Ideal WWE PPV schedule for 2018
I fell that since the brand split, they product as been diluted even more then it was before. With a ppv every months for both brand, the b-shows fell less and less special.
Personally, I would love to see the schedule go back to one ppv a months, this way you et more time to build interesting feud for brand only ppv and they would fell more special and less rush
After saying that, here how I would do the ppv schedule for 2018
January: royal rumble (both brand)
February: fast lane ( raw)
March : elimination chamber (smackdown)
April : wrestlemania (both brand)
May : extreme rules (raw)
June : money in the bank (smackdown)
July: king of the ring (raw)
August: summerslam (both brand)
September: backlash (smackdown)
October: hell in a cell (raw)
November: survivor series (both brand)
December: payback (smackdown)
I know this schedule would never happen but this would help wwe have a better product in the end. I eliminate tlc, clash of champions and battleground from the schedule simply because I don't see the point of these shows as this points. Also I put king of the ring back on the schedule mostly because you need a equivalent to money in the bank for the raw brand and I think having the winner of the tournament get a title shot at summerslam or something like that makes for a good equivalent to money in the bank.
So do you agree with me that you should have a reduce ppv schedule or do you like having a ppv every 2 weeks?
I think it's pretty close to what I think would be ideal while still being pretty realistic. I've love for each brand to alternate months in which only one of them has a ppv each month, aside from the Big Four of course, as it gives more time to build between ppvs. Each brand gets four exclusive shows a year and they share the four biggest shows of the year.
Of course, it's unlikely to happen as Vince feels that the best way of keeping network subscriber counts high and generating new subscribers is to oversaturate the network with 20 ppvs throughout the year. Maybe, and quite probably, he knows something that we don't and it's easy for us to fantasy book and cherry pick a ppv schedule since potentially millions of dollars in revenue don't depend on our decisions.
Because there's the WWE Network, I only anticipate the amount of events increasing. But we've seen how diluted things can get from one generic event to a next, and it's not good for the product anymore. I used to not mind a special event every few weeks, but I'd much rather prefer a stronger product. If they were to reduce the number of events, I'd prefer for them to do away with themed events like Hell in a Cell or Elimination Chamber. I get why they have them, but I've always believed that these events are killing the power of booking these types of matches. Nobody cares about a Hell in a Cell match much anymore because the feud is booked around the cell, not the cell included into the booking how it used to be. So I'd much prefer that. Now Money in the Bank and Royal Rumble I can deal with. They should be set like they are.
The way the current schedule is lined up revolves around the money it brings, I imagine. But if that is the case, I wish they would announce these events well in advance. To me, it feels like half of the events just pop up out of nowhere. It's inconsistent and there's no structure. We had two Roadblock and Backlash events within 12 months of each other. It looks like WWE just makes it up as they go along. If there was a structure, perhaps it wouldn't feel as overwhelming. Arguably it would make no difference, and in the end, the booking is suffering no matter what.
I would prefer the following actually
Have a big 5
King of the Ring (bring it back)
So now we have
Royal Rumble (RAW/SD)
King of the Ring (RAW/SD/NXT)
Summer Slam (RAW/SD)
Survivor Series (RAW/SD)
But now we need the brand specific PPVs but of course having 2 3 hour PPV's a month for each band is too much so I suggest a rotation between a 3 hour PPV and a 2 hour Network special for each brand so we have something like (let's also assume NXT Takeover goes as normal).
Royal Rumble (RAW/SD)
No Way Out (SD - PPV)
Roadblock (RAW - Network Special)
Backlash (RAW - PPV)
In Your House (SD - Network Special)
Judgment Day (SD - PPV)
Spring Stampede (RAW - Network Special)
King of the Ring (RAW/SD/NXT)
Vengeance (RAW - PPV)
The Great American Bash (SD - Network Special)
Summer Slam (RAW/SD)
Unforgiven (SD - PPV)
Clash of the Champions (RAW - Network Special)
No Mercy (RAW - PPV)
Halloween Havoc (SD - Network Special)
Survivor Series (RAW/SD)
Armageddon (SD - PPV)
December to Dismember (RAW - Network Special)
I like that there seems to be a PPV every two weeks. Firstly because generally you get the best from a PPV rather than just a normal Raw or SD, so every two weeks your seeing the best or getting what should be a higher standard. Secondly could you imagine Smackdown with the 8 week build to a PPV at the moment? Mahal has done the same thing for 3 weeks to Nakamura and his build up with Orton was just getting RKO'd every week. Even Raw would suck on an 8 week build once Stephanie comes back to dominate the main event. I'd rather watch PPvs than a Raw or SD so that's why I'm not all that fussed.
