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41 minutes ago, Suplex Sinner said:

It's hilarious how a multi billion dollar company can get it so wrong 99% of the time. Braun was THE man 18 months ago. We were crying out for him to get a run with the belt.

Braun is one of those that would have benefited from having an audience I think. But as usual, he gets himself over, WWE intervene, book him like a "monster" and give him promos (which were never his thing) and sure enough here we are crying out for the belt to be taken off of him.

Between Wrestlemanias 33 and 34, he should’ve been the guy getting built over the course of the year. But like with Reigns a couple of years previously, and then again at WM34, they bottled it because god forbid you deviate from ‘the plan’ in any way. Instead Strowman got smacked by Lesnar in a Triple Threat at the Rumble, eliminated 5 people in the Chamber only to then lose and then had a stinker with Brock at a PPV that I can’t even be bothered to look up what it was, and by that point no-one cared and he was fucking done as a potential top guy.

We like to joke about Meltzer saying that “plans change” when he gets something wrong, but if anything it lends credibility to him being full of shit, because in WWE plans don’t change unless they’re forced to.

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Don't forget: the clocks changed last week so if you want to record Smackdown you probably need some professional help.

What a Mark. 

Rob Gronkowski's ring entrance in an empty arena was the most embarrassing and cringy thing I may have ever seen as a wrestling fan. And thats coming from somebody whose parents were in the room when

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WWE have no idea anymore how to book a and protect a special attraction type wrestler . Braun shouldn’t be on tv every week, he’s the guy who turns up, smashes people and you don’t see him for a few weeks on tv. Instead you get 10-15 mins weekly and start to get too familiar with what makes him unique and he’s just Braun.  

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2 minutes ago, Louch said:

WWE have no idea anymore how to book a and protect a special attraction type wrestler . Braun shouldn’t be on tv every week, he’s the guy who turns up, smashes people and you don’t see him for a few weeks on tv. Instead you get 10-15 mins weekly and start to get too familiar with what makes him unique and he’s just Braun.  

Brock Lesnar.

They know exactly how to book and protect special attraction type wrestlers. They just don't see any of the regular, meat-and-potatoes roster in that role.

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Is that them booking Brock that way, or him having their nuts over how many appearances be makes and it being when he fancies it? If he wanted to be full time, he’d be on both shows every week 

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9 minutes ago, Louch said:

WWE have no idea anymore how to book a and protect a special attraction type wrestler . Braun shouldn’t be on tv every week, he’s the guy who turns up, smashes people and you don’t see him for a few weeks on tv. Instead you get 10-15 mins weekly and start to get too familiar with what makes him unique and he’s just Braun.  

This is the contradiction with how WWE book things now and really have done for the past 23 years. They got into the habit of having everyone of importance on the roster on every single show and as time has gone on this has changed from possibly being a few weeks between TV matches to the same top stars being in a match each week. I understand this originally started with the fact WWF in 1998 once they'd lost Bret and Shawn had a much smaller roster of stars and there was a need to stack the decks against Nitro but that's not been the case for almost 2 decades now. Even when it first started there would be weeks when we only saw Austin or Rock in the last 5 minutes of the show when they ran in. 

They really need to find ways to regularly talk about and feature their stars in shorter and less regular ways on TV. Interviews, angles or even announcers breaking down previous events like analysts could replace the need for these 15 minute matches or soliloquies. Instead of having someone like Braun, Roman or another over exposed "main eventer" on TV every week have them appease the fans by doing a dark match or smashing the shit out of some jobber for Main Event. If you've got a lagging crowd then send them out during a commercial break for a 60 second highlight match to pick them up./

As was said on here a few weeks ago WWE want to produce their TV show like a TV show with an audience and not a live event being recorded for TV, many TV shows don't feature every character each episode especially soaps or some characters get 1 minute on a Monday but maybe Friday they get 10 minutes. Like a broken record it really is about the volume of programming they produce especially Raw at 3 hours but we've covered that many times.  

 

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2 hours ago, Louch said:

Is that them booking Brock that way, or him having their nuts over how many appearances be makes and it being when he fancies it? If he wanted to be full time, he’d be on both shows every week 

It's the latter that forces the former, but it's undoubtedly a positive because a Brock appearance or match is special in a way nobody's else's can be.

The whole thing's a bit of a vicious circle.

 - The top stars don't feel special if they're on every show.

 - So have them appear less.

 - But if the top stars don't appear, people might not watch.

 - Then again, the ratings are down so people might not watch anyway.

 - But if the top stars aren't on every show, why would people watch.

 - So we need more top stars.

 - But nobody else feels special because they're on every show.

And so on.

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4 hours ago, d-d-d-dAz said:

Brock Lesnar.

They know exactly how to book and protect special attraction type wrestlers. They just don't see any of the regular, meat-and-potatoes roster in that role.

It helps when the special attraction knows their worth and doesn’t take any of Vince’s shit

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my fav episode of fiends was when fiend went to visit alexa who gave birth to baby abby, alexa asked fiend to to go into the bag to get her something to which he picked up a ring just as braun walked in.

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On 8/16/2020 at 8:19 AM, Louch said:

Is that them booking Brock that way, or him having their nuts over how many appearances be makes and it being when he fancies it? If he wanted to be full time, he’d be on both shows every week 

It's much of a muchness, really. Regardless of why they book him a certain way, it's clear that they're capable of doing it when their hand is forced. The Undertaker, Triple H or Brock Lesnar rarely feel like just one of the crowd. There are midcard guys who might go months without TV, then when they pop up they do nothing with them, so it's obviously more than just rarity of appearances that makes guys like Lesnar feel special - WWE book them to feel special too. 

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