At 6/16/09 11:14 PM, HeartbreakHoldout wrote:
I know that the sole point of this is to generate a buzz around the WWE and get them some publicity, but these are only ever temporary. This just takes wrestling away from the wrestling fans (lets face it, Vince is the biggest mark of the lot), and puts it in the hands of someone who doesn't give two shits about wrestling.
That's true, but it can be beneficial. Vince has built his success off exploiting pop culture to his own advantage.
Trump's presence will get WWE some mainstream attention for a few weeks, but the fact that nothing about actual wrestling will have changed means that no new fans will be attracted. People will tune in to see what the deal with is, but they won't stick around, because chances are they don't like wrestling if they weren't going to watch Raw anyway.
I think they won't stick around because the product is so boring and repetitive on RAW these days. When you have a good show on the air, it makes sense to do things like this angle with Trump, it sure worked with Tyson. But the problem here is if you do get lapsed fans to come back and check it out, and/or the general public to come look, what will they find? They'll find essentially the same product they left years ago. That's the problem, this sort of thing gets the attention they want and can use, but there has to be something beyond that initial hook to make people stay. They've done nothing to do that, RAW has no new main eventers elevated, no really hot programs going, there's just nothing there beyond the Trump situation and I just don't see them building anything new up while it's happening. So yeah, this is something that won't work out like they want, not because the hook is bad or there's anything inherently wrong with what they're attempting, it's because they've done nothing to address the real issue.
I hope Vince will take the opportunity next week to really showcase all the finest points of his company, and hopefully convince some people that maybe wrestling isn't the worst thing in the world, because if it's as bad as Raw has been in recent memory, then, if anything, more people are going to be turned off permanently.
Can't see it happening, because in Vince's mind this is the way he should be pushing and promoting shit. He has no clue how to fix it, and truth be told there is no quick overnight fix. For him to showcase the best parts of his company, he'd have to run Smackdown! in RAW's time slot :)