WRESTLING: The WWE Needs More Of These Incredible Tournaments. Here's 6 Ways The WWE Can Restructure Their Divisions, Championships And Tournaments.
I don't know about you, but I've been thoroughly entertained by the WWE Network exclusive tournaments. From the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, to the Cruserweight Classic, to the UK Championship Tournament, every last one of them has offered some of the best matches the WWE has put on in years and has introduced me to some amazing wrestlers I should have paid more attention to even as an admitted indie smark. Not to mention, the two most recent tourneys the CWC and UKCT, have debuted two of the best looking belts in the entire company. The WWE Cruiserweight Championship and the UK Championship. With the UK Championship doing what the Universal Championship couldn't. Be an improvement over the World Heavyweight Championship's template.
Seemingly every tourney has been built around introducing brand new titles or revised designs of titles except for the Dusty Rhodes classic. But the major two snafus with these are
A: The possibility of there being too many titles to juggle around, and
B: Often negative consequences in WWE Creative's management of divisions.
So with that being said, here's how the WWE should manage their titles and tournaments, so that it doesn't feel like too much of a good thing.
No 1: Start a few more tournaments for other major wrestling countries and continents.
You already started the UKCT for the UK of course. Which has been a stellar tourney by the way. And the UKCT has introduced a brand new title in the UK Championship. So, why not start a few more?
Just to give the US Title a bit more honor, hold a US Title Tournament just like you did for the UK. bringing in both WWE Superstars and a few indie stars from the WWNLive leagues representing major cities across the USA like Chicago and New York and Los Angeles to name a few. And make sure they're competitors that haven't had the title in years instead of people who are constantly in the US title picture. Complete underdogs and indie darlings. Hold this tournament at some place special like Madison Square Garden or, just to get that indie feel of the UKCT or CWC, maybe hold it at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NY or Logan Square in Chicago Illinois. Somewhere small, but easy on the eyes and in front of hardcore indie wrestling fans just like the CWC or UKCT were. Hold this on a Saturday and the following Sunday just like UKCT, and reward the winner with a trophy, and if not the US Title, then at least a shot at the US title.
For Mexico, find some of the best Mexican competitors from major promotions like CMLL and AAA and shows like Lucha Azteca if they're willing to cooperate, to small indie promotions like IWRG. Throw in Mexican or Mexican American WWE Superstars in there as well like for example Kalisto and Sin Cara, and hold a weekend tournament at a well respected arena full of rowdy Lucha Libre fans like Arena Mexico or Arena Coliseo. Again, just like the UKCT. But this time full of luchadores. Prize being a trophy and a WWE Mexican Championship strap.
Fore Japan, hand pick some of the best Japanese competitors across AJPW, Kaientai, Dragongate, DDT, and if they're willing to cooperate, NJPW and NOAH. Plop in some of your own existing competitors too for example Shinsuke Nakamura or (if he'll ever be healthy to compete again,) Hideo Itami. Hold this tournament at a historic place like Korakuen Hall or Sumo Hall, and of course, reward the winner with a trophy and a WWE Japanese Championship title.
As for other places in the world, a WWE Canadian Championship Tournament wouldn't be a bad idea as even if all they have up there is indie leagues, they still have amazing competitors, WWE South Africa Championship Tournament would be nice as they don't get enough love for their quite good wrestlers, WWE China Championship Tournament would be interesting as you'd be surprised how many showed up to be the first ever Chinese WWE Superstar in 2016, WWE Australia would be great because they do have a wrestling scene as good as the UK last time I checked, but among all of them, I would love to see a revival of the WWE European Title.
As crass as it would be to just lump Germany's scene with the Russian and the UK's and so on, and for as kinda pointless the WWF European Championship was in the 90's, it would be excellent to have a WWE Eurpean Championship Tournament as long as it's done anywhere near as well as the UKCT. Germany alone would introduce the WWE Universe to a multitude of great competitors, not to mention Da Mack would have a second chance at WWE Superstardom. But for the sake of giving more markets around the world a chance to eventually taste WWE gold, and because it would spark hype and nostalgia from Attitude Era marks, it would be a nice gesture to those other markets across the EU and even Ocienna if you wanna lump continents together, and would breathe new life into the careers of existing WWE Superstars like Rusev and Cesaro so they have more to do than just hold the Tag Titles in random paring tag teams (not that Cesaro's tag title runs have been negative) or play the dated and groanworthy anti-American heel.
