Surviving the WWE Survivor Series

SurvivorSeries_Orton_ShowYes, I did it. I watched the WWE Survivor Series pay-per-view.

And I survived.

Barely.

And you have to be a pretty big wrestling — make that sports entertainment — fan to have shelled out some bucks to have watched that show.

That’s because the Survivor Series was just dull.

No pop. No fizzle. Just dull.

And that’s really what I expected with the buildup to the show. It was nonexistent. WWE didn’t build any interest in either main event with John Cena facing, and defeating, Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship … again.

Then you have the Big Show against Randy Orton as the main event of the show. That was the big selling point in the eyes of the WWE and why the customer would pay money to watch the Survivor Series pay-per-view.

Boring.

We’ve seen that match time and time and time and time again over the years and there’s nothing that gets anyone excited about seeing it even one more time. People are just not clamoring to see the Big Show go against the man, or the couple, in the Authority and get one over on them by beating their robot (better known as Randy Orton) and taking the WWE Championship.

When Vince McMahon spoke at the latest WWE investor call, he said the buyrate for Summerslam was down because, “They didn’t buy the attraction and these pay-per-views are attraction-based.”

That match featured John Cena and Daniel Bryan. And I’ll give you one guess as to who was not blamed for the drop in numbers for that show.

So who will the blame go to this time? I know who it should go to. The people making the decisions who are putting on this product – namely Vince McMahon.

I don’t have all of the answers. But as a consumer and a fan, I know what the WWE has delivered from the over the past few months has been lacking to say the least.

A better description is that it’s been flat out bad.

And the WWE should be much better with the talent that they have on their roster right now.

You have made stars like John Cena and CM Punk. Then there’s fan-favorites like Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler and The Shield. The Wyatts and Damian Sandow are still pretty fresh and have plenty of life. Plus, there are veterans that can be utilized better such as Big Show, Orton and Del Rio.

The WWE is flush with talent right now so you cannot blame the poor performance on that. Blame it on the people making the decisions on shorelines.

You say you give the people what they want. You listen to your audience. Well, it’s time to break out the Q-Tips and clean out the wax in your ears to hear the collective groaning in your audience.

When the fans who are in attendance break into a loud “boring” chant during your main event of a pay-per-view, you’re not giving the people what they want.

Shake it up and be better as you head into the biggest part of the year with the road to WrestleMania quickly approaching.

And listen to the fans as you get there.  Or else they won’t travel on the road with you.

Brian Fritz

Brian is the founder of Between The Ropes and has also covered wrestling and MMA for The Orlando Sentinel and AOL Fanhouse. He is a self-admitted nerd, a sports nut and lists Jack Bauer as his hero. You can email Brian at fritz@betweentheropes.com or follow him on Twitter @BrianFritz.


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