I've written a similar blog about this subject before, but it was quite a bit messy in it's presentation admittedly and some things have changed since the start of the New Era. Some good, some bad, and some things have stayed the same just with a new titantron and new posts with screens on them. So here's a new list of things the WWE needs to do to with it's rosters and schedule to truly make this era really feel new.
Sunday: bring back Sunday Night Heat
Like I said before, make this the only real "jobber show." But not just pitting jobbers and low carders against other jobbers and low carders, but actually making them look good, actually building their characters, and making local jobbers job out to them. Have it showcase video packages recapping the major moments of the previous week's Raw and Smackdown Live instead of just showing full Raw and Smackdown Live matches and moments, (which would give the viewers a reason to watch Raw and Smackdown Live every week,) and have the rest of the show just be matches and local jobber squashes. Pre-tape it every Monday before Raw goes live, maybe even pit Raw low carders against Smackdown low carders, and try to get these unfortunate "supplemental talent" over as legit stars like you do on Raw or Smackdown. It gets people invested in the product, which then gets you more merchandise sales, it gets the crowd pumped as they find their seats, and you make money. Just like how The Attitude Era constantly got even their low card over on Heat and Smackdown! It just brings more opportunity. Even bring out the orange ropes like back in the day. And on pay per view nights, air live Sunday Night Heat Kickoffs on USA and the WWE Network. Just like the current kickoffs but with the Sunday Night Heat logo slapped on it actually building the undercard so that the only real jobbers around are the unsigned local jobbers.
MONDAY: Keep Raw there, (of course,) but ease the hell up on those promos!
Good lord if you must have a 20 minute promo, at least just save those overlong segments for just the start of the second or third hour! Third hour would be best. Start the show off with a video recap of what happened last week for the major storylines, put on the opening theme, shoot off the pyro, and have the first hour be your opening card. With backstage interviews. Maybe even some onstage interviews at the commentary desk which would likely get a good crowd response. End the first hour with a more minor Cruiserweight bout. But don't always make it a 6 man tag because you're going a bit overboard with those. Second hour, open it up with a few quick and easy backstage segments, just to be a little bit crash TV, (though not to the extent of Vince Russo booking that misogynist prick,) maybe air another opening theme like how Raw Is War did it, and fill the next hour with more matches. Perhaps another jobber squash or two for your big bruiser giants. Make it a nice 50/50 between matches and backstage segments like how it currently is, just without 20 minute promo filler. End that second hour with a major Cruserweight bout, and tell the guys to really steal the show. Third hour, thaaat's when you have at least ONE 20 minute overlong segment. Like a contract signing or Chris Jericho's Highlight Reel or some other major announcement that bleeds into a banter fest. The crowd's likely gonna be burnt out from the Cruiserweight bout, so if you give them a rest with an overlong promo segment rather than a filler match they won't care about, then the fans get a nice laugh or two, they get emotionally involved in the major feuds a bit more, and nobody has to feel embarrassed wrestling a slower boring filler match after the show stealer that hardly anybody saw due to taking a potty break or buying something at the concession stands. Finish the show with your two or three main events to steal the show back to the main eventers, end show. That's how you properly fill a 3 hour free weekly wrestling show. Less talk, more wrestling. Basically a 3 hour NXT taping with main roster people and a bit of padding.
Monday and Tuesday: Make the Cruiserweight division moonlight between shows.
Starting with 205 Live, book it as both a division and a pseudo roster on it's own. Give Raw and Smackdown both at least two cruiserweight bouts, continue giving the kickoff shows at least one Cruiserweight bout, and of course just to flesh out the week of programming, eventually move 205 Live to Thursdays on the WWE network. More on that later.
MONDAY AND TUESDAY (again): Book Raw and Smackdown Live as double shot shows in advance.
They have identical titantrons outside of the middle screens and they use the same ring equipment, so just book double headers like you used to with your Raw and Smackdown Supershows back in the Ruthless Aggression and PG eras. With Monday housing Heat and Raw, and Tuesday housing Main Event and Smackdown. (more on Main Event later) It opens up everyone's schedules to spend more time with families, you can have both rosters hang out and train at the same arena in the same city, it saves travel money and truck money, and it's more efficient. Even if it means packing that truck up with more rope tape and a few more LED boards.
