Jim Ross has said in a recent Q&A that WWE related reality TV shows such as Total Divas and Tough Enough are not damaging the business.
In a recent Q&A on his website, the WWE Hall of Famer was asked several questions by his fans. These questions varied from the WWE, to wrestling as a whole, to sports in general.
One of the questions asked to Ross was whether or not shows like Total Divas and Tough Enough expose and hurt the business.
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Ross believes these types of shows don't do any harm to the WWE at all.
He said: "I think that we are well passed the world of going too far as it relates to the curtain being pulled back. So, no I don’t think that those types of shows hurt the business."
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Many have questioned whether or not these shows are good for the business. Whilst Ross has said they don't do any harm, some believe the story lines in Total Divas clash with that shown on Raw and SmackDown, and ruin the affect of the feuds and rivalries on view.
One diva might be best of friends with another diva on Total Divas, but on Raw or SmackDown, they could be in a rivalry against one another, destroying the affect of kayfabe.
Whilst not everyone believes the affect of kayfabe these days, a lot of the WWE Universe still do, especially since the company embarked back into the PG era, introducing the young audience back to the programming.
This can make it difficult for the WWE creative team to book the divas correctly as they are now limited to what is being shown on the reality show, a show which is recorded months in advance.
Only now are they showing clips of WrestleMania 31 on Total Divas, an event which happened nearly half a year ago.
In terms of Tough Enough, its a different story. A couple of competitors have been voted off the competition who really look and act like they were made for the WWE. They have the WWE mould Vince McMahon constantly seeks. Patrick Clark Jr. for example.
Judges on the show opt to save fan favourites like Clark, but they choose not to, ultimately making the fans pay the ultimate price. They see their votes count for nothing as their favourite is voted off.
With these two things in mind, it can make all WWE shows unwatchable as the company isn't listening to what the fans want, or neither are they providing a realistic storyline.
The introduction of these shows might be one of the reasons why WWE ratings are still decreasing, and not increasing.
What do you think? Do you think shows like Total Divas and Tough Enough damage the WWE? Leave a comment below...
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