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Last Tuesday’s SmackDown taping in Toledo, Ohio was one of the worst attended WWE events in years as it drew 3,200 fans, with only 1,600 paid.

Following the event’s poor advance, WWE only sold tickets facing the camera so the Huntington Center would appear full on television. SLAM! Wrestling columnist Matt Bishop, who attended the event, described the venue’s appearance: “Tuesday’s tapings of WWE Smackdown, Superstars and NXT wasn’t notable because of what happened in the ring, but rather because of what was happening outside the ringside area. Or more appropriately, what wasn’t happening.

“Toledo’s second WWE show of 2011, this time at Huntington Center, was notable because of the lack of fans inside the facility, with almost all of the camera side tarped off, along with a large part of the upper bowl, including all of the seats in the end zone.”
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That's a shame, I do think they need to do something with Smackdown. It's not been the same since last year.
 

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You can always put super cena there and solve all problems, right?
 

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Although the product itself may be the problem, this is the economy we currently live in and what happens when people do not have any disposable income to go to events like this. People have to cut back on things and wrestling shows are just one of the casualties of their decisions. PPV's always sell out no matter what, so those aren't a problem getting fans to see them live.

Until the economy turns around, this is just how it's going to be for everyone who is in the same situation. Do I pay the rent and/or mortgage, feed my kids this month, or do I take them to see wrestling? The choice is pretty simple.
 

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Yet the selfish WWE will continue to go to these cities which are clearly not draws because they refuse to test other markets
 

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Although the product itself may be the problem, this is the economy we currently live in and what happens when people do not have any disposable income to go to events like this. People have to cut back on things and wrestling shows are just one of the casualties of their decisions. PPV's always sell out no matter what, so those aren't a problem getting fans to see them live.

Until the economy turns around, this is just how it's going to be for everyone who is in the same situation. Do I pay the rent and/or mortgage, feed my kids this month, or do I take them to see wrestling? The choice is pretty simple.
You'd have a point except Survivor Series already sold out and Raw hasn't looked like that since 2002 during the horrible Katie Vick angle.
 

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Yet the selfish WWE will continue to go to these cities which are clearly not draws because they refuse to test other markets
What city the brand is in has nothing to do with it, but what brand is coming to the city itself. You can bet that if it were RAW airing live in Toledo, the place would be sold out and packed.
 
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