There is obviously benefits with going to the 8 weeks build. Feuds could be a lot more interesting and you don't get sudden one week feuds leading to the PPV, which kayfabe wise has never made sense to me. You got a PPV coming up but you've only announced 3 matches? Whats the point of having it all boil at a PPV when you can't even fill out the time until the day of the show. Maybe if they could find a way to have like 3 weeks between each PPV so it's only a 6 week build but I haven't checked if that could work.
The ideal setup would be to go back to monthly PPV events then making half of them brand exclusive and the other half dual-branded, giving us a "Big 6". Money In The Bank is popular enough to dual-brand it and Night Of Champions needs to be revived with its original vision behind the event of "all titles get defended" as the 6th major dual-branded show.
January - Royal Rumble (dual-branded)
No point in changing this. It's a tradition and still a popular event.
February - Smackdown Exclusive Event 1
This could be Elimination Chamber if we're following traditional routes, or something along the lines of a blue equivalent to Fastlane if Raw has Elimination Chamber that year.
March - Raw Exclusive Event 1
Same as February only Raw gets this month. I like the idea of alternating the "gimmick" shows so if Smackdown had Elimination Chamber one year in the spring then Raw could get it the next and the other has Fastlane, something like that.
April - Wrestlemania (dual-branded)
There is literally no reason to change this. The biggest show of the year stays as it is.
May - Smackdown Exclusive Event 2
This could be just about anything. Insert random lesser PPV brand name here. The point is to give another blue brand show in May.
June - Raw Exclusive Event 2
Same as May, only for the red brand this time.
July - Money In The Bank (dual-branded)
This show joins the Big 4. It needs to be dual-branded. It would feature 2 ladder matches for briefcases. One briefcase for either the Universal or World Heavyweight for the male main eventers. The second briefcase would be for the women for either the Raw or Smackdown Women's Championship.
August - Summerslam (dual-branded)
Not fixing what isn't broken. The second biggest show of the year stays. Even following another of my Big 6 it would still be exciting.
September - Smackdown Exclusive Event 3
This could be Hell In A Cell, TLC, or anything along those lines. Similar to what I did with Elimination Chamber, when Smackdown gets it one year then Raw can have it another year.
October - Raw Exclusive Event 3
The last brand exclusive event of the calendar. This could be Raw's TLC or Hell In A Cell depending on what Smackdown had the month before.
November - Survivor Series (dual-brand)
Another tradition. Why not. There's lots of history here and the brand VS brand style from Bragging Rights would absolutely be used here. The elimination matches would be Smackdown VS Raw and we could see champion VS champion matches perhaps as well.
December - Night Of Champions (dual-branded)
And here is why I had the last brand exclusive show in October. At the final PPV of the year EVERY title from both brands gets defended. No matter what. This means no non-title matches of any kind are allowed on this card. Money In The Bank briefcases get defended if they have not been cashed in yet, though.
I would add NXT Takeovers to at the very least the weekends of the original Big 4, maybe even every other month. I considered doing it for the Big 6 but two Takeovers in July and August back to back might be a bit much for the yellow brand. Every 2 months makes more sense. Maybe having Takeovers in these months.... January, March/April, June, August, October, November/December.
This is what we had Lesnar vs. Angle in an Iron Man Match, Goldberg vs. Shawn Michaels on Free TV, Benoit vs. Lesnar etc.
Though I think this format was dropped pretty quickly.
January - Royal Rumble
April - Wrestlemania
August - SummerSlam
November - Survivor Series
Less is more. Do specials if they have headline feuds that deserve it. One hour maximum.
I'm not sure why fans of a product want less of the best aspect of their product. It's not like Raw and SD are going to get better if there are less PPVs. Are we really sure WWE is going to put out a better product with a "longer build"?
But ultimately less PPVs hurt WWE's and more importantly to fans, the wrestler's bottom line. PPV's do better gates than house shows. Take that away and the wrestlers make less money.
Plus you don't have to watch every PPV. Take a break every now and again and just watch the stuff you think is going to be good (e.g. tag title matches) or that you here was good.
Here would be my lineup
6 - dual branded
6 - one branded PPV's
January - Royal Rumble (Both)
February - Extreme Rules
March - Elimination Chamber
April - Wrestlemania (Both)
May - Vengeance
June - Clash of Champions
July - Money in the Bank (Both)
August - Summerslam (Both)
September - Hell in a Cell
October - Halloween Havoc
November - Survivor Series (Both)
December - Starrcade (Both)
Every other year alternate the brands
One gets - Extreme Rules, Vengeance, & Hell in a Cell
The other gets - Elimination Chamber, Clash of Champions, & Halloween Havoc
Which ever brand has the Rumble Winner you have the other brand have Elimination Chamber that year to determine their #1 contender. Starrcade to end the calendar year and a prelude to the Rumble would be great. As far as King of the Ring I would do it as an NXT Event. Maybe a PPV with the Final 4 with semi-finals and finals. And maybe even a Queen of the Ring to???
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