Question: do WWE know what their fans want?

November 8, 2013

bryan_1810883aAfter today’s post from reader Mike, I thought I’d respond and put forward a few of my own thoughts on the plummeting PPV buyrates – and basically I’m starting to question whether the WWE powers-that-be know (or care) what the fans want.

Summerslam was a damp squib because of:

  • The lack of titles being defended on the card

The failure to defend belts on the main card means a lack of glamour and attraction; throwing away the Shield and their duo of titles on the pre-show is ludicrous. AJ could have defended her title against Kaitlyn; Dolphin and Langston could have been the pre-show. Read the rest of this entry »

Fact: Summerslam’s low buy rate was down to WWE’s booking

November 8, 2013

WWE_SummerSlam_2013_posterI’ve been sent an interesting little opinion piece from regular TOWIS commenter Mike, and thought I’d post it here for your thoughts before responding to it myself later…

So it appears that recently WWE have been looking for a scapegoat (no pun intended) for Summerslam’s pay-per-view sales, which are apparently down considerably year on year. Vince McMahon has voiced his opinion that the fans “didn’t buy the attraction” of this year’s event, and that it was a “swing and a miss” – a comment which many WWE fans have taken to be deliberately aimed at one (or more) of the performers.

But let’s face it:– an event of Summerslam’s magnitude isn’t going to succeed or fail based on any single individual performer’s efforts.

So why WERE the sales down? Read the rest of this entry »

Question: Where will TNA go from here?

November 1, 2013

TNA UK PPV PosterYou’ve probably seen the rumours circulating about TNA Impact Wrestling’s direction in the future.

I don’t have access to their accounts; but I do know that while US audiences have been critical of the product recently, they still have a hugely loyal UK fan base, evidenced by their expansion of their 2014 tour over here.

I also know that the British Boot Camp at the start of this year created huge interest in TNA and the four contenders.

And I know that Ring-Ka-King was critically acclaimed and popular with fans worldwide, who managed to watch it despite it not being aired in their country.

So – is it time for TNA to try working as a UK-based promotion? Read the rest of this entry »