Posted by Van Hammer
I believe Richard said it best, the commentary and presentation gave WM that big fight feel and I just couldn’t agree more. A page out of UFC and NFL, Vince has stumbled on a hybrid mixed with WWE marketing that, with a little tweaking, could make the preshow a huge part of the big 4 PPVs.
The best commentary is usually when you have a veteran of the sport, a respected broadcaster and a young up and comer. You get all angles. The team of Scott Stanford, Dusty Rhodes, Jim Ross and Kofi was excellent. Striker and the rest of the supporting cast backstage kicked off that total package. Scott Stanford is a great broadcaster. Dusty has, for better or worse, become synonymous with wrestling success. He is not your traditional champ or talker. He is legit though and his comments and thoughts put this thing over. Jim Ross is a great straight man. His voice is in our heads when we watch these matches yelling and getting excited as the slobber knocker commences. Also, if its commentating main events at NXT or the Preshow, Jim Ross makes a match or an even seem bigger and more meaningful. The addition of Kofi was great. Kofi himself is a great representation of today’s superstar. Mr. Royal Rumble has given us brilliant spots and excellent athleticism. I would like to see this position go to any upper midcard superstar who may not be on the show. This gives us perspective from a non-biased current superstar.
What Didn’t Work
I realize there are folks who for whatever reason have not pulled the trigger on purchasing the PPV. For those folks you have to play the video packages. The overkill on Sunday was crazy. I don’t know how much effort it would take but I would love if they found a reasonable way to discern who already have the PPV confirmed vs. who hasn’t and play the sales packages over some of the live feed for those folks. Much like U-stream who displays commercial and commercial free content, I would like to see WWE elevate to this. Doing so would give us a little more time for maybe one more decent length match (Tons of Funk, bleh) and maybe a diva match.
Writers often immerse themselves in a distraction when the words do not seem to flow. My distraction is music. So for the IWC (I include myself) and anyone who saw an awesome new concept last night and recognized it despite the overwhelming thought that the card was too predictable I offer, wasn’t going to do much for anyone involved, I offer NFL Football Themes
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