Vickie Guerrero, the former WWE Raw and SmackDown General Manager and widow of the late Eddie Guerrero recently spoke to WFAN Sports Radio and took WWE to task over the amount of PPV events the promotion runs each year:
“When Eddie was alive, they did pay-per-views like once every four months so they built on the storyline, got everyone excited, the families would come in for the pay-per-views.
It was like this big celebration maybe three times a year. So I think it meant more because you could put more emphasis on the storyline, get the characters involved, build up what they wanted to do with the storyline so [come] the pay-per-view, you were ready to buy this pay-per-view or show up and watch what happens.
Now there’s like two pay-per-views a month and I don’t think there’s enough time for the characters to be developed and to show what the storyline means and sometimes I’m like, ‘Ugh, this is too fast’.”
It seems Vickie’s memory is playing tricks on her. WWE has ran PPVs on at least a monthly basis since 1995 when it introduced the In Your House concept. When Eddie joined the promotion in 2000, WWE was running every month – just as they are now.
Last year WWE presented 15 PPV events, including the two Saudi Arabia shows and Super Show-Down in Australia, just one more than they presented in 2004 when Eddie was WWE Champion. This year there is expected to be 12 PPVs, which would be the fewest in years.
To give Guerrero the benefit of the doubt, back in those days WWE stuck to its split brands concept and presented Raw and SmackDown PPVs in addition to the Big Four events, which were co-branded. Even so, that makes nine shows in total for each brand’s stars to appear on, which is obviously far more than Guerrero claimed.
While we do agree that WWE delivers far too much weekly content on television and that the PPVs are certainly too long, Guerrero’s comments are not really a fair criticism.
Thanks to Fightful for providing the transcription of Guerrero’s comments
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