If the US and UK can have their own titles and if the UK can have their own awesome tourney that I hope is gonna be a yearly thing, then all the other major wrestling countries and continents like Mexico and Japan and Europe should have that same love and attention. Especially if it means getting some new blood in there and pushing your underrated or stagnant WWE Superstars from those regions.
Now I know what you're thinking. "Isn't that gonna be too many championships? What brands would they belong to?" Lemme answer those questions with this solution.
No.2: Unify a few titles, and make every championship inter-promotional.(Outside of NXT.)
One of the biggest issues with the current brand split as well as half of the last brand split, is that they have their own separate titles. This generation, it's just copycat titles with different strap colors representing Raw and Smackdown. This only creates confusion and speculation as to which title is more honorable, often with the names and tenure of older or more known titles sucking away the honor out of the newer championships. (not to mention the aesthetics playing a major role in how the fans respect the title.) So to remedy this, much like I said in two other blogs, just merge the titles and redesign them just like you did at the beginning of the post-PG Reality Era.
Unify the WWE Universal Championship with the WWE World heavyweight Championship, as the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Unify the WWE Women's Championship and WWE Smackdown Women's Championship, as the WWE Women's Championship.
Unify the WWE Raw Tag Team Championships with the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championships.
After you unify them at a major PPV say Wrestlemania or Summer Slam, maybe better yet Survivor Series, make every title inter-promotional. Meaning that much like in 2003, Raw and Smackdown competitors can have inter-brand feuds giving fans more of a reason to watch both brands, thus creating more ratings to both products, solidifying more honor to the belts, creating great rivalries, and creating more tension among some fans who may prefer one brand over the other. And even adding more tension in the McMahon family feud angle.
As for divisions, I got another idea.
No 3: Completely restructure 205Live, and integrate all divisions on all brands.
I had so many high hopes for 205Live, but while it does offer some great matches here and there, I can't lie 205Live just sucks as of late. It's on after Smackdown meaning everyone in the crowd is too worn out to care, it focuses too much on cartooney character development that doesn't get over at all rather than the action that gets these guys' characters over, the storylines for the most part just suck, the writing is awful half the time, it just feels like Season 1 NXT without the awful challenges. And while I like the idea of a division having it's own show, I don't think it should be a weekly thing. So, here's what you can do with it and the other divisions.
Restructure 205Live as a monthly special event, not a weekly TV product. Like a mini pay per view but for free and only on the WWE Network. This is great for a lot of the guys' health because most of the division as some of them can go home to their famailies more often, train more, and heal minor injuries while the guys you wanna book can work Raw and Smackdown. Hold these monthly 205Live shows on a Thursday as a pre-taped WWE Network exclusive, and while you can let them show character or build a sports entertainment style character, for the love of god stop booking awful unentertaining skits like that duel between Jack Gallagher and Ariya Daivari or the love triangle between whole Cedrick Alexander Alicia Foxx and Noam Dar! Those are painful to watch they're so unentertaining.
205Live should be just like the CWC. Pure high energy exciting matches, with documentary style video packages. That's what got Rich Swan and Cedrick Alexander and Kota Ibushi among others over with the WWE Universe. Not by calling people "royal sourpuss" and making fun of their ears or doing that groanworthy anti-American foreigner bullshit. 205Live should be an escape from that PG Era style booking.
As for the Tag Team and Women's divisions give them their own shows as well, but again, don't make them weekly. make them monthly WWE Network specials on Thursdays. Three Thursdays within in the middle of the month back to back. Say, one week you can have 205Live for the Cruiserweights, next week you can have Women's Revolution for the Women's division, and then next week you can have Tag Team Turmoil for the Tag Team division. And only hold these Network specials once a month for the divisions. hell maybe even hold a Heavyweight special if you wanna be that equal.
