The WWE needs to change, and this is what we think they need to do, to get back to a stage where they’re keeping everyone happy.
One of my favorite ‘eras’ of wrestling is the 2002-2005 era. Brock Lesnar V1, Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit etc etc. It was a great time in the WWE. However, I don’t necessarily think it is the wrestlers in this period which was overall the main factor for it being entertaining.
We strongly believe that the WWE needs to bring back the split draft.
The ‘war’ between Smackdown and Raw back then was great. Not to mention the draft pick every year. I used to love seeing which show was stealing who and why. It was great!
There was a point in time where Smackdown was the big daddy of the Wrestling shows. Back when it was being led creatively by Paul Heyman.
So, perhaps there is two changes for the WWE already. Reinstate the split draft WWE system, and reinstate Paul Heyman into his creative role over Smackdown. Cause some competition!
The problem is. That won’t happen. We know all too well that Vince McMahon doesn’t like having Paul Heyman in a decision making position. Their personalities just clash too much, and Vince hates the idea of Paul Heyman being able to make big decisions. He also doesn’t like the fact that with Paul Heyman at the helm, Smackdown was able to become a bigger entity than Raw.
I know it first hand. I’d tune in to watch Brock Lesnar on Smackdown over Triple H on Raw.
Why a Split Draft benefits the WWE
The main reason it benefits the WWE is it creates an aura of competition, and that’s interesting. It puts everyone in a position where they are competing to try and beat the other draft. The writers of Smackdown want to create a better product than Raw, and vice versa.
However, there are plenty of other benefits to the WWE creating a split draft again.
Something which has been shockingly evidently lately is that the mid-card titles, such as the Intercontinental Title, just don’t hold the same prestige that they once did. By having two drafts, the mid card titles will have more prominence, as there is more wrestling time, and generally more opportunities for these titles to be up for grabs, which moves me onto my next point…
More PPVs. I think this is likely the main reason the WWE won’t do this. With the WWE Network, they are earning $9.99 per subscription per month. Unlike 10 years ago, where you’d have to pay for each Pay Per View that you watched. This meant, more Pay Per Views, equals more money. However, if the WWE add more PPVs at this point, that will cost more, which will run down the profits. Let’s face it, they can’t exactly pump up the price of the WWE Network after shoving “$9.99!!!” down our throats so much.
Paul Heyman Is The Answer
Now, I’ve already discussed why I believe Paul Heyman is one of the solutions to Smackdown’s drought of interesting shows. However, I’ll go into a little more detail.
Perhaps the solution would be to have Paul Heyman as the General Manager of Smackdown, like William Regal is at NXT.
Imagine that. Paul Heyman promos, week after week. I’d tune in just to see a Paul Heyman promo, and I sure as hell know I’m not the only one.
Paul Heyman is one of the most interesting and entertaining acts in the WWE currently, and he doesn’t even need to put on a pair of speedos and jump around the ring to do it.
Paul Heyman is an incredibly intelligent man. I think, realistically, if the WWE want to make an awe inspiring product again, then Paul Heyman will need to be reinstated as either head of creative, or as GM (with some influence over creative). While he’s very entertaining as Brock Lesnar’s advocate, I’d almost say they’re slightly wasting his talent in that regard
What would you do to the WWE?
What would you do to the WWE to improve it? Or perhaps you like it the way it is?
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