They’re the ones that matter. WWE is a huge wrestling company but it doesn’t mean as much if the fans can’t see the product. That is where television is such an important asset to the company, as it makes WWE available to the masses. WWE has two major television deals with NBC Universal and FOX and we have already heard a bit more about their relationship with FOX. Now it is time for USA.
Fightful Select has released a new report that looks at WWE’s current relationship with NBC Universal and the USA Network, which has both positive and negative aspects. USA is happy with having a unique roster from FOX, as they see the Brand Split similar to how the NFL airs on different television networks. They are also happy with the way NXT 2.0 has started off, including the viewership for the first episode and Tommaso Ciampa as a familiar NXT Champion. The network is also fine with edgier content on NXT, as its other shows present similar content as well.
On the negative side, USA would like to see Monday Night Raw’s viewership rise. They are not happy with some of the quality of the show and do not want to hear the same excuses now that live fans have returned. USA also does not want concepts such as Raw Underground, match restarts and two out of three fall matches being used as crutches, though they can still be used occasionally.
There is a lot to consider here. Check out some of Monday Night Raw and NXT as you do:
Opinion: That doesn’t sound like the worst relationship, but it does seem like WWE needs to fix up a few things. At the end of the day, Monday Night Raw’s audience has been a problem for a long time now and WWE has not exactly done anything to substantially improve it. Hopefully things get better, but that has not exactly been the case for a pretty good while.
What do you think of the report? What can WWE do to fix these problems? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 60,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 6,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.
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