Just do it. For well over thirty years, pay per view content has been one of the cornerstones of professional wrestling. The bigger promotions have spent years using their television shows to build up to pay per views that can be purchased nationwide, allowing them the chance to bring in all kinds of money if they can convince fans to buy the show. However, that model might be changing in WWE.
Back in February 2014, the WWE Network officially launched and everything changed for the wrestling world. Fans could suddenly have access to everything that they wanted to see from WWE for a rather low price. This not only included the pay per view archives, but also the new monthly pay per views. WWE even went so far as to mock fans who would still pay the full price for a pay per view event. Now they are changing their philosophy overall and it might make things rather different.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the new plan for WWE is to pump out as much content as possible instead of having matches that fans would be willing to pay to see. With the idea being that fans are going to have the Network all the time instead of just for pay per views, WWE can present a major show any time they choose to. This is the reason why WWE is presenting another NXT Takeover about six weeks after the previous edition.
There have been some rapid fire shows as of late. Check out some of what WWE has offered:
Opinion: This is something that makes sense in theory but it doesn’t quite hold up in reality. Not only can fans get a little tired from all of the content, but at the same time the amount of content produced has little to do with the quality. Eventually the creative team, the wrestlers and the fans are going to get burned out from having so much going on and that is going to cause some problems. Or maybe it already has, which would explain a lot.
What do you think of the new idea? Will it work for WWE? 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 30 wrestling books. Get the latest and greatest in professional wrestling news by signing up for our daily email newsletter. Just look below for “GET EXCLUSIVE UPDATES” to sign up. Thank you for reading!