Craig Wilson & Brian Damage
It’s that time again as we look back at This Week in Wrestling. In this edition Craig discusses stipulation heavy PPVs while Brian shares some of the more interesting pictures he’s stumbled upon this week and more.
Have Stipulation Heavy PPVs Run Their Course?
Tomorrow night WWE will host their now annual Extreme Rules event. A card packed full of stipulation matches featuring the great and the good of the company’s roster.
It joins other gimmick heavy shows including Money in the Bank, Hell in a Cell and Tables, Ladders and Chairs. They are all shows borne out of matches held on other shows but turned into stand-alone shows to pad out the WWE’s calendar of events.
In fact, they have become staples of the company’s events, largely showcasing a series of memorable, albeit dangerous, spots that fill video clips shown throughout the year and beyond.
However, they are the type of events I have limited, or no, time for. Am I the only one?
There’s nothing at all organic about tomorrow night’s event or others of its ilk. A series of matches may well feature the sort of stipulations that in days gone by would have elevated a match to the next level. However, because of events like this, they are relegated to nothing more than an annual event.
In days gone by a steel cage or a tables match would be the culmination of a lengthy feud. Now they are just a pillar of a 4-6 week feud.
It makes the WWE calendar feel very predictable. You don’t even have to travel that far back in time to see events that were organic in their make-up. Now, we know that May is Extreme Rules and that post-WrestleMania feuds will lead up to some sort of “extreme” match at this event. That’s not a great place to be in at all.
Should the company look at ditching these stipulation heavy shows? I can’t help but think that it is and go back to monthly events that build around feuds going on at the time rather than the other way around. The focus of the WWE’s product should be on making a feud really strong rather than trying to find a feud to work around a particular match stipulation.
Doing away with these shows strikes me as one of many simple, yet effective, changes the WWE could make with little or no fuss but that would make a huge difference to the company’s output.
This past week was the 14 year anniversary of the death of ‘The British Bulldog’ Davey Boy Smith. Here is a cool pic of Davey Boy hanging backstage with another legend….Robert Plant.
I wonder whatever happened to that Angle kid?
Well played Eugene…well played!
Here is an old USWA booking sheet from 1993. Notice how everyone is booked solid…with the exception of ‘The King’ Jerry Lawler. As the old saying goes, “It’s good to be the King.”
Donald Trump’s running mate? Hmmmm…
Kalisto and Sasha Banks visiting an old Eddie Guerrero mural in New Mexico.
The feeling of many fans feelings about Roman Reigns as WWE world champion. (As told by Bob’s Burgers)
Who better to advertise a welding school in Tulsa Oklahoma then the late, great ‘Captain Redneck’ ‘Dirty’ Dick Murdoch?
Last Week on the Blog
In last week’s Sunday Sermon we discussed whether champions should lose non-title bouts on TV; discussed the McMahon/McMahon-Helmsley era; on Monday we looked at wrestling merchandise from years gone by; on Tuesday it was Kane who got the ‘Book or Cook‘ treatment; we had part 72 of ‘Wrestling with Sin‘ on Wednesday; our Top Five on Thursday looked at the best white meat babyfaces; and we rounded off the week with ‘The Way We Was‘ looking at Raw and Nitro from 20 years ago this week.
Next Week on the Blog
All previous ‘This Week in Wrestling’ pieces can be read here.