For as long as I can remember one of the major complaints about WWE is the fact that every month they hold a PPV. In recent years they have even went on to hold two PPV in October. I have always agreed that they hold to many PPV's every year. What I hate even more than the over flux of them is the gimmick PPV's. These gimmick show come off as so watered these days that I really have no interest in watching them anymore. The biggest problem with having a PPV every month is the fact that you only get about 3 weeks to conduct a feud. There is no way that you can conduct a feud that will pull everyone in far enough to care about the story being told. I know that they produce so many shows to try and get as many buy rates as they can. I can't blame them for wanting to make as much money as possible. It does get to a point where you have to ask yourself which end of the spectrum is more important. Is the quick money from producing a PPV every month more important that the gain in fan base that will bring in more money over a longer time. If I had to choose between the two I would pick the fan base because you can't go wrong with producing a better product. I have thought that WWE is in a position to break through that glass ceiling that they have yet to get through. Just because they have no real competition there is no reason for them to just coast through the match cards.
Even though I know they will never take up my idea I gave this edition a lot of thought. The following is what I thought would help increase the product to a better show for everyone. I have always thought that the PPV's should be every other month to give everyone a 4-6 week time span for a feud. I also think that these gimmick PPV's are getting stale because they give no variety to the matches and the lack of time to build a feud gives us no reason to want to get behind a PPV. The big four should remain at the time slots that they have always been to give something that everyone has grown to expect. I do how ever have a few ideas how I would improve them a bit to give them a flair of excitement. In January we are given the Royal Rumble PPV which is one of my favorite ones every year. I thing that in order to give it a bit more flair they should add the money in the bank match on the card to add to it so that it's a PPV jam packed with two types of matches that will keep the audiences at the tip of their toes. If you have a problem with having a money in the bank match at the Royal Rumble then it should be added to the Wrestlemania match to break up some of the matches to keep everyone interested in the match card. Once the Royal Rumble is over this will create a need to start a few feuds steaming from the results of some of the matches. Since the next PPV is Wrestlemania this would give enough time to build a proper feud during the road to Wrestlemania. If they built a proper feud then people will be sucked in which mean more buy rates for them. Another good reason for stretching out the PPV's is the fact that this will allow the talent to properly rest up from the balls to the wall matches they only put on for the PPV's. A rested wrestler means a better match for everyone.
In August every year Summerslam occurs as what many refer to as one of the big four. If I had my way I would make a few changes to it. I think Summerslam would be a perfect time to begin the King of the ring tournament. I do not think they should hold the entire thing during Summerslam. I think they should stretch it out during the next few PPV's to make it last longer and could also be used as a filler match when they need to put a break between matches that might drain the audiences from having to take in a lot. I also think that if there has be an extreme type of match then this would be the perfect one to have a Hell in a Cell match. Since this show should be centered around the marque match that made this show popular there shouldn't be to many matches that take the focus off of it.
Since Survivor Series is one of the big four and happens in November I would treat it like the other three and keep it to appear during it's original time. I think the gimmick match that made this popular should be the main focus of this show. With the popularity of fantasy sports king of the ring tournament should end during this show as well. If the feuds through out the year has been booked correctly the matches should be able to stand alone on their own without any gimmicks behind them.
Since it's inception I thought that Taboo Tuesday and Cyber Sunday was an interesting idea. With the way WWE is always trying to pimp social media down our throats I thought it would be an interesting concept to use with a few tweaks along the way. I would first of all rename it to something a little bit more catchy. Then make it so that the card is controlled entirely by the fans. This will not only give the WWE app and the other social outlets a boost. It would also give the fans a more reason to want to be interested to what is being done. This could be WWE's way of giving back to the fans as a thank you for being fans another year. The fans would have control over the match types as well as the wrestlers involved in it as well. I would also go on and allow the titles to be allowed to be put on the line to give a neat little wrench to the creative department since they like to mess up feuds from time to time. Like I said the fans would have complete control of the card. This would also give the company an idea of who is really getting hot with the audiences and who isn't. I would also like to say that the voting shouldn't be limited to just the WWE app also. I think those polls are rigged as hell anyways. The other ways are a lot harder to fake up anyways.
Well that's my thoughts on a possible line up for the PPV's I hope you enjoyed it and gave you a new way of looking at the current line up. If you have a different way that you would have done the line up I would like to see you comment on this article with your idea.
That marks the end of this edition of Chopping Block and I want to thank everyone that taken the time to read these editions as I try to pump them out. If any of you have questions or comments or Chopping Block edition themes then do not hesitate to contact me.