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Monday Musings – 10 Things WWE can do to fix television, right now

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Monday Musings – 10 Things the WWE can do to improve television, right now!

Listen, I am hopelessly hooked on WWE programming.  The excruciating 3 weekly hours of RAW…the less excruciating but still bothersome 2 hours of Smackdown, plus NXT, ROH, Lucha Underground among others, I watch them all.  I am going to focus on the WWE and how they can drastically improve their product here.

  1.  Take it down a notch, cut an hour from RAW.

RAW needs to be dialed down to two hours!  It’s not even up for discussion.  This “flagship” program has damn near become unwatchable.  So much of the show is spent recapping what we’ve already seen.  We have attention spans greater than 45 minutes, trust us.  It would be like the third quarter of every football game is spent showing first half highlights. Doesn’t work. Shave it down, make it flow and keep us entertained.

  1.  New Day Rocks….it’s true, but it’s time for them to Rock a little less gold.

We love The New Day, they have often been the glue that kept the WWE entertaining through droughts of injuries and absences of other superstars.  Outside of Owens and Jericho they are easily the most entertaining aspect of RAW week in and week out.  That being said, it’s time to spread the wealth.  There are a lot of good tag teams in RAW,  and we need to see the belts change hands and give another team a chance to shine.  The NEw Day doesn’t need the gold to elevate themselves.  It’s been long time for them to drop the gold.  Let’s make it happen.

  1.  Stop passing the Women’s Championship back and forth!

We get it, you guys want us to know that Charlotte and Sasha are the future of the division, but stop passing the belt back and forth and lessening the value of the title with every change.  You don’t have the talent to split the women into both RAW and Smackdown. Put them all under one roof and actually have some compelling angles and programs.  Sasha and Charlotte swapping the belt back five times a month isn’t doing anything for anyone.

  1.  Give Jericho a non wrestling permanent role on television

Chris Jericho is without question, the most entertaining person in the WWE.  His list, Stupid Idiot, how he carries himself and the scarfs, don’t forget the scarfs….they all add up to make him instant fun for the whole family.  He’d be a breakout star as a face in the WWE…but he doesn’t have to wrestle to make it happen.   He could do a weekly in ring show, and 2-3 backstage segments per episode and absolutely carry a broadcast.  He’s that good. Have him turn on Owens, go face and give him a weekly show.  Please.

  1. Stop with James Ellsworth already

If you want to utilize him, change the way you’re doing it.  He’s over, sadly, and has become a cult hero of sorts.  Do an angle where Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon get tired of him meddling in the World Title picture and trade him to RAW where he can compete with the Cruiserweights or take a role working for Jericho.  I mean, he’s become a problem.  You have AJ Styles, arguably the best wrestler of all time, working segments with a guy who couldn’t have hung in the Social Outcasts.

  1. Promote the talent, promote the talent, promote the talent …

Listen, for my money, The Miz is the MVP of the WWE in 2016.  He’s been absolutely great, in the ring, on the mic, and never drops the ball.  His segment with Daniel Bryan on Talking Smack is still the single best segment produced by the WWE this year.  Let’s keep him in the spotlight, and give him big matches, and big angles.  Let him do what he does better than everyone else.

We know Dean Ambrose, AJ Styles, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Roman Reigns and Rusev have been booked as upper echelon by the WWE.  They are deserving.  But let’s build guys like Enzo & Cass, Jordan and Gable, Finn Balor (when he returns), The Miz, Sami Zayn and some of those younger guys need to get some water too, if they are expected to bloom.  There’s a mountain of talent and only so much room at the top, but you can expand the top to include more than the same 2-3 guys.

  1.  Bring up only the best of the best of NXT.

I understand that the WWE felt they needed to expand their rosters for the brand split, but by and large, a large number of them are just lost in the shuffle.  Did we really need to bring up Dana Brooke? If you don’t have plans for guys like Apollo Crews, Baron Corbin, Neville, etc, send them back down.  Let them continue to shine on the smaller stage.  Bring up the guys who don’t need the extra work and development.  Bring up Samoa Joe, Nakamura, and Bobby Roode and send Crews, Corbin, Tyler Breeze, Neville, Dana Brooke, Bo Dallas, The Ascension and others back down.  Utilize the talent in a positive way or allow them to go back and shine in NXT.

  1.  Address the commentating issues

RAW should consist of Michael Cole and JBL.  We don’t need three guys, and we don’t need Byron Sexton.  He’s a great guy, and he’s not bad at what he does, he’s simply like the appendix, not needed.  He can do Superstars and work NXT.  While we’re at it, tighten the leash on JBL.  Three hours of “Never looked Better Muggle….” and his other catchphrases and fake indignation gets old.  The era of the heel announcer is gone, let’s just call the action.

Smackdown should consist of Mauro Ranallo and Corey Graves. No more, no less.  I think Corey Graves is the best of the bunch, but he’s young, and Mauro is good.  Those should be the commentating teams.

  1.  Spread out the Supershows

I know the WWE Network is an amazing deal at just 9.99 …. But we’re getting seriously flooded with “PPV” events.  They need to be spread out, and made to feel special.  It makes no sense to get hyped for a match with Reigns and Jericho or Rollins and Owens on PPV when we’ve seen it week in and week out on RAW.  I’m not going to get psyched to watch Ambrose/Styles on PPV when they have main evented every Smackdown event for the last two months.  What ever happened to not giving it all away?  It seems as if the notion of building towards something is a lost art.  I want PPVs to feel special and be something worth waiting for.  Time and time again, The NXT Takeover shows are better than the WWE PPVs because they are spread out, and they build towards the big matches.  Make me want to see something, make me wait for it.  Make we want to see it so bad I can’t help myself but watch it on the WWE Network for 9.99.

  1.  Out with the old, seriously, out with the old.

I am tired of seeing Kane, and the Undertaker on my television.  Explain to me how in the name of Gorilla Monsoon does it help the brand for Kane to come out on PPV and bury Luke Harper at Survivor Series?  It’s just so short sighted and silly.  We don’t need these guys on the air anymore.  There is so much young talent in the WWE…we need to phase out The Big Show, Kane, The Undertaker etc.  The attitude era was great, but that time is gone, and if we’re truly involved in a new era, let’s leave the old toys in the closet.

Dan has been writing about the sport of MMA for the last 15+ years. During this time, he's met amazing fighters, and awesome friends sitting cage-side covering MMA. The memories and relationships are payment for his passion. Dan got his start as a featured writer for Sherdog.com and now serves as owner and co-host with Evan Shoman and Dion Harrison of The Crimson Canvas Podcast, on the Fight Booth Podcast network. Dan is also a part time contributor to FightBooth.com with pro wrestling, and MMA articles. He thanks Dave Reno for the opportunity and for years of friendship and support.

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