Tuesday, May 22, 2018

4-Hour Plus PPVs? I Tap.

WWE Backlash was a pretty awful show, but the one bright spot was that it wasn't a ten-hour show or anything. Well, turns out that was an accident.

Word has gone around that WWE sent their international broadcasters advance noting that starting with the Money In The Bank PPV, all WWE PPVs will start at 7 p.m. and have a run time of four hours or more. The exception would be Wrestlemania and Summerslam, which will undoubtably be ten-hour marathons featuring a bunch of shitty matches and even more failed attempts to try and get people to give a shit about Roman Reigns in a way that makes him feel like a big star and not just in a THIS TIME FOR SURE.

Yeah, well, you know what? I tap.

I showed a bit of weakness on the "road to Wrestlemania" and gave the B-shows a chance... and they failed miserably. I'm sorry, but I don't want to watch a four-hour PPV where the best match on the card is the opening contest and the bed gets shat on afterwards. You know what? I'm perfectly content on using the WWE Network to watch a whole bunch of old wrestling PPVs that I haven't seen in a long while or even at all. And if that's all the wrestling musings I end up doing on this blog going forward, then I'm perfectly content with that.

So I will more than likely skip the Money In The Bank PPV... and the PPV after that... and who knows? Unless the Summerslam card stacks up to something worth a damn, I may as well skip that show too. Worst case scenario, I don't touch another WWE PPV until the Royal Rumble. And if I do end up watching a show, it'll be weeks after the fact when I'm bored and I need random background noise to keep me awake.

This saddens me, because we got all these great, talented guys on the WWE product. I like watching guys like Seth Rollins, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Daniel Bryan Danielson, Kevin Owens, and others. They do good stuff and can pull off some awesome material and it just irritates me that the creative monkeys not only give these guys little to work with, but also manage to find ways to make me uninterested in anything they do. In some ways, I get irritated at seeing AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura get turned into a joke despite being awesome appearances while watching WWE attempt to get people to accept Roman Reigns as THE Guy, only to turn it into a running gag that I can't take seriously anymore. I'm all but glad to see Daniel Bryan Danielson back to doing what he loves doing and am hoping he gets some deep material to work with in the future, but doubt that he will. I'd want to be able to give the women a chance, but how can I when WWE decides to put the focus on their failed UFC charisma vacuum?

So yeah, unless there's something worth watching, I'm done with WWE PPVs until the Rumble rolls along. I think I'll stick with watching some of the older stuff. Sure, there might be some stinkers, but at least they'll be interesting... unless the focus is on McSon-In-Law. Then, it's going to suck.

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