Saturday, September 17, 2011

Game of Thrones Part 3: An Outlook and Perspective on the Direction of Combat Sports Entertainment Approaching 2012

This the final article in a three part series. Read Part 1 here. associate writer "Fight Pimp" offers an outlook on the good, the bad, and the ugly of the ratings wars between the big three in combat sports entertainment -- boxing, MMA, and pro wrestling.

This series is even more relevant following the interesting conclusion of the year's biggest boxing event -- Mayweather vs. Ortiz...

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The House of McMahon

King of Titan Towers: Vince McMahon
What can be said about Vincent Kennedy McMahon that hasn't been said. He took a carnival-based format of entertainment and turned it into a worldwide phenomenon that is currently viewed by 600 million people around the world. 1 out of every 10 people on the planet earth watch WWE programming.

The Lord of the House: Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, Triple H
Although he's moved away from in front of the camera we all know that the final decision is made by Vince. However, he's doing the best job in grooming his daughter Stephanie McMahon and her husband Triple H (who has moved into the role of Vince as the active authority of the organization). It appears that they're attempting to rekindle the days prior to the PG era. Having Triple H at the helm is a good place to start the transition.

Soldiers at Arms: John Cena, CM Punk
The best feud in a long time, these two talents ratcheted up a frenzy and tore the house down at the 'Money In The Bank' Pay-Per-View in Chicago. Even though the feud is simmering down at any given time a something can be pulled into the fray to spark interest in the product i.e. 'THE ROCK.

Most Powerful Force: Vince McMahon
We know who runs the show, we know who makes the decisions, we know who Dana White goes to talk to when paying WWE a visit.

Sacrificial Lamb: Friday Night Smackdown
The brand split was an initially a great idea. But a Friday night wrestling show would be better on Tuesday. The watered down programming is more segway and hyperbole then entertaining wrestling. I say make it a consistent 'SUPER SHOW' like this summer's earlier experience.

The Threat from Within: The Creative Team
A majority of wrestling fans feel that WWE "dropped the ball" with the CM Punk angle. I for one think that they should have kept him off television for an extra week or two and have him taunt the 'powers that be' in a catch-me-if-you-can antagonistic manner. Freddie Prinze Jr. has vacated his post and since his departure things seem a bit wobbly (abandoning the secret Monday Night Raw GM). With the last quarter their numbers should peak with the relaunch of 'The Rock' versus John Cena feud.

Ace Up The Sleeve: 'The Rock'
*2011 Pay-Per-View Estimates to Date: 2,500,000

*Summer Slam 2011 Not Included

As we move into the final stage of Pay-Per-View Supremacy, all should take note of the action. Winter Is Coming.

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