a way that would really enhance the storyline or help create the further the career of the biggest face or heel of the future.

4) Completely agree with you here. The IC and US titles have almost become an afterthought. At the moment neither the IC Champion or the US Champion seem to have a solid feud, and title defences have been rather infrequent. To some extent if the mid-card titles were built up more strongly then that could provide a rationale to unify the world titles, but I'd definitely wait to see how the former has progressed before implementing the latter.

5) In some respects this is the easiest thing to do. But I am still bewildered at how far the WWE has allowed the Tag Team division to fall. Santino/Kozlov and Slater/Gabriel are a far cry from the Hardyz, Dudleyz, E&C, DX and the Brothers of Destruction. I'm all for specialist tag teams, but we need people with charisma that can tell a story in the ring for that division. If that requires teaming up 2 singles competitors, then so be it. I don't really see why the WWE have neglected the division, especially with all the history it has.

6) Agree with you in principle, but not in all of your choices. Kozlov, Otunga, Young, Tarver, Tamina, Rosa etc can go. Hornswoggle needs to go, but he won't. Yoshi Tatsu on the other hand needs to be given a push, but that may not be forthcoming. With FCW, I feel they need to make better judgement calls. Sheamus, Barrett, McIntyre etc were excellent call-ups. On the other hand I don't think Mason Ryan is quite ready yet. On the other hand, Seth Rollins and Trent Baretta are good to go. Cottonwood et al still deserve to remain in FCW.

7) In one word, yes! Barrett for instance could have been a real star in the making had WWE not dropped the ball with him at TLC and subsequent to that. For someone new on the WWE roster, he had the size, look, superb mic skills and passable in-ring abilities to become the #1 heel and feud with the two biggest faces of the company, so why kill all his momentum? Sheamus is another case in point. He went from even higher heights as a two-time WWE Champion and has fallen further, now jobbing to Mark Henry, despite being the reigning King of the Ring. I'm not the biggest fan of Del Rio, but I hope his push at least materialises to something. Also, with the way they are hyping up Sin Cara, that feel that guy is in for a big debut too. But it's sad that we'll never have another Kane-like debut again as the WWE are too cautious with TNA or even UFC beckoning for disillusioned performers.

8) Like most reality TV series, the initial concept is great but the novelty quickly wears off. I consider Season 1 to be quite successful even if WWE didn't have the confidence to give the original Nexus the victory at Summerslam and even had Cena subsequently destroying them single-handedly. Season 1 was the making of the future #1 heel in Wade Barrett and exposed us to one of the best technical wrestlers in Daniel Bryan. Gabriel also has a lot of potential and even Slater is not bad as half of a credible tag team. Season 2 would have been good if they actually gave Kaval a decent programme. What they do with Alex Riley now remains to be seen as he is at a bit of a crossroads now. Season 3 onwards has been distinctly uninteresting, though something good may come of Brodus Clay.

9) I for one don't think it is needed and rather it may be counter-productive. If the mid-card titles are bolstered in prestige, a Cruiserweight division is somewhat superfluous. I'd rather see high-flying stars like Morrison and Kingston get a shot at the main event once in a while. Of course you still have others like Sin Cara, Bourne, Gabriel, Chavo, Primo and Baretta but you don't need to revive an old belt to showcase their talent. Some view the cruiserweight as the glass ceiling for performer of that size. Personally I think that if Rey Mysterio could become Heavyweight Champion, then why not Sin Cara?

10) Spoke my mind here. I guess this ties in with point #1 as most of the reasoning behind this is covered there. While I don't think they should unify the World Championships, I do think one MITB briefcase is sufficient. It would help the winner gain recognition on both Raw and Smackdown if they could potentially cash it in anywhere at any time. MITB ladder matches are usually highly entertaining (not least because of the type of athletes they normally put in there) so I think it should become a mainstay of Wrestlemania. A separate PPV over-exposes the gimmick, I feel.
 

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The hotshotting of titles is not what kept the fans wanting more though. The fans kept coming back because 1) Wrestling was more popular and 2) It was a different demographic. A much larger demographic than there is today. Back then they had the youngs kids plus the 18-45 or whatever demographic. They have pretty much lost the 18-45 section. Today's product is far from horrible. The IWC just use that as an excuse because most of them grew up watching the attitude era. Ask a 10 year old who never watched the attitude era and they would probably say WWE is great right now.



Again they can't because the attitude era kids are not the demographic anymore. All those Ideas what you mentioned will make the product better for Us, The guys who grew up watching in the late 90's but don't spend money on the current product and probably still won't spend on it because of streams and downloads and such. But Kids will spend money on it and they LOVE the current product. Why should WWE make a program more suited to people who probably still won't buy it rather than continue to send off the same stuff that people will buy? It's kind off a case whereby: If it aint broke, Don't fix it. And this product is far from broke.
They can still have a entertaining show for the 18-45 demographic while still keeping a PG enviroment. They just need better booking, better mid-card and a better tag team division along with less gimmicks and less chessy comedy segments.
 

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Lock the fucking door in a cage match! Seriously, cage matches are EASIER than regular matches because you can just walk out the door.

Do a splitshow, where the first half is PG and the second is.. whatever is less restricted. So we can have matches that dont have to hault because someone is bleeding a little bit. And we can have people burning eachother with better words than "Poop". (Christ Cena that was embarrasing).

Put Theodore Long on fire and let it burn. Bring in Michael Cole as the new Smackdown general manager.

As mentioned, more real tag teams.

Actually have the midcard titles defended once in a while.

Better characters/gimmicks for the wrestlers. Im tired of the muscled, short cut hair and small trunks look. 90% of the lockerrom is completely identical. Its boring.

Have John Cena lose a match. Clean.

Kill all the divas.
 

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I actually agree with most of the general points the OP is making. The useless talent thing is subjective but otherwise yeah.

Also agree with that guy talking about the door in cage matches, thats always annoyed me.
 

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I 100% agree with the OPs list, but here is my list.

My 10 things are:

1. Make the programming TV-14
2. End the Brand e}Extension
3. Make SmackDown live
4. Move Smackdown back to Thursdays
5. Stop releasing good talent
6. Make better tag team division
7. Make better divas division
8. Get rid of PPVs based on matches
9. Create a NEW WWE Title
10. Make the mid card titles prestigious
 

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I 100% agree with the OPs list, but here is my list.

My 10 things are:

1. Make the programming TV-14
2. End the Brand e}Extension
3. Make SmackDown live
4. Move Smackdown back to Thursdays
5. Stop releasing good talent
6. Make better tag team division
7. Make better divas division
8. Get rid of PPVs based on matches
9. Create a NEW WWE Title
10. Make the mid card titles prestigious
Good list.

I agree that Steel Cage matches should be climbed to win. What's the point of a guy just walking out the door or getting the pin? Is annoying. The steel cage match is suposed to be brutal and about the struggle wrestlers do to win the match by climbing the cage.
 

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1. More emphasis on the other titles. Create compelling storylines for the other titles, PPV title defenses more common, etc.
2. Develop a tag team DIVISION. All we have are maybe 2 real teams at once.
3. Get rid of the gimmick PPVs as the shock factor of stipulations has gone down rhe drain.
4. Drop the PG tag because it limits the possibilites for promos and matches.
5. Buy TNA and USE their young talent.
6. Vince needs to suck Rock's cock to get him signed. Movies will be there for him the rest of his life.
7. Bring back Smackdown vs Raw rivalry.
8. Bring back charismatic GMs.
9. Don't milk WM rematches. They have to be special.
10. Turn Cena heel, it's about time.
 
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