Every other day of the week though, fully incorporate every division. Don't change the ropes and mat every division, just hold crusierweight matches, women's matches, tag matches, and even mix it up with mixed tag matches or cruiserweight vs regular guy or even some inter-gender matches as long as you don't book anybody involved to be sexist or pervy and as long as inter-gender matches are extremely rare. Just like you used to and sometimes still do. Don't segregate these divisions to their own island, honor them with year annual tourneys and once a month specials, but fully integrate them with the usuals and with as much honor as you give male heavyweights. Like you're trying to with the women's revolution. Which might I add, has been much better than the Diva's revolution.
And speaking of division based tournaments,
No 4: Hold four division based tournaments yearly.
The CWC was amazing top to bottom, an the Dusty Rhodes Tag team Classics are breeding grounds for compelling tag team feuds and potential great teams down in NXT. So why not kick it up a notch with more division based tournaments? One for every season of the year?
Just for the sake of hype, make them 3 or 4 week tourneys held at Fullsail University just like how CWC lasted several weeksand was filmed at Fullsail. This gets people invested in watching the tourney every week after NXT. But this time, hold them on Thursdays or Fridays so you don't have that post Smackdown or post NXT burnout.
In the spring, you can hold a Women's Classic. Where women from raw, Smackdown and maybe a few from NXT, as well as indie darlings from top women's leagues around the world like Shimmer, Shine, WSU, Oz Academy, StArDoM, Ice Ribbon, and even other women's divisions from other companies like AAA and Chikara, can compete in a 3 to 4 week tournament with the prize being a trophy, and a shot at the WWE Women's Championship.
In the summer, hold the Dusty Rhodes Tag team Classic, but maybe bump it up to main roster so that NXT, Raw and Smackdown teams can compete week after week for the chance to win that trophy and not on the same card as NXT. Again, with the prize being a trophy and a Tag Title shot
In the fall, hold the CWC. With returning faces already signed as WWE Superstars in the Cruiserweight division, returning faces that weren't signed from the previous CWC, and a few new faces from WWNLive promotions and other leagues. with of course a trophy and a Cruiserweight Title shot being the prize.
And maybe in the winter, if you wanna go an extra step further in wrestler's equality, maaaybe make a Heavyweight Classic. And that's a strong maybe. Where some of the strongest and toughest WWE and NXT Superstars compete in a tourney for a trophy and a World Heavyweight Title shot. Perhaps no indie competitors in this, because you don't wanna pull a TNA and just give the flagship title to someone who has no company experience.
Now back to No 1 on this list, some of you may be wondering "if they make a Mexican, Japanese or European title etc to accommodate the US and UK titles, what use would the Intercontinental title be?" Well, I kinda feel the same about there being a US title currently or a European title back in the day when there's already the IC title. Especially considering that there's the world Heavyweight title covering the world as is. But to clear up the redundancy of there being titles representing singular countries and collective continents when you have a minor and major title covering the world, here's my remedy for that.
No 5: Restructure the US, UK and any other country or continent representative title as a trophy belt.
Even though they'll be basically wearable Money In The Bank briefcases, let anybody from any country compete for the US, UK or any other country or continent representative belt similar to the Hardcore Championship but without the 24/7 rule. This puts a target on the back of that champion, opens new possibilities for championship matches, and can even build rivalries between bitter runner ups and tourney winners. Similar to the Money in The Bank briefcase, give any of these champions the ability to trade in their championships for a shot at the Intercontinental Championship until any of the four PPVs. Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania, Money In The Bank, Summer Slam or Survivor Series. This gives the IC belt more prestige even if it's still the secondary championship.
And as for the IC title,
No 6: Introduce a trade in policy for the Intercontinental Championship as well.
This idea of mine is complicated, so I hope i don't lose you here.
Just like my idea for the US and UK belts etc, give the IC Champion the ability to trade in their belt for a World Title shot until any of the major PPVs. But unlike those other titles, if you skipped out on a major PPV, you lose your cash in policy, but still get to be IC Champ until you lose it. And of course, any new champion can trade in the IC title for a World Title shot until the next major PPV. But, if the World Champion challenges you to a title VS title match, they can be both World Heavyweight and IC champion until someone challenges for either belt and takes it off of them. But if you're both World and IC Champion, and you lose the World title, you can't trade in your IC title for another World Title shot. You just get a rematch clause that lasts until the next regular PPV like anybody else.
Seems a bit complicated, but it gives people even more of a reason to become IC champ.
