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Should WrestleMania Be on NBC? – Downtown with Darsie

Should Vince McMahon bring WrestleMania to NBC?From time to time I have a great idea (comes few and far between), but most of the time I have wild ideas that simply don’t pan out. Could this idea be one of them? Who am I to judge, or question, my own ideas? That’s why I’m putting them down into written word, for y’all can read, and answer for yourselves, as I have, should WrestleMania be on NBC?

Before I get into why I think WWE WrestleMania should be on NBC (reasons should be clear, but I’ll take time out to answer that), let me give out reasons why I’m asking the question. I was pondering a little during little of the Super Bowl that I watched this year, why isn’t WrestleMania on a basic station, like the Super Bowl, for all to see, and Vincent Kennedy McMahon charging an arm, a leg, and a snow plow charge, for commercials during his Super Bowl?

So I emailed Eric Gargiulo and we both kicked around pretty much the same idea, probably for the first couple of years, McMahon would be losing a lot of money until people start to catch on that this could be a good idea. So what would cause McMahon to move WrestleMania off of pay-per-view to basic television, with advertisers “laying the Smackdown” on each other’s “candy a**es” for commercial time? To sum it up, dropping buyrates, enough, to cause McMahon to consider new ways to make his creations could draw in cash into his wallet.

Before I go further, why NBC? NBC is owned by Universal, which also owns the SyFy network and the USA network. Most of the series WWF/WWE Saturday Night’s Main Event was on NBC, so why not put the biggest show on the same station that WWE has been on for all of those who don’t have any kind of cable TV? For those who ponder why I mention that, my own Mother doesn’t have cable television, so it would be nice for her to watch WrestleMania, if she wishes. Thank you.

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After that brief detour, let’s get back to the original question that I proposed. Could it work if WrestleMania would be on NBC? I’m sure after a few years; WWE would be making their money back. People would be exposed to the business, and they could be sucked in again (if they were fans before). Could this cause another boom in the wrestling business? I’m sure it would. Look at football and the Super Bowl, even baseball and the World Series, those two respected sports caught America’s eye for a season (or seasons-meaning more than one year).

Philosophical Corner: Could this work? I’m sure it can. Do I want to see this happen, and work? Oh heck yes I do. It’s just a matter of if Vince McMahon would want this to happen. I can see this bringing in more fans into watching WrestleMania and I can see this peaking more people’s interest on wanting to watch WWE. After a few years, who know, having Mania on NBC could bring in new fans into the business and more money in the pocket of Mr. McMahon.

We all know people get happen, especially the evil character of Mr. McMahon, get more money. In words of Mr. McMahon and the Million Dollar Man, it’s all about the money! I’m Eric Darsie from St. Cloud, Minnesota, heading out to read some of Ted Sider’s “Four Dimensionalism,” signing out!

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Eric G.

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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