WWE is the top dog in professional wrestling. At this point they have it all figured out despite always giving us an entertaining product. So what can we expect from them in 2016 and for the first time ever there is 5 wrestling programs on Cable TV. (Not to mention WWE streaming Network which features popular NXT)
WWE RAW on the USA Network
WWE SmackDown coming to the USA Network
Lucha Undeground on El Rey Network
Ring of Honor on Destination America
TNA Impact Wrestling on Destination America
We can include that Global Force Wrestling is also getting a TV deal. I don't count NJPW on AXS because its a repeat and not new and fresh every week.
So in a booming pro wrestling renaissance what does the WWE have to do to keep up? They really don't have to do anything because when your multi million dollar company there isn't really any problems. What can we expect will be a major year in growth and surprises.
A Huge build up to a Historic WrestleMania 32 in Dallas
If Vince McMahon and the WWE want to sell out AT+T Stadium in Dallas and break the attendance record of 100,000 then they will have to promote this event out of the moon.
WWE has contacted every major star from the past years of WWE who are still alive. WWE wants to have many legends wrestle at the event. If still able to compete it would help out the WWE having establish stars go one more time. Which this could be a colossal bummer for the true modern audience.
No one wants to see Hulk Hogan fight again…But you wouldn't turn down a nWo VS DX match would you?
You wouldn't turn down The Rock or Stone Cold.
WWE will use that as some bait. Saying that every legend will be in attendance at the event. Also if WWE doesn't overprice these tickets they will be fine stuffing in a 100,000+ inside Jerry's World.
NXT becoming a touring brand.
WWE NXT is the brain child of Paul Levesque. WWE NXT which acts to showcase WWE "Developmental Roster" and it goes hand in hand with the WWE Performance Center. NXT has started to already tour outside of the normal Full Sail University. I enjoy watching the show from Full Sail University. I also like the fact they might start touring outside of Florida more often. NXT will go to smaller venues like the old ECW Arena. NXT will use its unique small feel to keep fans coming back and wanting more.
NXT will have to add more to their roster if they want to always be touring. WWE is looking to make this the "Hip wrestling promotion" or thats how Triple H wanted it. Triple H wanted to go off the beaten path and sign super popular indy wrestlers and sign larger then life talents down in NXT.
WWE is looking to expand and go after popular indy talents and even veteran talents to come back to WWE.
Current list of NXT Prospects
Continuing with WWE theme of talent in Florida. WWE might team up with a theme park industry giant to create a larger then life attraction.
WWE and Universal Studios teaming up!
Universal Studios is looking to add another unique form of entertainment. Universal is in a theme park war with entertainment giant The Walt Disney Company and they are trying to be different from the competition. WWE wants a physical hall of fame location.
Universal Studios wants to put it on their CityWalk location. Which is free to get into because its a entertainment and shopping plaza. So the question is how will WWE make any money off of this deal. It will become a restaurant and its set to take place where the current "NBA City" restaurant is. So Universal would expand create a physical WWE Hall of Fame and have artifacts plus have an restaurant and a store. So WWE would make money off of that. Plus in this deal they could get NXT Talent's to appear and have autograph sessions. WWE would make it a joint deal and start doing more elaborate tours at the WWE Performance Center.
So WWE might dip their feet into the Theme Park and Attraction experience in 2016.
More "WWE Network exclusive" events
WWE has has a million subscribers on the WWE Network you need to expect more speciality events are coming. Like WWE Elimination Chamber and WWE Beast in the East. WWE is starting to show a similar trend in giving special events on the WWE Network. This will continue and expand in 2016. Adding more content to the Network is key so giving away more "Exclusive events" will boost membership.
"Storytelling" and trimming the roster
WWE needs to have a cutting edge storytelling year in 2016. There is only one way to do this.
NO MORE AUTHORITY
Most tired gimmick in of all of Pro Wrestling. The Evil Bosses. Yeah its fun to watch a couple times but not for a whole 2 years. The Authority has done a good job but there is no reinventing.
No new cast of characters. Same tired out theme.
The Authority must be conquered and destroyed in 2016. To start WWE on a fresh storytelling path. Get the audience excited about the action again and the talent. They have tons of talent and its time for a shake up and it means get rid of what is old.
Also WWE has an overabundance of talent. I would hate to see people lose their jobs but the roster is too big. It's time to maximize it for talent purposes who would I cut? Here's a look. This is from main roster and NXT!!!
I have less then I thought. In this modern era they need to focus on real priorities and not just have wasted spots especially with NXT.
Hope you enjoyed my "What to expect from WWE in 2016" article.
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****SIDENOTE**** I had an idea at WWE's Hell in a Cell they should do a 6 Man Hell in a Cell last one was seen back in 2002. Could you imagine Seth Rollins and 5 guys stuck inside Hell in a Cell. Would be crazy!
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