The past couple of years for the WWE have been rough in regards to garnering interest and building up the star power of the current roster. Very few legitimate stars have been made and some of the biggest ones have left with little to no hope of return. And if the star power weren’t a bad enough situation, the overall presentation of the show hinders the product as well. The entrance sets are all the same, the show follows an exact formula that the WWE refuses to deter from, some wrestlers are greatly miscast, along with many other problems that currently exist with the WWE.
Now the WWE is already attempting to revitalize the product by bringing back the brand split and separating the rosters, but there is a possibility that it may end up worse for the WWE overall, especially if the way they do things doesn’t change. The WWE desperately needs to shake things up and simply splitting the roster again sounds like the complete opposite decision that needs to be made for them at this time.
So, to offer up some ideas, this article will look at 15 things that the WWE can do that may make things more interesting and show the fans that they’re gonna be more exciting this time around.
15 15. Sign the Winner of the Cruiserweight Classic
At the beginning of 2016, the WWE announced that they would be having a Global Cruiserweight Series to showcase talent from all over the world. With it now being called the Cruiserweight Classic,and with Mauro Ranallo and Daniel Bryan as announcers, the WWE has something really interesting on their hands and another incentive for wrestling fans to buy the WWE Network.
14 14. A European Championship Storyline
The United States Championship has been bland since John Cena lost the title to Alberto Del Rio at Hell in a Cell last year. Today, Rusev is the champion for a second time in what seems to be an exact repeat of the storyline from 2014. And with no real interesting opponents at the moment, the title may revert back to what it used to be.
Therefore, to make it interesting, the WWE should introduce a storyline in which Rusev declares that he is issuing a challenge to all of the WWE Superstars, that if no one defeats him at a PPV by WrestleMania, he will retire the United States Championship and resurrect the European Championship. This would not only provide Rusev more variety in his opponents on a monthly basis, but it will create intrigue in the title. Whether the WWE actually would retire the championship or not, just planting that idea in the fans’ heads and building up to a big match between Rusev and whoever at WrestleMania would be worth it.
13 13. Bring Back the Hardcore Championship
Of all the things wrestling fans have been asking for, this may be one of the more difficult to pull off in a PG show, but it could still be done effectively. When the Hardcore Championship was introduced in The Attitude Era, the title led to a lot of funs matches and moments where wrestlers had to watch their backs as they defended the title under the 24/7 rule.
12 12. Introduce More Match Concepts/Change Up Matches
At the 2016 edition of Extreme Rules, the WWE held its first ever Asylum match. And while some fans will say they took that concept from the TNA Lethal Lockdown Match, the fact remains that it was a new match that WWE fans were exposed to and that probably should happen every once in a while to change up the types of matches that fans are used to seeing.
11 11. Have More Tournaments
While the Cruiserweight Classic is providing an excellent opportunity for wrestlers from all over the world, the WWE roster could benefit from tournaments as well. Tournaments for Number One Contender spots and titles help to provide meaning to matches as well as build the credibility of the competitors.
10 10. Change The Sets For The Shows
Whether it’s Raw, SmackDown, or a PPV, all the sets for any type of WWE live event look exactly the same. The only thing that’s distinguishable about the current sets for the shows are the lighting they use, which pretty much means nothing of importance distinguishes them. Now it’s one thing to not have different looking shows during the days of the unified roster, but since the brand split is coming back, the WWE will benefit greatly from having different entrance sets for the shows, especially for their PPVs.
9 9. Have Neither Shane Nor Stephanie Run The Shows
Over the past few months, the WWE has been building to the idea of Shane McMahon and Stephanie McMahon feuding over who gets control of the company. With the news of the brand split, the rivalry has a major incentive now as the brands will be returning to their sense of competition. However, with it being highly probable that the WWE will have them run one show each in a highly predictable fashion, they might just do better to have neither McMahon run the show.
8 8. Make Chris Jericho The Intercontinental Champion
The Intercontinental Championship has had its ups and downs so far this year. It had a nice feud between Kevin Owens and Dean Ambrose that led to a really good Last Man Standing Match, but then it fell into chaos as Zack Ryder, a wrestler who hadn’t been on TV in months, won the title at WrestleMania only to lose it the next night to The Miz.
