The WWE has a main event problem Submitted by Joseph Bachman on 09/17/2018 at 01:07 PM
By J.D. Bachman
That is the average rating Dave Meltzer has given to WWE main events this year out of nine monthly shows. Now whether you agree or disagree with Meltzer’s assessment of show-ending matches thus far, I would argue that at the very least, there really haven’t been any memorable main events so far this calendar year.
Last night, Hell in a Cell was topped off with Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman, a match which sounds fantastic on paper inside of such a destructive and heinous structure such as the cell. However, whether it is due to fatigue of what I would consider to be mostly a good, but long show at that point, or simply because we’ve seen Roman and Braun many times over before; in my eyes, the match ultimately failed to deliver.
The way I see it, the added element of Rollins/Ambrose and McIntyre/Ziggler, as well as Lesnar, only lessens what story could have been told between Reigns and Strowman going one-on-one. In fact, after a spot not even 10 minutes into the contest, the two lay dormant for another 10 minutes while other shenanigans ensued until its eventual end in a no contest decision.
In fact, out of the nine main events this year, not including Hell in a Cell, only four featured a one-on-one match. The main event problem appears to stem from two potential issues:
1. The show is front-loaded with very entertaining matches that fatigue the fans by the time the main event rolls around.
2. The right main events aren’t being featured.
The large majority of highly rated WWE matches so far this year by fans have taken place not just on NXT: Takeover, but on the undercard of major WWE shows. While this may not be a concern to Vince and company due to continued chart-busting revenues this year, it could slowly take effect if fans start a habit of tuning out once it’s main event time.
While I will give credit when credit is due to writers attempting to feature Dolph Ziggler and Seth Rollins at this year’s Extreme Rules’ main event, the match itself was overshadowed by rowdy Pittsburgh fans, already fed up with the product due to a lack of a Universal Champion at the time in Brock Lesnar.
It’s as if the art of building towards a “big fight” main event has been lost, and replaced with filler to cap off an already too-long show, with undercard matches that capture the energy and excitement of the crowd better than the actual main event does.
Perhaps if the focus wasn’t so much on Roman Reigns headlining nearly every single major show in some form, the fans in attendance wouldn’t be as sick of him, and perhaps wouldn’t be habitually yawning through another Reigns main event after 3-4 hours of what would be considered much better wrestling beforehand.
With the re-introduction of Brock Lesnar, I fear the worst when it comes to WWE main events going forward. As always, the fans do have the final say, but until masses of fans start to leave their seats to go home before the start of another Reigns/Lesnar/Strowman match, or thousands cancel their network subscriptions in protest, I don't expect this trend to change anytime soon.