So in conclusion, the WWE should hold more of these tourneys, restructure the Cruiserweight division, and give everybody an equal shot. Sounds good doesn't it?
INTERNET: How social media giants can, and should get rid of spam, phishing, inflammatory impersonation, clickbait and harassment.
I basically said my piece on Twitter, so just like my last internet blog I'm just gonna compile the whole thread on here. Not to be lazy, (though it is an admittedly lazy way to tackle an issue) and certainly not to promote my Twitter, but because it wouldn't make sense to copy paste everything I said on Twitter and delete such a long thread I spend so much time crafting. I'm very passionate about fighting against spam, clickbait, phishing and bullying even if it's next to impossible to permanently stop it.
This all started after I saw GradeAUnderA's video about catfishing. Something I didn't think was still an issue as I never have e-dated.
Now for my incredibly long Twitter thread.
(Whether you think just looking hot is a business or not, a business is a business. How'd you like it if some slob in a safehouse somewhere made 15 diferent bots in your name spreading viruses?)
(More on this later in the thread.)
(Though DuaneSkip1 has been banned several times over for harassing Sailor Moon fans while shaking Sailor Moon dolls in front of his face and got arrested for pedophilia, I used him as an example because he trolled my sister like ED did some years back for reasons I forgot about. Nobody likes him.)
(This not including the numerous clickbatey "Top 10" channels and eve worse fake prank producers than Prankinvasion who make even more obnoxious garbage than his non-prank "pranks" clogging up the side bar, posted every day just to make money. With no integrity or talent or entertainment value.)
(In addition every page that posts an article should be given the ability to label their articles themselves except for the following green "confirmed" label,)
(Specifically their articles made to stir up hate, fear and confusion against the left and anybody they don't like, and vise versa for Gawker like fake news sources and hate mongerers on the left as well. I just mention Breitbart as they're one of the leading sources of far right wing hate and fear mongering.)
(Not to mention all the far mongering on InfoWars. Most of what he says can be blocked, while others could jus get labelled "Opinion.")
(This could also go for individual blogs on services like Weebly, Wordpress, Tumblr and Blogspot as well if incriminating evidence of it trying to "expose" and spread hate or fear to someone can be verified by mods, but unlike Encyclopedia Dramatica, only just those certain blogs. Not the entire source.)
(Most I've seen from users posting on the walls of official Facebook pages for Capcom and The Daily Show and WWE2K until WWE2K took away the ability to post on their wall. One time i even saw duplicate pages run by some crazy person advocating pedophilia and posting falsehoods about semen.)
(I know what you're thinking. "How could they do it?" Here's how.)
(Furthermore, have these firewalls on these sites only work if those exact links, posts, accounts and algorithms of the posts are reported. For example those "i want to fuck as animal" posts are blocked from ever being posted even when the account is made or the hacker accesses the service without even creating an account legitimately.)
And thus concludes this long ass thread! I sure do talk a lot.
Spam, phishing, trolling, clickbait, fake internet news and bullying have been around since the internet long before modern social media and likely won't ever stop. But the problem with modern phishing, trolling, fake enws and spam, is that they seemingly have grown since the dawn of more modern social media. Where when it used to be delivered privately or posted on blogs and fan sites you had to go digging for, it's now being readily shared like wildfire on Facebook and Twitter just to name only two cources. And it's been this way since MySpace was popular. And fake dating profiles made for the purposes of trolling and phishing have been around since e-dating was invented. And while conventional ahte vlogs on Youtube and other video services seemingly have taken the decline, clickbait thumbnails and drama channels have been waning in and out of popularity for years especially most recently. Even if clickbait thumbnails have been against the TOS for a while!
The mesures I raved about just there should be implemented no matter how hard. Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Tinder and various other services are more than big and rich enough to employ more mods and even work with top sleuthing and virus fighting teams and services out there like Facecrooks and Snopes and Avast, and should they start blacklisting entire sites and algorithms as well as permabanning the biggest contributors, the internet will be hat much more of a safe place. As too many gullible and or lonely men, women, children and old people alike have been victimized and violated by the oldest tricks, and most sociopathic volitile toxic cancerous trolls of the darkest scarist corners of the web.
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?