(This was posted under the thread "PPV" but that thread went off on a tangent about british armed forces.... here's what I wrote... with some edits)
The only PPV's I ever actually BOUGHT were Summerslam, Survivor Series, Wrestlemania, and MAYBE Royal Rumble (and I'm talking, like ,Wrestlemanas 3 through 11. I haven't bought a PPV since, probably, the early 90's... Actually, MOM bought them... after ALOT of begging and pleading and promises. maybe a couple in the late 90's/early 00's.)
I MISS the old cable boxes. This is what i did:
I would tune into whatever channel the PPV was on and LISTEN to it
If I was lucky I would be able to see bits and pieces. (Thank god for Good Ol' J.R.). **The imagination can be a wonderful thing...
The PPVs are just too expensive to buy... especially since there are about 400 PPVs a year and none of them are really all that GOOD.
Back in the day PPVs were EPIC. (especially before RAW came along.).
This is where you saw the BIG matches. The REAL Championship matches. Matches that you cared about because they were built up. They were anticipated. They were going to be the equivalent of the High noon showdown.
The BIG NAMES came out for the PPVs, while the midcarders and jobbers were relegated to TV.
Now If you didn't watch, or weren't around for the WWF (I'm talking now 1980's up until the "Attitude" era) you don't know what "JOBBER" really means.
I'd watch WWF and see guys that you have never heard of, nor WOULD ever hear of again, getting completely squashed by guys like Sgt. Slaughter, Koko B. Ware, The Junkyard Dog, Hercules Hernandez, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, The Road Warriors, Beefcake, Piper, Hogan, Hitman...etc.
It would be like "up next... Jim Steward vs. Rick Rude" and Steward would be some out of shape guy dressed like a knock off "Rocker" with a mullet and porno mustache and he would get KILLED. And the announcers (McMahon and Monsoon or whoever) Would be like "Jim Steward wrestles out of Binghamton, NY. His nickname is "The stretcher". He's 5'10", 200 lbs. He MIGHT get a few good shots in, make it interesting for a minute, but then BOOM. squashed. game over. Have fun being an electrician in upstate NY for the rest of your life.
It wasn't Randy Orton vs. CM Punk 10 times before they faced off at Summerslam (to the same conclusion). Or match after match of M. Night twists or DQ's. AKA GIMMICKS.
Basically, You would never get GREAT matches, you got GOOd matches. You got WRESTLING. (Dont get me wrong, there WERE great matches between legit superstars but generally it was a "Watch how badly X superstar can beat this scrub from the Florida panhandle") PPV quality matches were reserved for PPVs.
The pay off was the PPV. That was when shit was gunna get real. (hah... btw, I don't mean "REAL" real, just ... damn, you know what I mean.)
There was a reason to watch those PPV's.
Thats when Hogan might get beat. Thats when Macho Man might win the belt. That was when Mr. Perfect was gunna be, well... PERFECT. There was a vested interest on the part of the fan in the outcome of the matches. That was when truly "Anything could happen". (Don't get me completely wrong here, there have been good PPV's over the years , but they are few and far between. )
WWE is living off of the memory of it's OLD PPV's. The ones people cared about enough to spend the money to buy.
As for TODAY'S PPVs, I just DL them the next day (and avoid coming to this site) if I REALLY want to watch... and I can't even be bothered to do THAT 90% of the time.
They just aren't very good. Plain and simple. At most I'd pay $10 to watch one. What's the point? All they are now are episodes of RAW that they CHARGE you for. You MIGHT get one good match out of a PPV.
Speaking of which, how STUPID is WWE for not having a MITB match at WM? That alone is almost worth getting the PPV. (oh wait, they made a whole PPV out of it that I have no real interest in watching because it ends up being another RAW with ladders and full of midcarders. CHAVO!)
WWE needs to learn that they have to put out a better product and lower their prices. (especially in this economy.)
Even Wrestlemania this year looks boring outside of MAYBE The Rock hosting (I'm starting to think GM after that.) and Cole vs Lawler (how sad is THAT? How sad is it that one of the most anticipatedc WRESTLING MATCHES AT WRESTLEMANIA IS COLE vs LAWLER???!? That's mostly because of my undying LOVE of SCSA... but I digress. Even HHH/TAKER sounds boring on paper...unless they really bring it. but I'm not buying into the storyline there. It FEELS thrown together. I'm sure they shoe horn in the emotion by the time WM rolls around. HBK anyone?)
Get it together WWE.
Lower your prices.
Stop having eight hundred thousand PPV's (and only doing three to four weeks of build up...)
Make your championships MEANINGFUL again (Miz is awesome... let him keep the belt six more months at LEAST.)
Stop trying to make us care about matches that are meaningless, without proper story telling, and underwhelmingly executed. (Divas, I'm looking at you.... and Drew McIntyre...and Kofi Kingston....Hell, half the roster.)
Get better announcers (or just bring back JR already.)
ok... list getting out of hand. this is about fixing PPVs not the entire company (really, one and the same.)
just MAKE IT WORTH WATCHING.
**Also see: SPICE channel.