TUESDAY: Make Smackdown Live a two hour version of what I just said about Raw essentially. But just a little bit different.
Smackdown Live is the only live main roster show that needs a 20 minute promo to open it considering that even though it has a small anti-Raw audience, it's always gonna be the B show. So Smackdown can get away with a 20 minute promo segment as an opener, just for generally having faster talking promo direction than Raw. But for the rest of the two hours, make it a 2 hour NXT. Nothing but wrestling, quick backstage interviews, and a few post match reactions from the winners and losers. Like a 2 hour NXT, but a bit more low key in it's vibe and presentation like Talking Smack is. End the first hour with a Crusierweight bout, begin the second hour with a more major Cruiserweight bout, and just like the current product, air Talking Smack on the Network right after the main event.
Wednesday: Keep NXT the way it is.
Just like last time, NXT doesn't need any changing really. Maybe a few more tapings from the NXT Live tours would be nice as opposed to only filming them at Full Sail, that's really it. It's perfect. Especially those occasional NXT Takeover shows which always steal the show from the main PPVs. Book the NXT TV tapings on Wednesdays in bulk like they currently are on Thursdays, and book the NXT Live house shows on Thursdays as a pre show for the WWE Live house shows so that the NXT guys an gals get over faster. With those matches airing on select episodes of the NXT TV product.
THURSDAY: Move 205 Live to Thursdays, and air it live from the "WWE LIVE" house show tours.
The Cruiserweight division really had a better reaction in the smaller more enclosed environment of Full Sail than it does at most Raw or Smackdown tapings, so the smaller enclosed arena environment from the WWE Live events would be perfect for 205 Live! It would feel like a WWE owned version of EVOLVE just like the CWC did. Which would look and feel just as awesome as that WWN Live product does, it would get the casual family audience at home more interested in those Crusierweight bouts on Raw and Smackdown Live, and it would sell more WWE Live house show tickets. Speaking of WWE Live shows,
FRIDAY: Restructure Superstars to be the way it was back in the day.
Turn WWE Superstars into a pre-taped collection of house show bouts just like it was back in the 80's through mid-90's. Tape every WWE Live house show, compile each one into an hour long show airing on Fridays. And just so that the guys don't get overbooked anymore, book every WWE Live house show on Thursdays so that after every 205 Live, you can have your undercard and mid card from the main roster duke it out for an hour's worth of Superstars tapings before they can finally fly or drive back home for at least two days to spend some time with their families. (give or take the days they're not booked or Wednesdays where NXT airs.) It's just more humane. Plus, it still sells more house show tickets. It's a win win!
SATURDAY: Turn WWE Main Event back into Saturday Night's Main Event.
Pre-tape it on Tuesdays before Smackdown goes live, (which would mean in total, Mondays get 4 hours of wrestling, Tuesdays get 3, Wednesdays get several weeks worth of tapings and Thursdays get at most 2,) and make it an interpromotional Raw and Smackdown mid card to main eventer's version of Sunday Night Heat. Just with more focus on matches and backstage segments than video packages recapping last week's Raw and Smackdown. Whatever mid carders couldn't get booked on Heat, Raw or Smackdown, gets a match on Saturday Night's Main Event. While main eventers build up their feuds in backstage segments, pre taped backstage promos and at the commentary table but rarely get a Saturday Night's Main Event match. You don't wanna overbook your talent, just evenly distribute them between pre taped Sunday and Saturday tapings and live Monday and Tuesday shows. Everybody gets a pay check, everybody can get over, everyone can spend more time at home resting those injuries and chilling with their families, and you get a lot less sick and tired talent losing sleep. Which greatly improves match quality and makes everyone happy. All while you still make money from advertising, TV time and ticket sales. It's just more efficient!
And on Saturdays where there's an NXT Takeover show the night before major PPVs, air it an hour before the NXT Takeover Kickoff show. Which gets the more casual main roster audience invested in giving NXT a try. Another win win situation!
So what would like to you see out of this New Era?
