Let some air in there. The WWE pay per view schedule is packed every single year with all kinds of shows that take up one Sunday night a month. That leaves you with a lot of matches to run and time to fill, which can cause some issues at times. Some of these shows are bigger than others with some of the shows needing to run longer. Now though, one might be a bit shorter.
WWE’s YouTube channel’s banner is currently listing the Summerslam Kickoff Show with s 6pm EST start time, followed by the actual show starting at 7pm EST. This breaks from the tradition of a two hour Kickoff Show for the Big Four pay per views. Regular pay per views feature a one hour Kickoff Show before the full pay per view. There is no word on why WWE made such a change.
The Summerslam Kickoff Show has had some good ones. Check out one of last year’s matches:
Opinion: In a way, this is quite the relief. There is so much material on the night of a Big Four pay per view and a lot of the time it feels like WWE is cramming the content in for the sake of cramming it in. Sometimes it’s ok to leave something out and give the show some breathing room. Hopefully this becomes a trend, as six hours is too long for almost any show, including WrestleMania.
Do you like this change? How long should a pay per view run? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his Amazon author page with 28 wrestling books. His latest book is the History Of In Your House.
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