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    Posted: 25/September/2018 at 22:18
Can you have too much of a good thing?
Quote They say too much of a good thing isn’t good for you.

That seems to perfectly describe WWE these days. If you don’t understand what I mean, let me break it down. We are still going through the fallout of Hell In A Cell that took place last week. WWE is shoving Triple H vs. Undertaker at Super Showdown down our throats in two weeks along with a litany of other matches. Oh, and if you didn’t already know, Roman Reigns is defending the Universal Championship in a Triple Threat match against Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar at Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia on November 3rd. Oh, and don’t forget about the first ever exclusive women’s PPV, WWE Evolution, on October 28th.

What WWE is going through now is bringing back the issue the brand split originally brought. There were far too many PPV’s to keep up with. As soon as one show ended, there was build beginning to another one in two weeks. With WWE’s announcement that every PPV would be co-branded from this point forward, that issue was supposed to be eliminated. Instead, we are getting cross-promotion for a variety of shows within a short time frame of each other.

The problem is that no show feels any different from the other. On one show, Roman Reigns will be defending the Universal Title against Strowman and Lesnar. On another show, he’s in a six-man tag. Roman just defended his title against Braun last week and Lesnar F-5’ed him, and Roman has been fighting the team of Strowman, Ziggler, and McIntyre for what seems like forever. So nothing feels different or unique.

I understand that WWE is a business, that they are always on the road and they have to sell shows. But there does come a point where there is too much. I don’t find it disturbing that WWE is promoting their own product a lot. What I find more disturbing is WWE’s expectations to how much time we are expected to devote to the product. We loyalists who love sports entertainment commit three hours on Monday nights to RAW and another two hours on Smackdown. That’s five whole hours within two days. Then, the following day, there is NXT and 205 Live. Admittedly, both shows have been producing pretty quality content for the past couple of months. So if we have another two or so hours, we can do that there. That’s 7 hours of content, which comprises nearly a third of one whole day.

Whenever we are not being bombarded with promotions about certain network programmings that come immediately following RAW or Smackdown, there may be a PPV which seems to be averaging 3 and half hours in length on Sundays. So in a whole week, you could potentially be spending nearly half a full day devoting your time to WWE, and the cycle continues.

You can say what you want about WWE’s shortcomings in the Ruthless Aggression Era, but at least the PPV’s were more evenly spaced out, and every event felt special because there was sufficient build to each one. How are we expected to focus on the Shield’s six man tag and Roman’s Universal Title defense simultaneously? Oh, and I have barely mentioned that there has been little promotion of Evolution, except sporadic mentions by the announce team or segments that nobody remembers.

I find that WWE programming is always better when there is sufficient time to build to independent shows with a natural progression to the next feud as opposed to just building one show to build to another. For example, if you haven’t heard, Triple H will be taking on The Undertaker for the “Last Time Ever” at Super Showdown. But Shawn Michaels is basically all but confirmed to return, and since we know that Michaels will be in Triple H’s corner and Kane will be in Undertaker’s corner, we all know that the Last Time ever singles match is just going to build to another version of that same match, but just with HBK with his hair cut off and a semi-retired in-ring performer and part time mayor.

Hell In A Cell didn’t lead to any form of finality between Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman. Think about it. Drew and Dolph came out and tried interfering and then Brock Lesnar came out. So the ending to Hell In A Cell technically was the basis for two separate matches at two separate PPV’s and now we have conflicting storylines and separate matches interloping with each other. It’s all just one big mess to me.

Maybe I’m overreacting, and maybe I’m nitpicking, but it’s one thing for WWE’s content overload issue to be a product of having too much talent on the show and needing a brand split. It’s another when PPV’s are in short proximity of each other and you’re referencing separate shows at the same time and expecting us to keep track of all of it. I actually thought for one second AJ Styles’ WWE Championship defense against Samoa Joe was at Crown Jewel, but it turns out it’s at Super Showdown. It’s too much for me at the moment. How about you?

I will stick solely to an episode of Raw but in recent weeks they have advertised.....
1) What is happening tomorrow night on Smackdown.
2) What is on NXT this week.
3) What's on 205 Live.
4) Mixed Match Challenge.
5) Hell In A Cell.
6) Melbourne.
7) Saudi Arabia.
8) Marine 5.
9) Conors Cure.
10) Hispanic superstar month or whatever it was called.
11) Evolution.
12) Miz and Mrs.
13) Total Bellas.
14) Total Divas.
I have probably missed something off and we shouldn't really complain about TOO MUCH content coming from them, but bloody hell it's left less time for matches and promos because too much is advertised at once, in a short space of time.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote L-shizzel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26/September/2018 at 11:05
I'd say that the content could be spread out a little I'd also probably drop the mixed match challenge it's extra work for the competitor's that isn't really needed.
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I think a lot of that shit, if not basically all of it should just be on the WWE network.

It would give value to the network as being the only place to go to watch these shows, and it'd help with the whole over exposure thing, as these shows SHOULD be created, and the WWE network ought to be running these shows with an auto-play feature when you log in to the network. That way it actually feels like you're watching a television network.

I don't really feel like there's too much content but rather too much content WWE creative expects you to be current on.

The last couple weeks I've watched Raw on Tuesday morning, Smackdown on Wednesday morning, NXT/MYC Thursday morning, and then on my wife's day off from work we watch Total Divas when it's airing.

It IS a lot, but it's spread out and since it's never more than 2 hours a shot it's really not bad at all.

I still find myself looking for other shows to watch every now and again, like today I watched Scott Hall's photo shoot episode. That was pretty cool.
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