One of the things that has fascinated me for a long time is watching how different promotions throughout wrestling history have produced their television show. TV traditionally, of course, being the free vehicle to captivate the imaginations of fans and casual viewers alike, convincing them to spend money on the company. As such, seeing the different styles of salesmanship through the years is a delightful experience. But in the modern era, wrestling television has become a different animal indeed.
TV rights deals have skyrocketed in the past decade, and a focus on ratings has led certain companies astray in terms of how to produce a show for the real world big picture. As such, a shift has been noticeable, that being from constructing a show that creates stars, spotlights personalities, creates hot angles and entices people to see the big match live or on Pay-Per-View, to being either time-filling content, or a desperate and failed reach to gain an audience by foresaking PPV and making TV the be-all and end-all. And while there is still very good wrestling on television, there have been fewer times when television felt more out of synch with the end game.
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