June 27, 2017
Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of Book It, with yours truly, Kyle Robinson. This week we’re going to be talking about something that, if I’m being honest is strange that it’s even a topic, however as the title suggest this week we’re going to be talking about Pay Per View Names and Perceptions within the Wrestling community to those names.
Now you switch gears and go to something less known, like No Mercy, even though it’s a recycled name, it fits the mold as a Wrestling PPV name and it conjures up images of the video game, of times gone past, and it makes you look forward to what’s to come. Another one that comes to mind is Great American Bash. It was a July staple in Wrestling PPV line up for years, and then once WCW went under and WWE did away with it, it was gone. But both of those names conjure up some sort of feeling within the Wrestling landscape.
For a company that has been pegged for lack of creativity and trying, and not knowing what it’s actually doing at some points, this latest PPV name is something that points in the direction of that. I mean how much lazier can it get to have a show named after a well known hit song? Sure that song is like 40 years old but the fact remains people jumped all over it for a reason.
I’m not batting my own ball here but if you have to create new names, if it were me I’d create names that are sure to last through the years as the split goes on. I don’t know: TitleWave, Sunshine Showdown, Retribution, No Mans’ Land, Fear Factory, those are names that to me, (While I’ll admit not great) strike up images and at least could work to some degree within the landscape of Wrestling. The perceptions that also go along with a name like the ones listed above say a lot about the product as a whole.
When your starting from scratch as WWE is with this new PPV schedule and in some cases names, you’re not going to hit a home run every time, but I’d be lying if I’m not at least a little disappointed at the fact that it really seems like they didn’t even try.
That’s it guys, we’re halfway through 2017, and so far it’s been an interesting year in Wrestling. Thank you guys for coming along and hanging out as part of this journey with me. Next week, since it’s 4th of July I’ll be talking about Patriotism is Wrestling. For now though, I’m Kyle Robinson closing the book on this subject.