Don't get me wrong. I am every bit as depressed, disgusted, mortified, frightened, infuriated, and overall overwhelmingly disappointed that Donald J Trump won the presidency. Us Berners kept on warning you, if Bernie didn't win, the majority of us would go third party, write-in Bernie (like I did) or write in other write in candidates like Stone Cold Steve Austin, Vermin Supreme and fucking Harambe. A slightly overused meme of a dead gorilla was a more viable candidate than the DNC's corrupt candidate and the RNC's thrice as corrupt Hitler like dictator and money scammer and sex offender of a candidate not to mention his corrupt VP. We had our options of either
Candidate A: Someone with a history of old school corruption with the promise of repenting through bringing in more LGBTQ+ rights, protecting and improving women's rights, improving immigrant rights etc. with no guarantee that will happen since she had a previous history of opposition to those enhancements up until Bernie started talking but at least she had experience, vs
Candidate B: Jock-like arrogance, misogyny, xenophobic racism, islamophobia, authoritarianism, money corruption, pathological lies, ties to the aforementioned corruption loosely related to candidate A, LGBTQphobic beliefs, a history of admitted sexual assault, bankruptcy both financially and morally, teetering business with a history of both success and failure, reality TV pandering, verbal and cyber-bullying, the worst wrestling angle and the worst era in WWE history next to the mid 90's WWF New Generation, inability to properly pronounce "Florida" "big league" and "China," inability to take a stone cold stunner correctly, inability to eat a slice of pizza like a normal person, a history of fake college scamming, childish finger pointing when criticized or questioned, thin skinned responses to criticism and satire, direct ties to a Russian dictator, endorsement from a North Korean dictator, exploitation of conservative American's fears, and subsequent support from white nationalism. (Not that every voter for this candidate is a white supremacist, KKK member or neo-Nazi or voted against candidate A out of sexism.)
Candidate A is of course Hillary, and candidate B is Donald. We were between a rock, (Hillary) a hard place, (Gary) a hard plate made of hemp with a window, (Jill) and the detonation button to the apocalypse. (Donald) Unfortunately due to an uprising of rural evangelist white supremacists, young cons who didn't hate Hillary's gender but believed a few too many rumors, (Not that I'm innocent I wrote-in Bernie,) misogynists who blame every problem America has on millennials and progressives, and blind faith from the hardcore loyal Republicans that didn't jump shift to third parties, we're stuck with Donald Trump for 4 to 8 years unless something happens that gets him impeached or he gets his ass assassinated. (Not that I'd wish an assassination on him.) The man even wants to screw over his own voter base as well as the whole nation by dismantling social security, and is on the verge of doing so as I type!
A holy fuck ton of people across the country are crashing Canada's immigration website, trying to move to Canada, Mexico, select Mexican islands or Japan among other countries like Norway, Germany and Switzerland, chaos and protests ran rampant the night of the election, it's total pandemonium in the worst way possible. But, there are a few silver linings to this unfortunate travesty of social injustice and insult to America's integrity. This historical American tragedy.
1: plenty of progressive women are now in senate, congress and other major political positions.
On Election Night, several progressive voices predominantly female won their respective senatorial and congressional elections. Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal in Washington DC. Senate Representative Marcia Ranglin-Vessel in Rhode Island. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada. Legislator Attica Scott in Kentucky. Legislator Ilhan Omar in Minnesota. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur in Ohio. Senator Jane Calkin in Rhode Island. Senator Tammy Duckworth in Illinois. Each of thee women and many many more can and will stand up against anything Trump tries to put in power and say NO. A very flat straightforward firm and stern motherly NO. IDing Muslims? NO. Building a wall on the Mexican border? NO. Making them pay for it? NO. Repealing reproductive rights? NO. Going to war with Syria to commit mass genocide? HELL NO. These congresswomen, senators and other progressive female winners will oppose anything Trump wants harder than the Republicans were opposing Obama even if the Republicans still hold a majority of the senate. And even male progressive winners like Mark Takano in California, G. Andrés Romero in New Mexico, Juan Mendez in Arizona and Vincent Fort in Georgia just to name only 4 of them will also fight back against Trump vigilantly. A majority of them being non-whites. What's Trump's biggest nightmare? A revolutionary army of strong voices of the historically underprivileged and progressive allies. They could tell him NO for 4 years straight until Trump just can't take their opposition and criticism any longer, picks his ball up and quits. Just resigning due to uprising. And it would be glorious. I'm not saying he will, I'm just wishfully thinking. Trump is a very thin skinned person who doesn't take criticism and opposition very well.
