I think the RR winner concept worked fine back when the TV was, at best, squash matches on WWF Superstars on Saturday morning and maybe a 1 hr Raw, and there were only a few PPVs - you could drag things out then - it just doesn't work now that they need to fill 5 hrs of TV each week, plus have the Rumble winner and the Champ be involved in other feuds in between and on the extra PLEs.KnightDamien wrote: ↑Tue Nov 29, 2022 3:59 amTotally agree. I've actually been banging that drum for years and years now. No gimmick match should be an entire PPV.
Also agree that maybe winning the RR shouldn't equal a title match months later. I don't think pro-wrestling is set up for those kinds of long waits and it takes away a lot of the spontaneity of what 'could' happen because, as you said, it's usually pretty obvious what WWE -wants- the WM main event to be and the RR winner makes that far more obvious. Personally, I'd get rid of MITB and just go with the RR winner getting a future title shot of their choosing. But I also don't really like MITB.
But I do like MitB and the RR winner getting a title shot. It can lead to good stories when they use it to get someone new into the main event scene, or create a face vs face or heel vs heel match to turn someone, or as a way for a face to get to a heel that is ducking them. The one thing the title opportunities have going for them is you don't need to have a "feud" per se, just competition as the driving force.
I think if I was WWE I'd consider 6 "Big" PLEs - bring back King of the Ring and merge it with Clash of the Champions concept - have it be a champion only tournament for bragging rights - Universal, Heavyweight, IC, US, and then the four members from the two tag team holders for the men, for the women they need a secondary title, and do a four woman WWE champ, secondary title champ, and the tag champs. And elevate Money in the Bank as a main show. You'd have WresteMania and SummerSlam as the two big events to cap 6 months of stories and then four themed shows - RR, Survivor Series, KotR and MitB - two offering title shots as a prize, two about bragging rights outside of the titles.
The other six then become supershows - like Crown Jewel or Clash at the Castle or Halloween Havok - that's where you maybe add in the gimmick matches like a HitC, TLC, Elimination Chamber or War Games as needed, or maybe do an all-women's event, or an all-tag event, or a 205 event - spice it up a bit.