With more brand-specific PPVs, do you think we will ever see WWE mix up the main events?
We all know what the conventional wisdom is: World Titles mean main events. Grudge matches between established main eventers also garner main event status. But only recently has the E's commitment to elevating new talent seemed so apparent. Hot feuds *have* been allowed to stew and develop, with belts often shunted to the periphery. The Smackdown Six period was known for its competitive matches in the main events, but the focal point of these matches was the Tag Team Championship. Rey Misterio has main evented Smackdown with Cruiserweight Title matches. And we've seen the IC title get featured status on RAW. But does this mean that WWE would hang its hat, booking-wise, on a "midcard" title match as its main event?
If it DOES happen, I see Smackdown as the primary proving ground. Guys like Rey Misterio and Chavo Guerrero are Smackdown Six alums, and right now, they are playing in the Cruiserweight Division. With more "three hour" PPV spots to fill, I can see WWE expanding the storyline scope to include an additional cruiserweight match, which would necessitate booking a cruiserweight undercard. By giving the cruiserweights time and a lingering storyline, the WWE *just might* be giving them a possibility of getting over. If the rumors of Jeff Hardy joining Smackdown's cruiserweight division are true, then they gain additional star power, plus another over babyface to tussle with the Tajiris, Jamie Nobles, and Chavos.
On RAW, its Women's Division is experiencing a high mark in terms of quality workers, and if gals like Gail Kim (Version 2) and Alexis Laree are called up, while Nidia gets shifted over from SMACKDOWN, the infusion of new blood could open up more storyline possibilities. These possibilities can be borne out even better in a Women's undercard, which CAN be booked to occupy a spot on a RAW-only PPV.
Plus, with all the star power on RAW, Makeshift "Superteams" can play in their tag division, creating yet another avenue for Main Events.
With the multitude of PPVs, a "thinking outside the box" model might see the WWE experiment with "Themed Pay Per Views," one-night events which combined PPV-quality matches with intra-card angles and payoffs. A return to the one-night King of the Ring tournament might be one. A Lethal Lottery PPV is always a good way to reshuffle and reshape the tag ranks, with the one night able to do more team-building than a few weeks. A round-robin tournament, or a running of the gauntlet won't seem out of place, or as forced (due to time considerations) as on the TV shows. By focusing the storytelling on these one-night Events, the extra PPVs will seem less like a chore and more like a Bonus.
But I've said way too much. Is there anything to my contention, or is it wishful thinking? What do you all think of this issue?
No, I don't think so. In fact, I think having a PPV every month is really pointless, (especially since there isn't a rival PPV going on during the same month like with WCW). If anything, the WWE should go back to having a PPV every 3 or so months and utilizing the PPV cycle...
SummerSlam Feuds usually completely finish by the time, however, there a few that start to be brought to attention.
Survivor Series Feuds really start to build and alliances drawn
Royal Rumble The boiling of the main event for WrestleMania
WrestleMania The Main feud concludes or may be extended into a specialty match at SummerSlam.
and Lather, Rinse, Repeat.
But I think this is a good way to build legit feuds and at least give the belts some meaning back. There's more to it, of course, but let someone else build on it. Aside from that though, the more I see it, the brand extension is not a totally bad idea, but I think it should be under one WWE Champion, Tag Champions, and IC Champ..and maybe some fourth title like a TV belt or something, that would enable some pretty good down to the wire type matches.
First round matches to take place Monday (wwe.com) RVD v Carlito Kane v Masters HHH v Flair HBK v Big Show So, if HHH is the foregone conclusion, then this bracketing seems to suggest a final of HHH v....well, I'm not sure. Kane?