2: Donald Trump is still under FBI investigation and several lawsuits
He's under investigation for Russia ties, (though nothing ties yet,) a woman has sued him for rape but had to drop it twice due to credible threats on her life from the worst of the internet (but I wouldn't put it past her to sue again if she decides to live and I hope she lives,) he's still in mad trouble over that fake university, so if the FBI or the Supreme Court or anybody can find something to indite him on, that means Mike Pence would have to take over as Trump spends jail time. Which would mean we're still fucked, but a perhaps more manageable kind of fucked! Maybe. Maybe? MAYBE??
3: The price of gold just went up (wait that can be bad.)
It can be bad for you if you're a belt maker, or if you're making gold phone cases, but hey maybe you miiiiight make a little more money at Cash4Gold or Global Force Gold if you have some old unwanted useless gold necklaces?... MAYBE? Eh? Hmm... (we are still so fucked...)
4: If we have another chance to elect our first ever female president, it might not be Hillary! For... all.. you... anti-Hillary people...?
Who knows? Maybe Pramila Jayapal can run? Tulsi Gabbard could run for president? Tammy Duckworth? Elizabeth Warren? All of them are political heroes of mine especially war vet Duckworth, and if any of them run for president and win, not only will they break the glass ceiling Hillary made a huge crack in and chipped two times before, but they will shatter other glass ceilings most don't even think about. Like first Asian-American for Duckworth. First President of open Native American descent for Warren. First Indian and more recent immigrant (due to her citizenship in 2000) with Jayapal (which would also make her the first Asian-American president.) First Hawaiian with Gabbard (Racially not just born there like Obama was.) Each of them would be a one-two punch for political equality and social evolution! Sure, some of them may not have all the qualifications Hillary has in terms of experience and how many positions they have taken, but they have the policies, the political experience as well as the potential of crashing more glass ceilings than even Hillary could, to outdo her as a champion for women's rights, as well as their respective races as well as immigrant rights with some of them. If any of them run and Bernie doesn't, or if Bernie runs again against them as the DNC decides to go with a primarily female cast of Democratic hopefuls, then it could be a coin toss as to who I pick. Just not Hillary because I want a less corrupt, less conservative and more historically progressive first female leader. Call that picky whiny millennialism but a clean record is a clean record. It could even be easy for some to vote for a different candidate than Clinton if they take the cynical "you failed us against the biggest misogynist in the world" stance.
5: The WWE Hall Of Fame now has it's first ever president...? (oh who am I kidding they will never live this down knowing who Trump faced.)
...It should have been 2004 WWE Hall Of Famer Jesse "The Body" Ventura! That guy may be considered by many to be nutty, but at least he isn't Trump level nutty. He isn't Hitleresque policy, let's block out an entire race from the country and ID a whole religion level nutty. He isn't power hungry greedy shady businessman turned president and potential dictator nutty. He believes in equal marriage, marijuana legalization and equal pay for every gender and color under the sun as well as non-intrusive government and separation of church and state. Everything Trump and the GOP are afraid of. And unlike Trumpylumps, Jesse has political experience and helped out Minnesota's economy. Couldn't we have a celebrity turned politician running for president that isn't Trump or Reagan? At least Jim Carey would have been funny sometimes. Who's next? Pete Rose in 2020? Good lord we are screwed.
6: You still have your rights! (for now.)
Trump may be working hard to take away your social security and whatnot, but like I said, there's still the rest of congress that will make that a pain in the ass, as they will make all of his other proposals a pain in the ass to sign into law. (except those big Republican chunks) If implementing Obamacare took a while and almost got repealed back when congress wasn't majorly Republican, so can anything Trump wants to throw our way even though congress isn't majorly Democrat or third party. There is still hope and you have yet to lose any of your rights just yet as of this blog, so cherish them while you can.
7:You can always flee the country! (unless the country you wanna move to puts the USA on the no-fly zone and severs all ties with us but even then you can still try...!)
Unless Trump decides to totally isolate us by barring anyone from moving out of the country like a true dictator would, and as long as other countries like the UK and Mexico and Japan are still open to Americans moving in to protest Trump's power, you should be fine. If you can afford to flee the country and you've already received your passport or citizenship papers in the mail.
See? It might not all be bad, and who knows? If he gets impeached, that means we can turn right back around and start this shit again until a far better more qualified president can be sworn in.