It’s time for WWE to consider an offseason. Superstars such as Tyson Kidd, Erick Rowan, Hideo Itami, and Sami Zayn are all missing serious time due to injuries suffered in the ring. Vince McMahon has been known as an advocate for running his company year round.
The WWE schedule involves working at least four shows a week across the globe a physical exercise regimen and constant training. The company also has a central mentality that encourages superstars to continue performing even while injured.
In my opinion, a better schedule for WWE to follow would be those of professional organized sports. Physical sports like NFL and UFC run shorter schedules. NFL players can last up to five months while each UFC fighter generally has a handful of fights a year at most. McMahon famously abides by the idea that he would not force a superstar to do something he would not do. I just think the chairman is that far out in left field, that he wouldn’t say no to anything. I would run a nine month schedule beginning in July and ending in March.
The superstars would open up during the heart of the summer and have a month worth of shows beginning with a King of the Ring pay-per-view. The winner of the tournament would be the number one contender for the WWE championship, setting the stage for SummerSlam in August. The rest of the pay-per-views would remain as scheduled. My season would culminate with WrestleMania in March which would bring much needed closure to storylines plus creating anticipation for future ones.
Ending the season at WrestleMania adds special meaning to the event and would give extra prestige to the big winners of the night. Imagine carrying the WWE title around during a three month break and headlining the season premiere of Raw. I would forgo the night after WrestleMania and wait until July. If you think that event is great now, imagine what it would be like with three months of anticipation and marketing! It would be a show like no other, a true spectacle of a season premiere.
A break after WrestleMania allows superstars to heal up and consider growth for their characters. It allows WWE Creative time to write more intelligent story arcs and most importantly, we don’t have to see the same old matches on Raw and Smackdown every week. A break would be nice for all parties involved. What could WWE do in the offseason you ask? The possibilities are endless. NXT could also run a nine month schedule from October-June. This would fill the WWE gap between April- June with the first six months of NXT running on the WWE Network while the final three month buildup could take the Raw spot on USA.
Year in review commemoratives or other similar original WWE programming could air in place of Smackdown. In all likelihood, it would probably draw similar ratings. Superstars and on-camera personalities could use Youtube, social media, or talk shows to draw attention to their characters.
WWE superstars desperately need an offseason. The positives outweigh the negative. This would be their best long term plan in order to preserve the brand and to expand its audience.
So what do you think, Should WWE have an offseason? Also, what did you think of my ideas? Feel free to leave your comments in the comment section below.