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Are Pro Wrestling Fans On Gimmick Match Overload?

WWE Elimination ChamberElimination Chamber, Money in the Bank, Destination X and Monsters Ball are just a few of the many gimmick or concept events and matches from both World Wrestling Entertainment and Total Non-Stop Action Wrestling. As a long-time fan of wrestling fan I have enjoyed my fair share of gimmick or concept matches.

With a decline in both television ratings and pay-per view buys, both WWE and TNA have been relying too heavily on gimmick or concept matches. While there is nothing wrong with having a special gimmick or concept type match, I think both promotions have the average wrestling fan on gimmick match overload.

WWE, in 2009 went through a pay-per view overhaul (all but the big four) by changing pay-per view names and giving each event a gimmick or concept theme in order to entice viewers to plunk down $44.95 for what looks on paper to be something new and different. However, both in 2010 and 2011, according to The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the numbers for both 2010 and 2011 years were bleak, even with record low numbers for WWE. This is disappointing for a company that is supposed to be the global leader of the professional wrestling industry.

A report by Cageside Seats, lists that TNA’s Hardcore Justice pay-per view event had roughly 7,500 buys in 2011. This is just an example of why TNA should really either get out of the pay-per view business or cut back the number of pay-per views with a full emphasis on good old fashioned wrestling and not a ring full of chairs, thumb tax, etc.

Both companies need to generate a real buzz that is going to want to make fans care about their product, something that has been lacking for quit sometime in professional wrestling. Yes, I am intrigued by the return of Brock Lesner to WWE and found the big brawl with at the beginning of Monday Night Raw between John Cena and Lesner great television, especially when Lesner botched a punch to Cena and actually caused him to bleed and have a fat lip for the night.

I enjoy a good brawl, as it adds realism to a feud, something that has not been seen on WWE television in a long time. If this feud is done right, it could generate some interest in the upcoming Extreme Rules pay-per view, and the stipulation of no count-outs, no disqualification, etc. makes perfect sense for this kind of pay-per view concept, but according to reports Kane and Randy Orton continue to have this kind of match at house show events and television taping dark matches, which either televised or not, is repetitive.

Because Ring of Honor doesn’t have pay-per-views every month, the concept or gimmick matches in ROH tend to have more meaning, but are carbon copies of the original Extreme Championship Wrestling and a WWE TLC pay-per view event. Yes, they tend to be the same both WWE and TNA when it comes to using tables and chairs, but you don’t see it month after month on their iPPV events or what can seem like week after week at times on TNA television.

A good start to get fans interested again is for both WWE and TNA need to step away a bit from the gimmick and concept format and put more focus on the surprise factor that has been missing from professional wrestling since the Monday Night War from the mid 1990’s.

Because Ring of Honor doesn’t have pay-per-views every month, the concept or gimmick matches in ROH tend to have more meaning, but are carbon copies of the original Extreme Championship Wrestling and a WWE TLC pay-per view event. Yes, they tend to be the same both WWE and TNA when it comes to using tables and chairs, but you don’t see it month after month on their iPPV events or what can seem like week after week at times on TNA television.

A good start to get fans interested again is for both WWE and TNA need to step away a bit from the gimmick and concept format and put more focus on the surprise factor that has been missing from professional wrestling since the Monday Night War from the mid 1990’s.

For more from Jerome Wilen check out his website, Pro Wrestling Ringside – http://prowrestlingringside.blogspot.com

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Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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