Since The Miz has been the Intercontinental Champion, the belt doesn’t really garner the same attention it did during the Owens-Ambrose feud. While the fans highly praised the Fatal-4 Way match for the title at Extreme Rules, the title lost any modicum of momentum when The Miz left to film a WWE Movie.
7 7. Make AJ Styles The World Heavyweight Champion
When the Brand Split was announced, many wrestling fans assumed that a second World Title would return with it. And as of right now, that seems to be the case as the WWE World Heavyweight Championship has been referred to simply as the WWE Championship over the past few weeks. If this is to be an indicator of the Big Gold Belt being revived for a particular brand, then the WWE would probably benefit from making AJ Styles their first World Heavyweight Champion since the titles were unified.
6 6. War Games For Survivor Series
It goes without saying that Survivor Series has been on a downward trend for years now. However, this year, the WWE has a chance to change that as they have booked the show in the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada, which is the first time in years that Canada have hosted a major PPV. The crowds in other countries are always hot to see WWE Superstars, so if the WWE were to capitalize on that by booking a huge match, then they could possibly get more eyes on the product heading into the holiday season. But to do this would mean that it shouldn’t be just a traditional Survivor Series match, as those haven’t really mattered in years aside from 2014.
5 5. Change The Commentators
In previous articles, the thoughts on the state of WWE commentary have been used over and over again, so this entry will be brief. JBL, Michael Cole, and Byron Saxton sound as if they are merely going through the motions in regards to their comments during the show. If that alone weren’t bad enough, the flaws in each of their commentary styles tends to make a bad situation even worse with JBL often adding unnecessary information, Cole blatantly calling wrong moves and failing to correct himself, and Saxton being as generic as ever.
4 4. Bring In More Managers
There is a quiet, but noticeable promo problem within the WWE. Wrestlers are way too scripted in their delivery and some sound so bad that they appear like children reading from cue cards. So, to help with this, the WWE should bring in a few more managers to help the wrestlers play to their strengths while the managers take care of the talking aspect.
3 3. Turn Reigns Heel/Turn Rollins Face
The WWE has been refusing to do this since Rollins made his return to the WWE at Extreme Rules, but the time has come. The fans wanted to cheer Rollins for his in-ring ability and because he had been gone so long, while the fans wanted to boo Reigns for his Cena-esque characterization and push, so the WWE might as well go with the flow.
Anyone who has seen some of Reigns’ work as a heel can see that he’s clearly more comfortable in that role. In fact, the match he had against Rollins at Money in the Bank saw Reigns clearly working a heel style.
2 2. Have Interwoven Storylines Throughout The Show
As stated by Steve Austin in a recent podcast of his, the WWE don't have enough interwoven storylines that carry out through the entire show. Most of Raw and SmackDown goes in a sequence of segment, match, segment, match, segment, match, without any of it having to do with the other. The closest thing they came to that in recent weeks was the episode where if John Cena or AJ Styles won their respective matches, they would be added to the World Championship match, but the outcomes were so predictable and safe that it served as nothing more than a plot point for the show to enhance the Cena-Styles feud.
1 1. Have Brock Lesnar Show Up More (Pay Him More)
While some fans resent Brock Lesnar for relying on only a few moves, the fact remains that he is the biggest draw on the roster and one of the WWE's greatest success stories. He has the look of a world class athlete, the legitimacy that comes with venturing into different sports, a strength that rivals very little, a devastating moveset, and a great manager to sell how great Lesnar truly is.
However, for as big of a star that Lesnar is, the fact remains that the WWE can’t really tap into his potential because of his limited schedule. The past four years have shown that Lesnar is only good for a few PPVs a year and very little physicality on Raw or SmackDown due to his contract. So, in order to fix that, the WWE should update his contract and pay him more so he can be there for the company. Some think that the WWE pays him enough money already, but his star power and relevancy is matched by few wrestlers. And in an era where the ratings and interest in the product is declining, they should capitalize on his star power now while he’s still with the company.
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