With the ratings constantly declining on Raw and SmackDown is it time to bring back the on-screen authority figure role? It was two years ago or so ago when the McMahon Family ushered in a new era that would consist of the WWE “listening to the fans” by doing so they abolished the General Manager roles on both Raw and SmackDown.
Since then we’ve seen them hire and fire both Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff as Executive Directors of both shows respectively, and now all of creative essentially falls on “Brother Love” Bruce Pritchard. As SmackDown has seen it’s highs and lows maybe adding Monday Night Raw to his list of duties was just a bit too much as the ratings on Raw have just been dreadful and they are continuing to decline. While SmackDown’s ratings aren’t worth the $1 Billion dollars Fox is paying to have it. We’ve even heard rumors about both networks being unhappy with the ratings and now more pressure is being put on WWE.
I mention all of this because when I watch Raw or SmackDown now, I’ve noticed without a General Manager or on-screen authority figure in place the pacing of the shows seem off and like they lack direction. As recently seen on SmackDown in the Intercontinental Championship tournament when Jeff Hardy could not compete all we saw was this chaos backstage with a producer trying to talk the talents through what to do. And this past Monday Night on Raw when Stephanie McMahon had to appear via titantron to address the Raw Women’s Championship situation.
I see this as a “blind leading the blind” ordeal. Some of my best memories of wrestling have come directly from the on-screen authority figure. We see it in NXT and NXT UK with them having their on-screen authority figures things seem more structured and less like a jungle. If the talents want to air their grievances, demand title shots, match stipulations, etc. They know where to go, while the main roster is all left up to our imagination to know who’s booking the matches, who’s making the calls, why the hell MVP is the new United States Champion with no explanation given!?!?
So maybe I’m going to go out on a hunch and say that could be a part of the ratings decline, imagine how many of us are actually going to show up to work everyday if we don’t “have a boss” and if we did show up to work how many of us would actually do our jobs the right way? I think adding structure back to the product on Raw and SmackDown could help the flow of the shows be better and more entertaining.
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