I’ve read a lot of negative comments over the past few months about WWE has a whole and after all the negative backlash comment i’ve read this morning, i thought to myself would it be fun to just fantasy booked the whole main roster side of the WWE.
For that, i’m taking the business side of the company into consideration as well as the creative side of it and i will do that for every main roster brand.
So let’s get started with a easy one: 205 Live: So the brand still got potential but not in this current incarnation. With the PPV being dual branded now, that pretty much kills any chance of the cruiserweight to make it on a PPV card so what i would do is take the brand off the main roster and start using it with NXT instead. That’s going to help the performers get bigger crowd reactions and in the end maybe get the brand over better
Smackdown: First thing i would do with Smackdown is make a trade to send AJ Styles to Raw and Roman Reigns to Smackdown. These 2 guys really need a change of scenery at this point since they’ve been the face of their respective brand since the brand split occured. Also since 205 live got taken out of the taping schedule, how about taking the Main event tapings off Raw and using it for smackdown, you could either use the same format they do now off having 2 matches and the rest being a recap show, or tape 4 matches before the smackdown taping and use the show to elevate some of the lower card name on the roster that really don’t get anytime on smackdown.
Raw: The biggest thing i would do to change Raw is to completely change the format of the show. The show is 3 hours long so i would use the whole 3 hours to my advantage and not waste a minute of the show. First, I would use the first hour of the show to showcase some of the lower card guys on the roster, maybe use the old jobber match technique that use the work back in the day because if you want to guy to be taken seriously, you need to see theses guys wins at some point. I would still hype up the main event of the show by either do the set up of it at the beginning of the first hour or hype the fact that whoever is my plan guy for the main event would be cutting a promo at the end of the first hour. Secondly, i would stop doing multiple segment matches. The tv shows need to be there to advance storyline not to have classic matches on them which advance nothing in the end. You want to have long matches, keep them for the PPV. Lastly, and that’S for both shows, i would comeback to a 2 man commentary booth. Raw would get Cole and Graves and Smackdown would get Phillips and Saxton. I always thought that a 2 man booth does a way better job at telling the story then the 3 men booth and i feel out of all the pairing you can get right now, these are the best you could have.
Also, as far as who i would push to a main event level and who i’m pushing the a mid card. I’m pretty would go with 2 criteria for this, first i would look who’s making the most money for the company at the time and secondly who getting the bigger reactions. So right now, for Raw, my top 5 main eventers would be: AJ Styles (since i traded him), seth rollins, Kevin Owens, Braun Strowman and Lashley. On Smackdown: Roman Reigns(because i traded him and he making the most money for the company), Samoa Joe, Nakamura, charlotte and asuka.
I would still keep Lesnar as a special attraction but i would have him drop the title and then use him only for the big four PPV. Same goes for Cena at this point.
NXT would go back to what i once was and that’s a true developmental territories, i would do between 2 takeover special instead of 5 since the only ones that are truly beneficial for the company are the mania one and the summerslam one. The rest are not turning a profit and have problem selling out. Also i would stop touring outside of florida since that’s spending that could be put elsewhere and still doesn’t really help the bottom line of the brand. The fact is, as far as NXT goes, you have to find a way to make this brand financial successful since it’s one part of the whole WWE that in the red every year. So making cuts on stuff that are just there to please a small percentage of their audience is essential at this point.
Anyway, that’s how i would booked the WWE. I really would love to read your thought on this or if you have idea on how you would booked the whole company, just feel free to post them on this thread.